Visiting Oaxaca Part 1: Impressions of the City, History and People

Normally when I travel to a place I have never been before I do some research and develop a plan for the trip. It may be very detailed or very loose, but there is some type of plan. I chose not do that this time. Read More

SALA Architect Eric Odor

Bathroom-Countertop Magic!

After twenty years my wife and I felt the burning need to give our bathroom an elegant overhaul. Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

Guest Post!: How Cabin Architecture Relates to Shaun Cassidy

We haven’t ventured into the world of guest posts very much on the SALA Blog. How that changed this week was Kristin Nilsen’s post on The Cabin Crush blog. In all the years at SALA we’ve never heard of Dale Mulfinger being compared to a 1970’s pop star, but it appears that was shortsighted of us. Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

The Journey of Multiple Projects with Clients

My repeat clients have taken me to Wisconsin, Vermont, Wyoming, Montana and the Cayman Islands. For some we have designed their third or fourth project with SALA. For one couple we have developed three remodel / additions to their suburban Twin Cities home, a second home on Madeline Island, and a third home in Jackson Hole. Read More


Join SALA Architects at the 2015 Lake Home and Cabin Show!

SALA Architects Lake Home and Cabin ShowCome visit SALA at booth #708 for the 2015 Minneapolis Lake Home Cabin Show running from Friday, February 6 – Sunday, February 8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center! Read More


Architectural Delight: Happy Clients Several Years Later

No matter one’s profession, we all are appreciative when we receive recognition for good work. As an architect, most of the work we get is from referrals; from people we have had the pleasure of working with telling someone else about what we did together. Read More


Blower Door Tests are the Best!

blowerdoors1In my opinion blower door tests are the best investment a homeowner can make whether it be for an existing home, a remodel, or new construction.

In terms of energy consumption they show you exactly where the money goes and how to stop the flow. Read More


Green is the new Black: Designing Sustainably. Part 3 of 4: Health

DW-Designing-Health-11With the coming of the New Year, maybe you, like me, are thinking about your personal health. Maybe you’re looking to drop a few pounds, train for a marathon, or just get more physically fit. Read More


Project Sites: Getting To Know Your ‘Place’

KH-Project-Place-4When potential clients come in to talk to an architect about building a home, they bring with them a palpable sense of energy, excitement, anticipation and a certain amount of anxiety. Read More


Warm Holiday Greetings From SALA Architects!

BA-holiday-architects-1We live and frequently practice in a cold climate. We design homes and buildings to withstand our temperamental climatic swings and study best practices like insulation assemblies and vapor-permeable air barriers. Read More


Passing The Test: Examining Home Energy Efficiency And More

Who loves tests? Honestly, I have never been a big fan of tests. My wife. . . she loves ‘em, but then again she became a school teacher, so I guess that sort of comes with the territory for her. Read More