Grant River Valley Get-Away

Potosi, Wisconsin / United States of America

A Chicago couple wanted a simple, remote get-away... peaceful and connected to the earth. Expecting to be there about once a month, they needed a place that was low-maintenance, low-energy, cost conscious and secure. To address this need the cabin is located a mile down a dirt road, in the rugged terrain of the southwest Wisconsin woods along the Grant River. The materials are simple and enduring. The exterior has 50-year finishes. Expansive glass windows bring the sun and the forest indoors to every room. The structure is 13" ICF with an R-50 roof assembly. The interior is minimally finished with sealed concrete floors, exposed 2x construction, and pine car siding. Three roof-top solar panels provide energy for hot water and underfloor radiant heating. Energy costs average $60 per month. At the heart of the cabin is a wood-burning fireplace with a 20-foot black stovepipe. Furnishings include repurposed estate sale and family heirloom furniture. Unique features include site harvested wood columns and balcony rails cut by the Owner. Custom metal bi-fold doors double for security when down and summer sun control when up. Without a TV or data service, the cabin is a natural serene refuge.

Architect of Record

Deborah Burkhart, AIA, CSI CCS, LEED AP
5349 N. Winthrop Avenue #1
Chicago, Illinois 60640-2309
Phone: 773-728-5349

Associate Architect

Kevin O'Connor, AIA, LEED AP
4600 Prince Street
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
Phone: 630-969-6771

General Contractor

Chad Leibfried
Chad Leibfried Construction LLC
702 West McArthur
Space 27
Winnemucca, Nevada 89445
Phone: 775-304-0444


Deborah Burkhart

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