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.

Variety
February 6

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

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.
Variety
August 3, 2015

Art drove the design of this Lake Superior retreat

The art-savvy owners of a meticulously crafted retreat in Bayfield, Wis., had one goal in mind: "We built the house for our paintings." And, of course, for the sweeping views of nature's ultimate work of art — Lake Superior.
Variety
July 6, 2015
Peyton, Phil and Gayle Malcolm in the outdoor room on the south side of the home.

Urban 'beach house' perks up Minneapolis neighborhood

An airy, modern home is carefully scaled to fit comfortably into its established city neighborhood. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Variety
June 8, 2015

An Arts and Crafts revival on Lake Minnetonka

A turn-of-the-century home on Lake Minnetonka seamlessly blends the handcrafted beauty of yesterday with modern-day functionality. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
May 5, 2015

Modern retreat in northern Minnesota is one with nature

AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: Nature takes center stage inside a year-round modern retreat that merges with its northern Minnesota setting.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Home of the Month: Camping inspired Eagan house design

A challenging, hilly site didn't deter an Eagan couple from building a house inspired by gathering around the campfire.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

A contemporary Deephaven house is reimagined

A renovation of a 1980s contemporary ranch home mixes a modern spirit with family-friendly comfort in the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Modern, flat-roofed home breaks mold but still blends with Seward neighbors

A modern flat-roofed home breaks the mold but still blends with its neighbors.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Reworking the floor plan of a Minneapolis Dutch Colonial

AIA MN Home of the Month: A few subtle shifts transform an "awkward" floor plan in an earlier addition, improving flow and function.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

AIA MN Home of the Month: Reinventing a classic

An early 1900s house – overlooking Lake of the Isles and designed by Harry Wild Jones – gets a worldly, modern makeover.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Home of the Month: Lodge-like lakeside retreat fits family

A large extended family shares a new lakeside cottage designed to feel as though it's been on the peninsula for the past 100 years.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Madeline Island cottage combines 'soul' with sustainability

A new cottage on Lake Superior's Madeline Island combines rustic interiors for the soul, and energy-saving strategies for sustainability.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Smart split: Transforming a 1990s tract home in NE Minneapolis

Homeowners Mary Glas and Mark Larsen were close to giving up on finding the perfect home when a Realtor friend tipped them off about a house for sale in the quiet St. Anthony neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Modern ingenuity produces a 1950s flashback home

A couple didn't let an odd-shaped lot stop them from building a retro-inspired rambler in Edina.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Kenwood cottage puts a modern spin on a tried-and-true tradition

AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: A new Kenwood cottage puts a modern spin on a tried-and-true tradition, while blending into an older urban neighborhood.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

New recipe for an Old World Minneapolis kitchen

AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: A reconfigured floor plan turns a dining room into a spacious kitchen at the hub of a 1920s home.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

AIA MN Home of the Month: A Minneapolis Tudor for the 21st century

The renovation of a 1929 house facing Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis balances period charm with modern functionality for a family of five.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

AIA MN Home of the Month: Midcentury modernized in Golden Valley

A well-preserved '50s rambler in Golden Valley is updated for 21st-century living.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Urban lake home in Mpls. makes the most of its setting

Each wing of Russ and Mary Horsch's Minneapolis house is one room wide, offering panoramic views of the Lake of the Isles and its bustling parkway. The distinctive dwelling is a stark contrast to the mostly traditional older homes around it — one of the reasons why it's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
April 6, 2015

Century-old Minneapolis home is brought back to life

A grand old Minneapolis home is opened up and transformed to accommodate 21st-century family living by a homeowner and architect who believe that homes should be designed "for daily pleasure, daily family use — not to impress other people." It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.