Beautiful modern dwelling designed for sustainable living in Minneapolis

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This LEED-certified, modern family residence was designed by SALA Architects, located in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Nestled on a 42-foot by 128-foot urban lot, this 2,250 square foot dwelling features three bedrooms and a detached garage. The project was constructed with sustainability at the forefront, focusing on the green building criteria as outlined by the LEED for Homes certification process. “A green home is designed to have positive impact on energy efficiency, environmental performance and human well being,” states the GreenBuilt Alliance.

Project Team: Architecture: SALA Architects / Construction: Knutson Custom Remodeling / Structure: Architstructures

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The home boasts an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary elements, which intermingles with the existing neighborhood fabric. The construction of this home also addresses the homeowner’s express wishes for a more modern, open plan and sustainable living.

Above: The window coverings in the windows were sourced from MechoShade Home Systems.

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Sustainable Features: Passive solar heating and daylighting, natural ventilation due to the narrow building profile and open plan, high-efficiency appliances, high-efficiency dual-stage furnace, dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets, bamboo floors, composite fiber-cement siding, shell durability walk-through, blower door-performance testing.

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What We Love: Constructed for sustainable living, this family home offers beautiful modern aesthetics with plenty of warmth thanks to the use of wood flooring and details throughout. Spread out over two levels, the spacious floor plan allows for comfortable family living. Our favorite feature is how much effort the architects put into making this home eco-friendly!

Readers, what do you find most attractive about the design of this home? Are there any details you think the architects should have done differently?

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Above: The wood siding on the exterior facade is a 1×6 T&G clear cedar siding with ABR X-100 cedar tone gold stain. The other side is Hardie lap siding with their iron gray pre finish. The house number sign is comprised of bead blasted stainless steel. The floor plan dimensions are a 22.5′ x 52.5′ rectangle.

Photos: Troy Thies

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Becky Bowles
6 years ago

I love this home!!! And sustainability is here to stay!

Bob Beer
6 years ago

Call me old fashioned but I like walls. Huge open spaces are great for hotel lobbies but just as in gardens, in a home I want a sense of enclosure, some closer spaces among all the openness. Also I wonder about the sustainability of heating such a huge space, especially when there is no barrier between the floors. I typically heat the room/rooms that I’m regularly spending time in and don’t see how waste equals ecofriendliness.

6 years ago

It´s architectural, neat, programmed and very 20-21st century, but when did humans lose the sense of creative beauty in home design? This modern, structured, utilittarian soul-less, beigy woody neatness isn´t at all elegant or art-friendly. I hate the modern need to intrude the kitchen and its utensiiity into the living room, which should exude elegance blended with comfort. I believe the modern tendency to have the kitchen push its utilitarian nose into the living room is horrific. It smacks of a trend created by the architects´ and builders´ who cheat their clients by pocketing the same fee while imposing tuilitarian… Read more »

6 years ago
Reply to  Sandri

Sandri, next time why don’t you try commenting on a home you like instead of being so rude!