Douglas Danks



Private Residence
North Oaks, MN

The lakehome and summer residence for the owners is located on a private and heavily forested shoreline site in North Oaks, Minnesota. The new home is constructed over the footprint of the original home on the site, utilizing much of the existing foundation system and lessening the impact of the new home’s construction on the site. The design for the lakehome is based on an “L” shaped massing that places the public spaces and the Master Suite on the home’s lake side, taking advantage of the views and southern exposure. A forest landscape courtyard is formed by the “L” shaped massing on the north side of the home, creating a private outdoor space for the guest suite to view and access directly. The exterior materials palette is comprised of a masonry foundation plinth that resembles native limestone, Cor-Ten steel clad vertical tower elements, and a stucco upper volume that is cantilevered or hollowed out in places to create outdoor spaces as a continuation of interior spaces. Wood deck and exterior wall surfaces further accentuate these outdoor spaces and add warmth to the material palette. The home's construction features a highly insulated structural insulated panel exterior wall and roof envelope, along with an energy efficient ground source heat pump system for heating, cooling and domestic water heating. 

The home's construction was followed over four segments of "Blueprint For Green" (a syndicated television program highlighting green construction technologies, materials and methods) airing in 2007 and 2008.