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A Forever Home

 Interest in residential architecture that enables its occupants to live a long, comfortable life in their own home was already increasing before COVID-19 struck. By working with an architect to implement holistic age-in-place design in their new home or remodel, homeowners can be reassured of both physical accessibility as their needs change—and of those less-obvious […]

River Views

 Minnesota is known for its lakes and its lake homes—but we can’t forget about that other famous body of water we are host to, the Mississippi River. Because this powerful river originates right here in Minnesota, it is a natural source of local pride. A number of the homes on the Homes by Architects Tour […]

Make the Most of the 13th Annual Homes by Architects Tour

The 13th annual Homes by Architects Tour starts this Saturday, September 26! Read on for tips on how to make the most of this year’s virtual Tour.Preview what the virtual technology will look like. The virtual tour will be presented online using a technology called Matterport. See what that’s like, and even test it out, […]

A Collaborative Process

 Designing and building a home is a deeply collaborative process, in which the architect, builders, landscape architects, interior designers, homeowners, craftspeople, and more come together to make a vision come true. Home 9 “Buckeye Point,” designed by Rehkamp Larson Architects, illustrates the way a high level of collaboration can result in a beautiful, finely detailed, […]

Outdoor Living in the City and at the Lake

 With safe indoor interactions limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities for outdoor living are more important than ever. Homes 5 and 13 on this year’s virtual Homes by Architects Tour are just two of the tour homes that were designed with outdoor activities and connection to their site’s natural surroundings in mind.PLAAD, which designed […]

We’re Ready for Zero Energy Ready

When the homeowners of Home 1 “Robinsons Bay” approached Aulik Design Build to remodel their house, it was soon revealed through conversations that their current house could not meet their needs. The design team and homeowners pivoted to a new property and expanded their vision for the house.One of the client’s requirements didn’t change, however: […]

Out of the Ashes

Home 16, “Fletcher Phoenix,” has a unique story among the tour homes. Like a phoenix, this 1942 Cape Cod-style home was reborn out of the ashes after a kitchen fire thanks to Kell Architects’ careful design decisions.When this kitchen fire took place, it was disastrous for many physical aspects of the home. It caused extensive […]

Designing for Fun and Family

 While gatherings of family and friends may look a little different during this time of COVID-19, many homeowners have designed their homes with hosting and entertainment in mind.Home 14, “Prairie Connection,” features plenty of space to frequently entertain extended family alongside its sweeping prairie views. For these homeowners, a focus on family, entertainment, and connection […]

Living Large in a Loft

No matter the size of the home, an architect can help you build, remodel, or add to your space, working with you to achieve your vision for your dream home. This year’s tour includes a first in its 13-year history: a remodeled loft.The owners of Home 4, “River View Loft,” were downsizing from a large […]


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 […]

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Matrix Newsletter April 2024

Matrix Newsletter April 2024

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