Dan Nepp, AIA – Principal
Steve Nordgaard, AIA – Associate
Leffert Tigelaar, AIA - Associate
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.
2724 W. 43 Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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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.
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The design was centered on the display and integration of an extensive art collection and the beauty and drama of its natural backdrop in the Sonoran desert. The exterior materials of natural stone and copper were selected for great durability and the ability to gain beauty with age as they patina. The thick stucco walls and deep set windows reference historical Territorial Architecture. These materials, coupled with a simple and clean-lined design, create a sense of solidity and timelessness.
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This Spanish-Colonial structure is home to two devout Modernists. The challenge involved the addition of a very modern Sunroom and Wine Cellar to the front of the house, while also reinforcing the character of the existing home. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a simply sculpted skylight bring light deep into the home. Large openings between rooms allows unobstructed views through the house for a panoramic connection to the landscape.
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This new family cottage responds to the unique attributes of its peninsular site and to the families’ lifestyle. Upon entering the site, one sees the lake beyond, as well as the iconic stone chimney, signaling an invitation to the home and the lake. The expansive wood-toned great room, open to the dining room, kitchen, and stair, provides a central gathering, while wrap-around windows frame views of the dock, terraces, and the path to the fire-pit beyond.
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The owners first fell in love with this home a decade prior to purchasing it. They loved the location that overlooks 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.
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David O. Marlow
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.
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On a unique site overlooking Lake Superior and a wooded ravine, this Arts & Crafts inspired home merges with the landscape through the use of natural materials such as rusticated stone, hand-hewn timber, and rich mahogany. Large windows frame sylvan views that sweep from the ravine out to the lake. The Great Room is a welcoming place for entertaining and incorporates the owner’s art and book collections.
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The double-gabled form of this lakefront home addresses the homeowners’ needs and the dual nature of the site, which faces both Lake Superior and Superior Bay. The gables are connected by a link that creates a sense of openness throughout the shared living spaces on the main level and serves as a threshold between the second-floor owner retreats. The interior is directed outward to connect social spaces with nature. This connection is further enhanced by natural wood and stone materials.
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By adjusting walls and roof planes, the home owners were able to gain much needed space, increase interior light and exterior views, and strengthen connections to the beautiful shaded lot while maintaining the original footprint of the existing house. Reconfiguring the L-shaped living and dining layout allows for a more connected and inviting home, and new roofline and dormers provide room for second floor bedrooms and play space, while keeping an intimate scale.
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Located on a site without any particularly dominant views, this house was situated to create its own serene and inwardly focused world, centered on a courtyard green. The L-shaped plan of the main house, along with a dining pergola and pool area, encompass and define the central green and create easy flow between interior and exterior spaces. Rich tones of copper and mahogany add to the patina of age and tradition that defines the character of this home.