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Spaces for Dwelling

Project 1- Rahm Cottage
For a Wisconsin family shared by 3+ generations, this year-round house replaced a cherished summer cottage that couldn't match the living requirements of a large extended family. Recalling elements of the old cottage, the home uses more modern spatial ideas to create a gathering place that is comfortable for 2 or 22.
Project 2 - Chatfield Farmhouse

A rural southern Minnesota house for a couple wanting to connect to the picturesque rolling farmlands.  The house brings together a simple yet elegant floor plan with an animated roof form that recalls, among other things, horse feeding sheds.

Project 3 - Colorado Retreat
A traditionally stacked timber structure for a family fly fishing retreat.  The house is composed of two log cabins, one for sleeping and the other for living.  Joining the cabins are Large outdoor porches at the entry and adjacent to living areas which provide shelter from intense sunshine and quickly moving rain storms. RAVE award winner

Project 4 - Townhouse Modernization
A dour,1980's vintage, 3 story townhouse is completely gutted and re-fitted to reveal a serene and tranquil series of living spaces for a couple down-sizing from a larger house.  A simple interior color palette is utilized to showcase modern furniture and art collections.  RAVE award winner.

Project 5 - Naples Residence Renovation
A sprawling and uniquely challenging Florida house is altered to better suit the needs of a family, there grown children and grandchildren. Connections to the outdoor spaces are maximized and the interior spaces are made more formal by architectural enhancements, landscape treatments and entirely new interior finishes.

Project 6 - Moderne Spanish Revival
A 1920's house is revitalized by simplifying, modernizing, yet honoring the spirit of the Spanish Colonial Revival style of the home. A new Kitchen is connected to a breakfast area that was converted from an existing Porte-Cochere over the entrance drive from the parkway.

Project 7 - Timeless Expansion
A 1920's house is nearly doubled in size utilizing architectural details and materials consistent with the original house.  To accommodate a family of six, spaces were made generous and interconnected in a fashion to foster the way families live in the early 21st century.  Great lengths were taken to source salvaged yellow bricks that are no longer able to be manufactured with the clays presently available. Newly added rooms re-interpret the older rooms both in terms of material rendition and contemporay uses.

Project 8 - Restrictive Building Site
Designed while with YA Architecture a new house for a couple proves challenging due to a very narrow piece of property.  Seven separate variances were required due to the severely substandard property.  By carefully placing the house in relation to the neighboring structures and yards, the house creates internal spaces by implementing a detached garage that provides privacy from the street and site landscape walls that provide privacy on the lakeside. 

Project 9 - Ranch Redux
A 1970's ranch house is modernized while honoring the spirit of the original house. Large sliding doors connect inside to outside. New finishes and cabinetry freshen up the pad for today's living on the lakeside.

Project 10 - Moderne Revitalization

A 1980's run-down Modern home is updated and made structurally sound while furthering the spirit of the original house. Large floor to ceiling door and windows connect inside to outside. Exterior is re-clad with brick and zinc in lieu of the old stucco and wood. Interior adds new staircases, kitchen, doors and finishes focusing on livability on lake Minnetonka.
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