Arado weeHouse

Pepin, WI

August 1, 2013

A violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra and her family enjoyed off-grid living in the original 336 SF weeHouse located on prairie land near Lake Pepin, part of the Mississippi River, with shorelines in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 2003, the Arado weeHouse was built—”in-factory” by Geoffrey C. Warner and a team of craftsmen—and delivered for about $60,000. It was shipped to site via truck, and installed by crane onto a pier foundation. The deck and outhouse soon followed.

Featured, interior elements that are still used in weeHouses today include wood-wrapped walls (douglas fir, here), IKEA cabinetry + accessories, and floor-to-ceiling Andersen windows. A wood-burning fireplace and custom bed nook keep things cozy. The exterior was originally clad in cementitious siding painted with an oxidizing paint that provided a rustic yet hardy finish (pictured). In 2013, the owner reclad the exterior with weathering steel which is also often used on weeHouses to-date.

The house was relocated to the Twin Cities in 2015. It still stands as the iconic image for the weeHouse identity.

News + Media


New York Times, “Think Small”