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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.
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.
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