Evolution of the pencil: An introduction to BIM Software

Surely we have all been captivated at various times by the wonders of technology. Whether asking Siri for directions or video conferencing friends and family in the palm of your hand, technology is subtly, but rapidly, raising our expectations. It is also changing the way we design and document...Read More

Adapt Your Old Home to Contemporary Life

City living is different from suburban living.  This is at least partially because the homes are different.  New homes, usually found where there is plenty of open land, often do a better job of accommodating our contemporary lives.  Those of us who live in old city homes often...Read More

How the Westin Cabin was inspired by Edwin Lundie

Recently the Ninth Annual Edwin Lundie Tour took place along the North Shore of Lake Superior. One of the seven sites on this tour was a design of mine that was influenced by Lundie called The Westin Cabin. As an architect who has researched the designs of Edwin Lundie, one doesn’t have to...Read More

Zumbro Zen: A Stairway as a “frontage road”

The flat-roofed galvalume metal sheeting and glass bump out shown in the photograph of this sustainably sleek hillside home is encasing a straight run stair and its landings (glass). This idea of stair as “frontage road” can remove a circulation obstacle, and free up the otherwise open plan of a typically narrow solar oriented home and let the light, views, &  breezes have there way.Read More

Dog Days on a Screen Porch

The Retreat is the name our friends have given their get-away home in Western Wisconsin. It is aptly named because it is as suitable to a quiet weekend escape as it is accommodating an active group. In any condition, it always involves good food and great friends! Visitors enter the retreat on...Read More

The Love Story

This love story began 2 years ago when Joyce Mattson and Dennis Wille met Dale Mulfinger at the Lake Home and Cabin Show in Minneapolis. They were looking for the right Architect to design their family cabin on Bean Lake, just south of Hayward WI. Morning sunrise over Bean Lake. Dale...Read More

An Incredible Homemade Castle in Colorado Tells a Scary Tale on Building Codes

Building code restrictions are in place to keep us safe and in good health, right?  With that in mind, I have to confess that I have been frustrated at times by the degree of code regulation.  But a few weeks ago I had an epiphany while driving through the mountains in southern Colorado....Read More

Don’t Let Smoke Alarms Tarnish Your Decor

Most smoke alarms are just plain ugly.  Certainly as some have gotten smaller they are a bit less noticeable.  But their appearance can still be a distraction in an otherwise well thought out interior.  But there is a low-profile smoke alarm solution that is different and less...Read More

Japanese Garden House …In My Bedroom

I wake up early at our place in Sturgeon Lake, Minnesota in the summer because of a glow in our upstairs bedroom. The sun’s rays reach deeply into the room imbuing the smooth Port Orford cedar timbers of our garden house, or Japanese Machiai, with rose-colored light.  I savor the smell...Read More

The Pay As You Go Cabin Dream

For many folks, cabins appear as luxury, only to be paid for by cash available. But there is a way to build your dream cabin – on a budget. After the land is paid off there are several options for a pay as you go strategy for cabin creation.Read More

Spend a Night with Wright

For anyone looking to expand on the typical Midwestern architectural pilgrimage to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio in Spring Green, Wisconsin, consider a trip to Mason City, Iowa, where instead of settling for a 45 minute tour, you can stay—docent-free—in the recently...Read More

Small Home. Small Lot. Small Energy Footprint. Here’s How.

URBAN GREEN The Task: A small home on a small lot with a small energy footprint for a growing family. The Solution: This LEED for Homes, 2250 sq. ft. three bedroom house with detached garage is nestled within a 42’x128’ infill lot in Linden Hills. It features an eclectic blend...Read More

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