CHARLIE & CO. DESIGN is a Minneapolis-based, residential design studio focusing on thoughtful and unique architecture. They create homes devoted to a modern lifestyle while being mindful of history and tradition. Their passion for architecture, eagerness to listen, and attention to detail are evident in their designs, as well as the way in which they interact with their clients. They bring the same passion for design to every project to help create unique solutions.

1. Lake Minnetonka Modern Salt Box

This stream-lined “Salt Box” style home is designed by Charlie & Co. Design, nestled into a quiet corner of Grays Bay on Lake Minnetonka, an inland lake just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to Wikipedia, “A saltbox house is a traditional New England style of house with a long, pitched roof that slopes down to the back, generally a wooden frame house.” The main house is two-stories, while the rear slopes down to a single-story
Long horizontal roof lines mimic the water’s edge on the western horizon, while a series of inter-connected pavilions on the front of the home creates a cozy and private escape for the homeowners.

2. Modern Lakehouse

Created by Charlie & Co. Design, this urban lake cottage on the Eastern shores of White Bear Lake, Minnesota features clean lines and modern design. This two-story home was built for a family with four growing boys, designed to maximize the lake views. Nestled beautifully into its surrounding landscape, the exterior facade features subtly defined textures. This includes whitewashed lap-siding, a cedar shingle roof, reclaimed timber used on the screened-in porch and Bluestone accents. This streamlined home sits atop a wooded knoll, capturing views to a nearby secluded bay. Large sliding glass walls create a strong visual connection to this site and allow the owners to circulate freely to the outdoors.
On the interior, you will find an open and spacious floor plan to cater to the lifestyle needs of this large family. This enables them to move effortlessly throughout their home and to the outdoors. Cozy and rugged interior finishes create the perfect warm environment for the family to commune. Expansive walls of glass allow a year-round connection to the lake beautiful surrounding landscape.

3. Minnetonka Transitional

Architectural Co-Designer: Laurie Kruhoeffer
General Contractor: Kroiss Development
Interior Design: Laurie Kruhoeffer
Landscape Design: TOPO, Llc.

When a fellow architect & designer asked for assistance in creating a “forever home,” it turned into a wonderful collaboration. This home takes in beautiful vistas through an almost contiguous lake-facing glass wall on the main level. The second-level staircase divides the home into an owner’s wing featuring a large his-and-her office, second-level deck, and master suite while the other side plays host when family stays. The interior perfectly balance the whites and the browns.

4. Cape Dutch Modern

General Contractor: Detail Homes
Interior Design: Lucy Penfield Interior Design
Landscape Design: TOPO, Llc.

Influenced by the Cape Dutch style of South Africa, this small in-fill home was designed by Charlie & Co for an interior designer to reflect her international travels. The subtle and light-filled architecture serves as a canvas to her colorful and eclectic style.

5. Modern Scottish Cottage

General Contractor: Reuter Walton
Interior Design: Coco Perry Design
Landscape Design: TOPO, Llc.
Furnishings: Kipling House Interiors

Defined by a corner tower, this home has a blend of traditional Highland Tudor-inspired forms on the exterior paired with modern, clean lines on the interior. Designed for a young family, the open floor plan with several sliding glass walls will allow them to move effortlessly throughout the home and exterior spaces.

With architectural design by Charlie & Co. Design, this modern Scottish cottage was just recently completed, located in the suburbs of Edina, Minnesota. This home was designed for a young family of five, inspiring an open concept floor plan. Expansive sliding glass walls help to not only merge indoors with outside but to illuminate the spaces with natural light. The exterior of the home is defined by a corner tower, “a blend of traditional Highland Tudor-inspired forms on the exterior paired with modern, clean lines on the interior,” explains the architects.

6. Sioux Falls

Careful and considerate. That’s how Charlie & Co. Design principal Colby Mattson describes the plans for this house in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This thoughtful approach coupled with his innate ability to work with the region’s striking landscape resulted in a home that exudes warmth while remaining decidedly modern.

But not too modern — at least not until you get inside. Owners Kara and Nick Shawd live in a neighborhood with more traditional houses and wanted the exterior architecture to evoke a similar aesthetic. To bridge the gap, Mattson looked to the landscape. The home’s horizontal, plain-like lines reflect South Dakota flavor. Deep roof overhangs accentuate those lines while protecting doors and windows. And the structure’s orientation is ideally positioned to block the sun in the summer and capture it come winter. (This is the North, after all.)
Inside the 5,575-square-foot residence, a warm mix of natural woods is offset by polished concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and attention-demanding artwork. “We wanted a simple design with clean lines,” Kara explains. “It has to function for us now and also when our children are grown and moved out. A large, separate closet for me, a main-floor workout room, and an open living room and kitchen were must-haves.”

7. Modern Mediterranean

General Contractor: Detail Homes
Furnishings/Staging: Martha O’Hara Interiors
Landscape Design: TOPO, Llc.

This new Mediterranean home on the bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River in St. Paul blends beautifully with its century-old surrounding neighbors. Situated on a large South-West facing corner lot, this home was designed by Charlie & Co to take advantage of the sun exposure and expansive views. With three, main level, exterior terraces, one-second floor porch, and Master Bedroom tower, the owners enjoy the tranquil surroundings of one of St. Paul’s most established neighborhoods.

8. Cable Wisconsin Retreat

General Contractor: Scott Byrd Construction
Interior Design: Lucy Interior Design
Photography: Corey Gaffer

Built-in the 1920s as a small resort on the shores of Lake Owen, the stunning property was painstakingly refurbished and converted into a private family compound. A series of small cabins, an eight stall open garage, boathouse, and separate private island getaway is all the coming generations of owners get to enjoy.

9. Rustic Western Lodge

General Contractor: Anderson/Reda
Interior Design: Kristy Conlin
Landscape Design: TOPO, Llc.

Located in on a quiet lake in central Wisconsin, this lodge-style cabin will showcase authentic materials and detailing found in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Reclaimed logs and corral boards grace the exterior and interior walls, while Bitter Root ledge stone provides a sturdy base for this family retreat.

10. Crocus Hill Pool House

General Contractor: Anderson/Reda
Landscape Design: Loco Design
Photography: Corey Gaffer

This new pool house was designed by Charlie & Co to complement a Federal Style home that sits atop the bluffs overlooking downtown St. Paul. Consisting of changing rooms, a kitchen, a lower level movie room, and an arcade, this pavilion allows for year-round fun and entertaining.

11. Northern Wisconsin Retreat

General Contractor: Randy Bjork Builders, LLC
Interior Design: Spider Lake Trading Company
Photography: Corey Gaffer

Located on Lac Courte Oreilles in picturesque northern Wisconsin, this family retreat creates an ideal place to relax on long weekends and holidays.

12. Whitefish Retreat

This family retreat on Northern Minnesota’s Upper Whitefish Lake was designed by Charlie & Co to accommodate large gatherings of friends and family. And also, to take advantage of expansive views while pursuing both a rustic and elegant coastal style. As the name suggests the total profile in engulfed in whites and given an entire royal look to the structure.

13. Green Lake Cottage

A small lake cabin for a couple, who wanted a lake home with a strong connection to the land. The red exterior honors the old family cabin that previously occupied the site. The detached carriage house provides an additional guest room when needed. As the sun goes down the red exterior sets a mood to the outdoors, making a warm environment.

14. North Shore Compound

Interior Design: Twist Interior Design

Created by Charlie & Co. Design, situated on the shores of Lake Superior, this family compound will include a cluster of buildings. These buildings will individually have their own unique architectural flavor, but be unified by a common material pallet. Phase 1 will include a small guest cottage that is fashioned after a century-old train ticket house and the detached garage after a steel foundry. Phase 2 will include additional guest cottages and the main house.

15. Lake of The Isles Renovation

Originally built in 1920, this Cotswold Country Home will undergo a complete interior and exterior renovation. Allowing it to grace the shores of Lake of the Isles for another hundred years.


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