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March 20, 2015
From Kansas City to Minneapolis, these residences bring modern to the Midwest.
Kansas City family home with outdoor dining area

Matthew Hufft designed the house that he shares with his wife, Jesse, and their three children to sit inconspicuously among its neighbors in the Roanoke Park area of Kansas City, Missouri. “I designed it so if you’re driving 30 miles per hour down the street, you don’t notice that it’s new,” he says. “It fits into the neighborhood, an ode to the modern using technology and steel.” 

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Originally appeared in A Kansas City Home Packs Quite the Surprise
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modern house clad in zinc and cedar

Tasked with creating a hybrid residence and art gallery, architect Jeff Dolezal of Omaha, Nebraska, firm Tack Architects called upon mid-century influences to create a showpiece of modern design in the city's Regency neighborhood. 

Originally appeared in An Art-Inspired Modern House in Nebraska
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A loveseat and two Neo arm chairs by Niels Bendtsen in the living room offer Blauvelt a light-filled view to the courtyard beyond.

In a South Minneapolis neighborhood, Julie Snow dreamed up a modern, modular home for Andrew Blauvelt and Scott Winter. The flat-roofed concrete, wood, and glass house consists of two joined 24-foot cubes, a similarly sized 16-foot-long walled courtyard, and a 24-by-24-foot garage.

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Dean Kaufman 2010
Originally appeared in Modern Urban Retreat in South Minneapolis
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Fron of modern white angular Dayton home

When retired couple Peter and Joan Bracher decided to relocate, they broke with the usual city-to-suburb relocation pattern of most retirees. Instead, they moved to the center of Dayton, Ohio, where they built what is “by far the most avant-garde-looking house in the downtown area.”

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Originally appeared in Suburban Flight
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modern,house, bridgman, michigan

Architect Scott Rappe designed this weekend retreat for a Chicago couple in Bridgman, Michigan. The house is built on a challenging hillside site and tucked behind a thicket of trees.

Originally appeared in A Weekend Retreat in the Forest
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mies van der rohe, lafayette park, detroit, michigan

Keira Alexandra and Toby Barlow renovated a two-story townhouse in Detroit's Mies van der Rohe-designed Lafayette Park, the first urban-renewal project in the United States.

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Affordable Kansas City home with cb2 sectional sofa and maple floors in the living room

Kansas City firm Kem Studio designed an adaptable house for a musician on a budget. The maple floors throughout are composed of inexpensive “shorts” left over from other projects and sold at a discount.

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Originally appeared in A Versatile House Fulfills All This Musician's Needs
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weber house midwest view field

About 200 miles northwest of Chicago, in the quiet village of Black Earth, Wisconsin, the 1,200-square-foot home of Bill Weber is the perfect location for comfortably viewing the area's rolling hills and dairy farms.

Originally appeared in Labor of Loved Ones
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brick-clad renovation in Chicago exterior

Once ashamed of his lackluster Chicago abode, architect Brad Lynch tore it down and started over with a family home that’s part retreat and part public stage.

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Julia Stotz
Originally appeared in A Brick-Clad Modern Family Home in Chicago
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Kansas City family home with outdoor dining area

Matthew Hufft designed the house that he shares with his wife, Jesse, and their three children to sit inconspicuously among its neighbors in the Roanoke Park area of Kansas City, Missouri. “I designed it so if you’re driving 30 miles per hour down the street, you don’t notice that it’s new,” he says. “It fits into the neighborhood, an ode to the modern using technology and steel.” 

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