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14756 Cove Ave. S.E., Prior Lake
Directions: Hwy. 169 to Hwy. 13. South on Hwy. 13. Right at Oakland Beach Ave. Left at Kneafsey St. Right at Cove Ave. to home.
This major remodel and addition to a lakefront property built in the 1980s transformed this poorly designed home that lacked space and character worthy of its site. The concept was developed with architectural style and exterior character more sensitive to the environmental context and interior spaces utilizing the open floor plan concept. An expansive wood deck and large glass openings at the home’s lakeside merge the interior and exterior. These were among many considerations for the final concept to create a “Cottage on the Lake.”
Photo by Troy Gustafson Photography
10670 McCool Dr. W., Burnsville
Directions: Hwy. 77/Cedar Ave. to Hwy. 13. South (west) on Hwy. 13. North on Diffley/Cedarbridge Rd. Right onto Willie Rd. Left turn onto on McCool Dr. to home.
his home is oriented to maximize sunlight in the living spaces and to take advantage of seasonal views across the Minnesota River. The interior has an open plan designed to be flexible for both family living and entertaining. Traditional, “old house” details are drawn from the architect’s renovation and remodeling work. The exterior of the home was inspired by farm buildings that enclose a large volume of space within an efficient shell. Simple exterior trim details add character at minimal cost. The home meets all conditions of the neighborhood covenants while maintaining its individual character.
Photo by Troy Gustafson Photography
3125 Quail Ave. N., Golden Valley
Directions: Hwy. 100 North to Duluth St. exit. East on Duluth St. North on Regent Ave. East on Triton Dr. North on Quail Ave. to home.
Visit an inspiring redesign of a typical post-WWII rambler. The architect added a substantial front porch to the long, flat façade, giving the house a friendly connection to the neighborhood, adding texture and depth to the façade, and creating a feeling of permanence, anchoring the house to the ground. This design utilizes oversized timbers as columns and beams while working with low-slung roofs to give the house a strong street presence. The interior has been redesigned to an open floor plan with flow from one space to the next, creating drama and enhancing views to the exterior.
Photo by Dana Wheelock
2248 Drew Ave. S., St. Louis Park
Directions: I-394 to Penn Ave. South on Penn Ave.; Penn becomes Wayzata Blvd. South (left) on Cedar Lake Pkwy. West on 22nd Ave. South (left) on Drew Ave. S.
This family had a 1950s split-level that just wasn’t compatible with the way they lived. The new design improves the flow, adds space, and becomes kid-friendly with the new great room, four-season porch, and patio off the back of the house, along with a new mudroom space and remodeled front entry. Adding onto the back of the house improved circulation and allowed for a play area, built-in office, and fireplace sitting area all on the main level—and a stronger connection to the backyard. Incorporating environmentally friendly design was a high priority under the guidance of the Minnesota GreenStar remodeling program.
Photo courtesy of TEA2 Architects, Inc.
4223 Grimes Ave. S., Edina
Directions: I-35W to Crosstown Hwy. 62. West on 62. North on France Ave. S. West on Morningside Rd. North on Grimes Ave. to home.
This was an urban lot infill for soon-to-be empty nesters, where the tendency might be to close down the house to the outside to create interior privacy. However, the architect design team offered another solution that provided privacy yet developed a strong connection from the indoors to the outdoors. The amount of open glass looking through the front and back porches into “outdoor rooms” makes these connections. Window treatments with just the right amount of density are integrated into the architecture to allow for evening privacy without completely blocking the flow of space from inside to out. The living, dining, and kitchen areas are open to each other, maximizing light and views while retaining defined character.
Photo by Eric Odor
4007 Beard Ave. S., Minneapolis
Directions: I-35W to Crosstown Hwy. 62. West on 62. North on France Ave. S. East on 40th St. W. North on Beard Ave. S. to home.
This home represents a total transformation of an inner city rambler into a two-story contemporary play on a traditional Prairie Style urban home. The project involves a partial remodel of the first floor and a 1,000-square-foot second-story addition, going up, not out. The resultant transformation blends seamlessly into the existing fabric, referencing the detail and mass of the neighborhood while maintaining the small footprint with expanses of green space—important to the vitality of the city and its chain of lakes.
Photo by Ken Gutmaker
4116 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis
Directions: Hwy. 100 to Excelsior Blvd. East on Excelsior Blvd. East (right) on 38th St. W. South on Zenith Ave. to home.
This new home sits comfortably along a street of older houses in Linden Hills. The home is designed for family living with a generous mudroom and an informal open kitchen, family room, and dining room. Four bedrooms and a laundry room are tucked up under the roof, allowing all the space needed for a family of five but steering clear of an imposing mass on the exterior. The home has the level of detail that we take for granted in older homes and is a successful example of how to infill a modern family home into an old neighborhood.