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2022 Award Winners


Single-Family Custom

One-of-a-Kind Custom Home Over 8,000 sq. ft.


Wayzata Bay Coastal

Home of the Year
Best in Region—Central

Deephaven, Minnesota

Architect/Designer | Alexander Design Group

Builder | John Kraemer & Sons

Interior Designer | Redpath Constable Interior Design

Photographer | Spacecrafting

Tasked with creating a home large enough for a family of eight, this beautiful 11,000-plus-square-foot home is an architectural wonder. The home was designed to integrate and collaborate with the existing structures (e.g., boathouse, gatehouse) that were already part of this amazing property.

Designed to capture natural light and lake views, extreme attention to detail was paid inside and out. When designing a house this large, it was very important to design the main- and lower-level spaces to accommodate large gatherings. The challenge was finding a way to give these spaces a warm, inviting feeling appropriate for groups of 20-plus as well as groups of three. By incorporating walls of glass, an open floor plan, neutral color palette and custom millwork, the home is designed for entertaining as well as intimate conversations.

The home includes numerous appealing features:

  • A home gym with a golf simulator
  • Built-in water dispensers
  • Changing rooms for after a swim in the lake or backyard pool
  • Multiple screened porches
  • A bunk room, and
  • Full lower-level bar to name just a few.

This build is truly one of a kind and has everything the home owners need.

From the Judges
This home is really well scaled, especially the gables with the flat roof in between on the rear exterior. Even the double islands—which don’t always make sense—work well in the kitchen to help delineate space and provide more storage. The living areas also enjoy a lot of natural light from all of the windows, but the design is broken up in a way to help retain the warm, traditional aesthetic of the home.

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