DESIGN TEAM: Marc Sloot, AIA; Katie Leaf, Assoc. AIA
PROJECT TYPE: Remodel
Driving Directions: From W 36th St, drive north on Hennepin Ave (1.8 mi). Right onto Franklin Ave. Right onto Harriet Ave. Home is on the left.
The goals in remodeling this 1907 Victorian were twofold: (1) preserve and enhance the traditional character of the home, and (2) seamlessly reach net zero energy living at the same time.
To achieve this, the architect applied his knowledge and expertise of net zero construction and design insights to revise the layout of the home to support modern living, while adding numerous energy efficiency and healthy home features. He created a whole which is truly greater than the sum of the parts, choreographing design strategies to complement each other like instruments in a symphony. And, many simultaneously helping to achieve both project goals, without you even knowing it.
The philosophy of 'conservation first' is carefully implemented through many innovative features including continuous air sealing and thick exterior insulation from footing to ridge, triple-paned windows, a high-efficiency ground source heat pump heating and cooling system, condensing clothes dryer and water heater which also use heat pump technology and LED lighting throughout. For the energy production that is needed, there is a 54-panel photovoltaic solar array on the house and garage.
Not only does this home delight the occupants, it is inspiring as proof that a charming 110 year-old home can be redesigned with respect to its history and be cutting edge with its energy conservation and technology.