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Our client from Bold Orange approached us about a cabin project she and her husband had in the works. They worked with another architect for over a year, and the result wasn't aligning with their vision. They spent years enjoying their humble cabin on Johnson Lake in Burnett County, WI, but space was becoming too tight for their big family gatherings. So we scrapped the previous design and started over. A large addition was consolidated on the south side of the existing structure with smaller interventions on the other aspects of the cabin including a new lake level entry designed for wet and sandy revelers. A large butterfly roof slides away from the structure towards the lake. The voluminous three season porch is separated from the conditioned area by two 10' tall multi-slide glass doors blurring the boundary between indoor and outdoor. A new kitchen, guest room and bath sit below the compressed areas of the roof creating a more intimate human scale. Douglas Fir columns and beams recall the verticality of ubiquitous white pines on the site. Overall, the design is an honest expression of structure and materials in reverence of the magnificent site.


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Margaret and Stephen Olin
3,500 SF
Danbury, WI
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