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.

August 9

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.
August 5

AIA Home of the Month: Timeless treasure

A newly built cottage on Lake Minnetonka's historic Crane Island gets an old-style look.
July 3
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.
June 4

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."
May 25

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.
April 21

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.
April 2
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.
March 7
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.