The highlights include 60-foot-long sliding doors on both sides—a nearly unprecedented expanse of glass—from the Marvin Modern collection
to maximize natural light and views of Lake Minnetonka, with a product that is slim, but strong enough to withstand harsh Minnesota winters. The roof features an overhead skylight, another connection to the outside world.
“It’s like a living home,” Simmons said. “Whether it's noon in December or in July, the light here is different.”
Open Space and Privacy
With the number of windows, the next challenge was creating privacy. The large lot has plenty of trees, and a sloped yard leads down to the lake, forming a natural flow, but limited privacy with glass on four sides.
The solution included adding landscaping trees near the home, and wire brushed white oak millwork that blends with the pine trees on the property. A wood cladding made from Accoya, a softwood similar to cedar, further enhanced the look.
These piney elements also flowed inside, blending with the cabinets and interior woodwork to create a cohesive indoor/outdoor space.