Breathtaking shingle-style residence on Lake Minnetonka

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This shingle-style residence was designed by Swan Architecture and built by John Kraemer & Sons, located in Carman Bay, a community of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. Designed as a home away from home for a family of four, the cottage serves as a wonderful destination spot for seasonal recreation.

When the parents retire, they will eventually transition to this relaxing home as their primary residence. The exterior facade showcases a coastal, weathered aesthetic; a beautiful mix of Bluestone Veneer (source) and shaker tiles with a solid color stain in the color Foghorn (source). All of the trim is Winter White-OC21 by Benjamin Moore.

The roof material is a natural cedar shingle. The front and garage doors are comprised of wood, custom designed by local craftsman. Notice the copper rain gutters.

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The driveway leading up to the garage and front door is comprised of bluestone pavers. The wood doors on the side of the home is storage for the homeowners toys, atvs, snowmobiles and boats.

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What We Love: This shingle-style residence features so much detail, both inside and out. Ideally positioned on a lake, the views offered from most of the rooms are mesmerizing. The interiors and comfortable and relaxing outdoor living spaces offer everything you could wish for in a retreat. This home is well-suited to entertaining, with open-plan interiors and main living spaces opening out to the exterior.

Readers, what are your thoughts on this lake house retreat, would this be your idea of the perfect vacation home? Why or why not, let us know in the comments below.

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Pictured above is a close-up of the Marvin Ultimate Windows with an aluminum-clad exterior.

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The beautiful front entryway door was custom designed by Great Northern Door Company, located in Minnesota.

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The interiors of this sensational lake house were designed by interior designer Katie Redpath Constable. The trim color in the living room is Benjamin Moore White Dove.

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In the kitchen, custom designed cabinets have been painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove (a very popular paint selection). This contrasts nicely with the gray ceramic tile backsplash. The kitchen island features Carrera marble with a farmhouse style white porcelain sink. The flooring is quarter sawn white oak hardwood, custom blended to match a sample the clients supplied to the designers.

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If you happen to be admiring the Wolf Range, you can find the exact model here.

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A grand staircase leads to the upper level, carpeted with an eye-catching stairway runner. Notice the built-in bench seating at the staircase landing. A circular window on the wall at the top of the ceiling adds to the coastal vibe.

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This beautiful master bedroom retreat features its own private balcony with breathtaking views over the lake. The trim paint color is Benjamin Moore White Dove, while the ceiling is painted in Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain.

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This beautiful sunroom features a comfortable sitting area to enjoy a fireplace and a shuffle board to some entertainment. French doors open out to the backyard patio and views of the lake. The beautiful Darlana Lantern (aged iron) helping to illuminate this space in the evening is sourced from here.

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The lighting on the covered patio is Cape Cod Ceiling Mounts, inspired by the New England coast (source). The sling chairs on either side of the dining table were sourced from Brown Jordan.

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Concealed in the arches of the patio are motorized screens sourced from Phantom Screens. A great way to keep the bugs out in the evening but still enjoy outdoor dining! The stone on the patio is Bluestone from Orijin Stone. A gas fire pit provides a great source of heat and a relaxing spot to enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake.

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Photos: Landmark Photography

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9 months ago

Any chance I can get a referral to the party that made the door?

1 year ago

One of the most beautiful homes ever featured on this site. This kind of architecture and design is produced by people who appreciate beauty and actually like other people. They want other people to experience beauty. Most architecture now is, unfortunately, coming from people who hate beauty and disdain humanity.

Charity Slayton
2 years ago

Could someone please tell me what the wall color was in the living room and stair well ? It looks great against the white dove trim!

5 years ago

Are the floor plans for this home for sale?

5 years ago
Reply to  Brandon

Brandon if you find the ploor plan, please share the site and in return I’ll do the same. Thank you!


4 years ago
Reply to  Joe

I am interested in the plans as well! Please share if you find them and I will do the same!

3 years ago
Reply to  Doreen

Did you ever find the home plans for this home?

T powel
4 years ago
Reply to  Brandon

Need floor plans

5 years ago

Beautiful home

5 years ago

Great attention to details.

7 years ago

Views were great! Don’t like TV’s above fireplaces, steep ascents on stairs, needs more landings and ditch the driveway by the front door.