Ideas to Steal: Friendly Architecture

AMEK House Interior

How do you inspire a suburban neighborhood to feel a little more, well, neighborly? One way is to build houses that give residents a good reason to come outside and hang a little. That’s exactly what AMEK Custom Builders did with this new modern farmhouse in Prior Lake. The roomy front porch with a fireplace is just the thing to beckon passersby into friendly conversation. Matt Schmidt, the AMEK co-owner who was integral to the design, had never seen a front-porch fireplace, but the company had built see-through, two-sided fireplaces and plenty of front porches. He hit on the happy combination as a way to de-emphasize the garage and make the house feel more neighborly. Mission accomplished: With its gas fireplace, heat-circulating ceiling fan, and clear-cedar railing, the 10- by 14-foot porch gives this house an airy, welcoming three-season room.

AMEK House Exterior
Above: A modern farmhouse with a steel roof and a friendly feel.


By Chris Lee
Photos by Stuart Herrick

Builders: AMEK Custom Builders

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