This 4,200-square-foot house looks smaller from the street than it actually is. Rehkamp Larson Architects configured the front-facing rooflines so that the building appears to be one-and-a-half stories. By doing so, they showed respect for the existing neighborhood’s scale. “In the back, it’s more of a two-story form,” says architect Jean Rehkamp Larson.

The judges particularly noticed the home’s millwork, which takes its cue from historic houses but also evinces more modern-day sensibilities. “We were taking older parts and pieces and doing them in a fairly simple way,” Larson says. “They’re not overly wrought.” In a similar transition from old to new, the floor plan’s traditional rooms are defined by beams and trim, rather than solid walls.

“The house holds together,” said a judge. “It’s fun without being silly. And what a great floor plan.”

Entrant/Architect: Rehkamp Larson Architects, Minneapolis; Builder: JS Johnson & Associates, Hopkins, Minn.; Landscape designer: Field Outdoor Spaces, Minneapolis; Interior designer: Alecia Stevens, Minneapolis; Living space: 4,200 square feet; Site: 0.2 acre; Construction cost: $280 per square foot; Photographer: Ken Gutmaker.

Bathroom fittings/fixtures: Waterworks,; Kohler,, Rohl,; Dishwasher: Miele,; Flooring (tile): Mosa,; Waterworks; Garbage disposal: InSinkErator,; Hardware: Ashley Norton,; Von Morris Corp.,; Kitchen fittings: Dornbracht,; Kitchen fixtures: BLANCO,; Lighting fixtures: Hudson Valley,; Restoration Hardware,; Mudroom sink: Advance Tabco,; Range: Wolf Appliances,; Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore,; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero,; Windows: Marvin,