| Glen Toro
Toro is a unique, environmentally-sensitive
housing development with nine single-family home sites that preserves
heritage and natural environmental quality of its 10-acre site and its
relationship with the Sheppard Estate and adjacent Dodge Nature Center
Lilly Preserve. The site consists of three landscape zones -
and woodland - and each individual house and its site design reflects
|Glen Toro website
Constructed in the prairie zone, this "L" shaped house features a whimsical tree as a sun
filter into the home’s two-story entry and living room. The
leaves of the tree are incorporated into the railings of the stair that
leads to the second floor. The home is open in plan, with colored
stucco and wood on the exterior.
| Nelson Residence
one-story hipped-roof home is located on a prairie lot and anchored
around a large existing Silver Maple tree. The home features a light
tower over the family kitchen with rooms that flow
together. A deep veranda
at the entry opens into the living room with a screened porch on the
opposite side. Native grasses and plantings around this stucco
and wood home enhance the prairie setting.
| Swanson Residence
home in Glen Toro is located on a sloped and heavily wooded area, and
designed as a cottage with the front entrance reached across a bridge.
A compact 40'x40' footprint and detached garage reflect the
owner’s interest in a simple four-square gable design expression
that fits the
site and saves all major trees. Natural river rock is used on the
facade of the
lowest level with siding and shingles above.
wetland home was designed to reflect the owner’s interest in their
Irish heritage. The site is “L” shaped and oriented
towards a pond that influenced the curved shape of the house. Natural
Chilton stone, copper, cedar shingle and cedar boards in rustic patterns are the primary
materials. A stone terrace, tower, and landscaping visually
anchors the house to the ground and its orientation toward the pond.
the transition between the prairie and wetland, this home for a family
of six has two bedrooms under the roof on the second floor, two
bedrooms in the lower level and the master suite on the ground level.
The focal point at the entry is a curved portico and veranda that
opens into the living room reflecting a year-round porch with a curved
roof on the opposite side. Materials are natural stone and wood
YMCA Camp du Nord
Pine Pointe is a 78-acre site overlooking
Burntside Lake developed by Camp du Nord of the YMCA of
Greater St. Paul as a family oriented camping facility in a wilderness
setting. The site consists of steeply varied topography with rock
outcroppings, and a mature coniferous/hardwood forest. The architecture
has a log type, similar to historic rustic north woods architecture, with colors and
materials derived from the surrounding ecology. Central common spaces are located on the "Acropolis," with a cluster of
cabins were designed, to uniquely address family recreational needs and
opportunities of this unique location.
This project consists of a 22 double-unit cluster of townhomes
nestled between the fairways of the Wedgewood Valley Golf Course in
Woodbury, Minnesota. The architecture of the townhomes follows the
golf clubhouse character and based on English country cottages. The homes
are designed and marketed toward empty-nesters. A variety of two and
three bedrooms are provided with each home having windows on
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
with a simple two-story 1980 suburban home situated on a 1.5 acre site
surrounded on three sides by a 200-acre nature center preserve, the
evolved through a series of construction projects into an ensemble of
interrelated elements amongst prairie grasses and wildflowers. The
organized around a mowed grass clearing and surrounded by trees on all
sides. Called Wildflower, the home
consists of the
original main house with a three story studio addition connected by a
curving pergola extends from the house to a swimming pool. The recently
completed Wildflower Playhouse serves as a focal point for five
when they come to visit their grandparents.
drawing is by 6-year-old Callie Abraham.
for a family of four who had lived in
Europe and Japan with an extensive art and furniture collection, the
prairie school house is similar to a twelve-foot square like a Japanese
garden pavilion. The house fits between three ancient black oak trees
and overlooks Gleason Lake. The top floor contains a tatami room for
guests and parties.
Constructed to reflect the site
and scale of the existing neighborhood, the 43 units on 2 1/2 acres
a very urban quality, with an internal alley providing access to unit
The units are 3-4 stories with wood siding and asphalt shingle roofs,
a rock face concrete block base.
|Other Private Residences
Various urban and rural
These homes reflect
our interest in rural architecture and include new construction, additions and remodeling:
1) a farmhouse retreat in northern Minnesota with construction on all
four sides and reconstruction of the second floor with a new roof and
dormers – all befitting the character of the original built
Norwegian immigrant farmer in 1920;
2) a new farmhouse with veranda in Delano, MN
on a farmstead replaces the existing house that will be demolished
when the new one is completed; and
3) an addition to a summer cottage in Upper Michigan overlooking Lake Michigan.
Other projects include a log cabin
vacation house in northern Wisconsin; a renovated sustainable energy
efficient home on a hill side in Duluth, MN overlooking Lake Superior;
and restoration of a historic farmhouse in Edina, MN.
These homes all use light, materials, form, and space to connect to the
unique characteristics of the land fulfilling their owner’s
for shelter and inspiration while preserving the natural and historic
landscapes of the site.