A few years after moving into a stocky 1970s bi-level house 20 miles southeast of Milwaukee, JJ and Eric Edstrom decided it was time to renovate. New to the world of architecture and construction, the Edstroms turned to Johnsen Schmaling Architects. The couple provided the architects with a list of must-haves to accommodate their flexible-but-busy lifestyle, including a strong connection to their backyard. The result is a warm, modernist update that embodies their core Midwestern values: simplicity, connection to nature, and strong family ties. Photo by Cameron Wittig.