Sustainable Design on the 2018 Homes by Architects Tour

Home 11 on the 2018 Homes by Architects Tour
Photo by Troy Thies

Designing for sustainability doesn’t have to take away from beauty and functionality. It can also be incorporated into residential design without consuming the entire budget. Three houses on the 2018 Homes by Architects Tour demonstrate the latest in sustainable design elements paired with the best of modern design.

Think green roofs, geothermal heating, and solar energy are just for large commercial buildings? Home 5 in Tonka Bay incorporates all of these elements into a modest-footprint lakefront home. The house blends into the surrounding landscape and features modern design and elements that will allow the owners to age in place.

A remodel focused on using natural materials and bringing in natural light define Home 11 in Bloomington. What was originally a boxed, compartmentalized 1980s tract home is now airy, light, and connected to its natural surroundings.

Home 12 includes many salvaged materials in the remodel, which is both more sustainable and important to the homeowners, for whom the house had been a childhood home. The house also incorporates many sustainably-produced materials and energy preservation systems to reduce the overall footprint of the property.

Tickets to the 11th annual Homes by Architects Tour are now on sale. Learn more at

The 2018 Tour is supported by Marvin Windows & Doors, White Oaks Savanna, Carousel Motor Group, Elevation Homes, Streeter & Associates, Braden Construction, Brooke Voss Interior Design, Cambek, Kolbe Gallery Twin Cities, Mercury Mosaics, Ortal, Twin City Fireplace & Stone Co., Stinson Builders, Braaten Creative Woods, Denali Custom Homes, Frost Cabinets, HabAdapt Landscape Design, Martha Dayton Design, Martha O’Hara Interiors, Modern Design Cabinetry, Muska Lighting, Norton Homes, Redpath Constable Interior Design, Showcase Renovations, Synergy Products, Urban Ecosystems, Bunkers & Associates, Bespoke Doorworks, Studio M Interiors, TS Building Supply, Garage Floor Coating of Minnesota, Mattson Macdonald Young, Partners Woodcraft, and media partner Greenspring Media.

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