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Urban Family Oasis

New Home Less Than 3,500 SF

Charles R. Stinson Architecture + Design

Charles R. Stinson


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Charles R. Stinson

The Team: Charles R. Stinson, AIA, Larry Glenn, AIA, Chuck Thiss, and Douglas Fletcher
Photographer: Paul Crosby

The elegant simplicity of folding white stucco forms frames the views, creates privacy, and gives an expressive quality to this urban retreat. Designed by an architect for his sister, this family oasis, built by the architect’s son, is truly a ‘family’ project. Not only did they realize this work together, but also the goal of the project was to create a unique, comfortable home for the two empty nesters to have a place where family and friends can gather comfortably and be a positive example for the world by being ‘green’ and self-sustaining. Whether it is a group of 2 or 100, adults or grandchildren, pool party or intimate family dinner, the open layout and sanctuary-like salt-water pool area, create privacy for entertaining within the long urban lot. A hidden roll up screen wall converts a covered terrace into a screened porch for additional pool-side living. Warm interior finishes with a practical space layout and multi-functional rooms, create inviting quarters with a sense of home that are beautiful, functional and durable within the restrained footprint. This home is one of only two in minnesota that have received the highest greenpath rating. Solar panels and a water cistern are in place, and local materials or recyclable materials were used wherever possible. “I wanted to build a home that would make a contribution to a better world,” says the homeowner. Mission accomplished.
Charles R. Stinson Architecture + Design
18304 Minnetonka Blvd
Deephaven, MN 55391
952-473-9503

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