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

SALA Architect Katherine Hillbrand

What Goes Up (Will Not) Come Down: A Structural Lesson From Trees

There was a quiet event and celebration going on last week at a site in Prior Lake in the Mdewakanton tribal community. For three days, a small group of experienced and good-natured woodworkers came together to assemble and raise a timber frame that will support a low-slope roof over a starkly modern home designed for a spirited couple who are honorable members of the community. Read More

SALA Architect Bryan Anderson

Food For Thought (Part 2): The Architectural Recipe

Take one 1920’s bungalow and infuse a contemporary kitchen. Sounds easy, right? Well, our renovation has begun and without an actual kitchen, all I can cook up right now is a useful metaphor: start with a trusted recipe and season to taste. Read More

SALA Architects Caitlin Dippo

The Magic of Cabins- Why I Went to Architecture School

There’s a special kind of magic that happens inside a cabin. It feels like a memory box, filled with years of holiday festivities, traditions, and old and new friends. Read More

Taking the Architect Registration Exam

My mind is numb, and I’m feeling a bit crazy from reading about things like elevators and concrete admixtures for hours and hours. No, I am not a UMN student studying for my midterm exams, so what am I doing with all this studying?! Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

Joy Of Educating Architecture Enthusiasts

A few times my wife has exclaimed, “Oh, my God, why’d you do THAT?!” Rarely have I been raised to deity status by others, but at a recent Lake Home and Cabin Show I was definitely made to feel downright religious. Read More

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