Sustainable 9 Integrates Smart Features Into Edina Home

Between its car chargers and solar capabilities, this modern home teems with technology and sustainable strategies

Photos by Spacecrafting

Natural stone, wood siding, and clean lines pull together to create Sustainable 9’s signature “Minnesota modern” look.
The home’s 5-by-9-foot front door makes a memorable first impression.

In a housing market that offers an abundance of options for the discerning homeowner, what does “luxury” even mean? “Details, finishes, and customization,” says Vince Birdsley, the vice president of construction at Sustainable 9 Design + Build, without missing a beat. In this 5,394-square-foot home, such attentiveness is manifested in features from high-end materials to feats of engineering; but the focus is clearly on customization.

The main entrance is a good place to start. The 5-by-9-foot custom walnut front door (with an internal steel frame) doesn’t merely open: it pivots when electronic strips within the jam are activated via key fobs or a push button. “Smart” features continue inside, where the homeowners—both of whom work in high-tech occupations—can operate all of the home’s functions, from the window shades to the Wi-Fi and lighting zones to the sump pump, via their phones.

With window shades pre-programmed with multiple settings, an expansive wall of windows overlooks the wooded lot from the main-floor family room.

White oak floors, super-insulated floor-to-ceiling glass from The H Window Company, and custom-fabricated steel stair railings are just the beginning throughout the open-plan main level that overlooks the woods in the backyard. In the kitchen, where a custom wood-slat ceiling brings the 10-foot ceilings down to a more intimate height, are Cambria waterfall countertops (in the bold Bentley pattern from the Black Marble Collection), Miele appliances, and custom cabinetry.

Off the kitchen, you’ll find a spacious butler’s pantry and screen porch adjacent to an outdoor grill station. The second level has it all: The bedrooms have en suite baths with in-floor heating and walk-in closets. Custom barn doors slide open to reveal the laundry room. The master bath incorporates a Parallelo Nero porcelain floor tile. A custom metal mirror grid is positioned over the sinks, resting in a metal vanity stand.

Upstairs, the master bedroom’s neutral shades and backyard views encourage relaxation.

The home’s tour de force, however, lies below the garage and near the lower-level family room and bar: a basketball half-court for the homeowners’ son, who plays basketball with the Amateur Athletic Union. Hundreds of loads of dirt were removed to make way for the sport court, says Ryan Hanson, co-owner of Sustainable 9 with his brother Chad Hanson. The impressive space has 15-inch-thick concrete walls, acoustic tiles on the upper walls and ceiling, and floating faux hardwood flooring with in-floor heat. A changing room, Wi-Fi, and a high-end speaker system make the space not only perfect for practice, but also dance parties.

Sustainable strategies were also incorporated into the home, including charging stations in the garage for the homeowners’ Teslas. Cabinets were constructed with formaldehyde-free materials; paints and finishes are low- or no-VOC. The high-velocity, gas-powered HVAC system coupled with an Aldes whole-house ventilation system keeps the air clean and circulating. The house was set up for solar, which the homeowners may add in the future.

“We’re focused on high design, but with sustainability incorporated,” Chad Hanson says. “The homeowners wanted a modern contemporary aesthetic with sustainable design integrated throughout. We’re thrilled with the result: a sustainable luxury home like no other, customized to fulfill their dreams.”

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