Surrounded by a 90-acre conservation area, the structure takes a front row seat to views of wildlife-filled grasslands and an adjacent nature reserve.

A recently completed home in Medina, Minnesota, counts among its neighbors the many deer, sandhill cranes, and other wildlife that visit the area’s native wetlands and meadows. The property, sited within a development that includes a 90-acre conservation easement, also borders Baker Park Reserve, a regional recreation area complete with hiking trails and a large lake. Deferring to the stunning location, the home’s designers sought solutions that embrace, rather than compete with, the surrounding landscape. 

The home’s entryway opens into a large great room with 12-foot ceilings and expansive windows overlooking Baker Park Reserve. Throughout the home, a simple material palette of stone and wood contrasts with bold matte black finishes.

The home’s entryway opens into a large great room with 12-foot ceilings and expansive windows overlooking Baker Park Reserve. Throughout the home, a simple material palette of stone and wood contrasts with bold matte black finishes.

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“The home is set on the highest point in the community, which allows for stunning panoramic views westward over the reserve and its scenic prairie setting,” says the home’s builder, Blake Swanson of Swanson Homes. “Overall, we wanted to showcase sunlight and scenic views by utilizing expansive windows.”

Blake and his wife, interior designer Lindsey Swanson of Carbon 6 Interiors, opted for Marvin® windows and doors, selecting a variety of Casement windows and Swinging French doors from the Marvin Signature™ and Elevate™ collections. “The options from Marvin were the perfect choice to complement the overall light and airy aesthetic of the home,” Lindsey adds. 

A look back from the living area toward the entryway reveals a pair of Ultimate Inswing French Doors providing access from the front porch. Hanging overhead, several Elevate Casement windows allow additional sunlight into the space.

A look back from the living area toward the entryway reveals a pair of Ultimate Inswing French Doors providing access from the front porch. Hanging overhead, several Elevate Casement windows allow additional sunlight into the space.

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Adjacent to the entryway, double doors lead from the living area to several of the home’s five bedrooms, including a principal suite at the end of the hallway.

Adjacent to the entryway, double doors lead from the living area to several of the home’s five bedrooms, including a principal suite at the end of the hallway.

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See the full story on Dwell.com: Minnesota’s Native Prairie Landscape Sets the Stage for This Modern Home Near Minneapolis
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