Sustainable Ranch

Designed by Eric Odor

with John Abbott

This 2,300-square-foot contemporary ranch is perched on a lake bluff preparing for take-off. The house is composed of three wing-like metal roofs, stucco walls, concrete floors, a two-story library, a screen porch and lots and lots of glass. The primary airfoil reflects the slope of the bluff and the single story extends the ground plane created by the pine-bow canopy. Translucency and spatial extension were the cornerstones of the design of this very open plan.

Sustainable components:
Passive solar heating and daylighting
Thermal mass of the concrete floor for heating and cooling
Natural ventilation due to the narrow building profile and open plan
Vertical geothermal system
Bamboo flooring in the bedrooms
Eco-Kasa septic system
High-efficiency appliances
Recyclable steel roof
Composite fiber-cement siding
Construction by Bruce Prevost Construction and the owners.
Photographs by George Heinrich and Eric Odor
Awards:
AIA Minnesota/StarTribune Home of the Month Award, 2005
Publications:
Fine Homebuilding Houses Issue, 2007

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