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.

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May 25, 2016
Big shed dormers created space for an upstairs master suite inside the 1950s home above the St. Croix River in Wisconsin.

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, 2016
This Colonial in Deephaven, designed by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, is one of the Home of the Month winners.

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, 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.
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 mod

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, 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.
January 2, 2016
The "tower" design features a folded roofline and a big deck on the roof of the cedar-clad attached garage.

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
The loft’s redesigned kitchen layers warm woods against a hard industrial backdrop of exposed steel and raw concrete. The homeowner re-used some mat

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
In the living room, a sleek linear gas fireplace fits the home's modern aesthetic.

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
A bridge connects the car court to the home's street entry.

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
The front exterior of the 1990s brick rambler in Hastings.

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
The great room is anchored by a Colorado Rose stone fireplace.

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
Perennial gardens at the entry to the Craftsman-style home.

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
The Stinson-designed home boasts walls of glass to maximize views of Big Sand Lake on three sides.

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
The fireplace takes center stage in Katie and Kyle Pederson’s new house. “The combination of materials, views and light give this house great ener

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
In their redesigned 1980s house in Deephaven, Suzanne and Kevin Kickhaefer added splashes of color with artwork by John Alspach and accessories.

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
An open floor plan helps make the most of a compact footprint in a new house in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood.

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
Architect David O’ Brien Wagner transformed an outdated kitchen and family room using a crisp white palette and deep bookcases that create a niche f

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
The Lake of the Isles home was designed by famed architect Harry Wild Jones.

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
July home of the month - lakeside retreat by TEA2 Architects. credit TEA2 Architects.

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
A wood-burning fireplace warms the open main floor, melding open studs and paneled pine walls with reclaimed barnwood floors in the Lake Superior cott

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
Architect Eric Odor bumped out the front entry 2 feet, built a sheltering canopy and added low-maintenance fiber cement siding.

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
Jane King Hession and Bill Olexy moved back to Minnesota and built a thoughtful modern rambler influenced by the architectural qualities of a 1950s ho

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
Homeowners Sarah and Nathan Kreykes found the perfect piece of property for building a new home in the city.

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
The remodeled kitchen boasts a big island, topped with Vermont Danby marble, and light that streams in from the adjacent, now open-to-view sunroom.

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.