2017 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

EPS to build Idea Home at the 2017 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show

Idea Home Rendering

Idea Home Rendering rear

Idea Home Floor Plan

EPS manufactured and constructed the Idea Home for the 2017 Minneapolis Home + Garden Show. This year's theme – Coastal Contemporary – brings together the contemporary designs consumers are searching for and adds a bit of coastal for a fresh feel. It is represented by this home, Water’s Edge.

The home is 52' x 30' with two bedrooms in the 1398 square foot home. This year’s Idea Home was designed to meet the challenges of the ever-increasing cost of home building. Designed by John Robinson of Robinson Residential Design, this contemporary home was originally designed as a modular home, an affordable solution for many homeowners, where significant savings can be achieved off-site in a factory environment. Although it was built as a single build for the show, the original design calls for three separate units being integrated as one. Additional affordability is achieved by reducing square footage, which is achieved in this design by the open spaces and minimization of hallways. Jack and Jill bathrooms, located between two bedrooms, reduce the need for bathroom doors off a central hallway.

The Idea Home is constructed of SIPS (Structural Insulated Panel System) which is an energy efficient alternative to traditional framing and eliminates the need for a vented attic. This design can accommodate a full basement or a crawlspace or slab foundation.

The innovative, contemporary design is further enhanced by the brightness of the home. The major living spaces focus on a wall of full length windows which bring light into the interior. The large overhangs on the deck provide protection from both rain and the heat of direct sunlight. The wood beams exposed inside the home cantilever outward to support these overhangs.

The outside of the home uses a variety of finishing materials – engineered wood siding and trims, glass and stone to accentuate the exterior and provide a fresh contemporary composition.

The Home + Garden Show is Feb. 24-26 and March 3-5, 2017 at the Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis.


This home has a pre-rating including a full basement and is projected to save $1515 in energy costs annually when compared to a new stick-built home using fiberglass insulation.

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2017 Idea Home Showcase

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