DESIGN TEAM: Scott Newland, AIA
PROJECT TYPE: New Construction
Driving Directions: From Hwy 100, take the Vernon Ave/W 50th St exit. Drive east on Vernon Ave S/50th St (1 mi). Right onto Wooddale Ave. Left onto W 54th St (0.5 mi). Left onto Drew Ave S. Home is on the left.
For the architect, the construction of this home for himself and his wife was the realization of hundreds of ideas sketched over several decades. Their mutual desire was for a house that allowed them both to age in place with ample daylight, minimal energy and water use, ‘smart’ systems and future-proofing, while reflecting their common Scandinavian roots. The design achieved all of that and made every attempt to blend into its mixed one- and two-story context.
Although not their original goal, the project required a tear down of the original structure—a small house with a low, damp basement, high radon levels, and asbestos insulation. Prior to demolition, many building materials were salvaged and either sold or saved for reuse in the new home. In addition to a sleek and simple Scandinavian aesthetic, the home features a roof deck and green roof and is optimized for net zero energy use with the future addition of photovoltaic panels. The home has applied for LEED and GreenStar certification.