Sunday, February 4, 2018

New Lake Home - Hugo MN

A beautiful but long and skinny triangular shaped and sloping lake lot with 400’ of lake shore was the setting for this new dream retirement home for a successful entrepreneurial couple. 


Design started March 2016, permit set issued April 3, 2017, Move-In Jan 31, 2018.



Front Entry. Roll on in after driveway slab is out in...after a year or two to let this fill settle.


General Info:

LOT AREA 56,113 SF (1.3 acres +\-)

LOWER:   2,326 SF (including SHOP/STOR 587 SF)

MAIN:       2,011 SF

GARAGE     585 SF

TOTAL:    4,922 SF 


After a few design meetings, a discarded initial plan concept drafted by others, the transitioning from one builder to another, the shape of the site, home, garage, septic and other uses of the grounds began to come together.



Site slopes down from the road to the lake, but drive slopes up to main level. 12’-0” of fill this side of the home.



Home touches setback lines in five (5) spots!



Very restrictive height ordinance. 25’ to the peak from the average grade.  Tough to get a tall house on a walk-out site. Lowest grade 3’ above highest known water was a burden too.  “Lots of fill”, was my first comment to the homeowner, when we met on-site prior to design. Then this cross section was developed to establish grades and Floor elevations.



Retaining walls and fencing by the Owner’s nephew.


A grove of black walnut trees on the east were to be saved, and the remaining setbacks were quite limiting, as well as the zoning height restriction because of the high water table and sloping site. The final design literally touches the (Variance Obtained) setback lines in five spots, and cantilevers over at least three spots. The septic primary and secondary fields were custom shaped and similarly wedged into the very skinny leftover space triangular piece west of the house.


Lake side.... just a few decent views.


Master suite bumpout and balcony.


Other features: Home office and exercise room both with lake views, 55 degree wine room, full bar, wood burning fireplace below and a see-thru gas fireplace connecting the great room to the knotty pine four season porch above. Giant marble topped island and kitchen counters, laundry room overlooking the front drive, three bedrooms, three baths, master bedroom has a private lake balcony, Marvin Architect series windows, 17 in-floor heating zones, ducted fresh air and A/C, lower level wood workshop with overhead door, safe room that doubles as a home theatre, stacked storage rooms that are framed and powered for a future residential elevator when and if ever needed.   


The entire home is accessible as there are no steps at the front door or between the attached garage and home. The master bedroom suite and upper guest bed and bath all have 36” wide doors and solid blocking for future grab bars. 


My favorite features though, are the stained hardwood barrel vaulted ceiling and copper (colored) roof that starts over the front entry and extends over the foyer, central stair and dining room table with matching floor to ceiling windows at the front door and lakeside.  Cove lot wood just warms you up when seen from the exterior.  Tons of floor to peak windows provide dozens of framed views of the lake through the tall pines on the property.



The heart of this home. Central stair and dining room window.


Every exterior wall, the raised four season porch and all of the second floor were created using ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms). The concrete contractor, Pankan & Sons, of Isanti, did an excellent job - especially considering the very difficult shapes, bump-outs, large and peaked and arched windows, and different types of cantilevers were required for this design. It was their first ICF floor job as well.

BJ Baas and Dave Guenther construction teamed up to build the design. They, and their sub-contractors worked closely with the homeowners for material and product selections, and even added a few excellent features like the remote controlled rising wine rack hidden in my winding stair central column! (Better than simple lighted niche displays or a two story parrot cage (Still wanted to see that though)!



Arch below the girder truss divides the multi-vaulted great room ceilings and the barrel vault.



Stained crown mounding missing yet at the hood, but I just love the layout of this galley kitchen. Deep counter at the bump-out south facing window for plants.


Enjoy the rest of the photographs. The simple beauty of this project is now visible. The complex design and build process is now behind us, and the homeowner had moved in the day after these photographs were taken.



Entryway from Dining Room.



Large kitchen window can see who’s coming up the curved driveway.



Greatroom side of the walk-around fireplace.  


Double faced gas fireplace connects great room to this four season room. Infloor heated concrete floor wrapped in R-30 rigid insulation keep the toes warm in this “cool” room.



View to the lake from the four season room. Boathouse added by homeowner and GC.



Pantry on the other side of the entry, makes up for the lost storage but tons of working surfaces for two and for entertaining.


Kitchen island looking towards dining area. Bold light fixture selections by the homeowner. (Larger than they appear here).


Foyer


Come and Go room... across from laundry next to garage.  The storage room beyond is the future elevator!


Grand hall to bedrooms (left) and storage/laundry/garage (right).


I could wake up to this view from the master bedroom.


Coffe on the honeymoon deck, glass railings!


Master Bath.


Master shower.


Central stair wraps around central column.


This pops up by remote control from the stair column! I wish I could take credit for this, but was a homeowner and Millwork sub addition.   Beautiful!


Nice trip to the downstairs family room.


Wine room at the bottom of the stair.


Panorama of the basement family room and bar.


Bar with direct access to the lakefront just above grade.


View from exercise room, past hall, into storage room, Wood workshop and safe room/home theatre.


Workshop.


Concrete walls, floors, ceilings. Safe and soundproof.


Rubber floored exercise room.


A couple extra feet for the SUV.  Subaru get’s the far stall. The homeowner did his own epoxy floor.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Under Construction & Design

Kissner Construction is building the new front entry to the City Center Market, designed by LSF Design.  That’s me, there on the ground.

The low sloping roof facing west can accommodate a green roof that continues down a vertical garden wall to the landscaped corner. This design permitted all of the windows and primary signage to remain in place saving considerable money and keeping as much light entering the store as possible.  The exterior will be just painted stacked CMU, however, it will exactly match the government agricultural addition on the other side of Scout & Morgan Books.

It was exciting for me to participate in this project because my first job ever was in this building, Erickson’s Grocery then More4 Grocery.  The building is still owned by the Erickson family!

They are renovating the entire interior as well, that design is by others, well underway when I was brought in for the addition. The new entry sequence will let you grab a cart off  to the side, so you will enter straight through this space, which is intentionally quite low, with exposed structure and ductwork, then pop-up into the very high space that is the former Mom’s Co-op Store. City Center Market, as it has been called for years now, is combining their Main and Coffee space into one larger shopping, coffee and deli experience.

More photo’s to follow.

In Design: 
1) the Anoka and Blaine High School additions. The below is one of their main entry addition.  This work is all done partnering with Mike Kraft Architects.




2) A second location, this one in Pine City, for Early Years Academy Daycare.   This is a change of occupancy and complete conversion remodel of about 6,000sf of interior space. Below is a doodle for accommodating two separate playgrounds for the different age kids.  Located right next to the pine county government center, formal fitness center.



The below, and not even close to the last active project under design, is a twin cities home, that needs a new front porch and rear yard deck.  This is the existing front, they are looking for a traditional whole-house front sitting porch. The back yard deck will be multi-tiered deck connecting the main level and walk-out basement to a gorgeous back yard with literally a beautiful stream winding across it.





I love my jobs and clients. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

(Backup) Sunset Lake Home

Some construction photos of a new house designed by LSF Design. This retirement home was a snug fit into a tight triangular building pad on 400' of lakeshore on Sunset Lake in Hugo, MN.  Many difficult site and zoning constraints drove many of the design decisions.

The views through the pines of the lake are amazing.

Enjoy, but know most of the residential and commercial projects we do are more modest ~ but hopefully just as creative and enjoyable.


Master Bedroom View. The door to the right leads out to a honeymoon deck off to the side of this vista.


Main Barrel Vault running from the entry door, past the open staircase and dining room ending its this view of the lakes and pines. Some odd roof framing to make it look simple. ICF exterior walls.


From the lake. Almost 100% ICF foundation, walls AND floors will make this one of the more quiet homes, inside and out. Each bump serves a purpose.


Curbside appeal! Left to right: elevated 4-season porch, kitchen bump-out window, barrel vaulted entry, low laundry room and two single car garages.


Dinner just has to taste better in this dining room!


This central staircase wraps around a center column with niches and a cap for sculpture displays.


The septic and house were pushed as far west as possible to preserve these black walnut trees. Hearty little soldiers are leaning in for a better look.


This four season porch, with ICF floors, steel columns engage the house with a formal gas fireplace above (hers) and a casual wood burning fireplace below (his). Trixie the bird will have a custom stainless steel birdcage on one side of the upper fireplace open to this porch and the kitchen/great room to the inside.

Sunset Lake Home

Some construction photos of a new house designed by LSF Design. This retirement home was a snug fit into a tight triangular building pad on 400' of lakeshore on Sunset Lake in Hugo, MN.  Many difficult site and zoning constraints drove many of the design decisions.

The views through the pines of the lake are amazing.

Enjoy, but know most of the residential and commercial projects we do are more modest ~ but hopefully just as creative and enjoyable.


Master Bedroom View. The door to the right leads out to a honeymoon deck off to the side of this vista.


Main Barrel Vault running from the entry door, past the open staircase and dining room ending its this view of the lakes and pines. Some odd roof framing to make it look simple. ICF exterior walls.


From the lake. Almost 100% ICF foundation, walls AND floors will make this one of the more quiet homes, inside and out. Each bump serves a purpose.


Curbside appeal! Left to right: elevated 4-season porch, kitchen bump-out window, barrel vaulted entry, low laundry room and two single car garages.


Dinner just has to taste better in this dining room!


This central staircase wraps around a center column with niches and a cap for sculpture displays.


The septic and house were pushed as far west as possible to preserve these black walnut trees. Hearty little soldiers are leaning in for a better look.


This four season porch, with ICF floors, steel columns engage the house with a formal gas fireplace above (hers) and a casual wood burning fireplace below (his). Trixie the bird will have a custom stainless steel birdcage on one side of the upper fireplace open to this porch and the kitchen/great room to the inside.