Creating History on Manitou Island

There is no single thing that affects the appearance of a home more than the garage door... The door should reflect the personality and character of the home.
— Joe Metzler SALA Architects

This stately new home on White Bear Lake, just north of the Twin Cities, fits in perfectly with its historic neighbors. It's located on Manitou Island, a summer gathering spot for generations of local families.

This year-round home was designed to honor that past, yet incorporate all the modern features a busy, active family needs. At 10,000 square feet, the home is designed to maximize its spectacular lake views from many different areas and to create cozy gathering places for the family and friends.

The garage doors, with their distinctive curved glass tops, echo both the shape of windows used in other areas of the home and the crisp, white wood of the nearby porch. Lead designer and project manager Joe Metzler of SALA Architects is passionate about old home character and the design features throughout the home show just that. When it comes to garage doors, Joe's design sense is clear.

"There is no single thing that affects the appearance of a home more than the garage door. I see people who spend all sorts of money on roofing material to achieve character, but then use a stamped metal garage door with very little detail. The house just doesn't look right. The door should reflect the personality and character of the home." We couldn't agree more. Thanks, Joe!

SALA Architects' team for this project was Joseph Metzler and Steven Buetow with Ken Zehoski. To see more beautiful designs by SALA Architects, visit their site here: Sala Architects. For more information on Joe Metzler and his work with design and historic preservation, visit his page here.