Front exterior of home with multiple Marvin Windows
14 June 2018

Focus on Minnesota Architecture: An Entertainer’s Dream

Minnesota is full of incredible lake views, open green spaces and homes built to entertain.


The Bold North is often known for having an inviting feel. We embrace cabin culture, live at the lake and we know how to stage a family get together. But lake living isn’t the only way to entertain, and these Minnesota homes show that rustic can be luxurious, cozy can be sophisticated, and indoor-outdoor living isn’t reserved for the West Coast anymore.


With expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, pool areas that rival a spa and kitchens made for cooking more than just tator tot hotdish, these homes by six prominent Minnesota builders are designed for entertaining.


Hendel Homes
Prior Lake, MN


Located in Prior Lake, Minnesota, this modern home with traditional influences built by Hendel Homes is an entertaining oasis with a sizable pool, outdoor living room, floor-to-ceiling windows and scenic doors to connect the indoors to out. At 7,836 square feet, this four-bedroom, seven-bathroom home includes expansive living spaces and incredible views. A dream for any car collector, the home includes a two-level, four-car attached garage plus detached garage with storage for up to 10 vehicles.


Elevation Homes
Edina, MN


Elevation Homes built this eye-catching home in Edina, Minnesota. Inspired by west-coast living, the modern–themed home is packed full of neutral tones and expansive windows that add a tranquil and relaxed vibe throughout the house. The walls of windows allow for an easy transition from the indoors to outdoors, and large scenic doors bridge an entrance to the inviting pool area.


Stonewood LLC
Orono, MN


This Stonewood LLC -built home located in Orono, Minnesota, showcases luxury architectural artistry. Overlooking Lake Minnetonka, the home includes 10,000 square feet of endless entertainment possibilities—especially for children. The home features a playroom getaway, spacious study rooms, a workout area and even an indoor sport court for some good old-fashion competition.


The exterior of the home has a classic fairytale feel, and incorporates the trendy steel look on many of its soaring windows to add a bit of vintage charm.


Swanson Homes
Victoria, MN


This spacious home in Victoria, Minnesota, was built by Swanson Homes. The classic design utilizes a balance between wood accents and lighter painted windows to a create a look that is simple yet full of character. It offers many gathering and relaxing areas, ideal for any family. Whether it be spending time on the three-season porch, watching the big game in the media area and bar space, or even exercising on the indoor sport court, this home has it all.


Pillar Homes
Edina, MN


Located in Edina, Minnesota, this Pillar Homes abode is perfect for an active family lifestyle. The home is designed to be open and welcoming yet defined—filled with tall ceilings and large windows allowing for lots of interaction. The double set of French doors lead from the dining area to a beautiful outdoor living space, ideal for warm summer nights.


Denali Custom Homes
Minnetonka Beach, MN


Denali Custom Homes is responsible for this breathtaking Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota home. The modern beach cottage with a farmhouse twist is ideal for lakeshore living. With a mix of casement and direct glaze windows, allowing constant natural light all year round. After a day at the lake, take in the sunset while cozying up to the fireplace in this spacious family room.