The Isanti Shanty

An Overview: This small home for the empty-nest owners of Showcase Renovations, Inc. represents the epitome of collaboration between architect and builder. Compact, single level living with a panoramic lake view was the catalyst for design. Primary living spaces align under a vaulted profile that draws light from above, while ceiling heights and floor levels vary to introduce drama and intimacy in just over 1300 square feet. Construction details accommodate continuous exterior insulation and expansive bands of glass. Another key detail: this home was built from scratch (a brand-new home build project) and an exciting one at that!


  • Build a home that last 100 years
  • Durability
  • Utilize cutting-edge, energy-efficient products
  • Build something that is 10+ years ahead of code compliance!
  • Nestle home on site to take advantage of beautiful, natural setting


The progression, seen in pictures:



Some of the Products used:
  • Poured foundation
  • Insulation- Watchdog Energy Board
  • Roxul Mineral wool, closed cell foam, fiberglass batts, ellulose
  • Framing material- SPF dimensional lumber, composite lumber, LVL beams, CDX plywood
  • Water- 90’ deep well with ¾ pump
  • Plumbing- pressure tank, low flow toilets and faucets, water collection at exterior
  • Heating and Air quality- radiant heat in basement, 16 SEER- three ton-two stage heat pump, 96% two stage- 70,000 BTU, Venmar HRV, Aprilaire 600 humidifier, two zone with electronic dampers
  • Electromate 9KW electric mini-boiler
  • Windows and doors- Marvin Integrity windows (double glazed), Marvin Integrity entry doors, Therma Tru entry doors
  • Roof- 24 gauge Kynar standing seam metal roof
  • Exterior- 5/8” Breckinridge plywood, All prime cedar siding, D and better cedar feature boards
A few of the features:
  • Large overhangs – 3’, 4’, 6’
  • Extra wide fascia
  • Lots of glass to take advantage of the views
  • Pine ceilings
  • Center matched pattern
  • Riffed and quartered 5’ white oak plank flooring
  • Cosmos fireplace
  • Sunken living room
  • Main floor study
  • Walnut cabinetry with Rubio oil finish
  • Unique casing at main level. ¾’ base and skirt boards
  • All ¾” oak base and casing at basement
  • Large screen porch
  • Wolf cook top with 600 CFM hood
  • 24 gauge custom gutters

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