Alternatives to the McMansion: Designing a Home for Your Neighborhood

AIA Homes by Architects Tour home 9 designed by Christian Dean Architecture

Many homeowners want to make their mark on their individual space without making too distinctive a mark on their surrounding community. Architects can help homeowners design projects that maximize improvement opportunities without losing the character of the neighborhood. Two homes on the 2017 Homes by Architects tour met the owners’ needs and blended seamlessly with their neighborhoods.

TEA2 Architects replaced a deteriorating Excelsior lakefront home with House #1 on the same location. The house has a footprint and exterior design similar in character to that of the neighborhood, embraces a historic and graceful feel in the layout and was recognized by the City of Excelsior’s Planning Department as a model of renewal in the area.

The owners of House #9 wanted to make their smaller home live large, rather than tear it down. Christian Dean Architecture created a clay shingle-clad home to fit in with the Spanish-style houses nearby while incorporating high-quality materials and sustainable elements to make it modern and functional without losing its character.

Don’t miss these and the other 15 inspiring projects on the 2017 tour. Homes are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, 2017. Tickets are available for purchase here.

The 2017 homes tour is supported by Hage Homes, Marvin Windows & Doors, Pella Windows and Doors, Amsum & Ash, Anderson Reda, Brooke Voss Design, Kolbe Gallery Twin Cities, Mattson Macdonald Young, Ridge Construction, LLC, Ron Beining Associates, Streeter & Associates, Elevation Homes, Stinson Builders, Warners’ Stellian Appliances, Lelch Audio Video, Lifespace Construction, Alpine Hardwood, DOM Interiors, Dovetail Renovation, Frost Cabinets, Katie Bassett Interiors, Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty, Otto Painting Design, Urban Ecosystems, Welch Forsman, All Seasons Fireplace, Amy K Design, Rubble Tile, Shaw Design and media partner Greenspring Media.


AIA Homes by Architects Tour home 1 designed by TEA2 Architects

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