A progressive new home, this was designed with a forward outlook. The main floor functions allow for aging in place. The exterior envelope has 50% higher insulation values than the code requires, and it's nearly as airtight as a Passive House. The pitched roof is optimized for solar panels, with conduit in place to connect them to the main electrical panel. Green roofs (not yet installed) will help control stormwater runoff while providing oxygen and bonus garden space - away from rabbits and other pests!
The house is LEED Silver certified, and Gold certified by the GreenHome Institute.
General contractor: Morrissey Builders
Cabinets: Partners Woodcraft
LEED and GreenStar rater: Building Knowledge, Inc.
Structural engineer: ALIGN Structural, Inc.
Building Science Consultant: Third Level Design
Street facade, showing the ramp and mostly non-turf landscape
This galvanized steel grating provides a transition between land and house as well as a place to scrape shoes and boots before entering.
Salvaged cedar fence slats, reused in the screened porch.
Living room fireplace with natural stone surround.
Living space, with entry and home organization nook beyond
Daylight, natural maple, and white finishes in the kitchen
Main floor bath, with zero-entry shower and wall reinforcement for future grab bars.
Upper level railing, constructed with powder-coated steel, laminated plywood, and painted 1x6 slats.
Warm sun and a view make for a happy cat
Backyard landscape, initial phase. The rain garden will be developed in 2018.
E. & B. kitchen remodeling
A crisply detailed modern kitchen helped to transform the main floor of this otherwise ordinary house in southwest Minneapolis. By opening up one wall to the dining area, the kitchen engages with the living spaces in a way that wasn't possible before. New windows, semi-industrial materials, and warm wood tones give a bright and warm feel - all visible from much of the main floor area.
General Contractor: E.L.F. Construction
Cabinetry: Kevin Welper
Split-top island, concrete-like floor tiles, spiral air duct
Crisply detailed, every surface and nook was carefully considered
The new sink is a Kohler "Prolific" with movable, built-in drying racks, a smaller basin, and a cutting board (not shown)
Custom bi-parting barn doors conceal a closet
The Minikahda Club
The Minikahda Club is a private club located on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, founded in 1898. Newland Architecture has provided architectural design services since 2001 on a range of projects ranging from display cases to new buildings. The design basis is complementary to the original Greek Revival style used. Projects shown here include a new platform tennis warming house, a driving range shelter / storage building (both with design collaborator Martha Yunker Architects), a new wading pool, clubhouse residing, tennis shop improvements, and a remodeled bridge room.
General contractors: Crawford Merz Anderson Construction Co., Zeman Construction, Boyer Building Corporation.
The original 1989 clubhouse entry, substantially remodeled in 2002
Platform tennis warming house interior; a more informal feel than the rest of the club's facilities
Platform tennis facilities, including the new warming house
The new wading pool, overlooking Lake Calhoun / Bde Maka Ska
The driving range was redone in 2007, master planned by Herfort Norby
Driving range storage building, with the potential for hitting mats under the overhang
Sunroom, remodeled in 2003. Interior design collaborator: Carol Belz.
R. & H. remodeling
This residential remodeling in Wayzata was a major interior effort, following a fire. The house was completely freshened with new finishes, added skylights, and a simple and open aesthetic. IKEA cabinets, cork floors were used to keep costs down and make maintenance easy.
General Contractor: Stonehouse, Inc.
Photographer: Karen Melvin Photography.
Simplicity and light
This dramatic transformation of a home near Cedar Lake in Minneapolis was done with Japanese undertones, consistent with the client's background.
General contractor: Right Angle Building Corporation
Cabinetry collaborator and fabricator: Sawhill Kitchens
Photographer: Peter Bastianelli-Kerze
The street facade, with landscaping that included a dry "river".
The skylights were part of the original house, and were incorporated into the new ceiling design.
Powder room with custom cabinetry - plumbing unit.
A spacious screened porch with Kalwall skylights, facing south, providing 3-season living space as well as daylight through clerestory windows.
This Edina condo interior featured bold contrasts and highly refined materials, making for an elegant and comfortable home.
Interior design collaborator: LiLu Interiors
Cabinetry: Partners Woodcraft
General contractor: Viking Construction
Photography: Susan Gilmore
The warm grey base tone is punctuated by strips of micro-mosaic tiles, all amplified with a full width mirror
Powder room, with a rich wood accent and "pillow" wall tiles
H. addition and remodeling
This ordinary Linden Hills residence was transformed into a mid-century showcase. A partial 2nd floor provides space for a deluxe owner's suite, the kitchen was reconfigured and completely redone, and the existing bathrooms were updated with new fixtures and finishes.
Simple, consistent geometries unify the custom garage door and new windows.
The new entry features an open stair landing and crisp railings by Primitive Precision.
Bold red-orange accents are a counterpoint to the deep wood tones and cool green glass tiles in the kitchen.
The spacious living area, with stepping display shelves and era-appropriate furniture.
The new kitchen cabinetry is by Steven Cabinets.
This sitting area off the kitchen can be readily converted into a dining room.
Upper level owner's suite
Owner's suite bath vanity. The cabinetry is by Timber Creek Wood Works.
Owner's suite shower
Upper stairwell, featuring a custom bookshelf unit by Steven Cabinets. Light fixture is by Iacoli & McAllister.
This basement kitchenette features Puustelli cabinetry and countertops. The innovative upper cabinets allow the multi-toned wall plaster to show through.
The client for this luxury condo had adventurous and discriminating taste and wanted an uncompromisingly modern living environment. Dark stained ash wood and warm grey finishes provided a baseline aesthetic which was contrasted with dark stone, highly dimensional white stone tile, exotic woods, and unique light fixtures.
Interior design collaborator: LiLu Interiors
Cabinetry: Partners Woodcraft
General contractor: Viking Construction
Photography: Brian Droege Photography
The linear gas fireplace is surrounded by black granite within a large "sugarcube" tile field
A small bathroom, embellished with careful detailing and unique finishes
The owner's suite bath features both a soaking tub and a large shower
The clients for this Wayzata kitchen wanted a more efficient layout along with warmer, varied finishes than the existing kitchen provided. The new layout was a double-L configuration, with custom cabinetry in two complementary wood finishes. Verde fuoco granite and glass mosaic tiles added to the overall collage-like aesthetic.
Interior design collaborator: Jeanne Blenkush
General contractor: Frank Hanson
Cabinetry: Mark One Custom Cabinetry
hotography: Karen Melvin Photography
A large mid-century home in St. Paul had a kitchen located at the very end of one wing. Its location made it feel separate from the rest of the house, so the design solution was to open it up to the adjoining living room and integrate it into the general house's flow. Ample natural light illuminates light finishes and a spacious layout. The large island features not only storage on both sides, but an eating area at one end and a handy food station for the family dog at the other!
General contractor: Nor-Son, Inc.
Photographer: Scott Amundson Photography
The cabinet "island" dividing the space features access doors and drawers on both sides
Grey and white finishes on the perimeter cabinets are reversed on the center island
Miscellaneous Residential Work
Newland Architecture has designed over 150 projects that have been successfully completed. This page starts to illustrate the diversity of scale and style of these projects.
Addition/remodeling near Cedar Lake in Minneapolis, featuring a deck over the garage
A richly paneled family room. Designed with Vicki Nolan Design; woodwork by Partners Woodcraft.
This kitchen gained an extra dimension by removing the ceiling and adding a skylight
A modest-budget kitchen remodeling, featuring IKEA cabinets and bright tiles
This split-level overhaul gave the house a rich, Craftsman-like image
A unique "dining room", with custom cafe tables that can be ganged together for a large group
A small addition yielded a dramatically improved kitchen in this 1904 home
A butcherblock countertop and dropped ceiling accent this kitchen island
Cedar-and-stucco facade makeover in Roseville
Warm, open Roseville kitchen remodeling
Large addition and remodeling to a classic brick home in Edina
Rich woodwork (by Aaron Carlson) give this Owner's Suite bath a spa-like ambience. Designed in collaboration with Linda Vogt Interior Design.
A spacious bath in south Minneapolis, redone in a style consistent with the house's age
This bathroom is in a north dormer, but provides a comfortable and well-organized space
A small bath featuring intricate tile work
New house on Lake Minnetonka for a multi-generational family
Kitchen remodeling with warm woods and contrasting countertops and crowns
A restored parlor in a pre-Civil War home in east Texas
A large kitchen with drama, with dark cabinetry, a red tile wall and exotic lights. Designed in collaboration with Steven Roberts Interior Design.
Bluestone patio and wall, created to enhance the new entry vestibule beyond.
Miscellaneous Commercial Work
Prior to founding Newland Architecture, Scott Newland had over 15 years of experience with a wide variety of large scale commercial projects. Since then, although the firm's focus is residential, commercial work continues to be an intermittent part of design work offered - albeit at smaller scale than previously.
This custom steel-and-cook canopy shelters the entry to a cabinetry shop in Minneapolis.
Henry & Son, a specialty wine shop located in the 811 Glenwood building in Minneapolis.
Ferndale Market: Located in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, this family business was created for the sale of their free range turkeys as well as locally produced food items.
Ferndale Market's farm operation conference room, including old trophies and one of the original hatchery signs.
Custom cedar and polycarbonate canopy at the entry to a millwork shop in Bloomington, MN.
Newland Architecture often helps to visualize construction assemblies for forensic purposes, using 3D BIM software.
Wunderlich-Malec is a world-class engineering firm headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Newland Architecture remodeled their small employee break room, providing a unique environment with warm finishes, precise detailing, and a variety of seating configurations.
General contractor: Crawford Merz Anderson Construction Co.
White oak and polycarbonate panels combine to provide both privacy between seating groups and filtered transparency
Cabinetry and panel fabricator: Focal Point Fixtures
Detail of the polycarbonate panel-and-steel stud divider: My most repinned image on Pinterest!
Over the last few decades, I've developed a wide range of hypothetical house designs, most of which were intended as urban infills. Some were creative outlets when I was doing non-creative work while working for other firms. Others were competition entries. Regardless, they were all fun exercises and yielded some worthwhile ideas and images.