Saturday, December 9, 2017

Under Construction & Design

Kissner Construction is building the new front entry to the City Center Market, designed by LSF Design.  That’s me, there on the ground.

The low sloping roof facing west can accommodate a green roof that continues down a vertical garden wall to the landscaped corner. This design permitted all of the windows and primary signage to remain in place saving considerable money and keeping as much light entering the store as possible.  The exterior will be just painted stacked CMU, however, it will exactly match the government agricultural addition on the other side of Scout & Morgan Books.

It was exciting for me to participate in this project because my first job ever was in this building, Erickson’s Grocery then More4 Grocery.  The building is still owned by the Erickson family!

They are renovating the entire interior as well, that design is by others, well underway when I was brought in for the addition. The new entry sequence will let you grab a cart off  to the side, so you will enter straight through this space, which is intentionally quite low, with exposed structure and ductwork, then pop-up into the very high space that is the former Mom’s Co-op Store. City Center Market, as it has been called for years now, is combining their Main and Coffee space into one larger shopping, coffee and deli experience.

More photo’s to follow.

In Design: 
1) the Anoka and Blaine High School additions. The below is one of their main entry addition.  This work is all done partnering with Mike Kraft Architects.




2) A second location, this one in Pine City, for Early Years Academy Daycare.   This is a change of occupancy and complete conversion remodel of about 6,000sf of interior space. Below is a doodle for accommodating two separate playgrounds for the different age kids.  Located right next to the pine county government center, formal fitness center.



The below, and not even close to the last active project under design, is a twin cities home, that needs a new front porch and rear yard deck.  This is the existing front, they are looking for a traditional whole-house front sitting porch. The back yard deck will be multi-tiered deck connecting the main level and walk-out basement to a gorgeous back yard with literally a beautiful stream winding across it.





I love my jobs and clients. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

(Backup) Sunset Lake Home

Some construction photos of a new house designed by LSF Design. This retirement home was a snug fit into a tight triangular building pad on 400' of lakeshore on Sunset Lake in Hugo, MN.  Many difficult site and zoning constraints drove many of the design decisions.

The views through the pines of the lake are amazing.

Enjoy, but know most of the residential and commercial projects we do are more modest ~ but hopefully just as creative and enjoyable.


Master Bedroom View. The door to the right leads out to a honeymoon deck off to the side of this vista.


Main Barrel Vault running from the entry door, past the open staircase and dining room ending its this view of the lakes and pines. Some odd roof framing to make it look simple. ICF exterior walls.


From the lake. Almost 100% ICF foundation, walls AND floors will make this one of the more quiet homes, inside and out. Each bump serves a purpose.


Curbside appeal! Left to right: elevated 4-season porch, kitchen bump-out window, barrel vaulted entry, low laundry room and two single car garages.


Dinner just has to taste better in this dining room!


This central staircase wraps around a center column with niches and a cap for sculpture displays.


The septic and house were pushed as far west as possible to preserve these black walnut trees. Hearty little soldiers are leaning in for a better look.


This four season porch, with ICF floors, steel columns engage the house with a formal gas fireplace above (hers) and a casual wood burning fireplace below (his). Trixie the bird will have a custom stainless steel birdcage on one side of the upper fireplace open to this porch and the kitchen/great room to the inside.

Sunset Lake Home

Some construction photos of a new house designed by LSF Design. This retirement home was a snug fit into a tight triangular building pad on 400' of lakeshore on Sunset Lake in Hugo, MN.  Many difficult site and zoning constraints drove many of the design decisions.

The views through the pines of the lake are amazing.

Enjoy, but know most of the residential and commercial projects we do are more modest ~ but hopefully just as creative and enjoyable.


Master Bedroom View. The door to the right leads out to a honeymoon deck off to the side of this vista.


Main Barrel Vault running from the entry door, past the open staircase and dining room ending its this view of the lakes and pines. Some odd roof framing to make it look simple. ICF exterior walls.


From the lake. Almost 100% ICF foundation, walls AND floors will make this one of the more quiet homes, inside and out. Each bump serves a purpose.


Curbside appeal! Left to right: elevated 4-season porch, kitchen bump-out window, barrel vaulted entry, low laundry room and two single car garages.


Dinner just has to taste better in this dining room!


This central staircase wraps around a center column with niches and a cap for sculpture displays.


The septic and house were pushed as far west as possible to preserve these black walnut trees. Hearty little soldiers are leaning in for a better look.


This four season porch, with ICF floors, steel columns engage the house with a formal gas fireplace above (hers) and a casual wood burning fireplace below (his). Trixie the bird will have a custom stainless steel birdcage on one side of the upper fireplace open to this porch and the kitchen/great room to the inside.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Redfield Garage and Pottery Studio

Framed, enclosed and slab being finished.  Roof lines were a puzzle but match existing. All the trim and finishing top notch.  Great job Lon and LJ Level Construction.

Garage required a side yard setback variance which permitted the entire from of the house to retain it's view of the front yard.  Notice the prow roofline to match existing.

Lots going on to make this as simple as possible.

Finishing a part of the pottery studio expansion.   Good afternoon light pouring in already.   Sonotube will provide diffuse light from above too.


Friday, August 26, 2016

All over the board.....

If variety is the spice of life, it's been a very flavorful week here at LSF Design.

A wide variety of projects for LSF Design this week:

First pass for a new realtor office, tenant build-out.

Private changing areas in an existing high school locker room.

Code review and plan for an existing factory/storage/office building. Divided into two buildings, only 420 SF below the code maximum (99% of max!)

Portable asphalt recycling plant for a client, this one hidden on the back side of a big box store for on-site recycling of their lot!

Review of final structural drawings for a second high school football field press box expansion this year.

Footings and foundations going in at the Cloquet middle school link to he existing high school.

A very small addition to, and significant remodel, to turn a former small garage into a lake cabin. (Under construction).


WHAT IS NEXT WEEK....????....!!!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Crystal Cabinets Showroom: Princeton MN

Always fun to see a project we've designed open for business.

While there are still a number of kitchens displays to be designed and installed, there are enough in place to get a feel for the high level of quality that Crystal Cabinets puts into their products and company.




LSF Design was brought in to help convert a vacant main street building in downtown Princeton, MN into the Crystal Cabinet Showroom & National Training Center.




Over 20 custom kitchen displays will eventually fill the space, as well as many custom and feature Millwork items. There is also a tiered seating presentation space for about 50 with all the extra's including a private reception area and bar on the back.




A catering kitchen behind the scenes will provide food for larger gatherings, while a fully functioning demonstration kitchen will show off all the latest kitchen cabinet to clients and sales teams from around the country.




LSF Design provided architectural and structural services for this project working closely with Crystal Cabinet's lead designer and project manager.




Individual kitchens are being designed and installed by other premier designers including Partners 4 Design who also have a showroom at the International Market Square (IMS) in Minneapolis.




Until professional photography is available, my quick snapshots of a few of the spaces will have to do.




This project comes on the heels of a visit by the Minnesota Design Team to Princeton, (formerly the MN Governor's Design Team). A number of recommendations including building re-use, historic brick use, and priority for infill projects for downtown area were incorporated. Where possible the existing brick was left exposed on the interiors, while the exterior received a facelift including all new aluminum storefront, brick, wood soffits and cement stucco upgrades.




Stop in (by appointment only) and visit the Crystal Cabinet showroom.




LSF Design is now working with the Riverside Plaza mall association across the street to update their exteriors under a local/state grant program to upgrade existing facilities in small towns.

LSF Design loves to help you design better places to Live, Work, Play and Pray.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Need more living space?

This couple bought their one level brick home five years ago, and now one of their kids is needing to move back home for a while.

We've already had two "boomerang" kids, and I have had to live with family for a while during my own life transition.

Creating a separate yet attached living area can serve many functions: grand kid "suite", in-law visits, ability to host families over-night, college kid apartment, even just a private get-a-way (StayCation!)

By "popping" the roof over the garage this home can accommodate two more bedrooms, a shared bath and even a small living space. Although not part of this project, a separate entrance and kitchenette could be incorporated.

Still working on the design, this model from initial meeting through these renderings only took me 5 hours.

When we met yesterday for the first time, it was just to see if this idea would work. Now they can start to "see" what it might look like, and decide to go, or no-go, before investing thousands of dollars on plans and bidding out the project. (Obviously some design tweaks needed, but a good low cost start for making design decisions)

Total cost so far: <$400.00.

What "crazy" idea do you want to add to your existing home?






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