2016 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

EPS built the ideaHome at 2016 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

Idea Home

EPS built the ideaHome at this year’s Minneapolis Home + Garden Show, which actually consisted of 2 homes.

The barnHouse is a 26’ x 38’ home where you will see familiar materials expressed in a new way. It is a prototype for efficient building and good living. It features a unique core module that includes the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and closet/storage space. There is also a loft with a large bedroom and walkout patio.

Idea Home Front and back Elevations


This home is projected to save $1713 in energy costs annually when compared to a new stick-built home using fiberglass insulation.

The lightHouse is a 12x25’ tiny home using smart design to include comfort and character.

Both homes will be built with SIPs (structural insulated panels) making them extremely energy efficient.

barnHouse floor plan


LIGHTHOUSE floor plan


Alchemy Architects of Saint Paul, Minnesota

The barnHouse and lightHouse were both designed by Alchemy Architects of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Alchemy’s distinctive hands-on approach to architecture combines a playful design process, collaborative relationships with clients, and partnerships with fabricators, to create a harmonious blend of site, building, and community. Through a process-driven approach, the team draws inspiration from art, technology, literature, history, and leading creative thinkers to develop uncommon and intelligent design solutions. Learn more: http://www.weehouse.com

Andersen Window

Windows supplied by Andersen. Learn more: http://www.andersenwindows.com

2016 Idea Home Showcase

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