Monday, September 23, 2013

Homes by Architects Tour

For one weekend a year, architects open up the homes (at times, their own) they have designed to allow the public to creep through them in awe and jealousy. This past weekend I toured 11 of the homes on tour in Minneapolis and St.Paul. Some of the houses were renovations, while others were newly built. 4 of the homes had items that stuck out to me, so I thought i'd share them!

This first house is on Medicine Lake, which I had never been to. It's a smaller lake but is one that allows motored vehicles (hello water skiis!). The drive up to the neighborhood was a bit industrial, so we were skeptical, but once we got a view of it, I was sold. The perfect color grey with white trim, my favorite. The view to the left of the image is of Medicine Lake.











A big thing on the tour this year for me was basements and lighting. The fixtures in these homes complete the rooms, and the basements complete the homes. This one had a smaller seating area but was perfect for watching a movie or the Vikings lose yet again...The double sided fireplace had me at hello, and the master bathroom made me never want to leave. I never saw the City of Medicine Lake as a place i'd consider moving once I make millions, but this has me convinced!

Architect: Bruce Knutson (Also the Owner)
http://www.homesbyarchitects.org/HBA_12/HOME_8.html

Around the other side of the lake was an ultra modern home which didn't feel as cozy as the last house. Some highlights were the modern fireplace and mantle and the upstairs bathroom with a beautiful light fixture.




Architect: Charles R. Stinson Architecture
http://www.homesbyarchitects.org/HBA_12/HOME_7.html

The next home wasn't necessarily my favorite, it was a beautiful design but not decorated in a style I prefer. One thing it did have, was bookshelves...EVERYWHERE. Hidden among them was something I have always dreamed to have...channeling my Belle Disney love.


Architect: Sarah Nettleton Architects
http://www.homesbyarchitects.org/HBA_12/HOME_9.html

 And for the grand finale, the home I would like to purchase. Located in a quiet neighborhood in Wayzata, and furnished with what looks like the entire Restoration Hardware catalog, I present to you...












This last image was the first thing I saw when I entered the home, and I was sold. How amazing. Some highlights: the Chandelier above the kitchen table, the barn doors to cover a flat screen TV in the main floor living room, screen porch with a fireplace, and a cozy basement with Buckhunter. This home felt rustic but modern and had a beautiful layout to go with it.

Architects: Charles Cudd de Novo Architects & Builders
http://www.homesbyarchitects.org/HBA_12/HOME_4.html


It was nice to talk to a few of the architects and understand the reasoning behind their designs. This event is a great showcase for local architects' work; and allows those seeking a home, or a remodel to meet many architects in one weekend to understand their style and if it'll work for an upcoming project. It happens each year around September, so keep your eyes peeled for next year!

In other news, THIS WEDNESDAY (9.25.13) there is a wonderful Women's seminar occurring in Edina. Click here to sign up and register, hope to see you there!




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