Grey Duck

Designed by David O’Brien Wagner

with Joe Messier, Jody McGuire, AIA, and Ben Dose

The homeowners sought to create a modest, modern, lakeside cottage, nestled into a narrow lot in Tonka Bay. The site inspired a modified shotgun-style floor plan, with rooms laid out in succession from front to back. Simple and authentic materials provide a soft and inviting palette for this modern home. Wood finishes in both warm and soft grey tones complement a combination of clean white walls, blue glass tiles, steel frames, and concrete surfaces. Sustainable strategies were incorporated to provide healthy living and a net-positive-energy-use home. Onsite geothermal, solar panels, battery storage, insulation systems, and triple-pane windows combine to provide independence from frequent power outages and supply excess power to the electrical grid.

Construction by Showcase Renovation
Photographs by Corey Gaffer

2019 Home of the Month Award

Net-zero home on Lake Minnetonka is high-performance retreat, Star Tribune, July 2019
AIA MN, Homes by Architects Tour, 2017