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Itasca Modern

RS2 Architects

Project Name

Itasca Modern

Project Status


Year Completed



3,600 sq. feet

Construction Cost



Private Client


  • Chuck Seen


  • Civil Engineer: Dave Johnson and Associates
  • Structural Engineer: Johnson Wilbur Adams
  • : Len Kafer
  • General Contractor: Tartan Builders



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Project Description

This modern house was designed for a young couple and their collection of modern furniture. Located in Itasca on a long wooded site that backs up to a small lake. The site while long is in close proximity to its neighbors on either side. One of the primary considerations of the design was to address the views towards the lake and create a measure of privacy between the neighbors. Located on the first level are a guest suite and office, and a small formal living area. A small corridor connects to a stairway that descends, following the sloping site, to a large open space that contains the main family room and kitchen. Highlighting the family room is a northern wall of glass 12’ high, looking out to the back meadow and lake. The curtain wall of glass is being developed by Unilux windows from Germany. This curtain wall is triple glazed and has a high insulating quality not yet found with U.S. window companies. The mullions which will hold panes of glass approaching 400 pounds, are a slim 1-1/2” wide, to maximize views. The second floor will contain 4 bedrooms, including a master suite and master bath that has a walk in closet, separate shower, tub and toilet areas. Each bedroom has its own bathroom as well as a walk in closet. Laundry facilities are located on both the first floor mudroom and second floor.
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