Home of the Month: This year's winning Minnesota projects

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 2, 2014 - 3:35 PM

This year’s Home of the Month projects range from small additions to big extended-family retreats.

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What makes a home just right? For some, it’s a brand-new house in their favorite style and ideal location. For others, it’s just a few more square feet of living space, so their existing house can be reconfigured to accommodate their lifestyle.

Both types of projects are well represented at this year’s Home of the Month awards program, a partnership between the American Institute of Architects Minnesota and Star Tribune. A panel reviewed 42 submitted architect-designed projects from throughout the size and style spectrum, to choose 12 winners.

Here’s a preview of the dozen projects you’ll be seeing the first Sunday of every month, starting in June, in the Sunday Homes section. You’ll find interviews with the architects and homeowners, plus photos, to inspire you to create your own just-right home.

Five Arches

Project: A small addition to a 1920s-era house in south Minneapolis allowed for reconfiguring the space to include a new modern kitchen with custom island, mudroom, pantry and powder room. The home now functions well for both entertaining and daily family life, while still preserving the house’s original charm.

Design team: Christine Albertsson and Tammy Angaran, Albertsson Hansen Architecture.

Lake > City > House

Project: Minneapolis homeowners wanted to make the most of their site overlooking Lake of the Isles. To accomplish that, the existing 1960s-era split-level home was replaced by a new house, with a design that was “wedged” apart to take advantage of the curved property line facing the lake. Two wings, each one room wide, maximize light and views, while a bridge-like space between them facilitates passage from side to side and from the public spaces in the front of the house to the private spaces in back.

Design team: David O’Brien Wagner and Chris Meyer, SALA Architects.

Madeline Island Retreat Home

Project: Madeline Island in Lake Superior is the setting for a rustic and efficient retreat that can accommodate family groups both large and small. The new 1,100-square-foot cottage includes two bedrooms and one bath, while a storage building with a sleeping loft can expand capacity to 12 people.

Design team: Christine Albertsson, Albertsson Hansen Architecture.

Harriet Tudor Renovation

Project: A traditional Tudor-style house overlooking Lake Harriet needed a family-friendly kitchen and mudroom. The kitchen was updated, and an adjacent arcade was salvaged and reworked to better connect with an old maid’s quarters, which was converted into a study and office with built-in desk, bookshelves and window seat. A narrow addition provided space for the mudroom, a half-bath and a connection to the garage and laundry room.

Design team: Jean Rehkamp Larson and Ryan Lawinger, Rehkamp Larson Architects.

Golden Valley Midcentury Modern

Project: A half-century after architect Don D. Davies designed a house for his family, another family fell in love with the simplicity of his design, with its cherry-paneled walls, ceiling beams and other midcentury details. The family wanted to update the kitchen, inspired by Davies’ design elements, including the home’s original teal and yellow colors, and transform the original breezeway to create a formal entry, mudroom and screened porch.

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

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