December 20, 2012
New Concept House
After being involved with two award winning housing designs, we have launched a new concept house for our Schmeeckle Trails Development.
One of the things we have learned is that open space does not cost as much as intensely developed space, e.g. a kitchen or bathroom. By developing a larger shell, and creating the most structure per dollar, an owner can then build into the space as their functional needs and economic status changes.
This house will be able to be constructed and sold for under $200,000 (including the lot). We also have a single level retirement version of this plan. We would be glad to discuss the possibilities of adapting this house to meet your needs.
November 30, 2012
To much acclaim, The Essential House was bestowed an Honor Award from the Minnesota AIA on November 30.
It has been rewarding, and energizing, to have collaborated with Architect Daniel Yudchitz on this project!
Photo Credit: Farm Kid Studios - Brandon Stengel - Minneapolis - http://www.farmkidstudios.com/
November 5, 2012
March 09, 2012
This week the Essential House in St. Paul, MN recieved its P.V. Solar Array!
In a short time the panels will begin generating power, and support all electrical loads from the house!
Revelations has been working with Mouli Engineering, the crafters of the Solar Pod, to reduce the Essential House's consumption of grid-tied electricity.
January 21, 2012
EDGE & ESSENTIAL HOUSE
Thru the creation of the EDGE, and the feedback online, open houses, and visitors to the EDGE, Revelations in conjuncture with Architect Dan Yudchitz, developed a new concept deemed the "Essential House." A home that is concise, practical, artistic, and affordable. This house has everything you need, nothing more, nothing less. We are building our first Essential House in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the completion due in spring 2012.
We have included some digital models and construction photos to wet your appetite. We believe that the Essential House concept will show people that a small house does not have to live small. It will also be a house that almost anyone can build, from simplified construction details. Unlike the EDGE, which was sophisticated to a point where it was difficult for the average person to construct without expensive technical help, the Essential house is carpenter friendly.
We still believe that less is even more in this "present economy" and housing bubble. Let us know what you think about Dan's Essential House. It can be urban infill, or a rural getaway. It has potential for singles, couples, and small families. We have also designed a one story essential house for retirement years. We are excited about leading the way to living within our means.
NOW is the time to get to the Essentials! It is not monastic, but it is living with less by design. If you would like a consultation on your project, give a Revelations call.
The Staff at Revelations
August 19, 2011
It's been two years since we started moving the EDGE to Bayfield Wisconsin overlooking Lake Superior.
WE have been overwhelmed by the interest in the EDGE! We are humbled by the Awards and articles written about it. Before we started I told my Son, Dan, that if Marcel Breuer or Le Corbusier designed this house it would be world famous. The EDGE has become world famous on its own thanks to the people that have seen it and sent it on to various websites. The last time I Googled the Edge and Revelations Architects, there are 6 to 8 pages of information on sites that carry the EDGE.
Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary we have now find a way to provide the plans to daring builders for 250 dollars. WE would also provide any assistance a person would require as long as the questions are realistic. WE also have the sources to purchase items with a contractor discount if desired. WE can coach or make parts of your Edge if needed. WE also can show you ways to build your edge without breaking the bank. The first Edge has only the best materials that drive up the cost of the little house.
The first ten orders for plans will receive a complimentary T-Shirt absolutely free as our way of saying thanks. If you would like to get your own T-Shirt without plans they are 10 dollars and 5 dollars mailing and handling. Presently WE have Black and Tan in Large and Xlarge.
WE are right in the middle of the development of the Essential House, a close relative of the EDGE. WE will bring out the Essential house plans late September. If you liked the EDGE I think the essential house will meet the need of small house small price.
July 13, 2011
EDGE Open house
The EDGE will be hosting its second open house on Saturday, July 16! Stop by from 1-3pm to tour, and learn more about, the EDGE!
June 10, 2011
Small Project Practitioners Design Awards
Revelations has recently been honored by the AIA, to receive one of the National Small Project Design Awards for the EDGE. The award was presented at the National AIA Convention in New Orleans, on May 14.
Bill & Andy posed infront of the display at the convention center
The EDGE has recently been published in Wood Design & Building, a premire North American magazine, publishing the top projects from throughout the world. It was an honor to be shared amongst the pages of Shigeru Ban and other great Architects!
The EDGE was the featured small house in Natural Home and Garden. You probably still have time to pick up a copy (May/June Issue) before it goes off the shelves!
March 31, 2011
New Schmeeckle Trails Development
Revelations has recently begun construction on a new home in the Schmeeckle Trails subdivision. Our goal is to design and build these "essential houses" in the development, in the range of $150-200,000, that meets the individual needs of our clients.
December 2, 2010
New E-Mail Address
We have a new email address! Revelations can now be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On another note, we would like to thank Jeff Edmonson, and the Northland's News Center, for the article and video about the EDGE in Bayfield, WI.
You can see Jeff's video and commentary here:
November 5, 2010
The Total Transformation - VDV House
We have just finished the most extensive whole house renovation in our 32 years of creating innovative architecture. It has been a tremendous challenge and reward. An entirely new synergy was created when our client joined us as part of the design team, and our results can be seen in our whole house renovations page.
November 4, 2010
The EDGE - Update
Whose Dream Is This Anyway?
We have learned that no two dreams are exactly alike. Our design and your specific needs may call for harmonizing. This became apparent when, suddenly, E.D.G.E. (Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment) took on a celebrity of its own!
Recently the E.D.G.E. project has begun appearing in publications as well as on radio and TV talk shows. Bloggers from around the world have become engaged in trans-oceanic debates over the pros and cons of our dream for a greener
Was it Green enough? Were the aesthetic absolutely right? How flexible is the design? What about cost?
What is true of beauty is true of E.D.G.E. It's in the eye of the beholder. In the old days, Henry Ford reputedly announced that one could get a Ford in any color - as long as it was black! Revelations disagrees. Revelations and Bill Yudchitz dream was to create a modular constructed dwelling suitable for a vacation retreat or fulltime residence. The challenge was to live a better and greener life in less space.
The prototype E.D.G.E was designed and created like a fine cabinet. Every step and material was picked to advance the dream, but that doesn't mean it can't be harmonized. Whose dream is it? It can be your dream. Let us help you achieve it.
We now have prototype designs for the EDGE/2 and EDGE[SQUARED] homes. We have included a concept of the EDGE/2, that begins to express ideas, and options that we have learned from the EDGE.
September 9, 2010
The E.D.G.E. - Update
The E.D.G.E. has taken on a green carpet of grasses and wildflowers. We have included 4 new pictures, without snow!
The E.D.G.E. has taken on it's own life. We have just been published in this week's Ashland Daily Press and the online Ashland Current Newspaper.
In the last month the E.D.G.E. went to the Chicago Tribune and Washington Post.
Last week Thursday, September 2, 2010, Wisconsin Public Radio and Jean Ferach had a discussion about "Japanese micro houses" on her program called, "Here On Earth". Our neighbor, Al Chechik from the Artesian Bed and Breakfast and who happens to know Jean, called in and said, "You don't have to go to Japan to see a micro house. There is one in my backyard, here in Bayfield!" It has been fun to see where the E.D.G.E. will show up next.
July 15, 2010
The E.D.G.E. - Blogging!
There have been many sites picking up on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's article on the E.D.G.E. and writing new interpretations of what they see. It has been a truly rewarding experience to have all of this feedback. We have linked to two comments that we feel are as concise and to the point as the E.D.G.E. is as a house:
Terry Kearns - The Architecture Tourist
A post by 'gerrrg' on the Jetson Green site:
July 11, 2010
The E.D.G.E. - Journal Sentinel Vists Bayfield
Sunday July 11, 2010 was a defining moment in the life of the E.D.G.E.
Mary Louise Schumacher, art and architecture critic of the Journal Sentinel, and her significant other, Ken Hanson visited the E.D.G.E. taking a long scenic journey from
to Bayfield, with a short respite in a
bed & breakfast.
They came to the E.D.G.E. to better understand what is so edgy about the little building, after Mary Louise had written an article about the Wisconsin AIA Design Awards (Sunday May 2, 2010).
I believe the E.D.G.E. took over her imagination, as it does with many, and provided her with the ammunition to create a sensational article and spectacular video.
Since then, the E.D.G.E. has been swallowed by internet blogging and has gained a national and international following, thanks to Mary Louise and Ken's great work.
Mary Louise & Ken at the E.D.G.E. - Bayfield, WI
April 28, 2010
The E.D.G.E. (An Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment) Press Release
A concise sustainable dwelling designed by Revelations Architects/Builders has won a design award from the American Institute of Architects-Wisconsin.
The design jury cited the project for its minimal monastic qualities while still creating an intriguing space with attention to detail and challenging the notion that "Bigger is always Better".
The building was prefabricated at Revelations shop, and then disassembled and reassembled as a focal point at the 20th MREA Fair in June 2009. Approximately 7,000 people viewed the house. After the fair the house was again disassembled, moved, and reassembled over looking Lake Superior and the Checquamegon Bay in Bayfield, Wisconsin. The house features rainwater harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling, air to air heat recovery ventilation, and passive solar with insulated shutter doors to minimize heat loss at night and when unoccupied. Locally grown white oak is used for the rain screen and CNC cut Baltic birch plywood is used in the interior of the home. The furniture is custom made and multi-functional. Revelations will be having open houses throughout the summer. Contact Revelations Architects/Builders Corporation for more information and to schedule your visit.
Click on the images to the left to download photo collages of the E.D.G.E
September 5, 2009
The E.D.G.E Sails to Bayfield, Wisconsin!
After the E.D.G.E. (An Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment) successfully debuted at the MREA Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin, June 2009, Revelations made an all-out search for a good location and permanent home for the little house. The process started in Kewanee, Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan. It traveled through The Porcupine Mountains, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and west along the north shore of Wisconsin to the Brule River. The search ended in Bayfield, Wisconsin overlooking Pikes Bay and its Marina after a misguided stop on Madeline Island. Our largest obstacle was most populated counties in Wisconsin have a minimum requirement of 750 to 800 SF floor area. That left many locations out of the running, as the E.D.G.E. is only 320 SF on the first floor with two 80 SF balconies for sleeping above the kitchen and bath.
We have built this house three times, once in our parking lot, once at the MREA fair, and finally on a two acre lot on Silver Ridge Drive, a mile and a half South of Bayfield on Highway 13. We are in the final stages of finishing with the designing and constructing of the transforming furniture. Through the entire process we have learned that the next E.D.G.E. will be much simpler to complete and are already working towards the E.D.G.E.II.
We have found the sliding insulated doors to be very helpful and energy efficient. When they are closed the interior temperature raises about 4 degrees. The butterfly roof is doing just fine with its new location in the Snow Belt. For those of you who saw the E.D.G.E at the MREA Fair, we put the bathroom door on and built a real shower out of view from the stairway. We have already started on improvements and modifications along with many design options/ variations.
If you're interested in an E.D.G.E. we would be glad to explain what it takes to have one. I hope you enjoy the pictures we've included. Remember the word is Monastic.
When you're up in Bayfield be sure to stop in, if we're there we will be glad to give you a tour.
June 18, 2009
The E.D.G.E deemed most interesting exhibit at the 20th annual Midwest Renewable Energy Association's Energy Fair June 19th thru the 21st, by Mike Carberry, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Energy Association. Over 7,000 people toured the prototype house over the three day period.
The First Transpired Wall Grant
Revelations is proud to announce the declaration of Wisconsin's first Transpired Wall Demonstration grant which is being incorporated into the City of Stevens Point's new aircraft hangar. The support from Wisconsin's Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Program will pay for 65% of the cost for installation of a solar make-up air wall system designed to provide fresh air to the interior of the building. Besides this solar collector, the City has allowed us to install a radiant floor geothermal heating system. It is exciting to be part of a building that is on the cutting edge of renewable energy.
The Courtyard House in Schmeeckle Trails Subdivision, our model home, shows creative ways to bring green technologies together to provide a totally energy efficient residence. See our information page for details. We are looking forward to future showings of this house. During 2008, the home was part of the parade of homes, the MREA Fall Solar Tour, and Lt. Governor's conference on sustainable energy, at UWSP. Contact us for your private showing.
January 18, 2008
Feel The Power!
The first of many acclaimed Solar Powered Streetlights has been illuminating Vine Street for over two weeks now. The structure of c