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

SALA Architect Eric Odor

Visiting The New Addition At San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

On a recent visit to the Bay Area my wife and I were fortunate enough to visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and its newly opened addition. Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

Join us at the 2017 Lake Home and Cabin Show!

SALA Architect Dale MulfingerIf 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 10-12th! Read More

I Became My Own Client

This past fall I became my own client. I have lived in my modest little home for a surprising number of years and have only recently admitted that my initial intentions to remodel and expand the kitchen, bathrooms and guest room have fallen by the wayside in order to focus attention on serving my clients at work. Read More

SALA Architect Katherine Hillbrand

Mock It Up: Building Ideas Before Use On Projects (Repost)

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

SALA Architect Bryan Anderson

More SHEDs: An Architect’s Humble Goal For 2017

Let’s start with a truth: global warming is real. Followed by a conundrum: those of us working primarily in custom residential design are inherently, and unfortunately, contributing to this reality. So what can—and should—we do? Read More