LP® SmartSide® Architect Spotlight: Mark Sloot, SALA Architects

The Business

SALA Architects, a Minneapolis-based architectural design firm, began developing artfully crafted, energy-efficient designs in 1983. Since then, they’ve built their reputation on translating their clients’ dreams into uniquely designed structures that sit lightly on the land upon which they are built.


The Build

With this renovation, architect Marc Sloot’s goal was to maintain the home’s original, historic beauty while conserving energy through a net-zero build. To do this, the team ripped off the existing siding in order to replace the insulation with a more efficient system. The resulting re-side needed to be both durable in harsh Minnesota winters and also match the look of the home’s original siding. SALA Architects chose LP® SmartSide® Lap Siding and LP® SmartSide® Trim & Fascia to preserve the home’s historic aesthetic, while assuring the advanced durability needed to resist hail and extreme weather conditions. 

“I looked around to find a good solution to preserve the traditional look that would be both durable and economical. I saw LP® SmartSide® siding products and asked the industry professionals’ opinions on it. They were all really positive in the things they had to say about them.”

The LP® SmartSide® Advantage

The homeowners, Stewart and Linda Herman, say their expectations were exceeded in reviving the original beauty of the home and increasing its livability, in part through the use of LP SmartSide siding products. Homeowner Stewart says, “What we achieved is a 100 percent traditional look. It looks like a brand new 1907 house.”

Likewise, Sloot was pleased with the result and plans to use LP SmartSide siding products on future projects. He says, “LP SmartSide siding products are nice to work with, look great, are durable, and hold the paint well.”