Blending Old and New in Home Design: See It Done Right at This Year’s Tour

Home 11 by Christopher Strom Architects, AIA Homes by Architects Tour

Blending the old and the new can create truly unique home designs. The special expertise of architects helps homeowners bring the blend to life effectively. Three homes on the 2017 Homes by Architects tour successfully preserved the best of their history while adding modern elements for today’s livability.

After a series of additions and remodels, House #8 didn’t function for its owners, but still had great bones to work with. Rehkamp Larson Architects removed the poorly-designed elements and coaxed out the property’s best features, turning what was seen merely as an old house into a great house.

When you have a home designed by Franklin Ellerbe for Professor Ward Olmsted, you find ways to modernize and enhance it, rather than starting all over. Key areas of House #11 were redesigned by Christopher Strom Architects to optimize its gathering spaces and functionality and enhance the turn-of-the-century design features that stand the test of time. A kitchen, inspired by turn-of-the-century chemistry labs, was added on to maximize livability.

A home by Rehkamp Larson Architects.

Home 15 by Rehkamp Larson Architects, AIA Homes by Architects Tour

House #15 is a modern take on the farmhouse. Using a vintage white barn as inspiration for the exterior palette, Rehkamp Larson Architects paired traditional gables and a wraparound porch with floor-to-ceiling glass and surprising colors and materials throughout the interior. Reclaimed wood and other materials were used throughout this thoroughly modern space.

Don’t miss these and the other 14 amazing 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.

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