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This Lake of the Isles home is a masterclass in nature-inspired design

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This modern loft-like home was expertly crafted by PKA Architecture, located on a beautiful property overlooking the Lake of the Isles, a lake in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the owners acquired this prized narrow lot, they shared their vision of a 4,000-square-foot modern home for active city living.

Design goals included an open, clean-lined, loft-like environment with a balance of lake views and privacy. They desired a thoughtful, highly efficient space plan with useable, purposeful rooms, no superfluous space, high-performance, energy-efficient windows, and a durable low-maintenance exterior to withstand Minnesota’s four distinct seasons.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT PKA Architecture BUILDER Streeter Custom Builder FURNISHINGS Roam Furniture & Lighting
LANDSCAPE Travis Van Liere Studio, River Heights Landscape

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The project team responded to the site and the owner’s goals with a sophisticated, three-level modern home that plays well with the adjacent traditional homes while bringing excitement to the Lake of the Isles Parkway.

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The architect’s design solution entailed an integrated kitchen, pantry, dining area, and living room with a fireplace, an owners’ suite with views of the lake, two guest rooms with a shared bath, plenty of storage throughout the house, a laundry room, a mudroom, garage, and outdoor patio.

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Modern floor-to-ceiling Pella Windows and sliding glass doors fill the home with natural light while a dramatic staircase does double duty as a work of art, elevating the owners’ daily routine. The exterior facade consists of a neutral cream stucco and a hint of cedar siding for warmth and texture.

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ACCOLADES 2021 ALA Design Award – Silver

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What We Love: Created for streamlined city living, this dwelling offers a wonderful open layout with clean lines and an idyllic balance of privacy and lake views. The integrated kitchen/living/dining and outdoor patio offer ample space for both relaxation and entertaining. Expansive walls of glass helps flood the interiors with natural light while soaking in the views of nature. Overall, we are loving this home’s modern sensibilities that beautifully compliments its surroundings.

Tell Us: What are your favorite design features in this home? Would you change anything in the design? Let us know in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Minnesota: An irresistible Minnesota lake house that encourages indoor/outdoor living and Fabulous mountain modern style living on the shores of Lake Minnetonka.

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Material selections in this home include a pared-down palette of wood, concrete, and blackened steel. 

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Above: The glazing is the Pella Architect Series – Contemporary windows.

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Upstairs, is the owners’ bedroom suite, featuring a private balcony that provides sweeping views of the lake. Also on this level are two guest bedrooms with a shared bathroom.

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