A Multigenerational Dwelling by M & M Home Contractors

This cottage-style home extends a warm welcome with a covered porch over the front door.

Every family goes through seasons, and the best homes are versatile enough to meet those changing needs. This Mendota Heights dwelling will be an everyday nest for a couple to enjoy their mature years together, and it will easily host multiple generations under one roof.

A personal library boasts floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a chair to relax in.

The library boasts floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a cozy ambiance for curling up with a good book.

“They’re looking for a place that will allow them one-level living,” says project designer Jen Storms of M & M Home Contractors, Inc., describing the recently retired couple who built the home. “Just as important, they want the ability to entertain their children and grandchildren.”

A master bedroom complete with fireplace and a TV mounted on the wall above it.

An airy and light-filled master bedroom, complete with fireplace and mounted TV, is a perfect retreat.

The main living spaces breathe with cool, refined lines: glass doors and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the library, with inset white custom paneling; and rich hickory floors. Elegance continues in the master suite, and its bath with custom tile, Roman shower, freestanding soaking tub, and marble-topped vanities with ample space for two.

A master bath features a Roman shower, freestanding tub, and his-and-hers vanities.

The master bath features a Roman shower, freestanding tub, and his-and-hers vanities.

In the kitchen, amenities include chef-quality appliances, quartz countertops, and a butler’s pantry—affording the versatility for both gourmet meals for two as well as larger-scale entertaining. A three-season porch looking out on a wooded hillside can be enjoyed for meditative alone time or as a conversation hub when guests spill out from multiple gathering spots.

A kitchen with wood floors, quartz countertops, a center island with seats, stone backsplash, white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.

The kitchen’s classic good looks are family-friendly and bright.

Anticipating visits from grown children as well as grandchildren, the homeowners wanted a lower level for entertaining and hosting  overnight  guests. Two comfortable bedrooms and two baths can effectively double as small apartments. The distinctive touches include a custom bar topped with granite, tin ceiling, and reclaimed barn-wood details. The wine room features a stone wall, reclaimed beams, ship-lap details. Just outside the lower level will be a swimming pool, to be installed soon. In anticipation of wet feet, the floors are low-maintenance, stained concrete—a finish that also fits the casual, organic flow of the space. Meanwhile, the couple who live here year-round can still enjoy a very comfortable version of a smaller, intimate space when it’s just the two of them.

A bar in the lower level of a home features a tin ceiling and a custom bar topped with granite.

The lower-level bar, with industrial-style rusted metal ceiling, is just steps from the outdoor pool.

The best homes augment the phase of life we’re in, while accommodating the comfort of those we hold dear. This is a house that will feel like a home for all seasons—and with four fireplaces throughout, it’ll also be warm and cozy during the most frigid of months.

Luxury Home Tour

M & M Home Contractors

Home Location:
Mendota Heights

Square Footage:

Marvin Windows & Doors
Scherer Bros. Lumber Co.

Digital Extra: Additional Photos

A basement is furnished with a leather sofa and chairs surrounding a coffee table that are set next to a large floor-to-ceiling, stone fireplace.

A nook off to the side of a kitchen features a counter with brick backsplash, and a small sink and fridge.

A look into a patio reveals a floor-to-ceiling, stone fireplace with a large clock set on the mantel.

By Quinton Skinner. Photos by Spacecrafting


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