Modern Solar Lake House

Photos by Caplan Studio Photography

About The Project

This home combines modern lake house design with a number of sustainable best practices to create a stunning and amazingly comfortable low carbon home.

To maximize the view out to the lake, a very large curved window wall was designed that integrated the structure directly into the window mulls to minimize visual obstructions. Skylights on remotes are set above the great room to encourage natural ventilation. Except for the bedrooms and bathrooms, the rooms are all open to one another, again for natural ventilation.

The energy concept for the home was to be all electric to reduce fracked natural gas usage. Natural gas is only used as a starter for the high efficiency, sealed combustion, outside combustion air fireplace and for a back up generator. The 9.8 kW PV 35 Panel array provides 32% of the homes energy usage, with the remaining electricity coming from 100% renewable energy credits from the grid.

The mechanical system is provided by a series of all electric, ultra high efficiency mini-splits, controlled by an integrated smart home system. An induction cooktop, hybrid electric water heater and hybrid electric dryer complete the items that typically use natural gas. Lighting is all high efficiency correctly colored LED’s.

A home office is included on the second floor complete with a balcony, facing towards the lake. Their zero carbon work commute consists of walking across the 2nd floor hallway.

Exterior

This home combines modern lake house design with a number of sustainable best practices to create a stunning and amazingly comfortable low carbon home. Borral Poly-ash Siding were used to make environmentally efficient exterior. This lake front home’s design responds tightly to the pie shaped site that faces onto Lake Zurich, complete with curves that permeate throughout.

Sustainable Solar Lakefront Residence
Interior Modern Rustic Kitchen

Kitchen

The Kitchen is located directly off of the main space, set under a 9’-0” ceiling.  Dramatic views of the lake are available from behind the Kitchen island.  Direct access out to one of the patios allows for outdoor grilling as well as easy circulation down to the bridge leading to the island.

Interior

Wood Clad Ceiling and Center piece stone clad fireplace adds to the dramatic height of the great room

Lakefront Nightshot Rustic Modern Lakefront Residence

Window Wall

To maximize the view out to the lake, a very large curved window wall was designed that integrated the structure directly into the window mulls to minimize visual obstructions. Skylights on remotes are set above the great room to encourage natural ventilation. Both sides of the great room open to a cascade of stairs to the Lake and a private island.