Idea Home

This year’s Idea Home theme—Coastal Contemporary—brings together the contemporary themes consumers are searching for and adds a bit coastal for a fresh feature feel. EPS Homes will work closely with HOM Furniture, The Garden By The Woods, and Anderson Windows to construct a 1,298-square-foot house inside the Minneapolis Convention Center (fire sprinklers and all!). Here's a peek at what to expect when touring this year's home.


Many of our exterior features from EPS Homes are based on sustainable production and energy use, including structural insulated panels (SIPs) that cut energy costs 50-60 percent. The home's structure features zero off-gassing or formaldehyde and will greatly reduce sound transmission, offering a quieter interior environment. In addition to this a porch spanning the length of the home offers abundant space for entertaining and relaxing while taking in the water views.


For a private outdoor retreat, landscape designers at The Garden By The Woods created stone-texture concrete walls. A layered, light-filtering metal pergola entry welcomes visitors into the space. "This year's Idea Home landscape revolves around the idea of layering sensory experiences to create depth in small areas," explains CEO and lead designer Laura Wood.

Walk through the pergola entry to a movie amphitheater, integrated outdoor sound and lighting tech, living green lanterns, natural gas lighting, and more.

New pavers with improved durability and pattern imprint technology will define areas of the outdoor space.


"Our favorite element of this year's home is the contemporary design," says Nathan Treloar of Andersen Windows. "The floor plan is very inviting and unique for a small space." No-maintenance,100 percent waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring in an antiqued, hand-scraped gray finish will complement furnishings from HOM Furniture's new Rachel Ray Home line.

By Andrea Lahouze, for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

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