Minnestrista Farmhouse

Designed by Michaela Mahady

with Jessica Wilder and Maury Stenerson

This crisp white farmhouse replaced a walkout rambler home on a small farm site in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

The house is positioned among a group of existing buildings: a small barn, a garage, a workshop and several sheds, all of which encircle a green commons. Its gabled entry faces the commons to the west, and a low-roofed porch wraps around three sides of the home, gathering breezes and providing summer shade on the open, sunny site. Within the house, intimately scaled rooms gather about a twisting central staircase on all three floors. A sheltered nook for a reading chair, a window seat nestled next to the fireplace and a tiny meditation space at the very peak of the roof provide spots for privacy and quiet reflection.

Construction by Johnson Smaby Construction
Photographs by Nick Gorski
Awards:
MplsStPaul Magazine, RAVE Award, 2006

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