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Empty nester home celebrates connection to nature in the St Croix Valley

modern home exterior surrounded by nature

SALA Architects has designed this light-filled home that is a showcase for biophilic design, nestled in the beautiful St Croix Valley, Minnesota. Its placement on the land gives it a tree-house feeling, especially in the summer. The interiors reflect the serenity of its surroundings, focusing on warm wood throughout, earth tones, and organic textiles, as well as mixed metals, stone, and glass accents to mimic its inspiration and compliment the architecture.

The home, the primary residence for empty-nesters, had to include space for their beloved grown children. Large spaces for gathering, playing games, and musical evenings by the grand piano were paramount in the homeowner’s goals. They now have the best of both worlds: privacy and nature embracing their everyday lives, with room for joyful celebrations with family.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT SALA Architects CONSTRUCTION Choice Wood Company INTERIOR DESIGN InUnision Interior Design

modern home exterior surrounded by nature

This home emerges from its limestone-rich sloping site and lifts towards the sky with clerestories and canted roofs. Between is an expansive three-story dwelling filled with daylight, framed views, and rich, natural textures.

modern home exterior surrounded by nature

Stacked limestone veneer, treated cedar, and Parklex panels clad the exterior and recede into the wooded site.

modern home exterior surrounded by nature

modern home entry

modern home entry

modern living room with a built-in cabinet room divider

Inside, a combination of white oak and walnut brings warmth and continuity to the airy and art-filled 4500-square-foot interior.

modern living room with a firplace

What We Love: This home in the St Croix Valley features radiant living spaces with large windows that frame tranquil views of nature. Wood flooring and built-ins bring warmth into this home, providing an inviting atmosphere for living and entertaining. We love that this home has a four-season sunroom, perfect for the long winter months to still feel connected to the outdoors. Overall, the project team did a beautiful job of focusing on attention to detail throughout.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this empty nester home? Let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Be sure to have a look at a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Minnesota: A Minnesota lake house with the most beautiful and sophisticated interiors and An inviting multi-level home with a west coast vibe on Lake Minnetonka.

modern living room with large windows

modern living room with a firplace

modern living room with a piano

modern dining room

modern dining room

modern kitchen

modern kitchen

modern kitchen scullery

modern laundry room

modern laundry room

modern powder room

modern bedroom with a fireplace

modern bedroom

modern family room with a fireplace

modern Eames chair

modern bathroom vanity

modern walk-in closet

modern bathroom vanity

modern bathroom with an integrated tub and bench

modern home bar

modern family room

modern family room

modern sunroom

modern home deck with outdoor dining and lounge overlooking nature

modern home exterior at dusk

modern home exterior at dusk

PHOTOGRAPHER Scott Amundson Photography

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Susie
1 month ago

absolutely love this design