A straight-on view of The Red Cottage's kitchen shows off shiny red cabinets and glulam beam framing, and a playful use of color and materials..

The Red Cottage, Biwabik, Minn.

  • A straight-on view of The Red Cottage's kitchen shows off shiny red cabinets and glulam beam framing, and a playful use of color and materials..

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    A straight-on view of The Red Cottage's kitchen shows off shiny red cabinets and glulam beam framing, and a playful use of color and materials..

    Andrea Rugg

    A straight-on view of The Red Cottage's kitchen shows off shiny red cabinets and glulam beam framing, and a playful use of color and materials..

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    The exposed exterior structure of this north woods cabin is made of glulam. Exposed glulam beams are on the the inside of the house, too.

    Andrea Rugg

    The exposed exterior structure of this north woods cabin is made of glulam. Exposed glulam beams are on the the inside of the house, too.

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    The slab-on-grade construction has simple concrete floors that are warmed by radiant heat.

    Andrea Rugg

    The slab-on-grade construction has simple concrete floors that are warmed by radiant heat.

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    The double-height, sunny great room includes a dining area and a second floor that's open to the rest of the house.

    Andrea Rugg

    The double-height, sunny great room includes a dining area and a second floor that's open to the rest of the house.

 

The jury loved the fun and affordability that infuses the Red Cottage and its open kitchen, which sports IKEA cabinets, countertops, and IKEA-brand appliances, too. The room also features glulam beams and exposed industrial hardware, natural-tone walls and ceilings, and a red-and-teal color scheme inspired by traditional Norwegian pottery.

In this open living space, the materials are allowed to announce themselves. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are united and sit under a paneled vault made of basswood. The home’s more private spaces are set below an open loft.

The Red Cottage is built as a slab on grade, and its polished concrete floors produce radiant heat. SIPs were used for the roof and walls, ensuring low utility bills, not to mention an energy-wise shell that’s tightly sealed against Northern Minnesota winters.