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

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, RAVE Award, 2006