Garvey-Brotz Homestead, Cascade, WI

Design challenge:
Design a homestead on a 45-acre working farm with an existing barn. The design called for a “passive” house (one that does not utilize more energy than it generates) that included two bedrooms/two bathrooms in the primary living structure (“Big” house) with mudroom entrance opening up into a large open floor plan including the kitchen/dining/living room. The Big house is connected to the “Tiny” house with an in-law apartment that includes a two-car garage. In addition to planning for pastures, well, septic fields, and electricity, the home owners wanted the design to yield a well-insulated house that utilizes passive solar design and captures prevailing breezes. With these strategies in place to reduce energy loads, a photovoltaic array (renewable energy) can be installed to meet the energy requirements and provide a NET ZERO homestead.











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