SALA Architect Bryan Anderson

People, Place And Purpose: Finding Value In Architecture

This week I had the privilege of joining three distinguished and entertaining architects as part of a panel discussion for the StarTribune and AIA Minnesota Home of the Month presentation. (Thanks to my new friends and fellow panelists Beth Reader, FAIA, Gar Hargens, AIA, Michael Roehr, AIA, and the always-exceptional staff of AIA Minnesota!) As panelists, we were asked to focus our comments on the “value” of hiring an architect and current trends. Read More

SALA Architect Katie Leaf

A Look Inside the Lake Superior Design Retreat

On a recent weekend, a colleague and I headed up to Duluth to attend a unique event: the Lake Superior Design Retreat. Organized by AIA Minnesota, the event is geared not only toward architects, but reaches all the far corners of design and explores how we can relate to and be inspired by designers from different disciplines. Read More

SALA Architect Wayne Branum

Adding Or Planning For A Future Multi-Purpose Space To Your Home

About nine years ago I was designing what was likely going be the only house I will build for myself. It was fun in many ways, but being your own client can have some drawbacks as well as positives. Read More


Putting the ‘Zero’ into Net-Zero

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

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

Guest Post!: How Cabin Architecture Relates to Shaun Cassidy (Repost)

Last weekend brought another fun and rewarding year for SALA at the Lake Home and Cabin Show. It was great visiting with all of you, and we look forward to seeing you again next year! A popular post from last year seemed appropriate this week as Dale presented a couple talks at the show, which brought about a lot of interested attendees, and even some flat out fans…. Read More

SALA Architect Bryan Anderson

Lighting from Above: Effective Use of Residential Skylights

Movie titles from my childhood stick in my head, whether I’ve seen them or not. Heaven Can Wait was the name of a Warren Beatty movie from 1978 and for some reason the title came to mind as I was considering this post, primarily as a prefix to an architectural opportunity. Heaven can wait…but it doesn’t have to! Read More


Join us at the 2016 Lake Home and Cabin Show!


If you want to know more about cabins, we’ll be showing many from the SALA Cabin Collection and talking about more at the Lake Home and Cabin show in Minneapolis, February 19-21st! Read More

SALA Architect Katherine Hillbrand

Mock It Up: Building Ideas Before Use On Projects

The practice of architecture resides, a good deal of time, in the hypothetical and in anticipation. Read More


Project Sites: Getting To Know Your ‘Place’ (Repost)

KH-Project-Place-4Winter is certainly showing its true colors around Minnesota lately. Taking a break from the cold, we’re taking a warm walk around some of Katherine Hillbrand’s projects as she explains finding a sense of place on her projects from a prior post. Enjoy! Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

The Ski In – Ski Out Home

A Ski In – Ski Out home is a parcel of land from which one can ski down the mountain, pick up a lift to the top, and later in the day ski back down to their mountain home. Development parcels for Ski In – Ski Out mountain homes are premium investments which should fully capitalize on the design opportunities of apres – ski social life. Read More

SALA Architect Bryan Anderson

A Change Would Do You Good

A change would do you good. That’s right, Sheryl Crow, we think it would, too! So as we approach the 10-year anniversary of our Nordeast office location a highly engaged and collaborative team has taken on the challenge of herding the rest of us into generating ideas and feedback to improve our conference room spaces. Read More