Design Challenge: Remodeling a Historic Home

For those who live in a home with historic charm and character, you know the challenge of preserving that charm while updating the home for today’s living. While quaint and beautifully detailed, the craftsman-style bungalows that characterize Minneapolis and St. Paul present certain issues when updating interior space. Look no further than this year’s Homes by Architects Tour for creative solutions to these unique design challenges.

Photo by Troy Thies

Home #12 showcases a sensitive remodel by Mark Nelson, AIA, and David Heide, Assoc. AIA, of David Heide Design Studio. The main living spaces of the first floor were re-designed to accommodate entertaining guests using design solutions that maintained the historic character of the home. Home #13, designed by Paul Hannan, AIA, of SALA Architects, presented a similar set of design challenges. The solutions Paul employed create open, light-filled space while showcasing the beautiful woodwork and charm of the home. The same can be said for Home #14, where Harvey Sherman, AIA, has worked for several years alongside his clients to remodel nearly every area of their historic home using environmentally-sensitive building products and techniques.

See these historic remodels and more on this year’s tour. Tickets are available now for $15 (until 3 p.m. on September 19) at They will also be available at each home on the tour during the weekend for $20 for a full ticket or $10 for an individual home.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Follow us on Facebook (HBA Tour) and Twitter (@AIAMN #hbatour). The 2014 Homes By Architects Tour is supported by Marvin Windows and Doors; Midwest Home; Erotas Building Corporation; Mattson Macdonald Young; Marvin Design Gallery by Shaw Stewart; Streeter & Associates; Braden Construction; Bunkers & Associates; Cityscape Painting; DiGiacomo Homes & Renovation; Andrew Flesher Interiors; Frost Cabinets; The Great Northern Garage Door Company; JL Rosewood Corporation; John Kraemer & Sons; Otto Painting Design; Topo LLC; TS Building Supply; Warners’ Stellian; Northway Construction; and The Water Doctors.

Facebook Comments