SALA Architect Katie Leaf

You’re going where for spring break? Architecture Road Trip!

Sometimes friends find my vacation plans unusual, but as an aspiring architect I often plan vacations around buildings that I want to see. With my husband convinced by promises of barbecue and the prospect of hiking and camping in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, we set off on a brief jaunt down to Missouri and Arkansas for spring break this year. Read More

SALA Architect Eric Odor

Detailed Dissonance

In every design problem there comes a time when something just isn’t harmonizing with the rest, a distracting dissonance that won’t blend in and insists on being that problem child with a voice. My first inclination is always to reason with it and try to change in a way to make it work, but typically I’ve tried all of that already which is why I’m still in the dilemma that I’m in. Read More

SALA Architect Dale Mulfinger

Sweet Dreams At The Cabin

Sleeping at the cabin has often been a memorable experience, particularly for children. They’re often asked to sleep in the bunk room with their cousins, or on the screen porch on an impromptu bed set up near the wood stove. But for the child in all of us it’s fun to present some unique sleeping experience at the cabin. Read More

SALA Architect Katie Leaf

Architecture on the Run

Here at SALA we have a few runners in the office (whom I like to call the SALA Run Team). Everyone enjoys running for different reasons, whether it be fitness, goal setting, or just some time to clear their head. So what does an architect think about when they’re on the run? They look at the architecture in South Minneapolis, of course! Read More

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