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MSP Home Tour was a wonderful experience!

May 7th, 2018

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

 

We had a wonderful time showing the fantastic remodel at 1391 Edgcumbe Road (Home #33) last weekend! McMonigal Architects was pleased to take part in the 31st annual Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour.

During Saturday and Sunday’s tour, visitors were able to hear how a dated and dysfunctional kitchen was transformed into a kitchen that is a joy to cook in while allowing it to feel like it has always been there. Visitors commented on how dramatic the changes were from the before photos. Clever solutions, and hidden storage and pullouts offered pleasant surprises. The stars of the show were the cats as they served as a great welcoming committee, and were unphased by all the new people.

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Kyle is licensed in the State of Minnesota

December 12th, 2017

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

Kyle Thrapp, AIA, has received his license to practice architecture in the State of Minnesota.  He finished taking his last of the Architectural Registration Exams in July.  Kyle recently spoke at the “Insights Into the ARE 5.0” event during the 2017 AIA Minnesota Conference to help others prepare to study and take the Architectural Registration Exam.

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We Can Help You With Your Kitchen

October 4th, 2017

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

Is your love for cooking limited by your kitchen?  Does your kitchen feel isolated and cut off from the rest of your house?  You’re not alone.

Lifestyles have changed, and older homes often don’t accommodate how families now live.  Kitchens are the new living room, where people want to hang out.  We are experts in kitchen design, and work closely with you to understand your needs, desires, and how you want your dream kitchen to function.  We provide creative solutions and rework spaces in ways you might not have thought possible.

Whether you are thinking of a small remodel or a new house, we have the tools to help you.

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2017 BLEND Awards

September 27th, 2017

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

We are excited to announce that we received a BLEND Award for our 1924 Bungalow Addition!  The awards ceremony was held at Fulton Brewery in Minneapolis’ North Loop on Monday Night.  Since 2007, the Buildings and Landscape Enhancing Neighborhoods through Design (BLEND) awards architects, builders, designers and homeowners for their excellence in blending residential or commercial construction projects into Minneapolis neighborhoods.

This small addition resulted in doubling the size of the cramped bungalow kitchen.  The kitchen now ties in seamlessly with the fine craftsmanship throughout the home, while the addition’s exterior respects the scale, massing, and character of the neighborhood.

For more information about BLEND, or to view this year’s winners, click here

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Another Great Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour!

May 1st, 2017

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

What a great time we had showing off two beautiful projects this past weekend! McMonigal Architects was pleased to take part in the Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour which celebrated its 30th anniversary.

During Saturday and Sunday’s tour at 5344 Emerson Avenue South (Home #10), visitors were able to hear how moving and turning an existing stair avoided a potentially costly large addition to the home, and see how a kitchen with a clean, modern aesthetic can fit within a 1927 Tudor. They heard how phasing two projects over ten years made it possible to improve the layout and function of the home initially, and get their dream kitchen in the end.

At 4516 Grand Avenue South (Home #8), tour-goers marveled at how a small addition resulted in doubling the size of the cramped bungalow kitchen. The kitchen now ties in perfectly and the fine craftsmanship of both new and old is now evident throughout the home. On Sunday, Rosemary’s presentation on bungalow remodeling drew quite the crowd – over 50 people inside and anxious others listening from the front steps and the back porch.

At both houses, it was fun to display presentation boards from and reminisce on Rosemary and Jim’s Johnson Street home that was on the tour 30 years ago.

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Orange is the New Kitchen – Star Tribune

April 10th, 2017

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

This colorful remodeled kitchen provides perks for cooks as well as cats.  Please see the just published Star Tribune article here.

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McMonigal Architects partners with NorthEast Investment Cooperative

March 13th, 2017

by Phil Hofstad, Associate AIA

You’ve all heard of food co-ops, but what about buying into a whole neighborhood?  That’s exactly what the NorthEast Investment Cooperative (NEIC) in Minneapolis is doing.  By donating a portion of its services, McMonigal Architects partners with NEIC on proposed renovations to commercial properties.  We work with NEIC and potential tenants to develop economical solutions that aim to sustainably reuse and bring new life to tired and vacated old buildings.  Extensive field measuring and investigation, detailed code analysis, and creative design solutions for the building facades are part of the process.

 

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