2018 BLEND Award Winners Celebrated

Local builders and architects win for projects that fit into their respective neighborhoods.

The jury is in: The 2018 winners of BLEND Awards in Minneapolis and St. Paul have been announced at gatherings in both cities in recent weeks. The awards, given in Minneapolis since 2007 and just established this year in St. Paul, recognize new construction and remodeling projects that fit into the respective character of their neighborhoods.

Residential and commercial work is eligible for the awards, as long as projects meet the neighborhood-centric criteria: That is, they build on the qualities of their neighborhoods, and respect the privacy, light access, and scale of their surroundings. The award guidelines are intentionally flexible, recognizing that a type of building appropriate for one block would not necessarily be appropriate if built on another.

The Minneapolis BLEND Award winners demonstrate the range of styles and scope of work that meet the criteria. (See all of the 2018 winners here.)


Upton Revived, Linden Hills Neighborhood

Architect: Mark Larson and Will Spencer; Rehkamp Larson Architects

Builder: Welch Forsman


Arts & Crafts Revival, East Harriet Neighborhood
Architect: Dan Nepp, Petra Schwartze; TEA2 Architects
Builder: Trestle Custom Homes

East Calhoun Residence, East Calhoun Neighborhood

Architect: Gabriel Keller, Carl Olson; Peterssen/Keller Architecture
Builder: G3 Development

East Harriet Revival, East Harriet Neighborhood
Architect: Dan Nepp, Tyler Hillger; TEA2 Architects
Builder: Anderson Reda

Fulton, Fulton Neighborhood

Architect: Julie & Ted MacLeod
Builder: w.b.builders

Minneapolis Fire Restoration, Lynhurst Neighborhood
Architect/Builder: TreHus Architects + Interior Designers + Builders

Net Zero Victorian, Whittier Neighborhood
Architect: Marc Sloot; SALA Architects
Builder: Morrissey Builds / Sean Morrissey

Parkway Home, East Harriet Neighborhood
Architect: Paul Neseth; LOCUS Architecture
Builder: Matt Davis; Shaw Design Associates (Landscape)

Upton Renovation/Addition, Fulton Neighborhood
Architect: Rachel Wagner, Elden Lindamood; Wagner Zaun Architecture
Builder: Ben Quie and Sons Building and Remodeling

Uptown Uplift, East Calhoun Neighborhood
Architect: David Heide and Chris Christofferson; David Heide Design Studio
Builder: Next Level Renovation


Home for a Lifetime, Linden Hills Neighborhood

Architect/Builder: Lake Country Builders

Lake Place Prairie, East-Isles Neighborhood

Architect: Leffert Tigelaar, Tom Henningsen and Jonathan Mason; TEA2 Architects
Builder: L. Cramer Designers & Builders

Minneapolis expanded its awards in 2012 to include EcoBLEND Awards, recognizing new and remodeled projects that incorporate eco-friendly design and sustainable building practices.

This year’s EcoBLEND AWARD winners are:

Net Zero Victorian, Whittier Neighborhood
Architect: Marc Sloot; SALA Architects
Builder: Morrissey Builds / Sean Morrissey

Upton Renovation/Addition, Fulton Neighborhood, Southwest
Architect: Rachel Wagner, Elden Lindamood; Wagner Zaun Architecture
Builder: Ben Quie and Sons Building and Remodeling

St. Paul’s BLEND Award winners (see all 2018 winning projects here):


Elevated Craftsman
Architect: Jackie Millea, Shelter Architecture
Builder: Palladian


Crocus Hill Renovation
Architect: Kristine Anderson, Lars Peterssen, Peterssen/Keller Architecture
Builder: Anderson Reda

Out On the Porch
Architect: David Heide and Brad Belka, David Heide Design Studio
Builder: Golliker Construction Inc.

Summit Hill Addition
Architect: Jean Rehkamp Larson, AIA and Angela Taffe Wingate, Rehkamp Larson Architects
Builder: Full Circle Construction


Crocus Hill Shingle Style
Architect: Dan Nepp, Petra Schwartze, TEA2 Architects
Builder: John Kratz Builder, LLC

St. Paul New Craftsman
Architect: Colby Mattson, Charlie & Co. Design
Builder: Kroiss Development Inc.

Tuck Under Tudor
Architect: Charlie Simmons, Maria J. Larenas, Charlie & Co. Design
Builder: Detail Homes

Cookie Cart St. Paul
Architect: Edie Sebesta, Mark Burgess, U+B Architecture and Design
Builder: Watson-Forsberg
Owner: Cookie Cart

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