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This minimalist lake house is full of soothing design ideas

New York-based design and architecture studio Worrell Yeung has designed a beautiful family vacation retreat nestled on Lake Candlewood in Connecticut. The modern home serves as a master class in clean lines, contemporary architecture, and minimalist design.

Set on 4,900 square feet and constructed mostly from cast-in-place concrete, the space allows for large windows offering panoramic views of the lake below. Building and designing a house inspired by its natural surroundings supported this project.

Architecturally, the house is constructed with cantilevered horizontal roof planes that cascade down the steep site towards the water, helping the property blend into its natural surroundings. Local materials such as limestone and warm wood cladding are also used throughout.

“The starting point was to provide a direct relationship with the lakeside landscape and a platform to experience space and nature,” says Max Worrell, co-director of Worrell Yeung.

“Part of the goal of the project was to minimize the presence of the house and its perceived size from the street. We ended up layering planes and stacking volumes to break up the mass of the house as it cascades down the hill,” adds Max’s partner Jejon Yeung.

Lilith Hudson

Lilith is an expert at keeping up with news and trends in the world of interior design. She has an eye for attractive designs and interesting spaces that she regularly shares with readers on home visits, like this one. After learning about the objectives of the architects behind this project, she wanted to pass on their lessons on the integration of organic materials into the house.

A contemporary minimalist kitchen with wooden cabinets

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In the kitchen, designers at Worrell Yeung used organic and warm materials – like the wooden kitchen cabinets – to offer a contemporary translation of the surrounding landscape.

Oak flooring and walnut cabinetry and panels help bring the outdoors in for a soft, understated feel, while the gleaming glass oven hood provides a cool contrast that reflects the views outside. Quartzite countertops contribute to the clean, minimalist design while referencing the rocky shore of the lake outside.

A minimalist living room with large windows with panoramic views of the lake

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A large living room with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors faces the outdoor terrace and the lake beyond for a truly relaxing view. Furniture like the gray sofa and the geometric patterned rug create a soft and soothing atmosphere, helped by the neutral color palette.

A minimalist wooden staircase with floating steps

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One of the most impressive features of the house is the light wood staircase with cantilevered floating steps. Paired with the vertical wood exterior siding, this contemporary look offers unparalleled aesthetic appeal.

A minimalist bedroom with a leather lounge chair and large windows with a panoramic view of the lake

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In an example of minimalist interior design, bedrooms are stripped down to the bare essentials. The master bedroom’s large windows look out, helping residents drift into a restful sleep. Meanwhile, a sense of luxury is injected into the space with the addition of a studded leather lounge chair and ottoman.

A minimalist bathroom with mosaic tiled floor and marble sink

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The master bath is another highlight. A continuation of the neutral color scheme throughout the rest of the house is created with Carrara marble mosaic bathroom floor tiles on the floor, while Savoy blue marble slabs line the tub and shower in walnut.