Private Residence, United States

The homeowners fell in love with a wooded, secluded lot sloping down towards the St. Croix River Bluffs. They felt at home in the natural setting and built a beautiful pool, yet they felt the existing home wasn’t taking full advantage of the dramatic views and their desire for a more open, light-filled home. For years, they followed the architecture of Charles R. Stinson Architects, including seeing their work at several home tours. Stinson and his team developed a cohesive architectural plan for the site, including a soaring new home perched above the existing pool and a bluff-top art studio on the footprint of the original cabin built on the site. The result is a timeless composition in harmony with the natural surroundings, abundant with light and with a seamless indoor-outdoor flow of space.

Charles R. Stinson Architecture + Design has "distinctive design, unique use of materials, and an outstanding ability to create." -Steven Streeter, Streeter & Associates

Geothermal mechanical system
Rainwater collection garden
Solar panels on art studio
Triple-glazed, high performance windows
Extensive overhangs for shading
Operable windows throughout for cross-ventilation
Extensive daylighting throughout home minimizes electricity consumption during all times of day
Exceptionally durable materials
Highly sustainable Valcucine Italian kitchen (low emissions, natural finishes, recyclable)

Charles R. Stinson, AIA, ASID
Bill Potter of Charles R. Stinson Architects
Interior Designer: Wheaton Hushcha Design
Landscape Architect: Coen + Partners
Builder: Streeter & Associates
Photography: Paul Crosby