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Secluded Lakefront Oasis

This warm modern lake home designed by Charles R.Stinson Architects Homes is a living sculpture situated on a beautiful, wooded lot. Strong, horizontal roof forms of wood and copper appear to float as they reach across the maple-treed site.  Living areas open toward the lake with floor to ceiling glass onto broadly soaring decks. Beautifully crafted vertical forms of limestone anchor the home lightly, still allowing the total composition to soar.

Upon entering, one is greeted by a 2-story stone and bronze fireplace.  Elegant cedar ceiling planes lend a sense of scale and harmony while bands of glass wrap the clerestory  giving a view of sky and clouds. Custom maple cabinets reflect the areas indigenous trees while adding warmth to the living spaces.  Floating stairs and glass railings invite one to visit the lower level for lake access and guest accommodations. The final result is a gracious and welcoming home with the feel of a modern prairie style yacht serenely  floating on a pristine lake.

This home will be featured on the 2014 AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour and the 2014 Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour.


  • Extensive overhangs for shading and allows sun in the wintertime
  • Extensive use of windows to utilize lakeviews
  • Blend of natural materials: limestone, granite, cedar, douglas fir, maple
  • Operable windows throughout for cross-ventilation
  • Extensive daylight throughout home minimizes electricity consumption
  • Exceptionally durable materials

This home is the result of a collaborative effort between the homeowner, architect, builder, designer, and hundreds of contractors. It is a thoughtfully designed and built home, utilizing unique construction methods. In order to preserve the integrity of the spacious and open design, there are a series of vertical piers wrapped in limestone which support the roof structure.   These columns support a series of structural beams, which act as a single web to support the cantilevered roof.

The deck spans the entire length of the home, and is only supported at four points.  The deck extends seamlessly off of the kitchen, living room, and sunroom.  The private portion of the deck off of the master suite is separated by a narrow walkway, which gives a subconsious signal of privacy to guests.

This home is a timeless composition, unifying the living space with the natural surroundings. It is full of light and seamlessly blends the indoor and outdoor space.

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