Whether starting from scratch or remodeling an existing home, building sustainably can be done without sacrificing style and vision. This year’s Homes by Architects tour features projects that highlight many ways to build “green,” blend into the community and respect the legacy of a site.

Newland Architecture took on a special challenge with Home #7: the architect was both the designer and the client, with a vision for both the aesthetic and sustainable aspects of design. Despite the fact that the project replaced an old home with asbestos and high radon levels, many building materials were salvaged. The new home features minimal energy use and smart systems, reflects the owners’ Scandinavian roots, all while blending into the context of the neighborhood.

Home #12 by SALA Architects was the first net-zero renovation of a 100+ year old Victorian-cottage house in the Twin Cities. The layout and flow was revised to support modern living and integrates state-of-the-art technology, including high-performance triple-paned windows, very low consumption lights and appliances, a solar array and geothermal power sourcing. The project preserved as many original elements as possible and incorporated period design to maintain the original feel.

Tickets to the 2017 Homes by Architects Tour are available for purchase online starting August 3. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 during the tour. 

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