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Residential Architecture

The place you call home should represent your truest self. AWH listens closely to their clients to create custom spaces that instinctively feel like home. When designing a house, whether from the ground up, adding to an existing structure, or adapting a building, AWH always puts client and environment needs first. AWH does not conform to a standard architectural style. With every project, we assess many existing and potential factors to develop a design custom for each client and site. We investigate local vernacular and the layers of history to create structures that complement the neighborhood and honor the past.



Built behind the existing 1950’s mid-century home house, the 3200 SF addition soars to a 22-foot ceiling on one side, where a wall of triple-paned glass windows offer expansive views. The new space, with angled walls and exposed wood and metal trusses, was designed to amplify sound and utilize passive solar energy.

Hermit’s Hovel

The shotgun style structure hovers above the forest floor on wood posts set on diamond piers and is designed to feel like one big screen porch. The entire south façade is operable doors and can be opened up to the lake breezes. The simple shed style roof ties the plan together and is interrupted by a reverse dormer at the main entry door.


Lindaland is writer’s retreat nestled in the woods of Madeline Island, one of the few inhabited islands in Lake Superior. The living space is raised to the second floor to give it a treehouse feel—and a distant view of the lake to the south. Lindaland is a modern interpretation of the island’s vernacular of hipped-roof cottages.

Isles of Ascot

From jumbled and cluttered to cohesive and calm, AWH Architects transformed the master suite of an early 20th century home on Lake of the Isles into an everyday oasis. The design solution was to combine a series of disjointed rooms into one elegant suite.

Hill House

Designed for a sloped lot in Bayport, MN, this home takes full advantage of an inclined site. Perched above a two car garage, the living space in the Hill House is strategically created to make a small footprint feel spacious. Contact AWH Architects if you are interested in having the Hill House plan adapted for your site.

Dixon Chapel

The Dixon Chapel is a small guest cabin on Madeline Island, Wisconsin. The design takes advantage of lake views by orienting the major glass openings and a porch along the lakeside edge of the efficient home. The layout of the Dixon Chapel encourages circulation between indoors and outdoors, connecting visitors with the idyllic landscape.