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See this brilliant empty nester home with a rooftop retreat on Lake Harriet

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This warm and inviting empty nester home designed by PKA Architecture is located near Lake Harriet, in the southwest part of Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the owner/builder Peter Crain of Trestle Homes and his wife’s three sons left the nest, it was time to switch up their lifestyle.

They sold their family home in Edina and opted to build a smaller, modern home close to the lake. The goals for this project entailed a balance of his love for modern design and her fondness for traditional forms while assimilating into the street of predominately traditional homes.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT PKA Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN InUnison Design BUILDER Trestle Homes LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Travis Van Liere Studio STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING Align Structural

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They wished for sophisticated, right-sized interiors with room for entertaining and flexible spaces for returning kids and visiting family, with an abundance of natural light and a strong connection between indoors and out. The architects responded to the owners’ goals and the site with a sleek modern home that deftly balances a gable form and a flat-roofed form.

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Floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding glass doors and a skylight helps to flood the living spaces with light, while a front patio functions as a modern “porch” to create a natural connection to the street.

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Above: The stone on the interior and exterior was sourced from Orijin Stone.

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What We Love: This sophisticated empty nester home was created for living, entertaining, and celebrating with family and friends. The home is spacious enough to host scores of guests on the main level with a secondary kitchen and a fabulous porch. On the second level, there are also plenty of fantastic features, including a guest room, exercise room, and our favorite, the primary suite with its rooftop patio. Overall, this is the perfect home to cater to the lifestyle needs of just two people or twenty.

Tell Us: What do you think of this empty-nester home? Would you change any of the details? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Minnesota: See this stunningly beautiful lakeside summer escape on Upper Gull Lake and A remarkable stone and glass cottage in harmony with Lake Minnetonka.

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Above: The main level has plenty of space for entertaining, including a secondary kitchen, workspace and a wonderful porch.

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Above: The Mbrico porcelain tile decking system was sourced from Minnesota Tile & Stone and installed by the builder.

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Above: The second level includes a home office/ overflow guest room, exercise room, laundry space, and a primary suite with a rooftop patio and green roof.

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Above: The second-level primary bedroom boasts views of an eco-friendly green roof and a serene patio. Pre-planted trays are filled with sedum selected in a rich tapestry of colors from Bachman’s. The roof was created to not only collect water runoff but to keep moderate the temperature of the roof and add some visual beauty to the neighborhood. 

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Above: The homeowners enjoy their morning coffee and evening sunsets on the rooftop deck. The powder-coated steel railing was sourced from Bauer Metal. To the right of the bedroom is the exercise room. The VELUX Commercial structural skylight was sourced from VELUX Commercial.

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Above: The lower level was to accommodate overnight guests and a large media room.

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Finished with variegated natural stone, a discreet dark gray steel roof, and a green roof, this dwelling reflects the scale and texture of the adjacent homes while bringing an exciting modern sensibility to the neighborhood.

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