|Private Residence, Deephaven, MN
1999 Fall Parade of Homes Showcase
A contemporary bungalow style exterior that uses mixed materials and textures to blend into a heavily wooded site. The large cantilevered deck and two story bay with copper flashed arbor and small picture framed window were designed to be the primary visual elements of the garage wall.
This neo-bungalow/arts & crafts design was built for a professional couple with an active lifestyle and a myriad of hobbies.
The siting of the house preserves the wooded quality of the lot, while simple, low-maintenance landscaping frames the street side of the house. Moss-green stucco and tinted cedar shingles reflect the color and texture of the surrounding trees, while plum-red exterior trim provides contrast. Simple geometry in the window muntins adds a Craftsman touch.
Contemporary, yet with a cozy, somewhat traditional Arts & Crafts feel, this home also makes use of new products and technologies. Radiant hydronic (hot water) in-floor heating warms all spaces, while H-windows can be fully opened to bring in fresh air.
Exposed aggregate steps rise from the driveway to the front door. Inside, the ceiling rises to a dramatic vault and granite steps lead to the main living area where French doors frame the view of the woods beyond. The deep jewel tones of porcelain tile underfoot give the room the cool serenity of a forest floor, while the rich wood trim and cabinetry create a warm and cozy, cabin-like feel to this home. The fireplace invites a gathering of comfortable chairs and close friends, and glass cabinets showcase treasured objects. A glimpse of the hardwood deck through the doors invites you out to enjoy the leafy canopy of the private backyard.
Handsome sapele cabinets define the kitchen, where double sinks and separate work areas allow for independent cooks. Large windows at the kitchen work area provide a view of the neighborhood. The dining area is ringed by generous buffet storage for tableware and linens, and light from clerestory windows.
From the main floor, a vaulted gallery makes the transition from public to private spaces. Overhead, the vault spans the length of the house, relating the wooded view from the high windows of the dining area to the Main Bedroom through a tall glass transom. Two bedrooms formerly occupied by the children now serve as private offices. The main bedroom opens to a private deck graced by a copper-trimmed arbor. The wooded lot is also seen from the main bath, where additional privacy is assured by a handcrafted wood screen. The laundry is conveniently located nearby with access to both the bath and the large walk-in closet.
On the lower floor, the large garage allows for several cars and an adjacent workshop to indulge an auto-racing hobby. Large windows provide ample daylight for a media room and an exercise space.