A new cottage on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island combines rustic interiors for the soul, and energy-saving strategies for sustainability. Updated Aug. 4, 2014
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.
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.
The Lake of the Isles home was designed by famed architect Harry Wild Jones.
Architect David O’ Brien Wagner transformed an outdated kitchen and family room using a crisp white palette and deep bookcases that create a niche for the couch.
AIA MN Home of the Month: A few subtle shifts transform an “awkward” floor plan in an earlier addition, improving flow and function.
In the “Five Arches” project by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, a small addition made a big impact.
This year’s Home of the Month projects range from small additions to big extended-family retreats.
An open floor plan helps make the most of a compact footprint in a new house in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood.
A modern flat-roofed home breaks the mold but still blends with its neighbors.
In their redesigned 1980s house in Deephaven, Suzanne and Kevin Kickhaefer added splashes of color with artwork by John Alspach and accessories.
A renovation of a 1980s contemporary ranch home mixes a modern spirit with family-friendly comfort in the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
The fireplace takes center stage in Katie and Kyle Pederson’s new house. “The combination of materials, views and light give this house great energy,” Kyle said.
A challenging, hilly site didn’t deter an Eagan couple from building a house inspired by gathering around the campfire.
Updated kitchen in the St. Louis Park home of Steve Etzell and Robyn Abear.
The remodeled kitchen’s cabinets, wood countertops and overall vintage vibe were inspired by an original butler’s pantry inside the 1915 shingle-style home.
The reinvented 1950s rambler mixes original features, such as the brick fireplace and geometric screens and windows, with new design elements, while maintaining a midcentury modern aesthetic.
Grand Marais eco-friendly vacation home, designed by David Wagner of SALA Architects.
Kamil Ugurbil and Jutta Ellermann at home with their daughter, Aileen, in the modern sunroom addition designed by Chris Strom of TEA2 Architects.
A seamless sunroom addition mixes a modern aesthetic with Mediterranean style and satisfies a Minneapolis family's need for light.
Architect Meghan Kell Cornell relaxed in a window box with a valley view from the western Wisconsin retreat she designed for Myles and Sue Jacob.
The exterior of the Minneapolis home of Lee Larson and Karen Stinson features an S-shaped outline. “The S is a beautiful, simple form and makes a statement,” architect Charles Stinson said.
A back deck is the best spot to gaze at the Mississippi River Valley.
For years, a city-dwelling couple had a favorite small-town getaway destination. Now, with a new weekend retreat there, they can escape often and savor the views.
Abundant wood and other natural materials warm up the “organic modern” interiors of this 1980s split-level home renovated by Peterssen/Keller Architecture. The rolling library ladder makes it easy to reach the vaulted display shelves. Two massive sylights draw light deep into the home.
An outdated 1980s “builder home” in Golden Valley gets a dramatic do-over.
ABOVE: The living room’s aluminum commercial storefront window faces the park across the street; high clerestory windows let in light but offer privacy. BELOW: The front entry of the home.
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A new family home brings the spirit of colonial Vermont to northern Minnesota.
Kerrik Wessel’s exterior makeover included cedar and fiber-cement siding, new windows and blue acrylic panels. He reduced the width of the eaves for a clean, modern look.
A couple reinvent their 1960s rambler, infusing it with character and color, after it was destroyed by a fallen tree.
The two-level box-shaped home designed by architect John Dwyer combines a simple material palette with smart design. The cantilever off the back creates an enclosed ipe wood deck.
This sustainably designed home by architect Ryan Fish and builder Rocky DiGiacomo uses close to zero energy.
To connect the remodeled kitchen to the living and dining rooms, architect Thomas Meyer opened an existing oak slat wall and installed a sliding oak door to close it off when the owners are entertaining.
Vibrant green and blue accents greet visitors at the front door.
Holly Ridge Farmhouse in Ellsworth Wis.
Crane Island Cabin
Jeff Schweigert's Golden Valley, MN home on June 21, 2012. The livin...
AFTER: Lakeside view of the 1930s Cedar Lake home renovated by Peterssen/Keller Architecture. The third-story addition is set back from the original exterior, creating a large terrace.
Architect Wayne Branum of SALA designed a St. Croix River cabin with a limestone fireplace to reflect the terrain, heated concrete floors and energy-saving features.
AIA0304: Dining room and kitchen renovation in a Tangletown Minneapol...
Modern remodeled living room showing fireplace and part of kitchen wit...
Erinn and Shane Farrell own a contemporary green home in south Minneapolis designed by architect Eric Odor. Erinn and Shane Farrell with son Oscar Farrell, 2 with the lower floor family living area and kitchen in background.
A growing family was ready to remodel their bungalow. But building a new home with energy-smart features and an open floor plan ultimately made the most of their site and resources.
Architect Todd Hansen gave his mother's Hastings farmhouse new life wi...
Remodel of SW Minneapolis bungalow, lo...
A Minneapolis couple reinvented their modest vintage home with a modern-style addition that blends the old with the new -- and accommodates their growing family.
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A family's modern house near the Zumbro River in Rochester melds Asian elements, green features and universal design.
A family's modern house near the Zumbro River in Rochester melds Asian elements, green features and universal design. It will be included in the upcoming Homes by Architects tour.
Home of the Month: Hayward, Wis. cabin by SALA architect Michaela Mahady.
AIA Home of the Month: A Wisconsin lakeside retreat intermingles the rustic architecture of national park buildings with comfortable cottage-style character.
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Rafter tails give the home on Lake Superior the look of a seaside cottage.
Shelley and Trent Gilliss, photographed in the kitchen-living room are...
Linden Hills bungalow
The Deschamps house in St. Paul
The exterior of Kate Grussing's Cape Cod home in St.Louis Park.
The remodeled porch
The kitchen of a remodeled Linden Hills house by Todd Hansen.
The entry side of the eco-friendly Lee lake home features a whimsical swooping roofline that softens the rugged stone and cedar exterior.
Lake Minnnetonka house by Nguyen Architects
An Orono couple's whole-house renovation is in harmony with their eco-friendly lifestyle and modern sensibilities. See it for yourself at the Homes by Architects tour this month.
Timber-frame weekend retreat on Lake Sylvia
Andrea Swan's family fishing retreat
"Before" front exterior.
The screened porch leads to the backyard.
Mixed metals in the kitchen.
A St. Paul architect's one-of-a-kind bungalow renovation is an amalgamation of warm wood and shiny steel that preserves the home's character while offering a flexible floor plan for his family.
The living room of the Stuart home is just off the kitchen.
The new kitchen in the second-floor addition. Clerestory windows are on three sides.
View from the lake
Galvanized steel columns support porches on three sides that offer views of prairies, rolling hills and river bluffs.
Photos by Altus Architecture + Design. The minimalist kitchen is a combination of warm maple cabinets with a cool slate floor, black granite center island and grey concrete backsplash. Clerestory windows draw in light, yet provide privacy from the house next door.
The site includes a rocky shoreline
The homeowners and architect in the kitchen
Architect Geoffrey Warner hopes to make factory-built housing more popular by focusing on sustainability and smart design with his modular weeHouses. That concept has evolved from a one-room cabin to this three-level house in south Minneapolis.
Emmet Klocker's home in Clearwater, Minn.
Emmet Klocker wanted an edgy, urban space, but didn't want to leave his rural roots. The solution? A 2,300-square-foot house with a rural shape and modern interior.
Cannon Falls country house
Minneapolis architect Mark Larson's clients were smitten with this unusual North Oaks house, rumored to be built for a bachelor doctor who was a fan of modern design.
Shape, materials help keep energy costs low
Leanne Stremcha s roots in Northfield, Minn., run deep. Her great-grandparents homesteaded there, she s lived there most of her life and she s been a Northfield Master Gardener for more than a decade.
Outgrown your house, but don't want to move? This month's Home of the Month selection shows you how to revamp a wasted attic space and an outdated kitchen on a budget.
Little red cottage
Views of the falls
Newer house renewed
The facade of Frank Zink and Katie Resch's 11-year-old St. Paul house blended into its centenarian neighborhood, but the floor plan was no match for their modern lifestyle with a dog and two small children.
Cracked down the middle and twisted about by a Lake Superior squall? No, built by a father for his daughter and her family, this North Shore getaway proves that two halves really do make a whole.
Architects talk with homeowners.
After a first-time home buyer yearned for more light in his 1960s St. Paul rambler, a whole-house transformation gave him that and more without adding expensive square footage.
Addition wasn't hidden
Our latest Home of the Month selection demonstrates how a new center island can carry an outdated St. Paul house into the 21st century, and why it doesn't always make sense to make the new part of the house match the old.
The south-facing back of the house has lots of windows to take advantage of passive solar gains. Various roof lines help make this house feel like a rural farm building that has evolved over time.
Architect Wayne Branum's instructions were to design an economical house for a 155-acre site in rural Wisconsin, one sympathetic to its agrarian setting, but with a modern twist. Here are five lessons from that project.
Andrea Swan's family fishing retreat