Other Projects

  • North Shore Artists Retreat

    Conceived as a summer home/art studio, this project is sited less than 50 feet from Lake Superior near Grand Marais, MN. The design is closed-off to the north, where highway 61 passes close by, and opens to the south for light, warmth and mesmerizing lake views.

    Constrained by a tight budget (built for under $100/sf), the design is elegantly simple: the first floor includes a kitchen/dining/living area and master suite, and the second floor is an open art studio with panoramic views of the lake and plenty of wall space for pin-ups, displays and open-ended creativity.

    The project was featured in Minnesota Monthly, June 2009.

    Click here for PDF of article.

  • Prairie Style Aerie

    The impetus for this project came from a decision to work from home--on location in beautiful Minnetonka, MN. The program called for an addition including an office-for-two and a visitor’s suite.

    The clients wanted to enhance the character of the existing house and, being located in a restrictive 100-year flood plain, the only option was to build up. The design solution was to build over the excessively tall existing garage. The office tower feels like a tree house with its panoptic views and high ceilings while the guest suite is smaller in scale and more private.

  • Summit Victorian Remodel

    The Owners of this Victorian home wanted to update their second and third floors for modern living while maintaining some of the existing character and working within the Saint Paul Summit Avenue Historic Preservation Guidelines.

    The second floor remodel includes a master suite that is in keeping with the style of the house, but includes current-day conveniences. The access to the third floor was recreated, transforming a tight corridor into an open stair landing and library. A more contemporary entertainment room and bathroom occupies the spacious third floor.

  • Summit Victorian Remodel

    The Owners of this Victorian home wanted to update their second and third floors for modern living while maintaining some of the existing character and working within the Saint Paul Summit Avenue Historic Preservation Guidelines.

    The second floor remodel includes a master suite that is in keeping with the style of the house, but includes current-day conveniences. The access to the third floor was recreated, transforming a tight corridor into an open stair landing and library. A more contemporary entertainment room and bathroom occupies the spacious third floor.

  • Summit Victorian Remodel

    The Owners of this Victorian home wanted to update their second and third floors for modern living while maintaining some of the existing character and working within the Saint Paul Summit Avenue Historic Preservation Guidelines.

    The second floor remodel includes a master suite that is in keeping with the style of the house, but includes current-day conveniences. The access to the third floor was recreated, transforming a tight corridor into an open stair landing and library. A more contemporary entertainment room and bathroom occupies the spacious third floor.

  • Mixed-Use at the Beach

    Located two blocks from the beach in eclectic and historic Flagler Beach, FL, the proposed mixed-use design consists of ground-level retail space with 8 units of brightly lit affordable housing above. The design accommodates the city’s strict parking requirements, including enclosed stalls for most units, while comfortably maximizing the unit count in an efficient floor plan. Three façade variations were proposed for a common floor plan, studying both traditional and contemporary materials.

  • Permaculture Conservatory

    The owners, one of whom is a cold-climate permaculture expert, asked for an energy-efficient, productive growing space in their North Minneapolis home. The resulting conservatory, situated on the second level to capture day-long sun, also leaves the remainder of the site as productive growing space, while providing a covered entry to the side door. Massing and exterior materiality relate tastefully to the existing home, while interior treatments promote intensive and efficient growing. Energy modeling during the design process helped specify two heating systems, solar-thermal water storage, as well as dark, sun-absorbing materials. Shades, lighting, and ventilation are carefully balanced to maximize the indoor growing season. Solar energy gathered in the space is used seasonally as a supplementary heat source for the rest of the home.

  • Permaculture Conservatory

    The owners, one of whom is a cold-climate permaculture expert, asked for an energy-efficient, productive growing space in their North Minneapolis home. The resulting conservatory, situated on the second level to capture day-long sun, also leaves the remainder of the site as productive growing space, while providing a covered entry to the side door. Massing and exterior materiality relate tastefully to the existing home, while interior treatments promote intensive and efficient growing. Energy modeling during the design process helped specify two heating systems, solar-thermal water storage, as well as dark, sun-absorbing materials. Shades, lighting, and ventilation are carefully balanced to maximize the indoor growing season. Solar energy gathered in the space is used seasonally as a supplementary heat source for the rest of the home.

  • Tyrol Hills Retreat

    Located near Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, MN, this is a remodel of an existing 3-season porch into a four-season family room.

    The design solution builds on the east-coast-cottage character of the home while employing some Midwestern-vernacular inspired details. Ultimately, though, what mattered most was light, light and more light.