Current Project

Rapids Brewing Co.

Rapids Brewing Company opened its door this weekend! RBC makes it’s home in the old Rialto Theater and brings craft beer, fresh and local food and live entertainment to downtown Grand Rapids. It’s exciting to see the energy and sense of community that Rapids Brewing Co. will bring to the neighborhood.

Progress on the North Shore

Site clearing started in mid-July on a picturesque site along the north shore of Lake Superior and work has progressed nicely despite less than ideal weather for most of the Fall. Trust shared between architect, client and pre-selected contractor has allowed the project to move smoothly throughout the construction phase and has us on track for a mid-January completion date.

Check back for more interior photos as the this project approaches completion.

Coming Soon to a Big Lake near you!

Construction has started on a new private residence on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

The design program was to create a unique, modern home that would maximize views to the Lake, while also providing a calm, relaxing & restorative environment.

The home will comfortably weather the lake exposure and the extremes of our Northern MN location. The large glass areas were mitigated with the use of tri-pane, fiberglass windows. The flat roof assembly contains tapered rigid insulation with an average R value of 62. The thermally robust walls are a hybrid pairing of a 2×6 bearing wall with dense pack cellulose and 4” exterior nail base (SIP) panels for a combined R value of 36.

The home will have LED lighting throughout and will be heated via a high efficiency condensing boiler with in-floor heat on the main level and European style panel radiators on the 2nd level.

Other design features include a custom steel staircase and a “swiss army” entry storage, TV and fireplace room divider.

Check back for on-going progress notes and construction photos.


Hoops Brewing to Open June 27th


Check out the story in Growler Magazine about soon-to-open Hoops Brewing.

Now Open (Or Damn Close)

Wagner Zaun Architecture is proud to be part of the team that made this project a reality.

Just In Time for Winter

Work is well underway on the super-efficient Rice Lake Farmhouse.  We designed this low-energy home with the owner’s vision of a modern interpretation of the iconic and durable Swedish Farmhouse. The house sits on a 6.5 acre old homestead, surrounded by working farms. The house is nearly closed in, awaiting the delivery of windows, and you can easily see the iconic farmhouse form. We’ll continue to post as construction proceeds.

GBA Guest Blog – vol. 4

South Elevation

WZA’s energy geek Elden Lindamood shares more about this own house on Green Building Advisor. Elden has been sharing the background and the foreground about the design, construction, performance and operation of his own low-energy house.

You can read his 4th (and the other 3) blog installment here:

Relative Humidity and Makeup Air at a Tight Minnesota House

606 Hovland Lane

The Arrowhead Builders Association’s Homes on Parade is underway.

Wagner Zaun is proud to have one of our designs showcased on the tour. It can be found at 606 Hovland Lane in Duluth and was built by J & R Sundberg Construction, Inc.

The house will be open weekdays from 5:30 -8:00 and weekends from 12:00 – 5:00 through May 15.

You can read about 606 Hovland & the rest of the homes on the tour in the 2016 Homes on Parade Magazine:




Beauty & Brains

The rough opening sill consists of two layers of 3/4-inch plywood.

Elden’s third guest blog post is up at the Green Building Advisor website: Installing Windows In a Minnesota House

Elden’s house is a testament to the high performance, building science-driven approach taken by our firm. It is also a testament to Elden’s massive talent and ability to blend form and function with beauty and balance. We are looking forward to seeing the finished product of his house very soon.

We at Wagner Zaun are so fortunate to have him on our team, contributing “beauty and brains” to our work.

Home on Parade

It has been a busy six months above Duluth’s Chester Park. A generally pleasant winter made for a great building season and we’re excited to announce that a new private residence designed by Wagner Zaun will be featured on the Arrowhead Builders Association Homes on Parade Spring Showcase. We’ll announce specific details as soon as they are available, but in the mean time you can view an assortment of photos taken throughout the construction process.

Click on the image above to start the slideshow.


Building & Blogging – Part II

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Wagner Zaun architect Elden Lindamood is in the process of building his own home in Wrenshall, MN. He was invited to author a Guest Blog about his design and construction process and progress for the website Green Building Advisor (GBA).

The  second part of a blog series by architect Elden Lindamood about the design and construction of his own home has been posted on Green Building Advisor.