A modern twist on a traditional Saltbox design on Lake Minnetonka


This stream-lined “Salt Box” style home is designed by Charlie & Co. Design, nestled into a quiet corner of Grays Bay on Lake Minnetonka, an inland lake just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to Wikipedia, “A saltbox house is a traditional New England style of house with a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back, generally a wooden frame house.” The main house is two-stories, while the rear slopes down to a single-story.

The term “Salbox” comes from it’s shape, which is reminiscent of old colonial saltboxes in the kitchen. These wooden boxes would store a families salt supply, with a distinct slope on one side to enable simple access to scoop out salt. This lake house dwelling is characterized by long horizontal roof lines that mimic the water’s edge on the western horizon. A series of inter-connected pavilions on the front of the home creates a cozy and private escape for the homeowners.

Project Team: Architectural Design: Charlie & Co. Design | Builder: Anderson Reda | Landscape Architecture: Yardscapes 


What We Love: This Saltbox style home offers its inhabitants a cozy and tranquil lakeside retreat for relaxation. Offering a unique exterior facade that is warm and inviting, this home is a beautiful example of when form follows function. The interiors offers a palette of warmth, with comfortable furnishings and a relaxed and breezy atmosphere… Readers, please share your thoughts on the overall design of this home in the Comments!

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Mel Whitmore
4 years ago

I really love the clean lines. I would have brought in a bit cozier feel with the furnishings but I love the design.

4 years ago

Oh, another kitchen in the living room.

Beaver Cleaver
3 years ago
Reply to  Niles

It’s a family room. Living rooms went out of style around 1957…along with the plastic furniture covers.