DESIGN TEAM: David O’Brien Wagner, AIA; Joe Messier; Jody McGuire, AIA; Ben Dose
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
SALA Architects Inc.

Driving Directions: From I-494 head west on US-12 toward Wayzata (3.4 mi); take Cty Rd 15 W exit; merge onto Cty Rd 15/Shoreline Dr (4.9 mi); left onto Shadywood Rd; continue onto Manitou Rd; right onto Pleasant Ave; right onto Birch Bluff Rd. Destination is on the left. 


The homeowners sought to create a modest, modern, lakeside cottage, nestled into a narrow lakeside 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.
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