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Hiawatha Kitchen

April 21st, 2020

by Nick Dellwo

Scott Amundson Photography

We’re sorry that we’re not able to share our kitchen remodel story at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Home Tour this weekend. Instead, we’ll share with you the next best thing- a virtual tour of this recent kitchen remodel in Minneapolis.

This 1970s era house had plenty of space, but the dated kitchen was too small. Kitchen and eating areas were narrow and closed off from other living spaces.

 

Scott Amundson Photography

 

The kitchen area tripled by expanding into an under-utilized play area. It’s now connected to dining and living spaces. The kitchen includes generous food prep and cooking areas, abundant storage, and features a large island to gather around.

 

Scott Amundson Photography

 

The family loves their new kitchen, which breathed new life into their home. Amazingly, all these changes were made without moving a single window!

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Join in the spirit of the season

December 10th, 2019

by Phil Hofstad

Eastside Meals on Wheels

This holiday season, we were excited to contribute to Eastside Meals on Wheels, a non-profit organization in our neighborhood that delivers and serves nutritious meals to seniors and others in need.  We saw where they prepare the meals that are delivered to about 150 people each day and met friendly volunteers who continue to make a difference in our community.

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House #11 – Homes By Architects Tour

August 23rd, 2019

by Kyle Thrapp, AIA

Visit McMonigal Architects’ new construction House #11 during the AIA MN Homes by Architects Tour on September 21st and 22nd. The clients, who worked with us on their previous renovation to a historic St. Paul home, wanted to collaborate with McMonigal Architects again on their new home.

Utilizing Prairie design cues, this new St. Paul home is positioned on a half-acre site, with views to the established neighborhood and to the wooded back yard. The design brings some of the character and details of their previous home by using art glass windows, millwork, and cabinetry, while meeting their energy efficiency and sustainability goals.

Come and meet the McMonigal Architects team and see what ideas spark your imagination. Purchase tickets through the tour website here or at the door. For more information on the home, click here.

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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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