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Star Tribune Profiles Modern Lake Home with Global Style and Integrity Windows & Doors


A buildable lot on one of Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes is the holy grail of real estate, but Ashii and Ippo Vrohidis managed to find just that — and build their dream home, despite a series of obstacles.

Ashii, a self-employed interior and architectural designer, had a clear vision about what kind of house she wanted: clean-lined and modern, with organic and industrial elements. “I wanted the house cut into the earth rather than sitting on top,” she said. And she wanted to make the most of the lake setting. “It’s beautiful every second of every day. I wanted to do the environment justice.”

The house is not large, about 2,500 square feet, but every space was designed to make the most of Lake Calhoun. Walls of glass — windows and sliding doors from Marvin Windows and Doors’ Integrity Wood-Ultrex line — frame expansive views of the lake.

Read more about this stunning home in the Star Tribune.