Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence 1,000-2,499 Square Feet – First Place –
Firm: Albertsson Hansen Architecture, LTD
Designer(s): Christine Albertson, ASID
Project Name: Lake Retreat
A family who had long vacationed on a northern Minnesota lake in a simple rustic cabin, purchased a cinder block structure on a tight lot nearby to create more space for their growing family. With five adult children and many grandchildren, they needed four bedrooms with ample sleeping spaces for multiple family groups yet didn’t want to build a huge lodge. The goal was cabin charm, nestled into the hills, as close to the water as possible. A variance was applied for and granted to rebuild the existing cabin a few feet further from the shore, while not destroying the natural bluff.
The efficient footprint of the cabin helped to preserve as much of the existing site as possible. Small scale rooms and generous windows put the living spaces close to the glass, creating a feeling of being within nature. A built-in bench with a table for ten overlooks the screened in porch on the side of the house, allowing the living room to be unobstructed on the lakeside. An efficient master bedroom suite with small windows set high on the wall bring in natural light without compromising privacy. Upstairs are three bedrooms, including a magical bunkroom and a bathroom all organized around a central stair that brings you up towards serene views of the lake. Large windows in each bedroom are positioned to take advantage of different views of the lake. While each bed in the bunkroom is its own special room with its own window. The dark exterior allows the house to recess into the surrounding landscape.