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Shelter projects are approachable, livable, responsible, and of course beautiful environments in which to live and work better.
Shelter is a regional design firm located in Minneapolis. Our multi-disciplined process draws on our clients' ideals and our expertise to develop cutting-edge solutions and sustainable systems.
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1229 Tyler St. NE | Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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1229 Tyler St. NE | Studio 202 | Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Shelter Architecture + Design brings an award-winning record of environmental sensitivity and beautiful design to your project. We are a holistic design firm offering full architectural, interior and landscape design services. Shelter's collaborative approach places the right people on your project team to produce a unique outcome that is tailored to you.
Your project will come together as a complete thought, flowing effortlessly from the inside to the outside. From boutique hotels that welcome guests and restaurants that capture the spirit of food and drink to contemporary and traditional homes that provide comfort and style, Shelter delights in creating unique and inspired projects for our clients. No project is too big or small for our design team.
We are homeowners and family members.
Our residential group does everything from new homes, additions and renovations to single bathrooms, kitchens, and basement build-outs. Residential projects draw on perspectives we have gained as homeowners, gardeners, cooks, cleaners, hosts and hostesses, and family members.
We are entrepreneurs and engaged citizens.
Our commercial group works with entrepreneurs, business owners, and developers to create projects that include restaurants, breweries, boutique hotels, athletic facilities, and museums. Commercial projects call on skills we have learned as entrepreneurs, consumers, entertainers, and engaged citizens.
- Concept Development
- Building Layout
- Creative Renovation & Reuse
- Brand Integration & Support
- 3D Visualization
- Zoning & Code Research
- Master Planning & Phasing
- Site Documentation
- Engineering Integration
- Construction Details
- Drafting & Construction Specifications
- Project Oversight
- Space Planning
- Kitchen & Bath Design
- Finishes Selection
- Lighting Design & Selection
- Fixture Selection
- Furniture Selection
- Color Selections
- Window Treatments
- Custom Cabinet Design & Coordination
- Custom Fabrication
- Product Sourcing & Ordering
- Art Sourcing & Selection
- Site Evaluation
- Site Planning
- Rendering & Illustrations
- Planting Plans
- Outdoor Kitchen Design
- Patio & Deck Design
- Public Plazas & Parks
- Public Art Coordination
- Corporate Campus Design
- Education & Interpretive Trails
- Rain Garden Design
- Site Detailing
Our fees are completive within our industry with pricing ranging from 8-12% of construction costs. Although this is a good base point to consider for architectural fees, we always provide a fee estimate before beginning a project. This estimate is determined after meeting with you at your project site, reviewing your project goals, and discussing any of your issues and concerns regarding the project.
If you want to see what we can do, try our Reality Check service. It allows you to meet with one of our experts in either architecture or interior design to find practical, sustainable, and inspiring solutions to specific design problems.
You give us your thoughts on your potential project and we give you our undivided attention and expert advice. The Reality Check is an on-site consultation service that unleashes the power of Shelter's design process in an affordable, condensed form.
To schedule your Reality Check, just call us at 612-870-4081 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you want.
2 hour on-site consultation
for residential feasibility, landscape assessment, kitchen and bathroom layout, and small addition/renovation layout and ballpark pricing.
2 hour on-site consult + 4 hour studio time + 1 hour follow up
for commercial feasibility, initial scoping, zoning evaluation, and large addition/renovation layout and ballpark pricing
All Ages & Abilities
Our focus on Design for All Ages and Abilities helps people stay in their homes during all stages of life. Shelter’s expertise in Design for All has been inspired by real life experiences and informed by years of designing new homes and renovating existing ones. Throughout our practice, we focus on creating livable environments. In that spirit, we are passionate about creating homes that support our aging population and disabled members of our communities.
Good design can support the way we live. Good design can keep us safe and comfortable in our homes throughout our lives. Many types of disabilities develop as we age, each appearing at a different rate and with a different degree of impairment for each of us. Low vision, diminishing hearing, loss of balance, reduced range of motion, and decreased mobility change the way we live in our homes. Shouldn’t homes be designed to allow us to age in place?
We consider access, safety, ease of movement, and usability when we design spaces for all ages and abilities. We also strive to keep these spaces beautiful and delightful, which are chief characteristics of all Shelter projects. We hope to help our clients feel empowered and autonomous as long as possible in their own homes.
Seven principles guide the design of products and environments that may be used by people of all ages and abilities
Many considerations play into design for all ages and abilities
-Level Transitions in Flooring
-Open Floor Plans
-Main Level Living
-Lever Door Handles
-Multiple Height Counters
Our ideas are tried and true. We have designed projects that abide by the principles and considerations of design for all ages and abilities. Ask us about these projects:
Design for all ages and abilities is an emerging field of thought and practice. Everyday we are learning about the products and approaches that enhance the work we do in this area. We have collected some thoughts about the topic, available here. We are also on the lookout for information from our friends and clients about this field. If you know about a great resource or have a personal story to share, reach out using our contact form!
Design for All Consultation
The Design for All consultation is an onsite meeting with an architect or interior designer from Shelter. We will assess challenges to accessibility in your home, brainstorm opportunities to create more livable spaces, and sketch renovation options if needed.
To schedule your Design for All consultation, just call us at 612-870-4081 or email us at email@example.com and tell us about your project.
2-hour onsite consultation
for learning about your lifestyle, assessing challenges to and opportunities for accessibility in your home, brainstorming possibilities, project scoping, and ballpark pricing