Located north of Duluth, MN on a serene lake, the Harris cabin, guest house and boat house incorporate the local vernacular style with a contemporary feel.
The guest house has a large wood burning fireplace in the center with an open plan design to let the outdoors inside. One can gaze onto the lake while relaxing in the space.
The main cabin is a complete remodel of an existing 60’s walk-out rambler. Progressive Architecture added a large new entry portico and mudroom to ease tight entry conditions of the existing cabin. New finishes on the interior and a large new fireplace and TV area add to the usability for the family.
After working with the Dr. Geller to design his dental clinic in Eagan, Progressive Architecture partnered with the homeowners to design their new home. The family were strong advocates for a contemporary, energy efficient home set in a beautiful wooded landscape.
The overall design features flat roofs, some which become outdoor roof decks, and others with the potential to become future exterior living spaces. Corrugated metal siding and random lap siding with large windows create bring the outdoors inside all year long.
The interior is clean, open and perfect for a young family. An open floor plan allows the family to be together and enjoy each others company. Lofted bedrooms for the children and guests are on the second floor and a large master suite is situated on the first level.
The house includes a geothermal heating and cooling system and super insulated walls and roofs that have kept the heating and cooling bills under $700 for an entire year.
The Sperry Residence is located on a quaint lake in Scandia, MN. The design of the home integrates large windows to bring the feel of the outdoors indoors.
A specious kitchen and living room with an open plan allow views to the lake from all angles. The exterior materials invoke the feeling of a rustic cabin with a modern twist.
The concept for this house was to be a light house on the top of a hill. Taking full advantage of views of the lake, this house becomes a beacon on the water.
The living room is arranged to connect the house with the lake through large windows that provide views to both of the two lakes visible from the home. Natural light penetrates deep into the home to accentuate the warm materials. These warm materials add to the comfort of the family. The top of the house includes a small 12 x 12 sitting room (lighthouse) with the 260 degree view of the landscape.
The School Lake House is situated on an idyllic, secluded lake within driving distance from the Twin Cities. The shapes of the house and the out buildings are reminiscent of vernacular barn and farmstead shapes.
Colorful and geometric roofs seem to grow naturally out of a field of wildflowers on the drive to the home. Classic cedar siding is contrasted with the modern building forms. The views out to the lake through 3 story glass gives the feeling of unity with nature. The outbuilding mimics traditional barn design with a modern twist.