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We are a low key design orientated residential architecture outfit located in St. Paul, MN that specializes in
unique modern solutions tailored specifically to you and only you.

The Morgan

This new custom home located in Minneapolis, MN was designed for a young family that wanted a modern, but warm and inviting home. The contemporary home provides a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces while taking advantage of natural light and park views. The main level features open space living that caters to the family’s energy while the upper floor allows them to recharge. A simple material palette encourages continuity between the interior and exterior spaces and the use of clear western red cedar, solid walnut flooring and douglas fir windows create a feeling of warmth.

2010 AIA Minnesota and Star Tribune Home of the Month

The Ranch

What’s the reason for buying a 1954 midcentury ranch flavored home that has a broken swimming pool, outdated finishes and one less bedroom then kids? Well, it may be hard to believe but it’s about molding it into the users character and matching it to the daily family routines.

The architectural design solution was a Scandinavian modern influenced two bedroom, one bath addition over the garage and the remodeled kitchen to join the visual company of the living and dining areas. The existing two main level bedrooms was converted into a master suite with office/flex space. White oak floors from Wisconsin warm the space and over sized H windows (also from Wisconsin) visually connect the exterior and maximize natural light. The kitchen cabinets are Ikea boxes with custom grey elm door fronts, Ceaserstone quartz countertops and Heath Ceramics backsplash.

The Amherst

As this young family grew in numbers, their house went from the need to update to a serious look at how to make everything fit. The decision to remodel, rather move, was a culmination of factors like a great neighborhood, school systems and walking proximity to retail.

The front dormer was enlarged to creating space for a kid’s bath and a laundry area and edthe existing bath was converted into a master suite.

Beyond retooling spaces so that they work for us as a family, the other goal was how to integrate a modern aesthetic and open floor plan. and and doors

Lake Sylvia

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Mike Bader, AIA is a licensed architect at fuse57 llc architecture in St. Paul, Minnesota that specializes in modern residential remodeling, custom homes and lake cabin design.

From minor bathroom and kitchen tweaks to large additions and new homes designs, Mike approaches every project with the same gusto and collaborative architectural design process: Listen, Design, Execute and then Enjoy. Building on over 20 years of experience and accomplishments from previous projects, Mike is fueled by a passion for design; a belief that homes should reflected the owner’s lifestyle, are efficient and environmentally responsible, maximizing natural light while embracing materials that are both unique and time tested.

At the end of day, everybody has a budget and it’s about making something the best it can be. And it’s just possible that you will end up with something a little cooler than your neighbors place!

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Each project is designed specifically for you and only you.

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OUR SERVICE

Where to begin? Every residential project is different but the general architectural design process is fairly linear as outlined below. fuse57 llc architecture can provide all of these phases as a full service design or it can provide limited services, tailored to meet your project goals.

Interview and initial discussions

It starts with calling or emailing fuse57 llc architecture and requesting a ‘meet and greet’. Here we would discuss your project goals, what we can bring to the table, talk fees, timelines and anything else related to your project. A proposal for services would then be prepared for you to review and approve before moving on to the next step. There is no charge for initial discussions and the design proposal.

Info gathering and documentation

This is usually called the ‘program phase’. It’s where your wants and needs get quantified and the goals to the project become defined. Much of that is discussed in the initial discussions but it is elaborated on based on the complexity of your project. The existing spaces are verified and existing base plans are generated. Land surveys and zoning code research takes place now. Photo scrap books found on Houzz or Pinterest are helpful to establish stylistic goals.

Schematic design

This is where concepts and spatial relationships become organized through rough sketches or through massing models. Usually, there are a number of options presented which later become refined into a singular idea. The scale and complexity of the project will drive the extent of this phase but smaller scaled projects typically combine both the Schematic and Design development phases into a single design phase.

Design development

The design becomes further developed with more drawings, additional model studies, material and product options are researched and major ones selected. Again, scale and complexity of the project will drive the extent of this phase but it ends with becoming the foundation of the construction documents. In addition, an outline specification can be prepared to obtain preliminary pricing. Getting a contractor or two involved is a good idea.

Construction documents

This phase is where we develop the drawings so they can be become the tools that contractors use for accurate construction costs and understand how the building goes together as a system and what products and materials are to be used. Cities can use these for reviewing for permitting and zoning. The drawings then become part of the construction contract between the owner and the contractor

Bidding

Here we interface with the Contractor and Owner throughout the design process and respond to cost and constructability issues

Construction Administration

During this phase we will provide job site assistance required during construction. We review the construction activities with
respect to the documents, provide clarification, and review quality levels of the trades and monitor schedules. This is where
the ideas of the design concepts are being implemented. Site meetings, a quick sketch clarifying or modifying a detail and
regular communication are way to insure that. The construction phase is where it all happens, turning ideas into reality.
More information on architectural design phases can be found at AIA MN – click here

Limited Services

Beyond providing full service design fuse57 llc architecture can provide the following limited service packages that may align better with your project.

  • Schematic ideas only: you want help analyzing your needs to come up with broad brush ideas that uncover the possibilities before committing too much.
  • Site planning: you have some land and want to know how your new dream house or cabin can lay out.
  • Kitchens and Baths: we spend a lot of time in these spaces so they deserve extra attention.
  • Permit sets: you want the design ideas and a limited set of drawings that would get you a building permit. The details, materials and products would be worked out between you and the builder.

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We believe our work speaks for itself. Here are few that represent our passion for design

The Morgan

This new custom home located in Minneapolis, MN was designed for a young family that wanted a modern, but warm and inviting home. The contemporary home provides a strong connection between indoor and outdoor spaces while taking advantage of natural light and park views. The main level features open space living that caters to the family’s energy while the upper floor allows them to recharge. A simple material palette encourages continuity between the interior and exterior spaces and the use of clear western red cedar, solid walnut flooring and douglas fir windows create a feeling of warmth.

2010 AIA Minnesota and Star Tribune Home of the Month

The Ranch

What’s the reason for buying a 1954 midcentury ranch flavored home that has a broken swimming pool, outdated finishes and one less bedroom then kids? Well, it may be hard to believe but it’s about molding it into the users character and matching it to the daily family routines.

The architectural design solution was a Scandinavian modern influenced two bedroom, one bath addition over the garage and the remodeled kitchen to join the visual company of the living and dining areas. The existing two main level bedrooms was converted into a master suite with office/flex space. White oak floors from Wisconsin warm the space and over sized H windows (also from Wisconsin) visually connect the exterior and maximize natural light. The kitchen cabinets are Ikea boxes with custom grey elm door fronts, Ceaserstone quartz countertops and Heath Ceramics backsplash.

The Amherst

As this young family grew in numbers, their house went from the need to update to a serious look at how to make everything fit. The decision to remodel, rather move, was a culmination of factors like a great neighborhood, school systems and walking proximity to retail.

The front dormer was enlarged to creating space for a kid’s bath and a laundry area and edthe existing bath was converted into a master suite.

Beyond retooling spaces so that they work for us as a family, the other goal was how to integrate a modern aesthetic and open floor plan. and and doors

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