Home of the Month winners announced

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 6, 2013 - 5:05 PM

This year’s Home of the Month winners reflect their owners’ unique vision of home.


“Whispering Way” Home of the Month winner designed by John Dwyer Architect

Photo: John Dwyer • John Dwyer Architect ,

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Some people feel most at home in a traditional 19th-century house with a few 21st-century updates. Others dream of a completely new and modern space with state-of-the-art features from floor to ceiling.

The ideal weekend “cabin” can have just as as many variations, from a big, extended-family gathering spot in the North Woods to a tiny rural retreat.

These homes and more are among the architect-designed projects that were selected as winners of this year’s Home of the Month award, a partnership between the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Star Tribune.

A panel reviewed nearly 50 submitted projects to choose 13 winners (one extra this year because next year’s event will be a month later, in April instead of March).

Here’s a preview of the projects you’ll be seeing the first Sunday of every month, starting in May, in the Sunday Homes section. You’ll find interviews with the architects and homeowners, plus lots of photos, with plenty of ideas and inspiration to help you create your own dream home.

Summit hill renovation

Project: Owners of a 1915 shingle-style house in St. Paul loved the charm and character of their home, but an earlier renovation had left them with a dysfunctional kitchen and a mid-century look that didn’t fit the character of the house. A new kitchen, eating area and mudroom updated the vintage home for modern living.

Design team: Mark Larson and Amanda Kay, Rehkamp Larson Architects

Abear/etzell residence

Project: A 1960s home in St. Louis Park, with a closed-off kitchen and a rarely used dining room, was opened up to bring in natural light and maximize views of a wetland.

Design team: Geoffrey Warner, Alchemy Architects

Whispering way

Project: Challenging terrain and difficult access had left a site undeveloped for several years. But after extensive mapping of trees, topography and macro and micro climates, an architect discovered a buildable scenario where others had not.

Design team: John Dwyer, John Dwyer Architect.

Tyrol Hills Modern

Project: A 1980s suburban “builder home” was transformed into into an open, modern space to accommodate contemporary family life. The design team utilized the downfall of the home — a huge roof with oversized trusses — to its advantage, removing interior walls and low ceilings to make use of wasted space.

Design team: Lars Peterssen, Gabriel Keller, Kristine Anderson and Andrew Edwins, Peterssen Keller Architecture.

Deephaven house

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