Geometric Shapes Define This Highlands Area Home

By combining modern elements with a traditional, cottage-style design, this Edina home’s adaptable spaces meet a young family’s needs in style

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The main-floor family room opens to a flexible space with several potential uses ranging from a kids playroom to a music room or cocktail lounge.

Between poor lighting and storage solutions that didn’t solve a thing, these homeowners had some qualms with their previous home. Everywhere they turned, they found more “this” and more “that” they wished they had, including increased function for their young family of four.

The search for their forever home ensued, but the clients quickly realized they wouldn’t be able to find their dream home tied up in a neat, already-built package. After making the decision to build, they turned to Dan Schaefer of Landmark Build Co. and spent over a year driving to various lots in search of “the one.”

“We kept going back and forth to find the perfect space,” the client says. “No lot was going to be perfect, but we wanted everything.” Eventually, the couple found it in the Highlands area of east Edina in late 2017.

Two years later with the help of Mark Stankey, principal of local architecture firm PLAAD, LLC, a gorgeous 6,300-square-foot, six-bedroom home covered in gray-blue stained cedar shake siding sits in the corner lot of Lochloy Drive. The home’s four-season porch and wooded backyard (with future pool potential) promises endless fun as the kids grow up, while its substantial windows and stone elements create a look and feel unique to the neighborhood.

Stained cedar shake shingles add a traditional, cottage-style aesthetic to the home’s exterior.

Interior designer Natalie Talley of The Sitting Room made sure the exterior’s aesthetic translated seamlessly to the interiors. With her guidance, the homeowners landed on a look that combines cottage and traditional styles with clean lines that provide a modern touch of youth and playfulness. These crisp lines, shapes, and structural details all come to life through vertical alder wood siding, hexagon floor tiles, a custom arch-detail stair railing, and more.

“I like to call it ‘The Geometric Jungle,’” Talley explains. “The house is an eclectic mix of stains and textures, and there are a lot of geometric shapes and lines in every direction that came together in a really soothing way.”

The master bath’s influx of natural light makes it the perfect place to relax and refresh.

Upstairs, the master suite adds to that serenity. The bedroom’s private patio with an outdoor fireplace and bathroom’s teakwood shower create an intimate opportunity for the couple to wind down and relax. The kids’ nearby bedrooms and Jack-and-Jill bathroom are a departure from the master and packed with punchy colors—mostly found on the natural grass cloth wall coverings that personalize the ceilings. Down the hall, a separate suite for the kids’ grandmother was incorporated into the home’s distinct design.

In the finished basement, the nanny has a suite, too. The rest of the lower level features a large room for valuable family time and entertaining guests, a spacious sport court, and wine room. Back on the main level, a large deck with a tri-fold window opens into the kitchen for easy serving, with open-concept dining and living spaces nearby. The home’s family-friendly features don’t end there: A secret play nook behind an office bookshelf and separate playroom act as designated spots for the kids to play make-believe and let their imaginations soar—all while mom and dad can monitor their little monkeys from the kitchen. It may not be the Amazon jungle, but for this family, it’s home.

The kitchen is made complete with vertical alder wood and a large tri-fold window that allows the homeowners to serve guests on the deck with ease.

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