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  • Lake Harriet Residence
    On Lake Harriet with a view of the Minneapolis skyline, this house needed to fit the feel of the surrounding historical parkway homes. The layout focuses largely on the intent to create an “open but separate” space that is intimate enough for its empty nesters, but large enough for family gatherings. The living room, dining room, and kitchen open to each other and to the angled view of the lake. Entries, garage, mudroom, and laundry rooms are all positioned behind these key spaces.
  • Lake Superior Retreat
    This family wanted a year-round residence overlooking Lake Superior. Challenged to combine the requirements of a home with the character of a retreat, the architects used steeply sloped gables and nestled dormers to conceal three bedrooms, two baths, and large woodshop. An open breezeway reduces bulk and expansive windows bring southwest light deep into the house. Finished with Douglas fir timbers, cedar shingles, and locally sourced taconite, the house is at home in the woods.
  • Minnetonka Shingle Style
    The clients for this Lake Minnetonka home wanted to take advantage of their unique site that has views to the lake and to the creek on the opposite side. The main living spaces of kitchen, dining, and living room are suited together to capture these dramatic views. Scale of the house is minimized by having the upper floor space within the gabled roof. Bleached shingles, white windows and columns, and bluestone give this home an east coast shingle style feel.
  • Minnetonka Shingle Style
    The clients for this Lake Minnetonka home wanted to take advantage of their unique site that has views to the lake and to the creek on the opposite side. The main living spaces of kitchen, dining, and living room are suited together to capture these dramatic views. Scale of the house is minimized by having the upper floor space within the gabled roof. Bleached shingles, white windows and columns, and bluestone give this home an east coast shingle style feel.
  • Mediterranean Revival
    The purpose of this remodel was to reshape and re-detail the house to more directly express its Mediterranean Revival origins. A more appropriate sunroom replaced the existing sunroom which was architecturally foreign and often too hot or cold. A large arched opening and French doors better connect the living room to this cozy sunroom. The exterior was updated with a new front door and balconette, along with a new color scheme that all work to integrate a richer, more three-dimensional whole.
  • Mountain and Brook home
    This house was built on a site at the bottom of a steep ravine with a stream running through. Separated into three pavilions; Living, Bedroom, and Garage, the house is better able to adapt to the site and gain maximum southern light. The merging of open spaces, broad expanses of glass, and strong connection to the outdoors is combined with traditional forms and a predominance of warm materials such as wood and stone.
  • Italianate Villa
    This Italianate limestone villa in a suburban, but bucolic area is both classical and idiosyncratic. The immediate seduction of classical forms and rich materials make way to the interior where the rigor of its classical elements continues, but takes on the owner’s exuberant, at times whimsical, décor. The grand scale is personalized by the thoughtful design of spaces that are highly functional and supportive of the family’s interests and daily activities.
  • Medina Home
    Located on rural acreage in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, this “European Farmhouse” inspired residence was designed to take advantage of vistas in every direction while fully integrating itself into its natural surroundings. The placement of the “H” shaped plan on the edge of an existing knoll allows for maximum views and creates a visual connection to the land. Exterior living spaces further blend the interior with the outside world.
  • Calhoun Contemporary
    By slightly raising this lakeside site, the architects were able to design a home in which the main living level would sit up one story from the road – separating living activities from the active street below. The design of the exterior combines the traditional architecture of the surrounding homes with the owner’s contemporary design values. Strategically placed windows allow light to come in from key angles and a rooftop terrace allows for views of the skyline and lake.
  • Transformed Traditional
    The owners of this home first fell in love with it a decade prior to purchasing it. They loved the location, set overlooking a preserved wooded parcel of land. The layout of the home was outdated, with compartmentalized rooms and a separating addition off the back, obstructing the connection to the adjacent woods. The home was transformed with a graceful exterior restoration and interior remodel to accommodate a modern lifestyle and thoughtfully connect living spaces.

TEA2 Architects

TEA2 Architects is an award-winning, residential architecture firm which specializes in additions/renovations, new residences and retreat homes. Our mission is to create distinctive and unique architecture that responds to our clients' goals in meaningful ways and contributes to an ongoing pursuit of design excellence. Since our inception in 1979, we have strived for quality design work that incorporates broader values including historical & neighborhood sensitivity, durability, longevity, and life affirming qualities. We believe that our entire built environment should be viewed in the context of sustainability of both the building process and our cultural potential.

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