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Chanhassen Home

Chanhassen Residence

This modest home is at the end of a quiet, dead-end street. The homeowners were looking for a large lot near the city, but something that would have privacy from neighbors. They choose a heavily-wooded, steep hillside lot. It had previously been overlooked by other buyers because of the difficulty to build on it. They chose to build their family home nestled into this hillside. The result is a home where one feels cozy and suspended among the trees.

This young couple was looking to build a practical home for their growing family. They chose a clean and simple home with nostalgic, architectural elements. The homeowner grew up on a dairy farm in Western Wisconsin. Her family farm influenced several of the design choices she and her husband made. She sourced a one-hundred year old railroad tie from her family farm for the mantle over the living room fireplace. She also took the wood from the old cattle barn to make a sliding door to the office.

The homeowners wanted a kitchen that was updated, yet simple, clean and reminiscent of a farmhouse. This house is designed for family living, with the kitchen as the focal point of the home, opening to the dining room, living room, and outdoor deck. The cheerful home has big windows and is full of light. There is contrast throughout, with white woodwork, black granite, and dark maple floors.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a laundry room. The master bedroom has an old knotty pine feature wall. The master bath is charming, feminine, and modern. It has an sunny, airy feel with large windows, and a classic claw-foot tub.

  • Uniquely situated on steep hillside
  • Simple, private home near the city on an acre
  • Wide-plank maple floors
  • Three-car garage

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