Idea Farm is a modern interpretation of the old-fashioned farmstead.
On the outside, the Idea Farm in Afton looks like a traditional white farmhouse with a red barn and horses grazing in the pasture.
On the inside, the home has a geothermal heating and cooling system, low-flow faucets, low-VOC paint and LED alternative lighting systems.
This Saturday, visitors can tour the modern-day green farm, which was constructed by Vujovich Design Build and recently certified by Minnesota GreenStar for its use of green building practices and materials.
The company completed the project to educate others about living and building green. Co-owner Peter Vujovich and his family currently live there. "It shows that green doesn't mean a dome home but can be architecturally beautiful, functional and practical," said Ed Roskowinski, co-owner of the design build firm, which has offices in Minneapolis and Afton.
The Idea Farm interior also combines examples of vintage farmhouse character with modern functionality. The country gourmet kitchen boasts a La Cornue range and an antique chandelier over the soapstone island. Reclaimed white oak flooring covers in-floor radiant heating tubes. Visitors also will envy the home's heating bills; they topped out at $40 a month last winter.
Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619