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.