Green Vacation Home

• HERS/Energy Star 5+
• 'Home of the Decade’ from Natural Home Magazine

This home, located in Door County, is designed as a green retreat for a couple from the Chicago area. While heavily wooded, the site opens on the east end to Lake Michigan, located less than 300’ away. The east side of the house is completely open to the lake view, while a south facing courtyard fronts to the woods.

Borrowing from traditional barn vernacular design, the house is an ‘exploded’ version of classic barn forms, optimized for ventilation in the summer. The dramatically sloping roofs produce a ‘venturi’ shape to assist the house in natural cross ventilation, flushing interior air out at the high remotely controlled light monitors. The south facing windows high up in the ventilation tower warm the air, thereby creating a solar chimney to increase the effect of the natural ventilation while providing additional daylighting to the interior space.

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Exterior - Day
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Front elevation with the vaulted great room ceiling on left, guest rooms above the screen porch on right and ventilation tower between the two roof forms. Remotely controlled operable windows at the top of the ventilation tower allow stack effect ventilation of the interior. Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable
“fachada” — Cesar Tavera
Exterior - Dusk
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Front elevation at dusk. The one story master bedroom wing is on the left. Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
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Interior Foyer & Vertical Shaft
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Interior view of ventilation tower, operable ventilation window made of a 3-Form panel and the high efficiency wood burning fireplace. Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
“colour” — Jackie Penticost
Dining Room & View to Lake
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Interior view from kitchen looking towards dining room and family room. All interior views are directed towards Lake Michigan. Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
“Candles” — jfitton1
View of Sturgeon Bay home from Lake Michigan
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This is the view of the home from Lake Michigan. This home was awarded 'Home of the Decade' from Natural Home Magazine. It's form is based on the curved roofs and ventilation monitors found in vernacular Midwestern barns. Photo credit - Klobo Photo/David Klobucar
“design” — serhantatman
Kitchen space
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The kitchen is as natural as possible. The countertops are concrete with recycled glass included in the mix and the backsplash is made from local river rock. The cabinets are bamboo. All of the cleaning products used are green certified. This home was awarded 'Home of the Decade' from Natural Home Magazine. Photo Credit - Klobo Photo/David Klobucar
“Slate floor, light cabinets, dark counters, dark backsplash” — kyledl
Master Bedroom Closets
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This closet in this master bedroom has doors set on rolling steel barn door glides. Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
“Windows & Door” — MPJ Dream Designs
Side Yard
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Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
“platform deck” — fawnphelps
Side Perspective
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Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
“Colors and shapes. Nice roof shape for laundry, mud, and guest bath.” — nljordan
Great Room
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The first floor featured an open floor plan. Here is the view from the living room, looking towards the kitchen. Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
“Chairs” — Susan Edmondson
Interior Stair
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Interior view of ventilation tower, operable ventilation window made of a 3-Form panel and the high efficiency wood burning fireplace. Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
“open stairwell” — debsros
3-Form Pivot Window
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Photo Credit - Cable Photo/Wayne Cable http://selfmadephoto.com
“Pivoting panel for balcony cutout?” — vtmd
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