Duluth, MN | Residential / 2016


Perched atop a rocky outcrop in a secluded area of Duluth’s Chester Park, this 3,900 square foot, four bedroom home finds harmony with its site; a rugged, natural landscape with views of Lake Superior, Park Point, and Duluth’s harbor.

A palette of cedar & stone clad the exterior. The main form of the home is a pair of gable roof wings linked by an entryway & stair tower. The public wing is a singular volume – a large open plan with kitchen, dining, and living areas. The space is defined by timber and steel trusses. An indoor/outdoor stone fireplace anchors the space connecting the entry to the living areas and the interior to the exterior.

A custom fabricated steel stair case is the focal point of the entryway and separates the public wing from the private; a two-story structure that houses the master suite on the first floor, a pair of bedrooms and a media room on the second floor. The private wing is completed with a guest suite and exercise room tucked into the lower level and a generous mudroom that connects the space to the rest of the home and to the tuck under garage.

The home incorporates a high performance building envelope that includes triple-glazed windows, 8” of rigid insulation over the exterior framing and advanced air sealing techniques. The home is heated by a high-efficiency boiler tied to heat on the lower floors and European style radiators on the second level. Cooling is provided by a high efficiency ducted mini-split system. Our energy model predicts that this home will perform 50% better than current energy code requirements.