A Modern Home Designed for Aging in Place
This modern lake home was thoughtfully designed to be a place where the homeowners could grow old without needing to make additional accommodations.
Call it what you like: a forever home or a last home, the homeowners of this lakeshore residence in Tonka Bay, Minnesota call it the dream of aging in place. And they’re doing it in purely modern fashion.
This 5,536-square-foot home, designed by Colby Mattson of Charlie & Co. Design Ltd., built by John Kraemer & Sons Inc., with interior design by Carrie Ellington of Ellington&Co. Design, showcases top-of-the-line solutions for maintenance-free, adaptive living and accessible home design while embracing a beautiful modern aesthetic.
“This client was an empty-nester couple wanting a last home with some key design elements,” said John Kraemer, of custom builder Kraemer & Sons. "They were very clear about wanting as little maintenance as possible.”
Home Modifications for Aging in Place
The home balances an aging-in-place agenda with beautiful design. It is built with maintenance-free materials, including brick, stone, and stucco. The driveway’s motor court and entire front patio features snow-melt technology, ensuring that the homeowners can avoid shoveling piles of snow during the sometimes-harsh Minnesota winters. The asphalt roof has a lifetime warranty, and the Marvin Modern windows promise low maintenance and high performance. The homeowners opted for double-pane glass to further improve window performance and thermal efficiency in the Minnesota climate.
Meanwhile, the home’s interior design accommodates for main floor living, with guest rooms and an entertainment center located in the lower level. The living room, dining room, and kitchen comprise an expansive and open floor plan, with stunning views of Lake Minnetonka. And a stainless-steel elevator, with a style to match the modern aesthetic, enables easy access between floors if stairs ever become a challenge.
“The homeowners wanted as much glass as possible, and that’s why we chose products from Marvin’s Modern product line,” Kraemer said.
The precision of the window design, narrow sightlines, leading thermal performance, and expansive glass characterize the Marvin Modern product line and make it ideal for homes seeking a thoroughly modern vibe. The walls of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors capitalize on the stunning landscape of Lake Minnetonka.
“With all that glass you can really take in those views, no matter where you’re standing on the main level,” Kraemer said.
The beauty of the lake and the verdant scenery deeply resonated with the homeowners. As they thought about aging in place and creating a home that would enable happier, healthier living over the coming years, an inspiring view of nature was a big part of their plan. The Tonka Bay home faces west and offers a front-row seat to gorgeous lakefront sunsets every night.
“Just being able to look out and see such a beautiful sight every day does something for people’s well-being,” Kraemer said.
“Imagine coming home from work or an event, driving up the driveway, and being able to see the lake before you even get into the house,” Kraemer said. “It’s so cool.”
With architecture featuring clean lines and uncluttered spaces, windows framing pristine lake views, and plenty of opportunity to enjoy fresh air, the Tonka Bay home embraces the prospect of happier, healthier living in a space carefully designed for aging in place with a beautiful modern aesthetic.