Designing a new home is an opportunity to customize one's most important environment, providing a place of warmth and substance that brings joy to life. It is also an opportunity to reflect its context - a particular place and time. Today, our homes need to work with the environment, using resources responsibly, anticipating the future.
Additions and Remodelings
It's important to extend the life of an existing structure insofar as possible. It's often not only the most cost-effective way of creating the home that you need, but preserves the embedded energy and carbon within its components - a sound environmental strategy. While it's possible to transform the character of a home through a remodeling or an addition, it can be equally valid to take the character and scale of a home and reinforce it. Newland Architecture has completed dozens of existing modifications to homes ranging from old to new, small to large, and within varying budgets.
The living room of this condominium is a study in elegant restraint, featuring modern furnishings, a custom fireplace surround, and hidden media components. Interior design collaborator: LiLu Interiors General contractor: Viking Construction Photograph by Brian Droege Architectural Photography
Simplicity and light
This small house overlooking Wayzata Bay was fire-damaged when my clients acquired it. Now, the house is open, clean, and filled with light. Cork flooring and simple materials are used throughout, and colorful modern art is displayed. General contractor: Stonehouse, Inc. Photograph by Karen Melvin Photography
This major makeover of a house near Cedar Lake in Minneapolis is done in a modern Japanese-influenced aesthetic. The landscaped front yard includes a decorative dry "river" of pebbles and other features. General contractor: Right Angle Building Corporation Photograph by Peter Bastianelli-Kerze
A simple material palette of warm grays and natural ash veneer allows furnishings, rugs and art to pop out. Interior design collaborator: LiLu Interiors General contractor: Viking Construction Photograph by Susan Gilmore Photography
Warming up a rambler
The exterior of this long Roseville rambler was unarticulated and unwelcoming. The siding was removed, and new cedar and stucco surfaces were applied to provide variety and warmth. The homeowner continued the improvement by building a new deck and zig-zagging fence leading down to the lakeshore. Inside, the main floor was remodeled to provide a secondary entrance and a new kitchen. General contractor: Andlar Construction.
A typical 1958 suburban home with a tight entry, contorted circulation paths and a confined kitchen was transformed through the relocation of the center staircase. By rotating the stair 90 degrees and opening up on both levels, all surrounding living spaces were allowed to "breath", visually. On the main level, the living spaces now flow together and large kitchen island has become the focus of daily life for its first time homeowners and their young children. General contractor: Quartersawn Construction LLC
As both a historic restoration of a pre-Civil War house and a major addition, this project is unique. Located in San Augustine, Texas, the original house was deteriorating after years of disuse, and a series of minor additions compromised its design integrity. My client wished to restore the original house and replace the additions to provide living space echoing the original house. Newland Architecture designed a parallel bedroom wing to the house, connected by an open, spacious living area. Old timbers were reused for the main truss, and materials continue from the old house through to the new construction. The project was supported and approved by the Texas Historical Commission. General contractor: Angel's Remodeling
The original house's interior, showing the original "dog trot" center area. The new addition is through the french doors to the right.
The new living area, with reused historic timbers featured on the main roof truss.
Modern paneled den
A modern basket weave pattern gives this condominium den a unique feel, using custom cherry veneer panels and precise detailing. Paneling fabrication: Partners Woodcraft General contractor: Viking Construction Interior design collaborator: Vicki Nolan Design
Shingle style in Plymouth
This new home is nestled in a wooded lot at the end of a cul-de-sac, overlooking a natural wetland. Its form is inspired by some classic shingle homes by McKim, Mead & White and Louis Sullivan. General contractor: Meadowbrook Builders.
This is the street view of a major remodeling in Edina, which featured additions to the upper level and on two sides, providing a dramatically more functional interior while maintaining the apparent scale of the original 1-1/2 story house. General contractor: Arbuckle Construction.
This major Edina remodeling includes a substantial 3-level addition, maximizing the amount of living space and a new garage on the constrained site. The painted brick veneer and detailing is based on the original house, and the interior detailing carries through as well. General contractor: Charles Cudd DeNovo.
Crafting a new image
A mid-century split-level in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis is now an attractive and more spacious home thanks to three cantilevered bays, new windows, an articulated entry, and new cedar detailing. Construction management consultant: Owner-Built.
The focus of this Golden Valley remodeling was to accommodate a handicapped child in a split level home on a tight budget. The solution was to combine the three small upper bedrooms into two, with a combined bedroom to accommodate the child's needs. The upper level was expanded by approximately 56 square feet using pair of cantilevers, giving much needed floor area to each bedroom. A 2-stop vertical platform lift was added to connect the main level to the bedroom level. Finally, an overhead track-and-sling system was provided to assist movement between areas in the bedroom and the remodeled bathroom across the hall. Accessibility consultant: The Robinhood Corporation General contractor: ELF Construction Structural engineer: David B. Morris, P.E.
The house's original 1967 character was maintained despite the new cantilevered floor areas and window bay.
This exterior restoration in Minneapolis corrected a somewhat botched attempt by a well-meaning builder. The homeowner halted that work and hired Home Restoration, Inc. and Newland Architecture to make things right. In 2015, we did.
KITCHENS & BATHS
The most systems-intensive and well-used rooms in most homes, kitchens and bathrooms are unique design challenges. The best bathrooms balance functionality, maintainability, lighting and beauty in a way that feels inevitable.
Eclectic modern kitchen
This kitchen remodeling was the dream of a couple in south Minneapolis. Newland Architecture helped them realize their dream, transforming an unremarkable, closed-off space into a bright showcase that flows into the adjoining dining and living areas. General contractor: ELF Construction, Inc. Cabinetry: Specialized Woodworking
(Eclectic modern kitchen)
The new sink is a Kohler "Prolific" with movable, built-in drying racks, a smaller basin, and a cutting board (not shown). The faucet is Kohler's "Sensate" electronically-operable model.
Modernism at home
This master bathroom vanity was created for clients with excellent taste in both modern art and antiques. Nearly every room in their Edina home is a gallery, often mixing the old and the very new in the same space. Interior design collaborator: LiLu Interiors. General contractor: Viking Construction. Cabinet fabricator: Partners Woodcraft. Photography by Susan Gilmore Photography.
(Modernism at home)
Mid-century suburban modern
A low-cost kitchen remodeling in Richfield, this project uses IKEA cabinets, inexpensive tile, and an informal arrangement to achieve high-impact results. It makes the most of the daylight available and opens up the formerly closed-off kitchen to the adjoining dining room. General contractor: Metropolis Construction
(Mid-century suburban modern)
This kitchen was created within an existing condo shell, hence the smaller-than-ideal window. Still, this design is open, disciplined, and elegant, providing its users with a beautiful space to work in and gather around. Interior design collaborator: LiLu Interiors Cabinetry by Partners Woodcraft Photography by Brian Droege Architectural Photography
This modern kitchen design combines stained and clear-finished maple, glass tile, granite and stainless steel into a bright, extroverted space. Interior design collaborator: Jeanne Blenkush Design Photograph by Karen Melvin Photography Cabinetry fabricator: Mark I Custom Cabinetry
Multi-colored glass mosaic tile, a handmade copper soaking tub, and a steam shower all contribute to this unique and innovative bathroom design. Interior design collaborator: Vicki Nolan Design. General contractor: Viking Construction.
Expansive Kitchen-Dining Area
The kitchen in this Saint Paul house used to be a disconnected room at the end of the house. By opening it up to the adjoining dining space and providing spatial separation with a custom two-sided cabinet piece, the kitchen was integrated into the house as a whole. General contractor: Nor-Son, Inc. Cabinetry: Great River Cabinets Photographer: Scott Amundson Photography
Elegance and drama
Dark wood, a bold glass tile wall, linear bar pulls, and elegant light fixtures combine to give this spacious kitchen a powerful presence. It is surrounded by open living areas with views over south Minneapolis. Cabinetry fabricator: Partners Woodcraft General contractor: Crawford Merz Anderson Construction Company Interior design collaborator: Steven Roberts
Spacious attic bath
Located in a north-facing dormer, this new bathroom continues the careful Craftsman-inspired detailing within challenging spatial constraints. General contractor: Reuter-Walton Construction.
Luxury at a small scale
A powder room within a modern condo, this small space uses a variety of subtle but rich finishes. Interior design collaborator: LiLu Interiors Cabinetry by Partners Woodcraft General contractor: Viking Construction Photography by Brian Droege Architectural Photography
This kitchen is modern and open, and features Japanese touches here and there. Existing skylights are incorporated into a new ceiling design, and red birch flooring unifies what used to be several different rooms. Kitchen design consultant and fabricator: Sawhill Kitchens General contractor: Right Angle Building Corporation Photographer: Peter Bastianelli-Kerze
In this mid-century home remodeling, the formal dining room was replaced with something more informal and flexible. Three separate, custom cafe tables were arranged along a custom bench, and the tables can be rotated and combined into a single table for family gatherings. Custom woodwork: Woodlines.
The small kitchen in this southwest Minneapolis bungalow was expanded slightly in plan and more dramatically in height, taking advantage of the attic space. Every other ceiling joist was removed, and the remaining joists were clad in wood to match the new cabinetry. One wall of the stairwell to the upper bedrooms was opened to provide a connection between the two spaces. General contractor: Stinson Builders, Inc. Cabinetry: Rust Brothers.
Fun in a dormer
In a street-facing dormer, a full bathroom (featuring both a free-standing tub and a large shower) provides a bright and enlivening space as part of this upper level addition. General contractor: Arbuckle Construction.
Maximizing a space
A small kitchen in south Minneapolis which features careful detailing to maximize function and flexibility, and dark accents to provide unity. Cabinetry fabricator: Patrick Plautz General contractor: Reuter-Walton Construction
Classic white kitchen
Part of a classic south Minneapolis house, this kitchen is crisply detailed and full of light. The cabinetry is all new, but complements the character of the older home, with painted wood and light stone countertops contrasting with black stools, dark walnut accents and a richly stained oak floor. General contractor and cabinet fabricator: Welch Forsman Associates.
Warmth and elegance
The combination of rich woodwork, beveled mirror glass, and abundant detailing give this master bath vanity an elegance far beyond the norm. Cabinet fabricator: Aaron Carlson. Interior design collaborator: Linda Vogt. General contractor: Crawford Merz Anderson Construction Co.
Teeny 3/4 bath refresh
Located on the main floor of this 1900 era Bryn Mawr home, this small (31 square feet) bath badly needed a down-to-the-framing refresh. By substantially reconfiguring it, and adding a salvaged pocket door leaf, the new bath provides a simple, easily-maintained space that respects the home's original character. A curbless shower (with a new vinyl window), a small sink, a new toilet, and a custom recessed medicine cabinet are all packed into the space which still manages to feel uncluttered. The hex tile floor is set over a radiant heating grid. General contractor: Metropolis Construction
Saint Paul kitchen refresh
This remodeling affected not only the kitchen, but also the mud room, family room and main floor powder room. Several opportunities (not problems! opportunities!) to improve some structural concerns as well as plumbing and electrical issues were embraced as the work proceeded. Despite a tight budget, the remodeling provided the homeowners with a dramatically improved set of rooms, with good lighting, traffic flow, and storage. General contractor: E.L.F. Construction Cabinetry: IKEA, with matching custom components by Nate Beane
Golden Valley transformation
A typical 1958 suburban home, this isolated galley kitchen had been previously updated in the 1980's. Newland Architecture transformed it by relocating the center stair and opening up the kitchen space to the dining and living areas, simultaneously providing a clear view to the entry. Cabinetry: Mingle, LLC General contractor: Quartersawn Construction LLC
1904 Kitchen Transformation
By building a small addition (less than 100 sq. ft.), this formerly tortured kitchen in an historic Minneapolis home opened up and became the light-filled, functional space that the homeowners wanted. General contractor: Metropolis Construction. Cabinetry: Ryan Leko.
Prior to founding Newland Architecture, Scott Newland worked nearly exclusively on large projects for corporations, regional retail center owners, and municipalities. Such experience informs the non-residential commissions today, including light industrial, recreational, corporate and other project types.
Henry & Son
This new specialty wine shop is located in the 811 Glenwood building, near International Market Square in Minneapolis. Its minimalist-industrial aesthetic relates both to the building's overall remodeling by First + First and the essential, focus-on-the-wine nature of the company. General contractor: The Bainey Group Lighting consultant: Lighting Matters
A new cedar-and-polycarbonate canopy brings unexpected detail to a dull industrial building in a Minneapolis suburb which was converted into a custom cabinet fabrication shop. General contractor: Welch Forsman Associates.
Designed and built for The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, this small new building shelters the golf course's driving range equipment and provides weather protection for users and observers. Hitting mats are placed on the linear concrete aprons in the spring. The design was a collaboration between Newland Architecture and Yunker Associates Architecture. General contractor: Zeman Construction.
This modest break room, for an international engineering firm in Minnetonka, Minnesota, was reconfigured and updated to provide a functional and fresh environment for staff. A limited palette of colors and materials gives visual interest. General contractor: Crawford Merz Anderson Construction Co. Cabinetry and panel fabricator: Focal Point Fixtures
White oak and polycarbonate panels over steel studs combine to provide both privacy between seating groups and filtered transparency.
In converting an abandoned industrial building in south Minneapolis to house a custom woodworking shop and showroom, Newland Architecture designed new exterior canopies to provide shelter and interest to the bland masonry exterior. General contractor: Welch Forsman Associates.
Warm wood contrasts with prefinished steel to provide refined detail to the showroom entrance. General contractor: Welch Forsman Associates.
The Minikahda Club offers its members and guests, in addition to excellent golf and tennis facilities, paddle tennis courts for that sport's aficionados. The courts are heated for winter use, and a new building was provided for socializing and relaxing before and after games. The large lounge space is served by an informal kitchen space and accessible toilet rooms, and a walk-out basement provides space for equipment and furniture storage. The design was a collaboration between Newland Architecture and Yunker Associates Architecture.
The new building's design is informal but complements the Greek revival style of The Minikahda Club's main clubhouse.
This farm equipment building on the outskirts of Cannon Falls, Minnesota was converted into a new family-run retail space. Ferndale Market features free-range turkeys raised on the farm along with a wide range of locally-made products. General contractor: Van Guilder Construction
Although Newland Architecture designed the initial market space in 2007, the 2015 addition, to the left in this image, now provides better office, storage and meeting space for staff and vendors.
As part of the 2015 addition, a new conference room was created. It features an old hatchery sign as well as trophies won in the 1930's and '40's.
Newland Architecture provided architectural design services to The Minikahda Club for over ten years and completed dozens of projects for the club's various facilities. This project was the remodeling of a main floor social area, overlooking a rose garden and Lake Calhoun beyond. Interior design collaborator: Carol Belz & Associates
This small commercial building on France Avenue South in Edina is new, but is designed to echo the materials and scale of older buildings in the area. In doing so, the building helps to reinforce the character of the neighborhood in its own modest way. General contractor: Noonan Construction
This new home is a responsible urban infill project, located in southwest Minneapolis's Fulton neighborhood. It is "responsible" in the sense that it took the original 1924 home and salvaged and reused a significant amount of material from that old structure, and by replacing it with a forward-looking home with an accessible main floor, a net zero energy ready envelope, and an efficient plan that does not attempt to overbuild the small property. LEED and GreenStar certifications are expected once the review process for each is completed. General contractor: Morrissey Builders LEED and GreenStar rater: Building Knowledge Completed September 2017
"Sisunkoto", by the way, is my name for the house. It is a Finnish term coined by linguist and historian Jukka Luoma (and third cousin to Scott Newland). "Sisu" is well known for meaning, loosely, guts, inner strength, or tenacity. It is a word used with pride by Finns who see it as a quality unique to them. "Koto" is an ancient Finnish word referring to home. "Sisunkoto" is therefore "The home of the Sisu". To Scott - for whom this new home represents a long-held dream - the process of bringing this dream to completion has, at times, required all of the Sisu that he could muster.
Preliminary image from southwest
This view was taken well before completion, prior to landscaping, the screened porch enclosure, and other details. It does show the interlocking forms - the one-story south half that relates to the scale of the immediate neighbors, and the two-story north half that meets the scale of the ever-encroaching developer homes.
Open living room
The living room is open to the home organization nook and entry. The space is subtlety articulated into zones by the dropped glu-lam beams and a screen wall of birch tree trunks. Birch plywood, yellow birch floors and light finishes make the most of the daylight entering the space. Cabinetry: Partners Woodcraft Structural engineering: ALIGN Structural, Inc.
Rendering vs. reality
During the design, I used the built-in rendering engine in my BIM software to help visualize the various spaces and do virtual walk-throughs. This composite shows a rendering of the living area and a construction view of the same scene.
Open dining and kitchen areas
The living room opens to the dining area beyond, which in turn opens to the kitchen. With views east over the backyard, the windows are much larger than on the street side of the house.
Rendering vs. reality, part 2
The kitchen, as visualized and as (mostly) built.
The light-filled kitchen features maple cabinetry and HanStone countertops. All major appliances are by KitchenAid, with the refrigerator and dishwasher being EnergyStar labeled. The cooktop is a gas unit by Electrolux, salvaged from a remodeling in Saint Paul. The range hood is by Zephyr. Cabinetry: Partners Woodcraft Appliances: All, Inc. Windows: Integrity by Marvin, tripane units
Stairwell and roof deck
The upper stairwell opens onto a roof deck (not yet complete when this photo was taken). The deck will feature a large planter box on the south side, with tall grasses and other plants to provide a sense of spatial enclosure as well as privacy and shade. Beyond the deck on the east and west sides will be planted roof areas (to be implemented in 2018).
This image shows the steep, south-facing steel roof, which will ultimately feature a large photovoltaic panel array. Below this are the roof deck and roof areas that will be planted. The garage beyond also can feature PV panels, and has a large storage loft above the 2-½ car main space.
The original house
The 1924 house was part of the fabric of the neighborhood for 92 years, but by 2016 it was in a highly desirable neighborhood with rising property values and an increasing number of teardowns as developers came in and replaced older homes with generally overscaled, generic-looking structures. Our goal was different, taking a more sensitive approach to the scale of the detailing of the house so that the new home presented a strong modern image while featuring proportions and materials sympathetic with its older neighbors. All windows were removed and reused (in the new home or by others), and hundreds of other interior items were similarly salvaged. Many landscape materials were transplanted and reused elsewhere.
The original house's kitchen was redone in 2011, and so the cabinetry was easily removed. Several of these cabinets were used in the new home's laundry room. Other cabinets will be used elsewhere or sold. The countertops, appliances and plumbing fixtures were sold on craigslist, as were the doors.