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Lake Monona Home
Monona, Wisconsin

This long, thin house draws from the Prairie School style of archtecture, and updates it into energy efficient and low-toxin 'green' architecture. It features expansive views of Lake Monona and well-designed spaces from which to enjoy them.

Energy-design features include: an innovative wall design that uses recycled cellulose insulation plus an inner layer of rigid foam; high-performance windows; passive solar heating, and hydronic in-floor heating via a high-efficiency boiler which also heats the domestic hot water.


Above: Lake-facing patio, balcony and windows.

Tornadoes and High Water
Most homes in tornado-prone Wisconsin are built on full basements, and Wisconsinites take refuge below grade when the sirens sound. This home however is located in a high water-table lakefront area, and with with the basements of the adjacent homes chronically filled with water, we knew we needed a different solution for storm safety. This home incorporates an innovative emergency shelter, an above-grade "strong room" designed as a mini-version of the tornado-proof structures that are built for critical public infrastructure such as telephone relays and pumping stations. Our "strong room" doubles as the mechanical space.


Above: West elevation.

 

Left: Front Entry.


Wheelchair Access
The entry route, kitchen, bathroom and the entire first floor of the home are designed to comfortably accomodate wheelchair users.

Click here for a news article on this home's 'universal design' features...


 

This house achieved an EnergyStar rating of 91 (via the original HERS scale). The EnergyStar program is a national effort to objectively test and rate the energy efficiency and indoor air quality of homes.
Click for more info at the EnergyStar website...