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

2020 RAVE Award – New Home 2,000-3,500sf
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