Mountain Modern

This sleek new model mingles contemporary lines with warm rustic accents for a perfect balance of natural style
The kitchen, great room, and master suite of a home all look out onto an outdoor living space that serves as an extension of the house. Stone steps lead down a terrace to the backyard, which contains a patio, fireplace, and grilling area ideal for entertaining. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The kitchen, great room, and master suite all look out onto an outdoor living space that serves as an extension of the house. Stone steps lead down a terrace to the backyard, which contains a patio, fireplace, and grilling area ideal for entertaining. (Spacecrafting)

The couple were clear when they approached Divine Custom Homes about building a new house up the road from where they were living in rural Afton: They wanted a home like the rustic-but-contemporary ones they’d seen in the Colorado Rockies.

With that as direction, Divine’s architectural designer Tami Sherman created an 8,230-square-foot U-shaped two-story with a sprawling front porch. Its centerpiece is a lodge-like great room, where windows and a stone fireplace rise 22 feet to reclaimed barn beams. Adjoining the dramatic space is a study and the kitchen (where ceilings are a mere 12 feet high). And off the kitchen is a bar, cigar room, and mudroom. A hallway leads to the main-floor master suite and an open staircase to upper-level bedrooms. In the lower level is a bar, home theater, exercise room and sauna, wine cellar, and additional guest space.

Interior designer Amanda Lorenz, of Bria Hammel Interiors, was brought in to help with finishes. Lorenz had just arrived in Minnesota from Colorado, where she had worked for seven years, developing expertise in “mountain-modern” style. “What goes into a contemporary mountain home for me are a lot of textures and natural materials, using wood tones to create color,” she explains.

The Afton house is sheathed in black board-and-batten siding with stone, cedar, and iron accents, materials that make appearances inside as well. For example, the kitchen boasts a steel vent hood. A 60-inch-diameter iron and wood chandelier hangs in the great room. Cedar strips are inset into the ceiling above the formal dining area.

The kitchen is a study in textures and materials. The sink is concrete, the backsplash quartzite, and the island Caesarstone with a live-edge breakfast table that drops off one end. White oak cabinets were heavily sandblasted before they were painted black to ensure the wood grain would be visible. Cast bronze pulls will patina with use. Giant brass pendants hang above the island.

The interesting mix continues elsewhere. The study and master bedroom have shou sugi ban (charred-wood) ceilings. Walls in the master bedroom bear rough grasscloth, the dining room walls soft felted wool. Flooring choices range from cut marble to whitewashed oak planking. Each of the home’s seven bathrooms is unique. One features an uber-contemporary integrated ramp sink, another a reclaimed wood vanity. “It’s a high-end home,” Lorenz says, explaining such individual touches give a home personality. “Why not have fun with it?”

A limited color palette unifies the space, and overall the home exudes understated elegance, pleasing both the owners and Lorenz. “I was a little nervous to come to Minnesota, but it was the perfect project to roll right into,” she says. “The clients had a great vision, and we worked well together to create something that exceeded all our expectations.”


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Builder

Divine Custom Homes

Home location>

Afton

8,230

Architectural designer

Tami Sherman

Architectural designer

Amanda Lorenz

Sponsors

Andersen Windows & Doors
Southern Lights Inc.


The formal dining room exemplifies the home’s unique combination of materials and textures with navy plaid wall coverings and cedar strips inset into the ceiling. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The formal dining room exemplifies the home’s unique combination of materials and textures with navy plaid wall coverings and cedar strips inset into the ceiling. (Spacecrafting)
 Twelve-foot-high ceilings and giant brass pendants hanging over the island make the kitchen stand out, while painted oak cabinets and whitewashed oak plank flooring lend a chic farmhouse feel. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
Twelve-foot-high ceilings and giant brass pendants hanging over the island make the kitchen stand out, while painted oak cabinets and whitewashed oak plank flooring lend a chic farmhouse feel. (Spacecrafting)
A seating area off the kitchen utilizes stacked wood as a backdrop to continue the theme of natural materials seen throughout the home. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
A seating area off the kitchen utilizes stacked wood as a backdrop to continue the theme of natural materials seen throughout the home. (Spacecrafting)
the study’s charred-wood ceiling and contemporary chandelier offer a balance of textures within the space. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The study’s charred-wood ceiling and contemporary chandelier offer a balance of textures within the space. (Spacecrafting)
In the great room, a two-story stone fireplace serves as the hub of the home, while a circular chandelier casts a warm glow over the area. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
In the great room, a two-story stone fireplace serves as the hub of the home, while a circular chandelier casts a warm glow over the area. (Spacecrafting)
The entry to a home that combines modern, upscale details with a distinctly rustic feel through the use of metal, glass, and a tone-on-tone palette complemented by reclaimed wood and stone accents. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The home combines modern, upscale details with a distinctly rustic feel through the use of metal, glass, and a tone-on-tone palette complemented by reclaimed wood and stone accents. (Spacecrafting)
In the lower level, a plaid banquette surrounded by black-and-white framed photos is a cozy place to gather. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
In the lower level, a plaid banquette surrounded by black-and-white framed photos is a cozy place to gather. (Spacecrafting)
Downstairs, the home’s walk-in wine cellar is just one of several additional spaces, including a home theater, exercise room, and sauna. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
Downstairs, the home’s walk-in wine cellar is just one of several additional spaces, including a home theater, exercise room, and sauna. (Spacecrafting)
The master bath offers custom leather-wrapped mirrors mounted over twin sinks, as well as a large soaking tub perfect for relaxing. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The master bath offers custom leather-wrapped mirrors mounted over twin sinks, as well as a large soaking tub perfect for relaxing. (Spacecrafting)
Spacious walk-in closets provide plenty of space for getting ready, and the deep jade color on the walls is continued through accents found in the master bedroom. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
Spacious walk-in closets provide plenty of space for getting ready, and the deep jade color on the walls is continued through accents found in the master bedroom. (Spacecrafting)
The master bedroom features grasscloth wallpaper and a circular chandelier echoing the one in the great room. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The master bathroom features grasscloth wallpaper and a circular chandelier echoing the one in the great room. (Spacecrafting)
Designed by Divine Custom Homes, this new home’s contemporary, mountain-lodge style is heightened by black board-and-batten siding and stone, cedar, and iron accents.
Designed by Divine Custom Homes, this new home’s contemporary, mountain-lodge style is heightened by black board-and-batten siding and stone, cedar, and iron accents. (Spacecrafting)

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