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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.
Gray and beige — or "griege" — are far from boring in this top-to-bottom restyling of an Edina rambler, this year's designer showcase home.
Joyce and Dick McFarland had just completed a major renovation of their late 1880s farmhouse in Excelsior. But relocating the garage created a need for an easy walkway from the driveway to a newly elevated front entry.
Bungalow owners will open their homes to share ideas and experiences at the Twin Cities Bungalow Club Tour on May 14.
Home tour spotlights everything from Old World preservation to going green.
Patricia “Patty” Bjork was like the mom of the Minneapolis Police Band, where she played the euphonium for 25 years. Everyone looked forward to the…
Architects share tips about today's smart home design – a preview of this year's Home of the Month event.
Two Minneapolis units were combined into one, creating a custom designer 12-floor condo with dramatic downtown views. You can have it for $2.5 million.
The American Craft Council's event demonstrates creative ways to rock handcrafted clothing and accessories.
Production company issues casting call for new HGTV or DIY Network series.
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.
Six adults and four children, representing three generations of one family, all live together in a large Dutch Colonial in Minneapolis, where they share spaces — and expenses.
Bachman's latest Ideas House showcases a vibrant fling with spring and its colors.
It took a pair of Dellwood gardeners years of hard work to transform their suburban lot into a wildlife sanctuary, with restored wetlands surrounding two ponds. Now it's a paradise of blooms and habitat — and one of our Beautiful Gardens winners.
From the front, the century-old brick Craftsman was a beauty. But from the back, it looked like a 1970s afterthought. So a Minneapolis couple did something to fix it.
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.
Desire to create an at-home spa experience drives today's bathroom design and products.
"The Property Brothers" drew a huge crowd of more than 3,000 people Saturday at the Home and Garden Show in Minneapolis.
Get an inside look at a new Woodbury house tailor-made for a 21st-century family – featured on the Parade of Homes.
TV twins bring their renovation smarts – and brotherly razzing – to the Twin Cities.
A spacious Mac-Groveland home seamlessly blends 1920s character with up-to-date amenities. You can have it for $1.185 million.
A nature-loving couple's home was designed for birding and sustainability.
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.
A Minneapolis homeowner got hands-on help during a visit from the PBS series "Ask This Old House."
Jacob Miller was the kind of biology teacher who installed a hawk cam in a chapel bell tower, designed and planted a prairie plot in…
How could a Golden Valley couple solve storage problems within their limited square footage? Architect Carl Olson's solution was a 12-foot-long, two-sided "floating" cherry cabinet.
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.
A 1990s cooking-dining area is revitalized with new finishes and eco-friendly materials.
Chef Mitch Omer was proud of the wild-rice porridge on the breakfast menu at his Minneapolis restaurant, Hell's Kitchen."It looked mushy, and people wouldn't try…
Holiday mood lighting ranges from battery-operated LED micro-lights to old-school wax candles. Here are ways to illuminate the dark December night.
Lacy's twist on traditional resale shops is that donors of the items get to choose the charity or organization that benefits from the sale.
A North Loop condo makeover balances raw industrial elements with warm rural charm – while staying within the homeowner's $60,000 budget.
Martha Ballard and Paul Chrenka decided that the best, budget-friendliest place to build a getaway was to attach it to their Minneapolis home.
Architectural historian Larry Millett's latest book sheds light on midcentury modernism in Minnesota – and how it shaped the Twin Cities we know today.
A home makeover mixes rustic distressed materials with sleek refined elements.
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.
Squirrels are skipping the turkey dinner and going straight for the pumpkin pie. On porches, patios and front stoops across the Twin Cities, the…
It's a win-win for a three-generation family sharing a repurposed rambler, with a custom "condo" downstairs.
The exterior of Ben and Brenda Marks' Minnetonka rambler evokes the look of Prairie-style architecture. But the interiors were stuck in the 1990s with basic maple woodwork, beige carpet and walled-in rooms.
From "Father Knows Best" to Southdale, take a nostalgic tour of Twin Cities suburban sprawl – and its cultural consequences.
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.
Home makeovers big and small — from powder rooms to whole-house transformations — will be on display during the Remodelers Showcase.
Minnetonka architect's midcentury modern multi-level was spotlighted in a '50s magazine.
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.
Tangletown Gardens owner has created a junglelike landscape to complement the fanciful new porch on his Victorian home.
The eco-friendly remodeling of a north Minneapolis home was a pilot project for the Minnesota GreenStar program. You can have it for $265,000.
A Minneapolis interior designer's Georgian-style home makeover is among nine upscale remodeling projects open for tours.
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.
A theater producer's Uptown condo delivers views of bustling Lake Calhoun corner. You can have it for $2 million.
A Bloomington interior designer treasures living in her childhood home, which was designed by her multitalented mother.
First impressions count, whether it's a blind date or welcoming guests into your home. But it's not easy to make a good first impression when the highlight of your foyer is a massive dated light-blocking staircase.
An airy, modern home is carefully scaled to fit comfortably into its established city neighborhood. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
A dated Edina home transitions from 1980s "Miami Vice" to 21st-century smart design.
The 1958 Prairie-style brick dwelling, with a tuck-under garage, sits on a wooded half-acre lot abutting Wirth Park in the North Tyrol Hills neighborhood. You can have it for $799,000.
The challenge: Make a tiny powder room bigger, more accessible and easier to maneuver for a homeowner with limited mobility.
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.
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.
Architect Ralph Rapson's midcentury modern gems in University Grove will be showcased on upcoming tour, part of a national symposium.
A back yard of ho-hum turf grass is transformed into an inviting outdoor living room.
AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: Nature takes center stage inside a year-round modern retreat that merges with its northern Minnesota setting.
The turn-of-the-century house has abundant woodwork and a Minnehaha-themed stained-glass window, along with amenities today's buyers covet. You can have it for $2.395 million.
Home of the Month choices range from a remodeled industrial loft to a gracious Lake Superior retreat.
Urban residences on the Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour show how homeowners have injected eco-friendly features, along with re-used and recycled materials.
A retired high school teacher capitalized on her scientific curiosity, passion for arborvitae and summer breaks to make a barren lot beautiful.
Gardeners Dan and Nancy Engebretson regarded an unfinished, weed-infested walking path as an opportunity, not an eyesore. So they planted what has become a mini-arboretum that draws people from the neighborhood.
A Minneapolis couple didn't let a compact city yard stop them from creating a fanciful landscape of waterfalls, shade and sun beds, and even a hobbit house.
Self-taught gardeners transformed their suburban back yard from green turf into a colorful oasis to become winners of our Beautiful Gardens contest.
Two Plymouth gardeners combine their love for roses and waterfalls into a lavish landscape.
A Champlin couple transformed their back yard from a sandbox to the setting for their wedding reception.
A granddaughter's sprawling cottage gardens honor the two grandmothers who passed down their cherished plants and wisdom.
The Shannons of St. Paul scaled a steep learning curve to create their "collector's garden," which features specimens from around the world.
A Bloomington woman interweaves old-fashioned coneflowers, flowering shrubs and flagstone walkways to turn her turf-covered suburban back yard into a massive cutting garden.
A challenging, hilly site didn't deter an Eagan couple from building a house inspired by gathering around the campfire.
A renovation of a 1980s contemporary ranch home mixes a modern spirit with family-friendly comfort in the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
A modern flat-roofed home breaks the mold but still blends with its neighbors.
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