An old cabin was in desperate need of major renovation and updating. Amongst a few were a new roof, siding/paint and new windows. The cabin originally built by one of the owner's father, represented much more than just bricks and mortars. Besides the sentimental values, the house was grandfathered in to its location and its proximity to the lake with great views and access to the Lake. The cabin however was determined not to be a good candidate for any meaningful remodeling or renovation. Once the architectect was involved and evaluated the structure, there were quite a number of factors observed that confirmed that conclusion. There were a number of issues and concerns of fundamental nature, most importantly the inefficient design layout and use of space, beside the overall need for complete renovation of exterior and remodeling of the interior spaces.

The new design program was to plan for a new cabin on top of the existing footprint, in order to maintain its original location. Any new structure would have to had moved away from the lake for at least 30 feet, diminishing the lake views.

The existing cabin also included certain feature, nook and crannies the owners liked to recapture. They told us about a corner of the porch that faced the lake, which was added on a later date, is their favorite spot to view the Lake and relax. This same exact spot was included in the new design called "The View Nook", with windows on two sides, to capture the west views afternoon sunlight. We also suggested ideas like a sleeping Loft, as a bonus space for those occasions when you have the extended family over. 

The design then was predicated on main living spaces with open floor plan to see the expansive view from anywhere in the cabin. The Master suite addition, was designed on the same floor with easy access. The main floor included a laundry room in addition to a powder bath and kitchen with center island and walk-in pantry. An exterior stair was planned to connect the main floor with the patio below.

The basement walkout floor included two bedrooms, Family room with a bar, screen porch below the one above, Lake access bathroom and plenty of storage. 


A New Cabin


Spring Lake, MN


4951 W 77th Street

Suite #17
Edina, MN 55435


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Cabin Rebirth

Spring Lake, MN