AIA Minnesota Homes 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.

Home & Garden
October 31, 2020
Home & Garden
September 5, 2020
Homeowners Kelly and Kevin McGauley. Kelly owns Leona Rose Interiors.

Modern lake home in Mahtomedi blurs boundary between indoors, outdoors

An interior designer and her husband built a home on White Bear Lake with "California contemporary style."
Home & Garden
February 29, 2020
Paul CrosbyCottagewood Beach House

Homebuilder's beach house was designed for casual Lake Minnetonka living

The homeowners, who love to entertain, envisioned a beach house inspired by coastal cottages in the Hamptons.
Home & Garden
June 2, 2019
An Avon farmhouse is reborn by Rehkamp Larson Architects.

After a devastating fire, a new eco-friendly farmhouse is born in Central Minnesota

After losing what they thought was their "forever" home, a couple built a new country house in Avon.
Home & Garden
December 1, 2018
Architect Christopher Strom designed a partial tear-down and rebuild of a 1940s rambler in Edina to create modern functionality.

Edina couple fine-tuned their modest rambler for modern living

They transformed their modest midcentury home to maximize a prime corner lot.
Home & Garden
August 4, 2018
Sara and Jeremy Imhoff’s new home is a twist on tradition with a classic gable and porch on the outside and a clean modern aesthetic on the inside.

New home in historic Stillwater is modern inside, traditional outside

A couple's new home reflects their love for modern architecture, while blending with their historic Stillwater neighborhood.
Home & Garden
June 30, 2018
Home of the Month - Two farm granaries from different eras were turned into a modern multi-functional home on an old farmstead, designed by Rehkamp La

Old farm granary in Lake Elmo is upcycled to become new modern home

Wood from an old farm granary was creatively repurposed to create an open, airy home.
Home & Garden
March 31, 2018
This Scandinavian modern cabin on Lake Vermilion was designed by Duluth architect David Salmela.

A cubed cabin in northern Minnesota makes the most of lake views

A northern retreat's boxy modern design maximizes lake views while blending into the landscape.
Home & Garden
February 2, 2018
Kitchen, Nordic house by D/O

Less is more in ultra-minimalist Scandinavian-style home in St. Paul

Less is more in a modern Scandinavian-style home in St. Paul.
Home & Garden
September 30, 2017
The great room’s curved timbers, reclaimed barn wood and Montana stone fireplace. A built-in bar for entertaining is on the far wall.

Family lake retreat in Wisconsin offers a warm welcome

Rich, rustic materials shape a family lake retreat in Wisconsin, designed to provide plenty of room for big gatherings. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
September 2, 2017
A turn-of-the-century chemistry lab and the home's original Tudor elements influenced the design of the remodeled kitchen.

A 'family of sports fans' transformed a Tudor overlooking Lake of the Isles

A century-old Tudor Revival overlooking Lake of the Isles has been renovated to please a family of sports fans. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
August 5, 2017
The Peterssen/Keller-designed residence is composed of white stucco, cedar siding, black metal accents — and massive expanses of glass to bring the

Ultra-modern glass home in Minneapolis offers inside-out living

Larry and Cynthia Holtz are native Minnesotans who have never lived in California. But the modern glass house they built in south Minneapolis could easily be at home there. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
July 1, 2017
The low-slung structure is nestled into a hill and duo “side wings” span out from a steep-pitched gable. Shed dormers create additional space and

Country home in Marine on St. Croix gets a barn-style makeover

A country getaway home in Marine on St. Croix gets a barn-style makeover with guest quarters; a study and musical composition space; a reading nook; and a two-car garage with a workshop and lots of storage. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
June 3, 2017
Although the home has three levels, the boxy contemporary design creates a lower profile on the city lot.

Modern green dream home in Linden Hills is sustainable inside and out

The owners of this new modern home on a small lot in Minneapolis consider their project a successful model of sustainable home design and building practices. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
Home & Garden
May 6, 2017
This reinvented family legacy cabin with an old-fashioned big front porch was designed by SALA Architects.

Lake place in northern Minnesota captures spirit of the family original

A no-frills cottage on Swan Lake had been the idyllic summer sojourn for five generations of one Minnesota family. But when its seasons became numbered, a new cottage took its place, making the front porch an essential centerpiece.
Home & Garden
April 22, 2017
Hyytinen Cabin, Home of the Month, David Salmela

Sneak peek at 12 Twin Cities award-winning home designs

What's your vision of the perfect home? Here are 12 designs of distinction singled out by AIA Minnesota. Each will be featured in the coming year as a Home of the Month, but you can get a sneak peek at them now.
April 1, 2017
Vincent Jusuf and Catherine Pham relax in their Minneapolis home with their 11-year-old Shih Tzu, Chili.

Modern house in Linden Hills is different in style but not stature

A new house finds its niche in an older Minneapolis neighborhood using restrained, yet state-of-the-art design. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
March 7, 2017
His-and-her working spaces designed for an architect and an artist on Duluth’s spectacular Park Point.

A home with his-and-her studios – and views – on dramatic Lake Superior

Wanting separate work spaces, an architect and an artist created a distinctive home that makes the most of the setting.
February 5, 2017
The Bryn Mawr home was constructed with an energy-conserving insulated concrete wall system.

Minneapolis couple blend traditional and modern in newly built home

Inside and out, a Minneapolis couple's newly built home melds their traditional and modern sensibilities, while integrating another quality important to them: sustainability. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
December 31, 2016
Andrea Swan can gaze at the river from her open modern kitchen featuring clear pendants etched with family names, durable laminate cabinets and irides

Architect's home salutes E. Europe roots, love for Mississippi River

The custom dream home in Coon Rapids maximizes the majestic Mississippi River setting and smart features for an active family of four. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.
December 5, 2016
A living room addition with a built-in bookcase and views of the wooded landscape was part of an extensive home renovation by Albertsson Hansen Archit

A 1960s house in Deephaven is reborn as a New England-style colonial

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.
November 5, 2016
A cedar wrapped skylight is the centerpiece of the refreshed living areas of a 1950s rambler, designed by Peterssen/Keller Architecture.

Plain 1950s St. Louis Park rambler gets facelift as cool 'wow' house

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.
October 1, 2016
The Koch house in Lindstrom combines Scandinavian-influenced architecture with modern open living spaces facing a lake.

Lindström lake home has simple Scandinavian style

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.
September 6, 2016
A geometric mosaic backsplash energizes the new white and steel kitchen, which took the spot of the old family room.

St. Louis Park homeowners give up family room to get dream kitchen, mudroom

St. Louis Park homeowners gave up a family room to gain a dream kitchen and mudroom – without adding a square foot of new space.
August 9, 2016
Leni and David Moore sat for a portrait outside their Crane Island cottage.

Newly built cottage on Lake Minnetonka island gets old-style look

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.