Midwest lake house inspired by a refined mountain modern design


Murphy & Co. Design along with John Kraemer and Sons designed this lake house with a refined mountain modern aesthetic on the shores of Lake Pulaski in Buffalo, Minnesota, with photos by Jordan Powers. The design of this home was inspired by the clean lines of rustic modern mountain lodges, exuding a fresh take on casual lake living.

The gently sloping site faces directly west, capturing magnificent sunsets through the mature white oak trees along the water’s edge. Expansive walls of glass open not only to the yard but to an attached screened-in porch as well, creating a true indoor/outdoor experience with the adjacent kitchen and dining room.

Project Team: Architecture: Murphy & Co. Design | Contractor: John Kraemer and Sons | Interior Designer: Renae Keller Interior Design


A carriage house and boathouse are also part of the master plan, supplying additional structures to utilize the property to its fullest potential.


Above: A recessed entry alcove is clad with red Cedar timbers and native stone. Stone steps lead up to the front entry, featuring a custom fabricated mahogany door with a chevron inlaid panel.


What We Love: This lake house project features a beautiful refined mountain modern aesthetic that visually appealing both indoors and out. With an abundance of wood for warmth and generous walls of windows, this light-filled home provides the owners with an inviting living environment. Overall, we are loving the aesthetics of this home, after all, what is not to love about lakeside living?

Tell Us: What are your thoughts on the overall design of this lake house project. Would this be your idea of the ultimate in lakeside living? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other incredible home tours that we have featured from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Murphy & Co. Design: Tour a gorgeous colonial style lakeside home on Wayzata Bay, Minnesota and Tour this absolutely stunning French provincial home in South Dakota.


Above: A large window in the kitchen enjoys lakefront views. The interiors are characterized by a fusion of wood and stone accents, walls of expansive glazing, and 10-foot-high ceilings.


Above: The kitchen is open to each side of the home, providing natural light from multiple angles. An expansive 10-foot kitchen island is idyllic for food prep, casual seating, and entertaining guests. The ceiling is framed with cedar ceiling joists for rustic warmth.


Above: In the light-filled living room, floor-to-ceiling windows frame idyllic lake views. 




Above: Sliding doors open the dining and kitchen space to the screened-in porch beyond.



Above: In the master bathroom, the walls are painted in Beach Glass 1564 | Benjamin Moore. The vanity countertop and backsplash is a Taj Mahal quartzite. Breaking up the wood detailing, a wall of windows wraps from the tub to the edge of the vanity.


Above: Chevron doors flank a lower level pub, featuring multiple television areas and a dedicated theater.




Above: The backyard features lakefront views and multiple seating locations, including these Adirondack chairs encircling a firepit.


Photos: Jordan Powers

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Jennifer Lee
3 years ago

Beautiful, just so good for the soul as the home is both inviting and relaxing.