DESIGN TEAM: Mark Larson, AIA (principal); Ryan Lawinger, AIA (project architect); Anders Matney, AIA; Laurel Johnston, AIA
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
Rehkamp Larson Architects, Inc.
Home Sponsor: Martha Dayton Design
Project Location: Medina, MN
This new modern home just west of the Twin Cities is situated on the site of the owner’s childhood home. The homeowners wanted a house with sweeping prairie views and plenty of space to frequently entertain extended family. The flat roof’s horizontal lines directly relate to the prairie setting while the interior’s plywood paneling, exposed concrete, and white oak balance warmth with a modern edge.
Just inside the front door, a colorful bar greets visitors and a custom steel staircase playfully connects the main floor to the loft. A large two-sided fireplace defines two distinct sitting areas – one for watching television and another for conversation. The large kitchen island is perfect for the homeowners’ large gatherings, and windows instead of upper cabinets in the kitchen let in the natural light and view.
The basement, geared for watching movies and playing ping-pong, is the perfect teenage hangout zone: kids’ bedrooms are clad in rugged concrete, and a tunnel leads to a plywood-clad indoor sport court. The garage has something unique for the adults: an inventor’s workshop with a workbench and hatch access to the rooftop. For these homeowners, this unique focus of family, entertainment, and connection to the landscape is the perfect combination.
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