Housing Projects
Glen Toro
Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Glen Toro is a unique, environmentally-sensitive housing development with nine single-family home sites that preserves the 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 - prairie, wetland, and woodland - and each individual house and its site design reflects its landscape location.

Glen Toro website

Debertin Residence
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
This 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
This 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.
Swanson Residence front photo
Walsh/Kucera Residence
This 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.
Kucera backyard photo
Gould Residence
At 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 siding.

Pine Pointe
YMCA Camp du Nord
Ely, Minnesota

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.

Wedgewood Homes
Woodbury, Minnesota

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 three sides.

Mendota Heights, Minnesota

Starting 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 complex has evolved through a series of construction projects into an ensemble of interrelated elements amongst prairie grasses and wildflowers. The ensemble is 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 skyway. A curving pergola extends from the house to a swimming pool. The recently completed Wildflower Playhouse serves as a focal point for five granddaughters when they come to visit their grandparents.

The drawing is by 6-year-old Callie Abraham.

Ruff House
Wayzata, Minnesota

Designed 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.

Kenwood-Isles Townhouses
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Constructed to reflect the site and scale of the existing neighborhood, the 43 units on 2 1/2 acres have a very urban quality, with an internal alley providing access to unit garages.  The units are 3-4 stories with wood siding and asphalt shingle roofs, over a rock face concrete block base.

Other Private Residences
Various urban and rural sites

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 by a 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 need for shelter and inspiration while preserving the natural and historic landscapes of the site.