Your growing family deserves a home that is just as special as them. These two tour homes demonstrate the way working with an architect enables you to have a home customized to the unique needs of your family.

The homeowners of Home 12, “Eye-Land at White Oak Savanna,” are a young, growing family that sought a home near extended family in Stillwater, able to accommodate large family gatherings, and could grow with their own growing family.

The home features a large number of bedrooms, a formal living room for entertaining guests, and an informal family room. The architect separated bedrooms on the second floor and public spaces on the first floor, with all first-floor rooms opening to an outdoor terrace. Strategically placed windows not only allow views onto the surrounding white oak savanna, but also allow the family to see visitors approach and children play.

Home 6, “Hillside Modern,” was designed with flexibility in mind for the expecting homeowners moving from out of state. A nursery was built near the master suite for the coming baby, accessible via a pocket door from the homeowners’ bedroom. A lower-level room—which can currently serve as a guest room or office space—can be transformed into a bedroom for an older child one day.

As with Eye-Land at White Oak Savanna, outdoor spaces and beautiful views were also important for these clients with growing families. Hillside Modern features outdoor spaces designed for “grilling and chilling,” and even the nursery has full-height windows to appreciate the natural landscape of indigenous flora.

Tickets to the 13th annual Homes by Architects Tour go on sale August 10. Learn more at

The 2020 Tour is supported by Pella Windows & Doors, White Oaks Savanna, SpacecraftingAndersen Windows, Brooke Voss Design, DOM InteriorsFritz Cabinetry, Frost Cabinets, Hagstrom Builder, InUnison Design, Kolbe Gallery Twin Cities, Martha Dayton Design, North ElevationOtto Painting Design, Redpath Constable Interior Design, Redstone Architectural Homes, Showcase Renovations, Streeter Custom Builder, Synergy Products, and Welch Forsman Associates.

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