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2010 Homes By Architects Guide

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Sarah Nettleton Architects 612-812-6075,www.sarah-architects.com

Sarah Nettleton, AIA

40790 Waring Road, St. Peter, MN 56082 Directions: I-494 W/MN-5 W. Exit 10B to merge onto US-169 S. Exit MN-112 E. West on Bridge St. South on Smith St. turns into eastbound Smith St. South on Main St. Main St. turns into Cty. Rd. 36. West on Cty. Rd. 23 (390th St.) turns into southbound Cty. Rd. 23. East on Mocking Bird Hill Rd/Township Rd 89. North at Warning Rd.

This split-level, originally constructed in the early 1970s, had a great location on Lake Minnetonka but was outdated and lacked character both inside and out. A major remodeling transformed the exterior as well as the primary interior spaces and also addressed structural deficiencies. The formerly awkward and cavernous spaces of the main level were completely redone to create warm and cozy rooms compatible with the owner’s collection of arts and crafts furnishings. An existing skylight is now hidden above an art glass ceiling over the kitchen. The owner, who designed and built the ceiling panels, is also completing art glass panels for many of the windows.



SALA Architects, Inc.
Mpls: 612-379-3037, Stillwater: 651-351-0961,

Joseph Metzler, AIA

3165 Priest Lane, Mound, MN 55364
Directions: Hwy 394 to Hwy 12 W to Cty. Rd. 15 W. South on Cty. Rd. 110. South on Dickens Ln. East on Ridgewood Rd. South on Priest Ln.

This home is a lantern glowing on the prairie, a beautiful modern home with the comforting benefit of a small green footprint. Showcasing The Luxury of Enough, this house will use 80% less energy than a typical Minnesota home and is planned to be LEED and Energy Star Certified. At 2,600 square feet, this is a three bedroom house that will live large. Offering a sunny place to sit in all seasons, most or all rooms have windows on two or three sides. Overlooking the Minnesota River valley, this house will be surrounded with a reestablished native prairie. Out the back kitchen door is a private edible landscape with fruit trees, vegetables and a solar oven.



Nguyen Architects, Inc.
612-789-9287, www.nguyenarchitects.com

Tan Nguyen, AIA

835 Windjammer Lane,
Orono, MN 55364
Directions: Hwy 394 to Hwy 12 W to Cty. Rd. 15 W.
West on N. Shore Dr.
North on Cty. Rd. 151
East on Windjammer Ln.

Built in the 1960s and renovated twice, the 4,600 square-foot house on Lake Minnetonka was a jumble of outdated spaces. Leaky windows and poorly insulated walls made it an energy hog. Nguyen Architects gutted the existing shell and transformed it into a serene, clean-lined home. The cave-like kitchen was closed off from the rest of the house. Removing one wall opened it to the family room and views of the lake and woods. A new footprint, African mahogany plywood cabinets, soapstone and Caesarstone countertops and a masterfully proportioned island created a crisp, workable space.



Rehkamp Larson Architects, Inc.
612-285-7275, www.rehkamplarson.com

Jean Rehkamp Larson, AIA
and Ryan Lawinger

5724 Whited Ave.,
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Directions: 494 S (exit 16B) to Hwy. 7 W
South on Williston Rd.
West on Cty. Rd. 3/Excelsior Blvd.
South on Whited Ave.

Set back on the lot to give privacy from the street and provide a visual connection to nearby Lake Rose, this homes wraps up the best of urban home design on a tree-filled suburban lot with a view. The home incorporates the old-house urban characteristics of simple form, good craft, light-filled spaces and a front porch. The efficient 4-square plan is ordered around a central staircase which, along with the detached garage, allows for living spaces to wrap the perimeter of the home and access light and views. Small bedrooms on the upper level leave space for a convenient laundry and a sitting nook that doubles as a quiet getaway during the day or a last stop for the wind-down bedtime routine.



Choice Wood Company
952-924-0043, www.choicecompanies.com

Leffert Tigelaar, AIA
and Bill Nagel

4405 Browndale Ave.,
Edina, MN 55424
Directions: Hwy100 to 50th St.
East on 50th St.
North on Browndale.

Located in the traditionally styled Country Club neighborhood of eastern Edina, this unique property stands out in both style and size. While the neighborhood is filled with a mix of traditional two story colonial and tudor homes on single lots, this one and half story limestone house sits on three lots. The homeowners were intrigued by the original home’s massive stone form, but they knew the plan itself was a relic of the past. The home had never been updated (only the kitchen had seen a recent upgrade) and it consisted mostly of a series of dark rooms with small leaded glass window openings. The remodel reconfigures the plan and allows for bright, sunny and open interiors to successfully blend the history of place with the modern-day functionality and feel of home.



SALA Architects, Inc.
Mpls: 612-379-3037, Stillwater: 651-351-0961,
Excelsior: 952-380-4817, www.salaarc.com

Eric Odor, AIA, LEED AP and
Chris Meyer, LEEP AP

4540 Abbott Ave. S.,
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Directions: Hwy 100. East on W 50th St.
North on France Ave. S.
East on W 46th St.
North on Abbott Ave. S.

This 2250 sq. ft. three bedroom infill house with detached garage is nestled into an existing 42’x128’ lot in Linden Hills, and features an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary elements which weave it into the existing neighborhood fabric while at the same time addressing the client’s desire for a more modern plan and sustainable living. This is a rare opportunity to visit a finely crafted LEED home and discuss the project’s design, construction and sustainable elements with the architect and contractor.



SALA Architects, Inc.
Mpls: 612-379-3037, Stillwater: 651-351-0961,

Kelly Davis, AIA

4446 Thomas Ave. S.,
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Directions: Hwy. 100. East on Vernon Ave./W. 50th St.
North on S. Xerxes Ave.
East on W. 44th St.
South on Thomas Ave S.

This residence, designed to Minnesota Greenstar standards, is a light filledhome in the long established Linden Hills neighborhood on a unique, narrow urban lot abutting Beard’s Plaisance. The new home’s timeless design incorporates both traditional and contemporary elements with creative use of interior spaces as well as outdoor gathering spaces for family and neighborhood. It boasts a highly energy efficient passive solar design with broad overhangs and minimal glazing on the north, an ICF foundation and wall system, and geothermal heating and cooling.


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