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Capturing views to the lake: Lake Minnetonka Retreat Home

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Lake Minnetonka Retreat Home has been designed by Snow Kreilich Architects, located on a wooded site on Lake Minnetonka, in Deephaven, Minnesota. The home is a weekend getaway for a family of four based in Minneapolis, about a 25-minute drive away. The design uses pure geometric forms to shape experience inside and out of the house. A clear cedar clad bar traverses from pool house/guest house and across a children’s wing to the entry court, while a black-stained cedar clad volume completes the form, extending from a concealed garage to living spaces and turning up to form a Master Suite. As you approach, the intersection of these volumes frames the lake view. Once inside it enables a soaring three-story space featuring a custom steel stair and culminating in a dramatic skylight opening for an infinitely tall space.  Geothermal heating and cooling minimizes energy costs for the home and take advantage of the continuous temperature of the earth.

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The two volumes of the house overlook a central courtyard through wide expanses of SunGuard glass from Guardian.

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The approach to the house is a largely opaque facade, interrupted only by small windows from Fleetwood Windows & Doors, in order to emphasize the portal under the natural-toned cedar volume and the view to the lake beyond.

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Minimizing the house’s footprint, the architects designed a 7,200-square-foot primarily wood-frame building made of two L-shaped volumes. By propping one volume perpendicularly across the other, the architects created a broad gateway to the lake.

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A custom steel stair marks the main entry and the connection point between the house’s two volumes. The double-height space culminates in a custom skylight from Empirehouse.

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The kitchen is outfitted with Caesarstone quartz countertops, and the island features a Blanco America sink with a faucet from KWC.

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In the living area, the northern wall is defined by black-stained oak doors from Fritz Cabinetry, which conceal everything from a refrigerator to the stairs that go up to the master suite on the second floor.

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The master suite features black-stained quarter-sawn oak floors, as well as recessed downlights from Lucifer Lighting.

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The skylit master bath features custom sinks with hardware from Hansgrohe. A tub from MTI Baths is visible on the left.

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The volume containing the living spaces and master suite is clad in a black-stained cedar rainscreen, which is installed over a moisture barrier from Benjamin Obdyke.

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The bridge frames a view of the pool terrace and out to the lake beyond.

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Photos: Paul Crosby

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