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“Northern Light” in Architecture MN magazine

Read about our Northern Light project, featured on the cover of the July/August issue of Architecture MN magazine. This elegant retreat is rustic design at its most sophisticated.

2015 BLEND Award Winner

Our Parkside Cottage project was the recipient of a 2015 BLEND Award. Parkside Cottage replaces a neglected home on the site that was slowly sinking due to soft soil. The new home’s height was kept to one-and-a-half stories, with shed dormers on both sides to maximize space. The BLEND Award encourages and rewards builders, architects and…

2016 Architect of Distinction Award

Mark Larson was named recipient of the AIA Minnesota 2016 Architect of Distinction Award. This award recognizes excellence in residential design exhibited throughout an architect’s career. The recipient is selected by a panel of jurors and is featured in the April/May issue of Midwest Home magazine.

2018 Homes by Architects Tour

Visit us at Home #9 during the AIA MN Homes by Architects Tour on September 15-16. This guest house was designed for entertainment and high-performance cars. The main level and tower take on the relaxed, traditional feel of the main house. The lower-level garage is decidedly more modern, with workshop, car storage, and lounge. Visit…

2018 RAVE Awards

Rehkamp Larson Architects received five 2018 RAVE Awards from Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. First Place was awarded to Old Farm New in the category of New Home over 3,500 square feet, and to Buckeye Point Bath in the Bath category. Second Place awards went to East West Kitchen, Granary House, and Hayward Cabin. The RAVE Awards (Residential Architects Vision and…

2019 Architect of Distinction

Jean Rehkamp Larson is the recipient of the 2019 AIA Minnesota Architect of Distinction Award. The award is given annually to a residential architect, licensed for more than 15 years, who has demonstrated a mastery of architecture through design, craft and materials, and who has made significant contributions to the advancement of residential design. Selected…

Ask an Architect at Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show

Join us for a panel discussion at the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show this Sunday, January 29. Jean Rehkamp Larson is one of four architects answering your questions at noon on the main stage. Click here for tickets and more information.

Edina Country Club Architectural Tour

Edina’s Country Club District is hosting a neighborhood Walking Tour on Saturday, May 7. Visit edinamn.gov  for more information.

Fox Run on Parade of Homes

Our Fox Run project is a Dream Home on the Fall 2016 Parade of Homes! Come see us at Home #176: 10536 – 83rd Street North in Grant. Visit paradeofhomes.org for more information.

Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour

Edina’s Country Club Neighbors for Preservation is hosting a Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour on May 13. Jean Rehkamp Larson will help lead the tour of six original Country Club homes on Wooddale Avenue and Edina Boulevard. Click here for more details.

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Home of the Month

We are proud to announce that our “Inside the Box” project was selected as one of this year’s Star Tribune Home of the Month winners. We completely reconfigured the main floor within its existing space, ultimately re-energizing the way the house lives. Twelve winning designs by AIA Minnesota architects were chosen by a panel and will be…

Homes by Architects Tour September 16-17

Come see us at two of our projects during the AIA MN Homes by Architects Tour on September 16-17. Home #8 is a thoughtful renovation in Minneapolis’ Linden Hills neighborhood. Home #15 is a new, modern farmhouse in Lake Elmo. Visit homesbyarchitects.org for tickets and more information.

Homes by Architects Tour September 17-18

Visit us at our Inside the Box project during the AIA MN Homes by Architects Tour this weekend. Home #3: 4344 Browndale Avenue South in St. Louis Park. Visit homesbyarchitects.org for tickets and more information.

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Interview with Jean Rehkamp Larson and Amanda Kay

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award Winner

We are proud to announce that our East West project received a Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award in the category of New Addition to an Historic Building. AIA Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, and Preserve Minneapolis partner each year to honor and celebrate projects, people, and organizations that advance the goals of historic preservation in Minneapolis. Projects…

RAVE Awards

Minneapolis Craftsman, Kitchen Tower Renovation

RAVE Awards

Second Place, Remodel/Addition over 3500 SF

RAVE Awards

We are proud to announce that we received two RAVE Awards from Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. Our Urban Fit project won first place in the category of New Home 2,000-3,500 square feet, and Kenwood Carriage House won second place in the category of New Home less than 2,000 square feet. The RAVE Awards (Residential Architects Vision and Excellence) was…

RAVE Awards

Second Place, New Home less than 2,000 SF

RAVE Awards

First Place, New Home 2,000-3,500 SF

RAVE Awards

Second Place – New Home less than 2,000 SF

RAVE Awards

Second Place – New Home 2,000-3,500 SF

RAVE Awards

First Place – New Home more than 3,500 SF

RLA names new Associates

Rehkamp Larson Architects is proud to announce the promotion of four Associates in our studio. Ryan Bicek, AIA and Ryan Lawinger, AIA have been named Senior Associates, and Sarah Nymo, AIA and Amanda Kay are now Associates. With over 40 years combined experience in our office, their design talent, attention to detail and communication skills…

St. Louis Park Home Remodeling Tour

Visit our 4300 Browndale project this Sunday during the St. Louis Park Home Remodeling Tour. This property maintained the existing style of the home while adding much needed space. The garage, which was originally located on the side of the house, was converted into a beautiful master suite, then extended to the back with a…

St. Louis Park Home Remodeling Tour

Come visit with our very own Mark Larson and builder Joel Johnson this afternoon during the St. Louis Park Home Remodeling Tour! Our Cape Cod Kitchen project at 4054 Quentin Avenue will be open from noon-4pm today. For more information about the tour, please visit stlouispark.org.

Watermark Awards

Grand Award: Kitchen in a Custom Home, less than 3,000 square feet

Watermark Awards

Grand Award: Best Kitchen in a Remodeled Home – 3,000 to 5,000 square feet

Watermark Awards

Bath of the Year and Grand Award for Best Master Bath in a Remodeled Home

Watermark Awards

Grand Award for Best Kitchen in a Remodeled Home, less than 2,000 square feet

Watermark Awards

Merit Award: Best kitchen in a Custom Home – 2,000 – 3,000 square feet

Winner of Two RAVE Awards

We’re excited to have received two RAVE Awards this year! Our Inside the Box project won first place in the Kitchens category, and Creekside won second place in the category of Remodel/Addition over 3,500 square feet. The RAVE Awards (Residential Architects Vision and Excellence) was created by Mpls. St. Paul Home & Design Magazine to…

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Mark Larson

Mark co-founded Rehkamp Larson Architects with his wife Jean in 2000 following his entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to design. After receiving a B.A. from St. Olaf College, Mark earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in 1992. Prior to founding the office, he worked in the offices of Vince James, The…

Tudor Reset

The homeowners wanted the new kitchen, informal eating and family room to have better flow and period appropriate details. New butler’s pantries framed by Tudor arches now create good flow between living room and dining room, and into the kitchen. New custom cabinetry transitions from the original dark stain of the house to painted wood,…

Jean Rehkamp Larson

Jean cofounded Rehkamp Larson Architects with husband Mark Larson in 2000 with the vision of an inspired, collaborative, client focused design process. In that same year, Jean was a recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award. In 2006, Jean was named the Emerging Talent of the Year by Midwest Home magazine. Her work was described…

Ryan Bicek

Ryan graduated from Iowa State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Before joining Rehkamp Larson Architects in 2003, Ryan spent two years at Hammel, Green & Abrahamson, Inc. in Minneapolis, and worked as an intern in the offices of RB+B, Fort Collins, CO. and Jensen Design Build, Ames, IA. Ryan’s prior project…

Farmhouse Reborn

Practical, natural, and soulful describe this new house. These down-to-earth homeowners requested that farmhouse-meets-barn for their new abode. The new house and garage are sited to complement two existing barns, overlook views to the pond on the south, and welcome all as they enter from the east. The homeowners’ commitment to sustainability shows in the…

Ryan Lawinger

Before his start at Rehkamp Larson Architects in 2006, Ryan spent two years on multi-family and hospitality projects at ESG Architects. He has also spent time as an intern with the marketing and design firm Shea and as a field engineer intern with M.A. Mortenson. Ryan attended the University of Minnesota and received his Bachelor…

Sarah Nymo

After a few years of living in the desert Southwest, Sarah returned home to Minnesota and joined the office in 2012. Prior to her work at Rehkamp Larson Architects, Sarah spent six years at Quigley Architects, specializing in residential design, and did freelance work during her time in Arizona. Sarah earned a degree in mathematics…

John Kirk

John received his B.A. degree in Architecture from Miami University (OH) in 2001 and Master of Architecture from the University of Washington in 2005. He previously worked at Glaserworks in Ohio and Mulvanny G2 in Washington, and headed up his own architectural firm in Minneapolis for six years before joining Rehkamp Larson Architects in 2016….

Anders Matney

Anders has led a varied career as research assistant in Antarctica and Iceland, ship’s engineer aboard sail training vessels, and high school math and science teacher. He ran his own design/build firm before joining the office in 2014. His studies have taken him around the world to Hungary, Vietnam and Turkey.  As part of his…

Round Lake Lodge

This family cabin feels like just that – a cabin. A material palette of chinked log siding, recycled timbers, wall and ceiling boards and natural stone enhance the feeling of being on retreat – out of the city. The center log-clad 1.5 story anchors a private master bedroom wing to the north and a public…

Angela Taffe Wingate

Angie joined the Rehkamp Larson staff in 2011 as a student intern, and joined the office full time in 2013 after completing her Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota. As part of her studies, Angie spent time in Biloxi, MS as part of the Gulf Coast Design Studio, and was also part of a…

Cape Cod Kitchen

Every inch of this charming Cape Cod’s new kitchen is put to good use, proving that small can be perfect. Cabinets between the kitchen and dining serve double duty as room divider and pantry. Open shelves flank the kitchen window, inviting sunlight in and providing a view of the patio and backyard. A built-in dog…

Laurel Johnston

Laurel earned her Master of Architecture degree at Kansas State University in 2013 and Master of Science in Architecture – Sustainable Design at the University of Minnesota in 2016. Her interest in sustainability and zero energy homes led her to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition, where she was…

Elissa Juhnke

Elissa joined the Rehkamp Larson staff in 2016 after graduating from Iowa State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. While attending ISU, she worked as an intern in the offices of Invision and BNIM in Des Moines and spent a semester studying abroad in Rome. Elissa spent three years at Short Elliott…

Summit Hill Addition

Situated within St. Paul’s Historic Hill District Area, this home’s formal front half still possessed original 1907 millwork and character; but the kitchen, updated in the 1980s, felt out of place. The renovation removed a steep second stair, opening the kitchen to the dining room. The new mudroom shares light with the kitchen, includes plenty…

Corey Pederson

Corey joined the Rehkamp Larson staff in 2018 after spending five years working on office renovations, gallery spaces, and high-end residential projects for SKD Architects.  He completed his Bachelor of Design Architecture at the University of Minnesota in 2010 and went on to earn his Master of Architecture from Southern Illinois-Carbondale in 2017, focusing on…

Karla Clow

Karla joined the office in 2012 as our Business Manager. With an architect for a husband and four young children at home, she’s well skilled at keeping the office organized and all of us in line. When she’s not at the office, she spends her time chauffeuring kids to hockey practice and enjoying time with…

Cindy Bennett

Cindy joined the office in 2015 as Marketing Manager for Rehkamp Larson Architects. After earning two degrees in Advertising and Graphic Design from South Dakota State University, Cindy spent 7 years in print production at Fallon and Duffy Design, was a full-time mom, and worked as Marketing Manager at a local design/build firm. Cindy lives…

Upton Revived

Located in a vibrant Minneapolis neighborhood, this house endured several additions and remodels over the years which left awkward spaces, pinch points in the floor plan, mixed expression on the exterior facades, and not enough space for a growing family. But the old house also boasted some great details, a dramatic built-in dining room buffet,…

Old Farm New

This modern farmhouse sits on an old farmstead in Lake Elmo. The homeowners wanted a comfortable home with an edge that celebrates the panoramic views of the rural site. A vintage white barn served as inspiration for the exterior material palette. The traditional gable form is paired with a corner of glass that accents the…

Mendota Modern

This project started with design schemes for a new house on the adjacent property, and ultimately ended with a renovation of the homeowner’s existing midcentury rambler. Early pricing studies revealed that renovating would give them everything they wanted, and at a significant cost savings. Views of the lake were better from their existing house, the…

Fox Run

Situated on a rolling meadow, this family house settles into its rural landscape with a modern, open floor plan in vernacular white farmhouse cladding. The main-level master suite and three bedrooms upstairs allow the owners to raise a family, then age in place. Three porches take full advantage of the beautiful views of the pastoral…

Lake of the Isles Redux

This classic house has graciously anchored its corner site on Lake of the Isles for generations, but was in need of overall refinement and tailoring. Materials throughout the house were replaced or refreshed, the kitchen fully renovated, and master suite expanded. New lighting and finishes transformed the walls into gallery space suitable for the homeowner’s art…

Independence Farmhouse

Set in a former farm field along a horse path, this new farmhouse opens up a traditional vernacular form for a busy modern family. The small upper level of the house efficiently contains a guest bedroom, bathroom and two kids bedrooms connected by a Jack and Jill bath. Contained within that same footprint on the…

Hayward Cabin

This Nordic-inspired cabin replaces a small, worn, water-damaged prefab house formerly occupying the site. The goals for this project included making a flexible, efficient and charming cabin on a modest construction budget. This challenge was met by using a simple story-and-a-half primary form parallel to the lake, with narrow front gable to cover the entry…

Bayfield Cottage

Located in the woods just above the rugged cliffs on the shores of Lake Superior, this family cottage was built as a getaway home for three generations. The house is rotated on the site and angled in its relationship to the lake, allowing filtered light through the trees and views both up and down the…

Granary House

This timber frame granary sat beside a large gambrel barn for decades. When the farmstead’s owners decided to evolve the site for continued use by multiple generations, they envisioned living within the crafted frame. The large site was subdivided to allow for two residences. The granary was carefully disassembled and the pungent wood cladding, floor…

Harriet Refined

This renovated home is situated on a beautiful urban lake in southwest Minneapolis. While the homeowners appreciated the long views over the lake and sense of privacy from busy walking and biking paths, they wanted to reconfigure the second floor’s main living space and update the overall aesthetic of the home. The master suite’s odd…

Parkside Cottage

A simple story and a half with gable roof keeps the height low, while shed dormers on both sides maximize space. The exterior, a combination of horizontal lap siding, V-groove soffits and painted panels, reflects classic details found throughout the neighborhood. A cozy porch facing the park welcomes guests through the front yard. Inside, classic…

Kenwood Carriage House

This modest house in Minneapolis’ Kenwood neighborhood serves as a guest house to the adjacent property, giving the homeowners plenty of space for out-of-town guests. While its traditional exterior complements the main house, the interior contains its own fresh, modern expression: open steel shelves hang above stainless kitchen cabinets, a sleek curtain track allows for…

Urban Fit

This new house was inspired by adjacent homes in the neighborhood – their simple forms, clapboard siding, kick at the edge of the roof line, and windows placed in a clean pattern. As a result, the house gracefully settles in on its established Minneapolis streetscape. That said, it isn’t just backward-looking – the large casement…

Woodland Cottage

Sitting adjacent to a larger family house on Lake Minnetonka, this house was designed to accommodate guests and high-performance cars. The guest house’s main level and tower take on the relaxed, traditional feel of the main house with vaulted ceilings, clean lines and exceptional craftsmanship. The tower has an open, airy treehouse feel with something…

Woodland Motor Lounge

Sitting adjacent to a larger family house on Lake Minnetonka, this house was designed to accommodate guests and high-performance cars. The main level and tower of Woodland Cottage take on the relaxed, traditional feel of the main house with vaulted ceilings, clean lines and exceptional craftsmanship. The tower has an open, airy treehouse feel with something for…

Creekside

The original house, which overlooks Minnehaha Creek in Edina, was divided by too many doorways and level changes. A previous two-story addition at the back of the house gave this growing young family enough square footage, but they hoped to open up and expand the kitchen and reconnect to their large creekside yard. Space was…

Linden Hills Addition

This classic stucco house’s small addition and renovation, designed for a successful restaurateur couple in Minneapolis, resulted in some very large improvements. The original kitchen had headroom issues, outdated appliances, too many doorways, and not enough counter space. Expanding the kitchen, mudroom and powder room allowed the original stair to be straightened and a new…

Proper Cottage

This quaint 1935 Tudor sits quietly on a double lot. The original home had plenty of charm and detailing, but its tiny kitchen, undersized garage and lack of family gathering spaces prompted the need for a main-level remodel and addition. The project maintains and enhances the best of the existing house and transforms the rest….

Buckeye Point

Situated on the peninsula of a small Minnesota lake, this home is surrounded by views of meadow, rolling woods and quiet water. Its three wings, arranged to take advantage of the natural ridges on the site, are intimate for the couple yet spacious enough for large gatherings. One wing contains the kitchen, living room and…

East West

Designed by prominent architect Adam Lansing Dorr and built in 1904, this home is a designated Minneapolis historic landmark. Much-needed work on the exterior focused on saving historic elements, and the front porch was extensively renovated and brought back to its original form. The rear addition’s two stories, gallery link, and mud room/garage step back…

Northern Light

At first glance, this is the quintessential Northern Minnesota log cabin; its classic story and a half form looks as though it was linked to smaller stone structures at some point in time. There’s no question you are “at the cabin,” and finishes used throughout add an unassuming layer of sophistication. The stone exterior walls continue through…

10 Independence

Renovating this lakeside home for a family with eight children meant efficient organization, good flow, and maximum storage. The floor plan was reorganized within the existing footprint to expand and open up the kitchen, create a generous mudroom using space borrowed from the garage, and transform the unfinished attic into a fantastic play space. Custom…

Prairie Modern

Perched atop a rolling prairie site in Lake Elmo, this new home’s open interior spaces, large expanse of glass, and strategically placed windows provide vistas in every direction. The clients’ passion for bird watching and nature was a driving force in the design of this home. A desire to age in place also played an…

Composed Colonial

This classic Georgian Colonial has been home to the present owners for over two decades, and for the past 18 years we have worked with the family to make it the elegant home it is today. The first phase transformed the sagging second floor porch into a jewel box of a sunroom. Next, interior refinements…

Forty Third Street Corner

This newly constructed home in the heart of Linden Hills sits between the residential neighborhood surrounding Lake Harriet and the quaint commercial storefronts of West 43rd Street. The design for the home shares traditional features of its neighbors, but also introduces modern influences. Gabled and hipped roofs create a familiar silhouette for the neighborhood while…

Inside the Box

With a growing family, the homeowners needed to expand their classic Cape Cod. Over a period of years, they hired us to complete the work in two phases without impacting the footprint. Phase One added a full-height, second story addition with three bedrooms and two baths. Phase Two reconfigured the main floor, bringing new flow and use…

Minnetonka Modern

Quietly positioned overlooking a scenic marsh, light fills the interior courtyard that forms the main living areas of the house, which also serve as musical teaching and performance space. Surrounding the main living spaces are the bedrooms, a music teaching room, mudroom, and an electronics lab and workshop, all anchored by the kitchen’s wood-burning pizza…

Lake Edge

This home for a vibrant young family takes in the lake with wide expanses of glass in some spaces, and playful peeks at the landscape in others. A bridge leads to the front door and the moat below allows the steep grade to transition around the house and sensibly dispel runoff. The house has a…

Den Röda Stugan (The Red Cottage)

This cozy cabin set on a Northern Minnesota lake reflects the couple’s love for their Nordic heritage. The retreat includes a study for him, sewing room for her, bunk room for grandchildren and a screened porch to relax and enjoy the views of woods and water. The living room and dining room sit under a…

Brown’s Bay Residence

This new Lake Minnetonka home is both grand and comfortable. Facing Brown’s Bay, a continuous wall of glass looks out over the water while connecting the public spaces on the main level from end to end. Wood shakes add to the cozy exterior feel, while expansive views of the yard open up the interior. An…

Midcentury Makeover

This midcentury split level overlooking a park in the Tyrol Hills neighborhood had good bones and enough square footage, but the floor plan was congested, the kitchen too closed off, and there wasn’t enough natural light. The floor plan was opened up and the kitchen and dining room swapped places, and materials were updated. New…

Oaklawn Renovation

This renovation is an example of how dramatic improvements can occur within an existing space. Square footage was borrowed from the oversized living room to create a front entry/mudroom and piano niche, and allow the living room to become a more appropriate size. The elongated kitchen, kept in the same location, was reorganized to form…

Kenwood Revival

This 1918 Georgian Revival already had a stately front façade, grand center hall and gracious living space, but access to the garage and back yard was cumbersome and its small, dated galley kitchen didn’t connect with the spirit of the house. A proper kitchen was created by relocating a powder room and staircase, and a…

Cottage Tudor Refined

While the urban lot of this 1930s home left little room to expand, great potential existed to remodel much of its underutilized square footage. A walled-in kitchen, oversized dining room, tired study, and cramped basement all offered opportunity for redesign. The kitchen was opened up to the stairway, making it feel larger and more connected…

Summit Hill Craftsman

This remodel and addition provided right-sized spaces and details inspired by the existing 1914 house. The addition provided space for a proper family mudroom and water closet; porcelain tile mosaic pattern and colors on the floors of these rooms are a nod to the original tile still in place at the front vestibule. On the…

Farmhouse Evolved

This turn-of-the-century farmhouse has stories to tell. Legend has it that after it was moved to its current site in 1930, the Haralson apple was developed in its orchard and the very first Quarter Horse in Minnesota was delivered to its stables. Over time, remodeling and additions took place with varying degrees of sensitivity and…

White Oaks Residence

This new house in an established 1940s neighborhood is hard to pin down as the new kid on the block. Rich in texture and details commonly found in old European vernacular houses, an unassuming luxury begins with the stone exterior and carries through to the refined interior. A traditional floor plan enhanced by generous openings…

50’s Refreshed

This remodel and addition took what was a hint of existing ’40s and ’50s detailing and ran with it, creating an open kitchen and mudroom. A small addition tucked between existing spaces gave this busy family of five the mudroom they so desperately needed as well as a more gracious kitchen, equipped with a study…

Craftsman Kitchen

This smart, classic kitchen draws inspiration from the original Craftsman details of the house. The kitchen was reconfigured to create more functional work zones and features a classic larder cabinet and smaller dueling fridges. A powder room was relocated to make way for a convenient mudroom and laundry area off the kitchen.

Summit Hill Renovation

The owners of this 1915 Shingle Style home loved the original charm and rich detailing of most of their home, but a previous owner’s renovation left them with a kitchen that lacked cabinet and counter space and had a midcentury style that did not fit with the traditional style of the rest of the house….

Lake Rose Cottage

The best of urban home design on a tree-filled suburban lot with a view- this family home is set back on the lot to give privacy from the street and provide a visual connection to nearby Lake Rose. The home incorporates the old-house urban characteristics of simple form, good craft, light-filled spaces and a charming…

801 Loft

The renovation of this downtown Minneapolis loft began as an effort to bring warmth, refinement, storage/display space for art, books and wine collections and better acoustic separation to a raw, drafty space located in the original loading dock area of the building. A modern gas fireplace, clad in steel plate and wood slats, was added…

Rice Paper

The owner of this Asian fusion restaurant made the move from Southwest Minneapolis’ Linden Hills to an established building at the busy intersection of Edina’s 50th & France. The vibrant restaurant boasts a new kitchen, large light-filled space, soothing atmosphere, and tall windows looking onto the street. Dark wood interiors, a nature-inspired wall mural, and…

Rambler Refreshed

This rambler was given new life without adding a single square foot. A more efficient kitchen layout and new openings in existing walls create better flow and a more open, light-filled plan. The front entrance visually connects all the way to the kitchen located at the back of the house. The dining room was moved into an…

Lake Everett Retreat

This new cabin, nestled near the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, provides the centerpiece for a family of old buildings on the site. An existing bunkhouse, sauna, garage and other outbuildings were incomplete without a main house at which to gather. This latest addition to the site, with plenty of sleeping space, has…

Humboldt House

With a growing family and a desire to preserve the original form of the home, this addition and complete renovation creates an open and casual living space more suitable to the homeowners needs. With lot and form restrictions, the bulk of the addition takes place in the back of the home; an expanded kitchen featuring…

Harriet Tudor Revival

While the kitchen of this charming 1920s Tudor was featured in Home and Garden in the 1970s, time was not kind. It lacked the charm found in the rest of the home, and the family yearned for a more functional entrance from the garage, a mudroom out of public view, and better access to the…

Dunn County Farmhouse

This new farmhouse, situated on idyllic rolling Wisconsin farmland, provided the breathing room and environment this large family wanted as they made a move and lifestyle change from the Twin Cities suburbs to the rural land where dad grew up. The classic form, open spaces, and view in and around the house help to convey the…

Progressive Farmhouse

From across the field, this white farmhouse strikes a familiar pose, tall and proud, like the one just down the road. Yet this house was not built like its predecessors from the past–this house was built using a thermal mass foundation and structural insulated panel (SIP) walls and roof to create an energy efficient shell….

Vintage Kitchen

A story and a half addition solved classic old house issues, like a postage stamp sized kitchen and no mudroom, while keeping the charm and scale of the existing home intact. Shed dormers provide additional space and light to the three upstairs bedrooms while retaining the classic form of the cape. The kitchen ties seamlessly…

Linden Hills Cottage

This new house is a good neighbor. It sits comfortably along a street of old houses in Linden Hills. It is an easy stroll to the park, the library or the local co-op. The house is designed for family living with a generous drop zone and mudroom and an informal open kitchen, family and dining…

Lake of the Isles Transformation

This grand house has a lot of history as one of the early residences on Lake of the Isles. Over the years, additions and remodeling altered it and time took its toll. The homeowners wanted to transform this house to support their young family in a way respectful to both its history and its visible…

Eco-Modern Rambler

By nesting itself into the slope of the hillside, the home is able to encompass the main living spaces as well as the everyday garage on the main level. Tucked under the main level and into the hillside are additional living spaces, storage, a recreational garage and a spacious workshop. This layout also allows for…

Martinson Cabin

The challenges of this site included a densely wooded hillside, a long stretch of cattails along the south, a small portion of swimming beach to the east and the unusual approach to the site along the lakeshore rather than through the woods. The clients were interested in the idea of combining the heavy expression of…

Aldrich Addition

This early 20th century house had good bones and charming details, but was lacking a few of the necessary things for this busy family. A covered back stoop offers a place to set backpacks and groceries and clean up the dog before heading inside. The new mudroom has open storage lockers for day-to-day necessities and…

Stillwater Farmhouse

The original farmhouse was in shambles, and the new owners envisioned a classic yet modern brick Foursquare to complement the existing barn and property. The new house, nestled near the pond and future orchard, features a clapboard-clad sunroom, sunny breakfast nook and expansive wraparound porch which provides great views of the barn, stable and restored…

Hilltop House

Set into its hilltop site, the house is organized by level and solar orientation. On the main level, the public spaces for cooking, entertaining and dining are separated from the private sleeping, bathing and study areas by an open entryway. The upper level, with its core lit from above, accommodates a bathroom, bedrooms and a…

Larson Cabin

From the outside, the house is a simple form capped by a steeply-pitched metal roof. Inside, elegant complexity unfolds. A large space with separate but open rooms is defined by a timber frame structure, and each area has an axial focus: wood stove, lake view, or stone fireplace. Exposed timber beams and pine tongue-and-groove ceiling…