AIA Minnesota Homes of the Month

The Home of the Month program is a partnership between the Star Tribune and the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It features architect-designed houses selected by a jury of experts. The houses represent a range of prices, styles and locations.

Home & Garden
June 3

Modern green dream home in Linden Hills is sustainable inside and out

The owners of this new modern home on a small lot in Minneapolis consider their project a successful model of sustainable home design and building practices. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
May 6

Lake place in northern Minnesota captures spirit of the family original

A no-frills cottage on Swan Lake had been the idyllic summer sojourn for five generations of one Minnesota family. But when its seasons became numbered, a new cottage took its place, making the front porch an essential centerpiece.
Home & Garden
April 22

Sneak peek at 12 Twin Cities award-winning home designs

What's your vision of the perfect home? Here are 12 designs of distinction singled out by AIA Minnesota. Each will be featured in the coming year as a Home of the Month, but you can get a sneak peek at them now.
Variety
April 1
Vincent Jusuf and Catherine Pham relax in their Minneapolis home with their 11-year-old Shih Tzu, Chili.

Modern house in Linden Hills is different in style but not stature

A new house finds its niche in an older Minneapolis neighborhood using restrained, yet state-of-the-art design. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
March 7

A home with his-and-her studios – and views – on dramatic Lake Superior

Wanting separate work spaces, an architect and an artist created a distinctive home that makes the most of the setting.
Variety
February 5
The Bryn Mawr home was constructed with an energy-conserving insulated concrete wall system.

Minneapolis couple blend traditional and modern in newly built home

Inside and out, a Minneapolis couple's newly built home melds their traditional and modern sensibilities, while integrating another quality important to them: sustainability. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
December 31, 2016
Andrea Swan can gaze at the river from her open modern kitchen featuring clear pendants etched with family names, durable laminate cabinets and iridescent glass tile backsplash.

Architect's home salutes E. Europe roots, love for Mississippi River

The custom dream home in Coon Rapids maximizes the majestic Mississippi River setting and smart features for an active family of four. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
December 5, 2016

A 1960s house in Deephaven is reborn as a New England-style colonial

A renovated 1960s home in Deephaven captures the spirit of an old New England colonial to create the home that its owners had always imagined. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
November 5, 2016

Plain 1950s St. Louis Park rambler gets facelift as cool 'wow' house

Two smart additions transformed a run-of-the-mill 1950s rambler in St. Louis Park into a cool and current home for a modern family. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
October 1, 2016

Lindström lake home has simple Scandinavian style

At first, Angie and Lenny Koch planned to build a modest beach house in her hometown of Lindström, Minn., and eventually sell it. "Then we got emotionally invested and decided to build it for us," Angie said, "and do it right." It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
September 6, 2016

St. Louis Park homeowners give up family room to get dream kitchen, mudroom

St. Louis Park homeowners gave up a family room to gain a dream kitchen and mudroom – without adding a square foot of new space.
Variety
August 9, 2016

Newly built cottage on Lake Minnetonka island gets old-style look

A newly built cottage could easily be mistaken for one of the century-old summer homes on Lake Minnetonka's historic Crane Island. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Photography
August 5, 2016

AIA Home of the Month: Timeless treasure

A newly built cottage on Lake Minnetonka's historic Crane Island gets an old-style look.
Variety
July 3, 2016
Ripple Island Cabin mixes a classic pine interior with a corrugated metal exterior.

One-room cabin on Burntside Lake embraces Minnesota's deep woods

An earthy one-room cabin is embraced by its deep wooded setting on Burntside Lake.
Variety
June 4, 2016

Deephaven 'cottage' is traditional outside, modern on inside

In 2014, the couple bought the piece of land at the end of a winding country road. The setting felt so different and far away from their tiny 1920s bungalow in the heart of Minneapolis. "At our old house, we heard airplane noise, not birds chirping."
Variety
May 25, 2016

St. Croix river cabin is now a year-round home, thanks to artful renovation

A smart layout and handcrafted elements by local artisans turned a summer cabin into a year-round home. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
April 21, 2016

Deephaven Colonial, 1-room cabin among Home of the Month winners

This year's Home of the Month winners include new modern houses, period-sensitive remodels and a one-room cabin.
Variety
April 2, 2016
New landscaping, exterior paint and a patio area in the backyard contributed to the renovation of the 1958 Edina home.

1950s Edina home goes from teardown target to treasure

Building out – instead of tearing down – was the key to the time-traveling transformation of a 1950s Edina split-level. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
March 7, 2016
Aimee and Tom Baxter enjoy the sitting room of their new addition, designed to seamlessly merge the old with the new. "We didn't want to put a big modern box on the back," Tom said.

Classic foursquare in St. Paul keeps its roaring 1920s character

A classic 1920s foursquare in St. Paul is revitalized with an expansive renovation that retains the home's vintage charm. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
February 6, 2016
The owners' passion for nature drove the design of this Prairie Modern home in Lake Elmo by Rehkamp Larson Architects.

Nature-loving couple design a home for the birds in Lake Elmo

A Utah couple's passion for bird-watching, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing lured them to Minnesota to build the retirement home of their dreams. The result: a modern interpretation of Prairie-School style with Scandinavian influences. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
January 2, 2016

Modern treehouse inspired by downtown loft in Minneapolis

A couple infused the best qualities of their former downtown loft into their new family home near Lake of the Isles to re-create the euphoric feeling of viewing the urban landscape from the sky. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
December 8, 2015

North Loop condo makeover salvages old shed to bring the farm to the city

A North Loop condo makeover balances raw industrial elements with warm rural charm – while staying within the homeowner's $60,000 budget.
Variety
November 3, 2015

Water damage offered a chance to rebuild North Oaks home from the inside out

After living in their North Oaks home for six years, Brian and Mara Winke were ready to make some major changes. Built in 1971, their abode was like a car from that era. But the discovery of water damage and mold soon spoiled the couple's grand plans.
Variety
October 3, 2015

Lake Minnetonka home juxtaposes down-to-earth features, modern design

AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: A newly built three-level home on a quiet Lake Minnetonka bay could be considered unconventional. Yet it was designed for a conventional family of five whose members do homework at the kitchen table, "camp out" in the screened porch and play in an upstairs loft.
Variety
September 5, 2015

Revised Hastings rambler trades stuffy '90s vibe for modern flair

AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: A Hastings couple found the right home, but it was a 1990s time capsule steeped in stale golden-oak woodwork, tan carpet and popcorn ceilings. Their renovation juxtaposes easy-flow open spaces with unexpected materials.