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

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

A House in White

Project: A Victorian-era home in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis had been remodeled in the 1980s, but in a way that blocked natural light. Opening up the floor plan created better flow and reconnected the updated kitchen and dining room. Original wood pocket doors were uncovered in the process and re-used in the master suite. A window, covered up during the previous remodeling, was restored to bring in more natural light.

Design team: Todd Hansen and Ian McLellan, Albertsson Hansen Architecture.

Kenilworth Residence

Project: A house on Lake of the Isles’ Kenilworth lagoon, originally designed by renowned architect Harry Wild Jones in 1905, was in need of a more open floor plan to bring the lake views into the interior. The home’s original wraparound front porch was restored and integrated into the living spaces, creating open, sun-filled rooms that retain the home’s original detailing, including leaded-glass windows and metal work. The kitchen and family room also were reconfigured, creating a living space that opens to a courtyard.

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

Lake Retreat

Project: The homeowners had purchased a site Up North about 40 years ago, where they retreated on weekends until they were ready to make it their primary residence. Their new home has an open floor plan with flow from indoor to outdoor living areas, connecting the home to its natural environment. Large triple-pane windows combine with horizontal forms to create a flow from interior to exterior spaces.

Design team: Charles R. Stinson and Larry Ward, Charles R. Stinson Architecture + Design.

Morningside Modern

Project: The clients, who were relocating from a midcentury modern home in Washington, D.C., back to the Twin Cities, were searching for a walkable neighborhood and found it in Edina’s Morningside community. On a deep but narrow lot, with a shared driveway, they created a new modern-style home with an open floor plan, his-and-her studio spaces and an unobtrusive garage at the home’s midsection.

Design team: Tim Quigley and Bob Le Moine, Quigley Architects.

Gnarly & Northeast

Project: A 2,300-square-foot tract home in northeast Minneapolis was transformed from a warren of dark rooms into a modern dwelling filled with light. The homeowner originally wanted to add on to gain more space and light, but instead, was able to achieve both by reducing the square footage but opening up the floor plan.

Design team: Eric Odor and Chris Meyer, SALA Architects.

Kenwood Cottage

Project: A new house, situated on the Kenilworth Trail of Minneapolis, updates the traditional cottage style with a clean-lined aesthetic. The home’s open front porch, signature blue door and traditional forms allow it to blend with the surrounding homes in its historic neighborhood.

Design team: Lars Peterssen, Gabriel Keller, Andrew Edwins and Jason Briles, Peterssen/Keller Architecture.

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