Aulik Design Build
Design Team:
Charles Peterson, Assoc. AIA; Gary Aulik; Chris Farrar, Assoc. AIA
Project Type: New Construction, Remodel
Location: Deephaven, MN
Home Sponsors: 
Fritz Cabinetry, Kolbe Gallery Twin Cities, Otto Painting Design, Redpath Constable Interior Design, Synergy Products, DOM Interiors

Project Story

Situated on a level, west-facing lot on Lake Minnetonka, this Zero Energy Ready Home is a contemporary new build with a nod to the traditional architectural forms of the neighborhood. The low-maintenance, durable exterior shell consists of stone, granite, slate, composite wood, and stainless steel and creates an aesthetic that is familiar yet current.

The large scenic doors facing the lake, along with deployable screens on the terraces, provide extended living spaces as well as stunning views. A desire for extensive views of the lake at first seemed at odds with the need to preserve the homeowner’s cherished art collection, but triple-glazed windows with protective coatings and sun control measures, plus temperate adjustable LED lighting fixtures, ensure both the lake and the art can be enjoyed.

The high-performance exterior, home automation, and customizable interior lighting throughout the house are just several of the features that make this home compliant with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program. A solar array provides enough power to eliminate electric bills for the homeowners—and eliminates the need for a generator, as Tesla Power Walls store enough generated electricity to provide power during outages.

The renovated on-site guest home provides a spot for an additional solar array in addition to garage space and sleeping accommodations for four.

Connect with this architect during an Instagram takeover on September 28!

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