Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence Over 10,000 Square Feet – First Place –

Firm: Bruce Kading Interior Design
Designer(s): Bruce Kading, ASID, Lindy Luopa, Allied ASID, Eric Kaufmann, Allied ASID, and Team
Project Name: Northwoods Hunting Lodge Whole House

Project Statement

When a young man acquired a 15-year old log home in a sorry state of disrepair from an aunt, he commissioned the interior designer to bring it back to life and create a gathering place for hunting weekends and special family occasions. The 10,000 sq. ft. log structure had sat empty for nearly eight years, so the designer collaborated with the builder to lead the renovation project, which took two years. The first order of business was to resolve extensive structural damage, replace the roof, remove mold and rotting wood and install new plumbing.

Design challenges included an awkward circa-1995 space plan, layers of dated golden lacquer on every interior surface, outdated bathrooms and the piece de resistance—a hunter green kitchen embellished with bronze fairy designs. Inspired by grand, circa-1920s Adirondack hunting camps, the designer reworked the interior floor plan to reflect the client’s gutsy, youthful style and accommodate his love of entertaining.

Design solutions included creating two master suites, guest rooms, a great room and a large functional kitchen and breakfast room. A game room was transformed into a ventilated cigar room with an antique bar and walk-in humidor. To give the house a fresh, masculine sensibility, hundreds of pine logs on the walls and ceiling were buffed and polished to remove the discolored finish. To create a dynamic visual contrast, doors were re-stained in dark walnut and yellow pine floors were replaced with dark reclaimed oak planks and natural stone tiles. Guided by the client’s down-to-earth sensibility, the designer repurposed existing leaded glass doors, relocated a Bavarian-style bar and redesigned the cabinetry.

Recalling the beauty and quality of pre-WWII craftsmanship, the designer added handcrafted details throughout the house including gutsy timber fireplace mantels with iron collars and custom wrought iron railings with bow and arrow detailing and dark wood caps. To give the house a relaxed, welcoming ambiance, the designer finished the rooms with antiques, colorful art and comfortable custom furnishings upholstered in leather, tartan and other timeless fabrics.