A month ago I went on the AIA home tour featuring the work of architects in the Twin Cities. I fell in love with a home on the tour located at 20200 Lakeview Avenue in Deephaven. The architects on the project were Peterssen/Keller http://pkarch.com and the builder was Streeter Homes http://www.streeterhomes.com.
This is how they described the house: “a casually sophisticated beach house with spectacular views of Lake Minnetonka, open spaces for entertaining, gallery-style walls to showcase art and photography, and simple yet dramatic landscaping to create an organic connection between the house, the land, and the lake. These goals were resolved fully by Peterssen/Keller’s innovative design and Travis Van Liere’s landscaping. Among the many innovative design elements, the house features a dramatic balance of light and dark finishes including vertical shiplap paneling, stained cabinetry and paneling, Calcatta marble tile, handcrafted plaster walls, and wire-brushed European hard oak floors. The modern lake house integrates easily with the adjacent homes and traditional fabric of the neighborhood, combining elements of classic lake vernacular with modern forms and rooflines.”
When we drove up to the house it seemed surprisingly compact. It was not a McMansion but a tasteful cottage-sized home that looked unassuming. After putting on our elastic booties we entered through the garage and I was immediately struck by the sense of symmetry and calm. The home featured a neutral palate and everything had been laid-out perfectly. First, here are some photos of the exterior:
The front of the house featured landscaping that was crisp and sharp and my attention immediately went to the magnificent steel front door. Wow.
The back of the home was equally no-nonsense featuring modern furniture on the back patio which made for a perfect place to dine and enjoy the view of the lake:
Once you step into the back hallway from the garage, there was a bank of lockers along with the console table where you could drop your keys. Both ends of this large back hallway featured a pair of french doors that added to the sense of symmetry and light. It was so spacious and there were 3 hallways that lead either to the front entryway, into a hallway that lead to the kitchen with a powder room and a wine wall and/or a hallway into the kitchen that lead past a large walk-in pantry.
There were no photos allowed so I snapped a few on the “DL” and/or found the photos online. This blog post has been a real amalgam of sources so I will do my best to paint the picture. After all, it is such an amazing house that I would gladly move-in tomorrow. I would only need about $4.5 M to buy it so I’m hoping to do crowd funding because I’m sure people would love for me to have it. (HAHAHA).
The entryway features an amazing steel doorway and again it feels very spacious. You see the console table, the stairway to the upstairs with a simple railing and an amazing wool runner. From the entryway you walk straight back to the living room where you see the sweeping views of the lake.
On the way to the living room you pass an smaller den that also has a cool steel door (I think they are by Portella and cost a small fortune) and this room is very dark and cave-like featuring hand finished shou sugi ban cabinets done by the amazingly talented Darril Otto http://ottopaintingdesign.com/index.html and Conrad shades. I couldn’t capture a photo of the cabinets in this room as it was packed with people but it was so cool.
The living room was the epitome of casual elegance and it was all about the details and the views to the lake. The color palette was really restrained but this allowed you to notice the craftsmanship of the finishes used in the ceiling and the floor. You also noticed the amazing photography that was displayed throughout the room.
How cool is the fireplace?! Elegant and modern. What gets lost in these photos is the ceiling. It had such amazing texture and color. Each plank was hand finished by Darril Otto. He also made a number of the consoles in the house. He is a true artist and it is hard to capture the uniqueness of the finishes in photos but when you see it in person, you recognize that it is truly special. The living room opened to the kitchen which featured dark cabinets and honed marble countertops.
Look at how the plugs were integrated into the backsplash. Cool. I had never seen the pendants before and discovered they were by a company called Allied Maker – they have great fixtures that are chaching $$$: https://www.alliedmaker.com/collections/products
Everyone loves the look of marble but it stains easily as it is so porous. I also LOVED the steel cabinet in the kitchen. It was a real focal point and it tied into the metal on the fireplace. So well thought out.
It would be a perfect space to entertain in. The upstairs was also simple and elegant and I wondered if people actually lived in the house as it was a bit like a museum.
The bedrooms were minimalistic and monochromatic; the bathrooms were a bit too modern for me as the toilets were wall-mounted and the tile was primarily black. The best part was the art gallery wall in the upper hallway and the cool hand-finished plaster walls that had been scraped. I heard everyone commenting on how cool the walls were and they weren’t certain if it was wallpaper.
There were 3 bedrooms but I only got photos of 2:
The guest room had a small bathroom with a slab stone floor:
The Master bedroom was equally minimal but had the coolest bathroom:
In the wing of the house over the garage there was an upstairs tv/lounge area and another bedroom/bath. The bedroom was for their teenaged son and the room had 2 built-in beds under the eaves for guests. The tv/lounge had a barn door to close it off for privacy. AMAZING. I wish I could have snapped more images but I feared being thrown out with the rest of the riffraff touring this amazing home.
A few takeaways from this house. Keep it simple. Too many tchotchkes detract rather than enhance a space. Photography is a sophisticated addition to any room and even if you can’t afford the type used in this home, you can find stuff online and have it printed and framed. Third, continuity is key to a well thought-out home. The marble that was used in the kitchen was used in the master bath and the laundry room. All and all, I loved this house and I hope you liked this virtual tour. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.