Minneapolis Homes: Old vs. New

An architect’s role in residential design is a tale of two typologies: new construction versus the tailored revitalization. To showcase this design polarity, four homes—completed by two architectural firms that practice on both ends of the residential spectrum—were chosen.

Home #10 by David O’Brien Wagner and Chris Meyer of SALA Architects is a new design style which took contextual cues from its Lake of the Isles setting and nature-infused surrounding landscape. The repetitive linear elements seen throughout the interior complement purposeful day-lighting with subtle, contemporary flare.

Home 10
Photos by Troy Thies


A new-build home does not always dictate a design of modernity. Home #13, designed by Paul M. Hannan of SALA Architects, is a bungalow-style home with an interior that was so expertly crafted that one feels transported back to the 1920s. In keeping with the historical characteristics of its established neighborhood, the exterior—while modest—is a thoughtful and intimate setting.

Home 13
Photos by Troy Thies


Home #11 by Chris Storm of TEA2 Architects was once home to a prominent Minnesota legislator and entrepreneur. In contrast to a new-build, working with an historic property can provide all of the modern upgrades with a delicate compromise of the historic characteristics and an opportunity to re-envision the structural core into the next century.

Home 11
Photos Courtesy of TEA2 Architects


An owner often moves into their home with an existing lifestyle which later evolves with the inclusion of a growing family. Their place, which once met their needs, is no longer suitable for comfort. In the case of Home #12 by Chris Strom of TEA2 Architects, an informed design revision elevated this home from a feeling of isolation into one of flowing openness and sweeping sightlines.

Home 12
Photos Courtesy of TEA2 Architects


Any given homeowner undergoes multiple lifestyle changes and design challenges. Regardless of the design phase that you are in, there is always an architect who can tailor your home environment to ease your residential demands. To find out if your next home wil be a new design or a tailored revitalization, visit the 23 homes on the 2013 Homes by Architects Tour. Tickets for the tour dates on September 21 and 22 are now on sale.

For more information on how to purchase tickets, visit: homesbyarchitects.org.

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