Duluth, MN | Low Energy | Residential


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This home is located in a small residential development. The lot is heavily wooded with a south facing slope that connects directly to walking and hiking trails located on land held in conservation. The home was designed for a young couple with two children. It has 1,900 square feet on the first and second levels, in addition to a walk-out basement.

During discussions with the client, three primary goals emerged. 1. Provide an open floor plan that also afforded privacy between living spaces. 2. Maximize exposure to the natural beauty and southern orientation of the site. 3. Provide a durable, energy efficient & affordable design that could stand up to the extremes of our cold climate.

One simple element defined a unique home and floor plan: The client desired a porch that would provide protected outdoor space. Instead of a traditional attached structure, the porch was recessed into the home between the living and dining areas. This design approach created a south facing courtyard room that is warmed by the sun and protected from wind and rain. During the summer months and warmer fall and spring days, this room is an expansion of the living and dining rooms. During the short days of winter it provides additional natural light into the living, dining and kitchen areas. This courtyard room results in a unique floor plan that provides an open great room experience while also providing privacy between living spaces.