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

Have You Heard Of BIMx?

By now, many of you who know the architecture world are familiar with Building Information Modeling, or BIM, which has become an increasingly vital digital tool by which SALA and many other architecture firms create drawings. (See Bryan Anderson’s earlier post on how SALA uses BIM in the design and construction process.) But the real questions is, have you heard of BIMx? Read More

Climate Specific Design

Nothing informs our actions and intentions quite like experience. Touch a hot pan on the stove and you’re unlikely to do it again. Savor a delicious flavor you never imagined and expect to try another. We learn from what works and are best to avoid what doesn’t. Read More

SALA Architect Katie Leaf

Building A New Old House

I recently visited the construction site of a new family home which I had the privilege of working on with Paul Hannan. One of the things I like most about this project is that, despite the fact that it is literally being built in front of my eyes, it embodies the character of an old house. Read More

SALA Architect Katherine Hillbrand

Lakeside Retreat…. But Is It A Cabin?

We have a great love affair with cabins in this country. My colleague, Dale Mulfinger and others have written about and documented many examples of this treasured American icon. Read More