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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.
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.
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.
AIA MN Home of the Month: A few subtle shifts transform an “awkward” floor plan in an earlier addition, improving flow and function.
An early 1900s house – overlooking Lake of the Isles and designed by Harry Wild Jones – gets a worldly, modern makeover.
A large extended family shares a new lakeside cottage designed to feel as though it's been on the peninsula for the past 100 years.
A new cottage on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island combines rustic interiors for the soul, and energy-saving strategies for sustainability.
Homeowners Mary Glas and Mark Larsen were close to giving up on finding the perfect home when a Realtor friend tipped them off about a house for sale in the quiet St. Anthony neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis.
A couple didn’t let an odd-shaped lot stop them from building a retro-inspired rambler in Edina.
AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: A new Kenwood cottage puts a modern spin on a tried-and-true tradition, while blending into an older urban neighborhood.
AIA Minnesota Home of the Month: A reconfigured floor plan turns a dining room into a spacious kitchen at the hub of a 1920s home.
The renovation of a 1929 house facing Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis balances period charm with modern functionality for a family of five.
For the first time, a Minneapolis woman and her young son will celebrate the season in a home of their own.
Two design pros deck their halls in dramatically different styles, and share their tips for adding festive flair. John Hinschberger goes vintage.
A dark and drab 1960s great room is livened up with fresh materials and a modern “Mad Men”-style bar.
Do-it-yourself holiday centerpieces get a fresh look with fresh materials, from wine bottles to pears to long-stemmed white roses.
Freshwater Society co-founder Dick Gray’s midcentury modern gem hugs the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka. You can have it for $1,299,900.
A creative Minneapolis mom infuses her white-on-white spaces with pops of bright hues, mod patterns and distinctive prints.
Today's remodeled lower levels boast stylish finishes and family-focused features.
Cooks have room to maneuver and easy-to-reach work spaces, thanks to a remodeled kitchen’s universal design features.
A new coffee-table book by St. Paul architectural historian Larry Millett combines colorful tales with sumptuous photos.
Lynne Rossetto Kasper tested recipes, wrote her award-winning cookbooks and prepped for her radio broadcasts in the century-old Crocus Hill home in St. Paul. You can have it for … $748,500.
Today's new built-ins put everything at your fingertips in kitchens and baths. Here are some smart ideas on organizing and storing your stuff.
Architectural problem-solving — from maximizing natural light to floor plans that flow — will be on display in 16 Twin Cities residences open for touring next weekend.
Renovators who share a passion for old houses and preservation have each taken on an abandoned 1880s property.
The rehabber: Robert Hengelfelt of Hengelfelt Restorations has been reviving turn-of-the-century houses, especially rebuilding front porches, since the mid-1990s. He studied art at Hamline…
Last year, Robin O’Brien traded in her flight-attendant uniform for a tool belt, intending to use her architecture degree and pursue a new career as an old-house renovator.
Need ideas for your next room redo? A new home remodeling tour offers an inside look at upscale projects.
A new and improved kitchen and eating area remains true to the home's 1930s Tudor character.
A Scandinavian-inspired home offers a taste of Finland in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr neighborhood.
An Airstream-only trailer park offers a “slice of retro heaven,” along with quirky camaraderie.
The challenge: Redesign a basic “builder-beige” master bathroom in a 1980s home to give it Arts and Crafts-inspired character, better functionality and pampering amenities.
Summer means lounging in outdoor rooms, which can be equipped with just about every amenity under the sun.
A tile-company owner built a 1950s split-entry home across from Diamond Lake that still boasts its original tiled interiors. You can have it for $899,900.
This June brings not one, but two competing tours of high-end homes. Are there enough gawkers and prospective buyers to support both?
As the search for Tou Hu Vang continued in Taylors Falls, the body of a 14-year-old St. Paul Park boy was pulled from the Mississippi River.
An uninviting, under-used back yard was transformed into an appealing, easy-care city oasis.
You can have it for $1.29 million: The stucco-and-stone exterior is classic Tudor style, but inside is a multicolored slate floor and iron circular staircase, creating an aura of an Italian villa.
A Minneapolis mom of three shares her clever ideas for kid-friendly decorating.
A new garage, built up instead of out, houses two cars on a small city lot.
Buyers can be turned on – or off – by a host of details when they’re house-hunting, triggering an emotional reaction that prompts them to make an offer or move on.
Whether you’re building a brand-new home or pondering a kitchen makeover, there are dozens of big and small details to lose sleep over. Architects weigh in on trends, tips and strategies.
A turn-of-the century Queen Anne in St. Paul, boasting an indoor fountain and woodwork to die for, is restored and updated to last another 100 years. It's one of the “Dream Homes” on the Remodelers Showcase.
A 1950s rambler is lighter and more livable after two walls came tumbling down.
Resourceful, hands-on homeowners update their century-old house for modern living, with help from a TV design pro.
The simple, down-to-earth shapes of traditional farmhouses inspired a model home featured on this year’s Parade of Homes.
While it may seem scary, going it alone can allow kids to branch out, take risks and spread their wings.
The financier made his fortune dealing in the fast lane. But after business hours, he liked to retreat to his traditional family home on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. You can have it for $22 million.
Looking for a great escape, two couples found it in the attic, converting empty space into inviting master suites.
A kitchen update is inspired by a home’s midcentury modern roots.
The homeowners wanted to infuse Arts and Crafts character into a bland 1970s split-level in Mound. Here's what their designers came up with.
Organizing pros help solve your clutter conundrums – for a happier new year.
A new “marsh room” brings the outdoors in with panoramic all-season views.
A Minneapolis couple’s home makeover, which won an EcoBlend award, is good for their pets and for the environment.
“Remodelista” blog editors offer insights and inspiration in a new book.
AIA Home of the Month: An outdated 1960s two-story house in St. Louis Park gets a modern reboot to maximize light and views.
Guitarist Brian Setzer and his wife, Julie Reiten, felt right at home in their aptly named Rock Island Lofts. But now that they're moving, you can have it for $1.299 million.
Three Twin Cities design pros offer a peek inside their own homes and share their tips for high-impact seasonal decor.
A St. Paul couple took cues from the past to repurpose and update existing spaces in their nearly century-old home.
He's called a "cabinologist." But Dale Mulfinger has played many other roles during his long career, including mentor to many and a “father of residential architecture.”
The couple’s mission was to restore the century-old brick beauty, which had been cut up into apartments, to its single-family grandeur.
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