Christopher Strom Architects

News & Recognition

News & Recognition

Fulton designers bring home architecture awards

In a recent interview, Strom said his projects aren’t far from home. He designed a rec room with dormers overlooking Lake of the Isles, a Modernist wine cellar between Isles and Cedar Lake, and a 380-square-foot living space off the old trolley line near Lake Harriet.

“I feel really lucky to be able to live and work in the same place,” Strom said. “…I love having a walkable community.”

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Architect innovates design service for accessory dwellings

They’re known as granny flats, mother-in-law apartments, even Fonzie suites for those who remember the Fonz’s digs above the Cunninghams' garage in the tv show “Happy Days.” For years, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have been popular throughout the U.S. for homeowners needing an additional, separate living space for a relative (or family friend) adjacent to main house—and as a flexible housing option in developed urban neighborhoods.

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Meet Chris Strom, AIA MN's Winner of the 2014 Emerging Talent Award

For Chris Strom, winner of this year’s Emerging Talent award, view and daylight are the starting points for every residential project. “In the early stages of design, it’s critical to identify those two important aspects and balance them throughout the house,” he says. “Everything else from that point on can be great ideas and materials, innovation and creativity, but you have to maximize the potential of site and light first.”

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