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The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
January 30, 2016

Dream Home: Out with the old, in with the new at Bayside home

by Courtney Fiorini

Clear Lake’s Bayside was once home to Bayside Amusement Park that featured a large roller coaster, a little train for children and a roller rink.

Now Bayside is packed with lake homes, all different shapes, sizes and styles. Where the land comes to a point at 5084 Bayside Avenue, on a pie-shaped lot sits a modern orange and brown home.

Owners Brian and Melody Sansgaard made the decision to demolish the older home on that lot and rebuild. With the help of Bergland+Cram architect Andy Meyer and Brcka Construction, the home was completed in fall 2014.

“When we started meeting with Andy, right off he wanted to go with this modern look,” Melody said. “He had vision for what kind of home would look good on this lot.”

Though modern, the mix of both dark wood and lighter paneling gives the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home a warm look complemented with chrome accents.

The Sansgaard’s hired SueCasa Interiors for interior design.

The rectangle shape is carried throughout the home, from the floorboards, to the wood panels, the stairs, tables, windows and other décor.

The home has pocket doors in almost every doorway that tuck away, keeping the open and airy feel.

The living room, dining room and kitchen are all open in the same space with two full walls of windows to look at the lake from the point. Along the wall in the living room, under the television sits and electric rectangular fireplace built into the wall covered by glass.

The master bedroom is on the first floor, complete with a master bathroom. The shower has hidden drains along the side so it appears to be a normal floor.

There is an additional bathroom with a shower off of the lake for convenience, as was recommended to the family by other lake home owners.

“It’s nice, instead of just having a half bath here, to have a full one,” Melody said.

Moving upstairs, there is a second common area complete with a kitchenette.

“Eventually, we’re going to move up here full time, and as our kids get older this is convenient,” Melody said, looking forward to when her teenage children are grown and have families of their own. “If late one night someone needs to heat up a bottle, they don’t have to go downstairs.”

The second floor has four bedrooms and a storage room where the Sansgaards decided to put three twin-sized beds for extra sleeping space.

“Technically, it can’t be considered a bedroom because there are no windows,” Melody said.

The lake is visible from every room, thanks to Meyer’s design. From their son’s room both sunrise and sunset are visible.

The history of the area is important to the family. On the wall, just by the front door is a painting of old Bayside by Andy C. Sinnwell, an aerial view of the roller coaster.

The home is completely automated, which Melody enjoys.

“I can control the locks, lights and temperature from my phone,” she said.

The shades on the windows are also automated, opening and closing depending on the time and where the sun is.

The Sansgaards consider this to be their second home and spend as much time there as possible.

“We needed a place to get away,” Melody said. “Being on the lake is so relaxing and peaceful, and we are fortunate to have great neighbors, too.”

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2016



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