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Off-the-Grid Residence
Bayfield, Wisconsin

Located on an idyllic 200 acre parcel of land in the northwoods near Bayfield, Wisconsin, this design developed from the owner-builder’s concept for an ultra-sustainable, self-sustaining, off the grid home.

Under construction as of 2008, with a timber frame milled from the land and infilled with strawbales and finished with earthen plaster, this house features a 500 square foot greenhouse for food production, seed starting, grey water processing, and of course, solar heat tempering. The large living spaces are designed to allow the home to serve as a ‘common house’ as future community devlopment occurs on the site.

Solar hot water and photovoltaic panels are integrated into the roof form which is also designed to harvest rainwater. A masonry stove that also provides heat for the earth coupled radiant floor, two separate and extensive root cellars bermed into the earth, and an ice room for year-round storage of a prolific winter (ice) harvest makes this house one that can truly ‘stand alone’.


Above: View of south elevation.

Above: View of north elevation.