Winkler Residence

October 19th, 2014

Another Golden Valley addition project, this time it is a 70′s rambler walk out that needs help. The couple had done a really nice job renovating the kitchen and inside but the lower add-on isn’t working well for them plus the roof of the add-on is an eyesore. The challenge is to get rid of the add-on, rework the circulation by adding a better central stair and build a new master bedroom addition. The backyard needs some definition as well and an addition will help create better exterior spaces.


































The owners didn’t want the addition to stand out as too different than their existing house but they were open to something more modern. The design of the addition uses hip roofs like the original house but uses them in a different way. The model shows the roof slopes as similar, but the end hip roof continues down farther than the original roof to bring the scale of the 2 story addition lower to the ground. Also, instead of the dated overhangs, we decided to make the new addition more modern and crisp by eliminating the overhangs in favor of a more sculptural look. I thought it would also by nice to conceal the new deck structure with decorative concrete blocks which are represented by the green wall in the model. There would be storage underneath the deck for any lawn and garden equipment.



Model of new addition and new colors









model from above










Bed Box #1

October 12th, 2014

The first Bed Box prototype is under construction in Lino Lakes, Minnesota!

The Bed Box is a sleeping pavilion consisting of red plastic solar panels. It is a small retreat that glows like a lantern and provides task lights for reading at night. There will be an outlet for a computer as well. All of the electricity is supplied by the red plastic panels and stored in batteries under the floor.  The inner space will formed by attaching white translucent panels to the wooden frame. These walls will frame views at both ends of the box. The ends can also be closed when not in use.

Go to for more information on these panels.



This model shows the basic structure. The platform is 14′ by 14′. The panels are 2′ by 2′ and a total of 104.


The inner space will be made from translucent panels.

The side walls are constructed with red plastic solar panels.


The ends of the Bed Box open to nature, but can be closed as well.

The start of a 14′ by 14′ platform












October 20, 2015
Construction Photo










October 20, 2015
Construction Photo




October 20, 2015
Construction Photo



















Brigadoon Drive

November 19th, 2013

Models for a Brigadoon Drive addition.

Construction underway Fall 2013.






Addition in the back

Structural Insulated Panels (S.I.P.) for Roof


North Shore House

January 18th, 2012

XANTHORIA ELEGANS (elegant sunburst lichen)

There are many fascinating elements of this North Shore site, from the dense, delicate treescape to the bold geology of the shoreline basalt. But one of the most stunning surprises is the colorful, elegant blankets of lichen and mosses that cover the gray rocks, ground and trees throughout the site. The biology of lichen is fascinating as it is the symbioses of two organisms—a fungus and an algae—creating a completely unique structure. They thrive in the most inhospitable climates and create the most painterly patterns and colors as they spread. In the harsh climate of the North Shore, these beautiful layers, textures and compositions look very much like protective quilts, buffering the site.


Following this concept, the diagram of the house is a simple gray mass that hovers above the ground and rock outcroppings. To preserve the site and minimize excavation, the slope to the lake is unobstructed by utilizing pier footings. On the exterior, there is a simple layering of brightly colored accent materials in key locations. A wrapping, protective canopy at the entrance; a low layer at the kitchen to allow for storage on a predominantly glass wall; a privacy screen at the master bedroom.
On the interior, rooms are also created by the wrapping of material. This plan concept allows for a pavillion-like space within the house. This permeability of spaces along with extensive glass walls maintains a strong indoor-outdoor connection.


Parasol Modular Furniture

October 18th, 2011

The carport I built in the spring of 2011 has been dismantled and the pieces from the carport have been turned into furniture to help fund the next Parasol Modular experiment. Pictured are some of the different types of furniture pieces that will be for sale on beginning November 1, 2011.


Parasol Modular Coffee Table
12″ tall x 23 1/2″ wide


Parasol Modular Bedside Table
23 1/2″ tall x 12″ wide


Parasol Modular Desk
25 1/2″ tall x 23 1/2″ wide


Parasol Modular High Shelf
45″ tall x 23 1/2″ wide

Stoleson Residence

September 12th, 2011

Stoleson Residence completed




1148 Oakcrest Avenue

September 12th, 2011

Fall photos of garden, deck and yard



“Plug and Play”- Architecture MN May/June 2011

September 12th, 2011

Download Arch. MN May/June 2011 “Plug and Play”

Parasol Modular 2011

September 12th, 2011

The first Parasol Modular carport.
These photos were taken at the Living Green Expo Spring of 2011.



6743 Knoll

September 12th, 2011

New photos of the finished remodel.