Photos by Spacecrafting
Ready to ditch their old home’s traditional style and poor lighting, David and Judy Frosch dreamed of something new that would match their evolving life and design styles. “As we’ve aged, things are just simpler in life,” David, owner of Kootenia Homes, says. “I didn’t want all the ‘gobbly goo’ that we had in other houses.” Already leading countless Kootenia projects throughout the Twin Cities area and building his family five other homes, he decided to make his next build personal, designing a streamlined single-story home for his wife that unifies his moody and modern leaning with her warm, contemporary style. While incorporating gold finishes, blue accents, and faith-inspired art was a must for Judy, one design element was absolutely essential: expansive windows.
With the Woodbury site overlooking the water, the Froschs wanted something that wouldn’t obstruct their view. “That’s the key to the whole house,” David says. “We didn’t want to see posts in between the windows.” He had never installed postless windows before, so they turned to Minnesota-based Andersen Windows & Doors to install a 22-inch steel beam to hold 12 self-supporting windowpanes. The resulting impression is nothing short of stunning.
Both inside and out, the enormous windows elevate every inch of the home’s 4,200 square feet. The home’s exterior mixes many materials, including James Hardie Reveal Panels, aluminum wood-look siding, and stacked stone—all under sloped metal roofs that were raised to match neighboring two-story homes, provide additional height for the windows, and create a wow factor. Inside, the panoramic views are equally breathtaking.
The first floor has an open concept and unites walnut cabinetry, a bold blue backsplash, and light gray sofas together. To the left of the kitchen, a porch is used by the couple for morning coffee, family games, and relaxation year-round, while the adjacent powder room’s blue wallpaper, gold fixtures, and granite countertop add to the space’s airy feel and natural flow. David’s office nearby serves spectacular sights as well, embracing his modern, black-on-black taste. Beside the main living space, the primary suite keeps the home’s dreamy theme with a double-sink vanity in the bathroom and a spacious walk-in closet.
Downstairs, Judy had a similar style request. In the couple’s previous villa-style home, there were no windows in the basement, making it feel like a “dungeon.” Now, their current basement is anything but dark. Natural light from five large windows illuminates the bar, game room, workout space, and living area. Judy’s most cherished place in the house is downstairs, too, and features her prayer room—complete with a crucifix from Mexico, rug from Morocco, and a stained-glass window from the church she and David were married.
Beyond the location’s amazing views framed by windows that wow, sentimental mementos like these that have traveled from house to house are what make their sixth house a home, according to David. By blending contemporary and modern styles, the Froschs’ dreams are being met for now, Judy says, “until the next one.”