2018 Marvin Architects Challenge Best Traditional New Construction: Excelsior Lake Home
Located on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Minnesota, this traditional home was built in 2017 as a replacement for the owners prior home which was structurally unsound.
The owners wanted their new house on this in-fill city lot to have a modest scale, material richness, and a timeless character, similar to the historic shingle-style houses found elsewhere in Excelsior. They also wanted their new home to feel open, spacious, and to take advantage of the beautiful views of the lake. The large open Main Level living suite (Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Eating Nook and outdoor Porch and Terrace), as well as the Master Suite above, were strategically located to capture these lake views, while screening the views from nearby neighbors. A west sideyard Entry Garden provides a unique invitation to the home and lake beyond, as well as allowing western sunlight throughout the home. Open interior spaces with white millwork and white oak flow together –a modern experience in a home crafted to feel timeless and casual.