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A renovated 1960s home in Deephaven captures the spirit of an old New England colonial to create the home that its owners had always imagined. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Here are tips for displaying everything from Santas to tinsel trees.
A young family finds that less is more — after buying and revitalizing a 1960s duplex near Excelsior that's half the size of their previous one.
A remodeled accessible bathroom is practical and pretty — and all within the existing footprint.
Two smart additions transformed a run-of-the-mill 1950s rambler in St. Louis Park into a cool and current home for a modern family. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
A couple searched for renowned architect John Howe to design their Sunfish Lake house, and found him in a Burnsville mall. You can have the end result for $859,900.
Most people wouldn't touch the renovation of an 1890s farmhouse, let alone one in foreclosure. But a passion for fine craftsmanship and old-house character far outweighed the drawbacks of the water-damaged outdated dwelling for a New Prague couple.
A Shakopee family now has places to stash their stuff out of sight — and off the floor.
A couple were able to preserve a jaw-dropping view of the St. Croix River — only 10 feet from the edge of the bluff — by building on the footprint of an old summer cabin. Here's how they did it.
At first, Angie and Lenny Koch planned to build a modest beach house in her hometown of Lindström, Minn., and eventually sell it. "Then we got emotionally invested and decided to build it for us," Angie said, "and do it right." It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Minneapolis homeowners sacrificed a tiny closet to get a family-sized bathroom.
Richard Wyatt Earp's profession as a tax accountant was the polar opposite of his namesake and distant cousin Wyatt Earp, the Old West lawman romanticized…
Once-forgotten Minnesota attics are being transformed into bedrooms, art studios, even great rooms. But there are challenges to converting them into usable space. Here's how three sets of Twin Cities homeowners tackled their projects.
Twin Cities Parade of Homes showcases fresh and functional features, from modern farmhouse looks to the "kitchen within a kitchen."
St. Louis Park homeowners gave up a family room to gain a dream kitchen and mudroom – without adding a square foot of new space.
Built for an iron ore businessman in the 1930s, St. Paul's all-steel "Home of Tomorrow" was designed to showcase the latest in windows, kitchen and bathroom design. You can have it for $845,000.
The durable steel Lustron homes in Minneapolis are a blast from the past— surviving examples of a midcentury design innovation.
Everyday Solutions: A 1930s English Tudor in St. Paul gains outdoor living space with an all-American screen porch.
A 1930s English Tudor gains outdoor living space with an all-American screen porch.
A newly built cottage could easily be mistaken for one of the century-old summer homes on Lake Minnetonka's historic Crane Island. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Twin Cities Home Luxury Remodeling Tour offers an inside look at upscale projects.
Landscaping and overhang fixes help water flow away from a Minnetonka house.
The contemporary Craftsman-style home in Mendota Heights was designed by "Not So Big House" author Sarah Susanka.
Two custom walls and sound isolators turn a city loft into an art gallery and quiet retreat.
An earthy one-room cabin is embraced by its deep wooded setting on Burntside Lake.
The former WCCO-TV meteorologist and host of "Rebecca's Garden" has revamped the Stillwater Farm Store as a destination for tourists and farmers alike with a mix of merchandise she calls "cool organic farmhouse, not crafty country."
Jim Felger's classmates would tease him because he smelled like deep-fried doughnuts when he came to school."Jim's father was a third-generation baker," said…
Christine Hinrichs is a trapper, of sorts. She camps out in dark alleys for hours trying to capture wild animals.
What's it like to live on the Mississippi River? The owner of the Covington, a floating inn docked at Harriet Island, describes life as a modern-day Huck Finn: "We are right across from downtown, but it's so peaceful and quiet."
Theresa and Jim Mieseler are hanging up their trowels as of June 12.
In 2014, the couple bought the piece of land at the end of a winding country road. The setting felt so different and far away from their tiny 1920s bungalow in the heart of Minneapolis. "At our old house, we heard airplane noise, not birds chirping."
Big, bad-smelling bloom lasts just two days.
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.
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