SALA Architect Katherine Hillbrand

The Light Behind Shadow Box Design

The greatest gift a client can give an architect is trust. Chris Meyer, co-designer, and I, felt the responsibility of this gift as we delved into our work on this substantial project. Read More

SALA Architect Katie Leaf

Net Zero In Disguise: A Net Zero Victorian

A Net Zero Victorian- you didn’t think those words belonged in the same sentence! Phrases like sustainable design, LEED Platinum, and energy efficiency all bring to mind a certain aesthetic for a building… or do they? Read More

SALA Architects Katherine Hillbrand Marc Sloot Eric Odor

SALA Architects on the 2017 Homes By Architects Tour!

It’s time to begin planning your route for the 2017 Homes By Architects Tour September 16th and 17th! Read More

SALA Architect Jody McGuire

Guest Post!: Making An Urban Rooftop Paradise

We’re very pleased to have one of our clients for this guest post! Jody McGuire’s client Steffanie Musich has written a wonderful summary of her and her husband Matt’s experiences tranforming their garage roof into an urban paradise. Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

Sweet Dreams At The Cabin (Repost)

Sleeping at the cabin has often been a memorable experience, particularly for children. They’re often asked to sleep in the bunk room with their cousins, or on the screen porch on an impromptu bed set up near the wood stove. But for the child in all of us it’s fun to present some unique sleeping experience at the cabin. Read More

Stone, Wood, Glass and Steel: Centuries of Architecture in England

Architecture certainly has changed since 1220! On a recent trip to England I was lucky enough to both avoid the rain and see some of the country’s finest architecture. Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

A Cabinologist Invention: The Gin & Tonic Deck Rail! (Repost)

The Fourth of July holiday is upon us once again this weekend. We thought it was a perfect time to dig out one of our favorite posts from The Cabinologist as everyone embarks to their favorite getaways. Even though it technically is the Gin & Tonic Rail, all libations are welcome. What favorite drink will you have on the deck rail this weekend? Read More

SALA Architect Eric Odor

Making A Client’s House THEIR Home

The Clients
My clients came to me not out of distress, but with an inkling that spatially there was more to be unearthed in their newly purchased home. Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

Boating to Design

I enjoy my drives down the back roads of cabin land to find a site my clients have purchased on a remote lake. I like to take in the context, the arrival experience, the roll of the topography and the variety of vegetation. But starting a project by boat arrival is my all time favorite. Read More

SALA Architect Bryan Anderson

Food for Thought (Part 3): Design to Taste

It is a thrill for an architect or designer to experience a vision made tangible for the first time. We explore concepts in pencil, cardboard, and computer model, but nothing compares to experiencing design translated into built form. Read More

Putting the ‘Zero’ into Net-Zero (Repost)

7 ½ inches– that’s the amount of insulation being wrapped around the exterior of a 109-year-old house in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. Read More

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