Joseph G. Metzler

Joe Metzler grew up in a family of custom home builders, learning carpentry and related skills on the job site. While his work as an architect is grounded in the practical knowledge learned working first-hand on construction sites, he has also received recognition for his design skills including numerous design awards.  His projects have appeared in publications as diverse as Better Homes and Gardens and Architectural Record.

After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in 1980, Mr. Metzler spent a number of years working primarily on civic and commercial projects. In 1990 he joined what was then Mulfinger & Susanka Architects and became a Principal in 1995. In addition to his residential work at SALA, Joe has continued to work on nonresidential projects such as the Princeton Area Library.

Joe has diverse interests in Modernism, Community-Enhancing Design and New Urbanism, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and historic preservation. His involvement in the area of historic preservation includes six years as a member of the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and memberships in various organizations including the Minnesota Governor’s Residence Council. In early 2004 he created the Convenient Old House, a resource for owners and lovers of vintage homes who don’t want to sacrifice character for convenience. Work on his own Queen Anne home, built in 1889, keeps him busy in his free time.

Joe is a registered architect in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota, is certified as an interior designer in Minnesota, and is a LEED AP and NCARB-certified.

Remodeling and Home Design

Bergeron Residence Addition, Midwest Regional Chrysalis Award, Best Addition over $250,000, 2012
Bergeron Residence Addition, North Central Regional COTY Award, Best Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration, 2012
Bergeron Residence Addition, Minnesota COTY Award, Best Residential Historical Renovation/Restoration, 2011
Crafthouse, Midwest Regional COTY Award, Entire House Remodel, 2011
Crafthouse, Midwest Regional Chrysalis Award, Whole House Remodel $500,000 to $1 million, 2011
Silverman Residence Addition, Midwest Regional Chrysalis Award, Addition over $250,00, 2011
Crafthouse, Minnesota ROMA Award, Total House Remodels Under 2500 square feet, 2011
Silverman Residence Addition, Minnesota ROMA Award, Additions over 600 square feet, 2011
Silverman Residence Addition, Minnesota COTY Award, Residential Addition over $200,000, Honorable Mention, 2010
Crafthouse, Minnesota COTY Award, Entire House over $500,000, 2010
Walker/Hunter Addition, Minnesota COTY Award, Residential Interior Specialty, 2008
Nickels/Byrd Residence Addition, Minnesota COTY Award, Whole House Renovation over $500,000, 2006
Brings House Addition, St. Paul Preservation Award, 2001
Liepke Addition, Custom Home Magazine Merit Award, 2000
Liepke Addition, Minneapolis Preservation Award, 1998
Taylor Addition and Carriage House, Minneapolis Preservation Award, 1996, Taylor Addition and Carriage House
Third Place, “Sympathetic Additions,” Great American Home Awards, 1996, Taylor Addition and Carriage House
Minneapolis Preservation Award, 1995, McDonald Residence Rehabilitation
MSAIA Paper Architecture Competition, Special Award, 1986
Minnegasco Prize for Energy Efficient Housing, First Place, 1979

“A Prairie Kitchen,” Arts & Crafts Homes, Fall 2012
“Split Decision,” Style 1900, Fall 2012
“An Arts & Crafts Homage in Minneapolis,” StarTribune, November 27, 2011
“A Painterly Approach,” Arts & Crafts Homes, Fall 2011
“West Isles Story,” Artful Living, Summer 2011
“Picture Perfect,” Remodeling Trends, Volume 27 Number 4
“Award-Winding Spaces,” MplsStPaul Homes, March 2011
“Spatial Illusion,” Qualified Remodeler, February 2011
“Renovation Transformation,” Lake Minnetonka, January 2011
House in the Landscape: Siting Your Home Naturally, by Jeremiah Eck, Princeton Architectural Press, December 27, 2010
“Art House,” American Art Collector, December 2010
“Prairie Passion,” Midwest Home, September/October 2010
“Manitou Island Haven,” Lake and Home Magazine, June/July 2010
“Cabin Goes Contemporary,” StarTribune Sunday Homes, July 18, 2010
“Art of the Revival,” Arts & Crafts Homes, Early Summer 2009
“Out with the old, in with the old,” Brainerd Dispatch, October 2008
“The Art of Up,” Southwest Journal Home Improvement Guide, May 2008
Dream Homes Minnesota: Showcasing Minnesota’s Finest Architects, Designers and Builders, edited by Lauren Castelli and Ryan Parr, Panache Partners, LLC, 2007
“Arts and Crafts Reborn,” Twin Cities Home Improvement, December 2007
“Mail-Order Makeover,” StarTribune Home and Garden, November 7, 2007
“Integrity of Design,” Remodeling Today, Spring/Summer 2007
The New Bungalow Kitchen, by Peter Labau, Taunton Press, March 2007
“A Kitchen that ‘Lives Up,” American Bungalow, Spring 2007
“Treasures in the Attic: Creating a ‘Suite Retreat’ in the Second Story,” The Family Handyman, December/January 2007
“Fitting In,” Twin Cities Spaces, Fall/Winter 2006 Resource Guide
Along Bungalow Lines: Creating an Arts & Crafts Home, by Paul Duchscherer and Linda Svendsen, Gibbs Smith, 2006
“Keeping up with Codes,” Old-House Journal, August 2006
“Mail-Order Marvel,” American Bungalow, Fall 2005
“Reviving A Queen Anne,” Southwest Journal, April 18, 2005
Bungalow Style: Creating Classic Interiors in Your Arts and Crafts Home, by Treena Crochet, Taunton Press, 2005
“Jewel of St. Paul,” StarTribune Homes, May 8, 2004
“Bungalow Renaissance,” Midwest Home & Garden, May 2004
“Progress Up On the Hill,” StarTribune Homes, September 14, 2002
“A Tale of Two Kitchens,” American Bungalow, Fall 2000
“The Art of the Prairie-style Kitchen,” Fine Homebuilding, June/July 2000
“Arts and Craftwork,” Kitchen Trends, Volume 16, Number 1A
“Merit Award,” Custom Home, March 2000
“Reinventing the Past,” Midwest Home & Garden, October/November 1999
“Classy Craftsman,” Better Homes and Gardens All-American Home Plans, May/June 1999
“Custom Touches,” Custom Home, May/June 1999
”>The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live, by Sarah Susanka, Taunton Press, 1998
“Updating the Past,” Traditional Home, September 1998
“Arts and Crafts Fantasy,” MplsStPaul Magazine, April 1998
Planning Your Addition, by Jerry Germer, Creative Homeowner Press, 1997
“Tradition with a Modern Twist,” Better Homes and Gardens Traditional House Plans, Spring 1997
“Tradition Defined and Defied,” Better Homes and Gardens Home Plan Ideas, Spring 1997
“Comfort Kitchens,” Better Homes and Gardens, November 1996
“Garden Structures,” StarTribune Home & Garden, June 6, 1996
“Done to Perfection,” Historic Preservation, January/February 1996
“Living with History,” StarTribune Saturday Homes, January 6, 1996
“Craftsman Masterpiece,” Better Homes and Gardens Homes From the Heartland, 1995
“Addition in Keeping,” Architectural Record, April 1995
“Craftsman to the Core,” Better Homes and Gardens Home Plan Ideas, Winter 1993
Shaner House photograph and description, American Bungalow, Volume 1, Number 5
“The Story of the Shaner House,” Craftsman Homeowner, Spring 1992
“Craftsmanship,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, June 23, 1991
“A Suburban Refuge,” Fine Homebuilding, June 1991
“Couple Builds Craftsman Revival on Lake,” StarTribune, April 6, 1991

“Restoring Exterior Character-Step by Step,” Wayzata Heritage Preservation Board, May 2006
“Bring Out the Best in Your Vintage Home,” Historic Saint Paul, February 2006
“Crafthill: A New Neighborhood Informed by the Past,” Rochester Art Center, 2004
“A Better Bungalow: Using an Architect to Increase Your Home’s Value,” Twin Cities Bungalow Club, 2003
“Beautiful Bungalows: Rediscovering the Ideal,” University of Minnesota Compleat Scholar, 1996 and 1997
“The Convenient Old House,” Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, 1996 and 1997
“Rehabilitating Your Vintage Home,” Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, 1993 and 1994
“Design of Our Homes,” Minnetonka Arts Center, 1993 and 1994
“Rehabilitating Your Vintage Home,” Open U, 1987 and 1988
University of Minnesota, Guest Lecturer, 1980
University of Iowa, Guest Lecturer, 1980