Archives for Exteriors
Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
the perfect cabin
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
A Dale Mulfinger Project
n. pl. Gran-a-ries
1. a building for storing grain
2. a region yielding much grain.
Over the past several months I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be involved with the design of a cabin in Fergus Falls, Minnnesota, created by one of my favorite Architects, Dale Mulfinger. Dale was raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota and is a master of design for rural landscape and vernacular architecture.
This little cottage began its life as a farm granary on the other side of the lake. The owner’s great-grandfather bought it from the farmer in the 1890s and had a team of horses drag it across the ice in the winter to its current lakeside property, then built rooms around it for living. During the course of this project, it has been picked up and repositioned, attaching it to the new cottage via an open breezeway. The new home will be used for the homeowners—the attached granary, for guests.
Dale’s design (below) shows the old granary on the left and the new construction on the right.
Original granaries had suspended floors that protected the grain from rodents and provided air circulation. I love that the homeowners had the vision and have taken the time and effort to keep this historic structure in their family. Is there something beautiful your could do with these?
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Monday, February 25th, 2013
No favorites here. I really do love every season equally. It’s just that, I’m pretty sure I’m ready for the ice to melt and for this one to wrap up. Here’s to open water and spring.
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Monday, January 28th, 2013
Tale of a Minnesota Grain Elevator
Got old growth wood?
Don’t know what to do with it?
It’s okay, you’ve come to the right place.
In Duluth, Minnesota a gigantic grain elevator, dating back to 1887, is slowly being dismantled by Wisconsin Woodchuck. Approximately 6 million board feet of Eastern White Pine, along with the iron hardware that holds it together, is coming down, board-by-board, in hopes that this beautiful material will stay in circulation. The story aired Sunday night on the History Channel’s Ax Men.
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Saturday, November 17th, 2012
Ready for the holidays!
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Monday, October 15th, 2012
Aside from the ecological benefits of having a green roof (cooling and humidifying surrounding air, creating natural habitat for plants and animals, and reducing smog and dust), they just look cool.
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Sunday, October 7th, 2012
Lil BeDe hits MSP Magazine
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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
a coastal charmer on cross lake
I’m very excited to see a BeDe home featured in Lake Country Journal! The magazine is regional, so if you live outside of the Brainerd Lakes Area, order it here. You’ll be inspired by all of the beautiful photos in this sweet read. My Coastal Charmer on Crosslake is on page 38.
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