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SUNRISERS 60: Weekend Home Tour

This weekend, the 12th annual AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour is being held in the Twin Cities.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Are you looking to remodel your home, but you need some inspiration? This weekend, a specialized home tour may give you some ideas.

The American Institute of Architects Minnesota is holding its annual Homes By Architects Tour. On Saturday and Sunday, you can tour 13 homes across the metro. The tour is all about showcasing how an architect can transform ordinary living spaces into personalized ones. Visitors can also meet the architects to ask questions and learn their process.

"In these homes what you're going to see is the individual tailored solutions that the architect has come up with to solve challenges for that particular family," said Angie McKinley, of AIA Minnesota.

KARE 11 Sunrise got a preview of two of the homes. The first, a split-level in Golden Valley, remodeled by SALA Architects.

"We wanted to work with the bones of the house but to make it more livable and transform it into the 21st century. That meant opening up to daylight and views, and that meant creating spaces that had flow to them," said David Wagner, of SALA Architects.

Wagner's team built a library in the home, a hidden closet, and made sure their art collection was featured throughout the main space.

A second home we toured is a log-inspired home in St. Louis Park.

"I think the great room that was original to the house is kind of the wow moment. There's a fireplace in there that was original to the home and it was built in the style of an old lodge. It's big, heavy, it's got a presence and we really made some light touches in that room to improve it, and bring in some new finishes, but tried to keep the character the same," said Edward Eichten, of ERE, LLC.

Advance tickets for the tour can be bought at homesbyarchitects.org or at the AIA Minnesota office for $15. A full tour pass is $20 or $10 for an individual home.

For a list of the homes on the tour, click here!

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