The Home of the Month program is a partnership between the Star Tribune and the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It features architect-designed houses selected by a jury of experts. The houses represent a range of prices, styles and locations.

Homebuilder's beach house was designed for casual Lake Minnetonka living + Photo Gallery

The homeowners, who love to entertain, envisioned a beach house inspired by coastal cottages in the Hamptons.

After a devastating fire, a new eco-friendly farmhouse is born in Central Minnesota + Photo Gallery

After losing what they thought was their "forever" home, a couple built a new country house in Avon.

Edina couple fine-tuned their modest rambler for modern living + Photo Gallery

They transformed their modest midcentury home to maximize a prime corner lot.

New home in historic Stillwater is modern inside, traditional outside + Photo Gallery

A couple's new home reflects their love for modern architecture, while blending with their historic Stillwater neighborhood.

Old farm granary in Lake Elmo is upcycled to become new modern home + Photo Gallery

Wood from an old farm granary was creatively repurposed to create an open, airy home.

A cubed cabin in northern Minnesota makes the most of lake views + Photo Gallery

A northern retreat's boxy modern design maximizes lake views while blending into the landscape.

Less is more in ultra-minimalist Scandinavian-style home in St. Paul + Photo Gallery

Less is more in a modern Scandinavian-style home in St. Paul.

Family lake retreat in Wisconsin offers a warm welcome + Photo Gallery

Rich, rustic materials shape a family lake retreat in Wisconsin, designed to provide plenty of room for big gatherings. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

A 'family of sports fans' transformed a Tudor overlooking Lake of the Isles + Photo Gallery

A century-old Tudor Revival overlooking Lake of the Isles has been renovated to please a family of sports fans. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

Ultra-modern glass home in Minneapolis offers inside-out living + Photo Gallery

Larry and Cynthia Holtz are native Minnesotans who have never lived in California. But the modern glass house they built in south Minneapolis could easily be at home there. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

Country home in Marine on St. Croix gets a barn-style makeover + Photo Gallery

A country getaway home in Marine on St. Croix gets a barn-style makeover with guest quarters; a study and musical composition space; a reading nook; and a two-car garage with a workshop and lots of storage. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

Modern green dream home in Linden Hills is sustainable inside and out + Photo Gallery

The owners of this new modern home on a small lot in Minneapolis consider their project a successful model of sustainable home design and building practices. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

Lake place in northern Minnesota captures spirit of the family original + Photo Gallery

A no-frills cottage on Swan Lake had been the idyllic summer sojourn for five generations of one Minnesota family. But when its seasons became numbered, a new cottage took its place, making the front porch an essential centerpiece.

Sneak peek at 12 Twin Cities award-winning home designs + Photo Gallery

What's your vision of the perfect home? Here are 12 designs of distinction singled out by AIA Minnesota. Each will be featured in the coming year as a Home of the Month, but you can get a sneak peek at them now.

Modern house in Linden Hills is different in style but not stature + Photo Gallery

A new house finds its niche in an older Minneapolis neighborhood using restrained, yet state-of-the-art design. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

A home with his-and-her studios – and views – on dramatic Lake Superior + Photo Gallery

Wanting separate work spaces, an architect and an artist created a distinctive home that makes the most of the setting.

Minneapolis couple blend traditional and modern in newly built home + Photo Gallery

Inside and out, a Minneapolis couple's newly built home melds their traditional and modern sensibilities, while integrating another quality important to them: sustainability. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

Architect's home salutes E. Europe roots, love for Mississippi River + Photo Gallery

The custom dream home in Coon Rapids maximizes the majestic Mississippi River setting and smart features for an active family of four. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

A 1960s house in Deephaven is reborn as a New England-style colonial + Photo Gallery

A renovated 1960s home in Deephaven captures the spirit of an old New England colonial to create the home that its owners had always imagined. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

Plain 1950s St. Louis Park rambler gets facelift as cool 'wow' house + Photo Gallery

Two smart additions transformed a run-of-the-mill 1950s rambler in St. Louis Park into a cool and current home for a modern family. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

Lindström lake home has simple Scandinavian style + Photo Gallery

At first, Angie and Lenny Koch planned to build a modest beach house in her hometown of Lindström, Minn., and eventually sell it. "Then we got emotionally invested and decided to build it for us," Angie said, "and do it right." It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

St. Louis Park homeowners give up family room to get dream kitchen, mudroom + Photo Gallery

St. Louis Park homeowners gave up a family room to gain a dream kitchen and mudroom – without adding a square foot of new space.

Newly built cottage on Lake Minnetonka island gets old-style look + Photo Gallery

A newly built cottage could easily be mistaken for one of the century-old summer homes on Lake Minnetonka's historic Crane Island. It's the AIA Minnesota Home of the Month.

AIA Home of the Month: Timeless treasure

A newly built cottage on Lake Minnetonka's historic Crane Island gets an old-style look.

One-room cabin on Burntside Lake embraces Minnesota's deep woods + Photo Gallery

An earthy one-room cabin is embraced by its deep wooded setting on Burntside Lake.