Ayres worked closely with the developer to design the second phase of Arbor Glen’s Lake Elmo site. This three-story independent senior living facility includes 42 living units, available in one and two-bedroom layouts, as well as one guest unit. Beyond their individual living space, residents also have access to a community room, fitness/activity area, media center, and individual storage units.
The first level provides enclosed parking along with wall-mounted bike racks. Exterior materials were carefully selected to complement the existing structure. The exterior is clad with horizontal and vertical steel siding with a combination of brick and stone accents. Units include patios or decks in addition to a large covered porch near the main entrance for outdoor dining space.
The site’s grand U-shaped entrance to the independent living facility is lined with seven twin-home villas and one fourplex villa. The independent living overlooks the center of the campus, where residents are provided with outdoor spaces including a pavilion, outdoor gas fire pit, and pickleball courts.
Ayres’ interior design team established unit schemes for the villas and the independent units featuring granite countertops and kitchen islands. Light and dark wood tones combine to enhance the common areas to provide a warm, inviting environment for socializing. The backlit dimensional art panel and large murals featuring a local artist are prominently displayed at the elevator lobbies to assist with floor identification.