Every residential project, whether new construction or additions and changes to an existing home or cabin presents unique opportunities and challenges. Each project begins with a period of exploration. Site features such as sun, views, topography, neighbors and legal requirements are considered. If there is an existing building, consider construction details, condition, suitability for desired uses and needs, desires and dreams of the owners.
The owners desired a small, very traditional farm house. This home contains just two main rooms on each floor. The main floor has a large eat-in kitchen and a living room plus a bath and generous mudroom/entry. The second floor consists of a bathroom and two bedrooms, one of which has a view of the pond and is used for study and hobbies. Plans allow for a main floor bedroom addition should that become necessary in the future for aging in place. Designed with Rust Architects
FARM KITCHEN The owners have a large garden and process lots of vegetables here in the fall. The kitchen has a central large table for work as well as meals.
VIEW The home was oriented to give the living room and a bedroom a direct view of a pond on the property.
RIVER ROAD HOUSE
This new home on a highly visible lot was designed to fit into its bungalow neighborhood. Although it appears to be a story and a half, this house is very close to 2 full stories. Buildable area of the lot after setbacks limited the footprint to 22 feet in wide.
This timberframe cabin was designed with much input and ideas from the owners. The main level is one great room with a sleeping loft over the rear half. The windows facing south help to warm the cabin and provide lake views filtered through the pine trees. With its natural wood exterior and green shingles combined with the mature trees, the cabin is almost invisible from the lake.
SOUTH MINNESOTA LAKE CABIN
ROAD/ENTRY SIDE This home was designed as a lake retreat for three generations. Designed to please the parents who prefer clean modern design and the children who lean toward more traditional design. With its stepped gable roof and cedar exterior, the home nestles into its wooded setting. Designed with Rust Architects.
LAKESIDE Many windows on the lake side provide water views filtered through the woods to all major rooms. The main level contains the main living spaces: kitchen and dining, living room, screen porch and deck as well as the master suite, all accessible should that become necessary. The partial second floor contains suites for the two married children wile the walk-out level contains bunk rooms and play area for the grandchildren.
Designed for our non-waterfront lot on Park Point, this home provides all functions on the accessible first floor while the second floor contains hobby/office and guest spaces and the third floor loft will have views of St. Louis Bay.