Residential Design

Vol. 3, 2017

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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PARTI SHOT Mostly Mod MIN/DAY PROJECT LOCATION: ALBERTA, CANADA Located equidistant between Calgary and Edmonton in Canada is a 9-mile-long body of fresh water called Sylvan Lake. Taken by Min/Day's award-winning House on Lake Okoboji in Iowa, the owners of an "old, beat-up property" approached the firm about buying plans to the Okoboji project. But, says part- ner Jeffrey Day, AIA, "that's something we wouldn't do. The site contours were different, as was the climate." Ultimately, the clients opted to hire the firm for a new site-specific design. The Okoboji project did offer hints about how to go forward, however. Both lake properties contend with a proxi- mate neighbor, a condition Jeff and firm partner, E.B. Min, resolve with deft architecture, siting, and privacy fencing. Another challenge is the project's remote location, far from the skilled labor neces- sary to build a high-design house. And the clients were loath to lose high-season time at the lake. So, the team devised a solution that's about "80 percent modular," says Jeff, to be built some 800 miles away in the Method Homes factory in Seattle and finished on-site. "We looked at a Canadian company, but we weren't all that comfortable with their capabilities. More important, their module was 14 feet versus Method's 16, which would have caused major com- promises to the spaces," Jeff explains. With modular components, every di- mension is critical. "It tends to lead to homes that are very cubic, so we created as many vertical elements as we could to relieve the stacked boxes look." If all goes well, the house will be done by next summer. —S. Claire Conroy Project: House on Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada; design principals: Jeffrey L. Day, AIA, and E.B. Min, AIA, Min/Day, San Francisco and Omaha, Neb. Drawings: Min/Day. 82 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2017

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