First Floor (976 kb)
Staircase & Great Room (1.1 MB)
Second Floor (2.2 MB)
Project Summary (pdf 40kb)
This two page summary provides an overview of the project goals and outcomes.
A Film by the Blandin Foundation
This demonstration home, completed in Feburary of 2007, is located on a heavily wooded plot of land in Aitkin, Minnesota. Aitkin County is a community that is economically supported by the lumber and paper industry, and was among the first in the nation to have its forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The home demonstrates FSC-certified lumber, focusing on local forest products and participating local vendors. The shell was constructed from locally-manufactured prefabricated panels. The home also features in-floor radiant heating, natural lighting, and other energy-efficient building practices to ensure it will be inexpensive to operate.
The FSC-demonstration home is 1,300 square feet, and one and a half stories. It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and was aimed at being affordable for someone in the local community to purchase.
Demonstrates the use of green, “affordable” housing as an economic development tool.
Demonstrates the use of a variety of local FSC-certified wood products.
Green Design Elements: