The owners idea of home was a minimalist place where and energy consciousness and nature become one. Their new twenty-two hundred square foot vacation/retirement home located on a northern Indiana dune overlooking Lake Michigan harmonizes those two requirements through the use of sustainable practices.
Functionally, a central wheel-house kitchen was incorporated into the design to separate the rounded ceilings in the living/dining and kitchen wing on one side of the entry from the bedrooms, laundry, mud room, and garage of the other backstage wing. The entry hall next to the kitchen serves as a transition line between the private and semi-public areas and creates an efficient functional plan organization minimizing the overall square footage.
Energy conservative sustainable green technologies were integrated into the home including radiant floor heat, high R-value non-toxic soy bean based foam insulation, 100% recycled glass tile, high density rigid roof insulation, super insulated foundation walls and slab floor, interior inert non-toxic milk paint, as well as a high efficiency furnace and fireplace.
Major finish interior materials used include bluestone, bamboo, aluminum and glass. The cabinets and built-ins are made of bamboo with the simple bamboo core material exposed edges rather than banded. Heat absorbing, blue Solex glass panels were placed at the top of the homes sloped glazing then descending into a very lightly tinted main viewing panel minimizing solar gain while preserving the light quality of the main space. Milk paint interior finishes reduced the VOC level to zero.
The exterior walls were articulated according to interior function with terra-cotta red roman brick and colored mortar to match. The backstage wing and entry walls are yellow/buff cement stucco with anodized aluminum channels. A turf-paved grass driveway was also incorporated into the design.