THE MAIN CABIN SLOWLY COMES TOGETHER
The design called for 1,200 square feet on the main floor plus a 560-square-foot loft. The cabin came together slowly over the next year or so, becoming more and more livable along the way.
Meanwhile, the Portugues focused on saving funds for the finishing touches.
Next, Rodericks crew built a 368-square-foot deck overlooking the lake; two years later, they added a deck/walkway to the main entry on the opposite side of the cabin. All Day Builders based in Ely installed a large flagstone patio with a grill area, fire pit, and outdoor shower between the decks. The lakeside deck has a heft)’ high-top outdoor dining table with great sightlines to die lake plus a cozy outdoor seating area for dining, reading a magazine, or enjoying a chat.
A REAL KITCHEN AND BATHROOM-AT LAST!
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The span of two years brought the final comforts of home to the main cabin: a real kitchen to replace the temporary one, a septic system and a bathroom, along with a well, washer/dryer, and dishwasher.
For the kitchen and bath, Kristi called on her sister Carol Johnson, a designer for AB&K Remodeling in Milwaukee. The result was the culmination of years of planning that had started in 2006. “We worked slowly on die plan, meeting over a few summers with sample options and potential cabinet layouts. Then we utilized technology to send ideas and plans back and forth since we live about 400 miles from each other,” says Johnson.
The kitchen features sleek red cabinets with a black glaze. “This choice contrasts nicely with the warm log walls and ceiling, explains Johnson. The couple opted for maintenance-free high-definition laminate countertops. A glass-and-stone mosaic tiled wall lends sparkle.
Instead of a tub in the small bathroom, the Portugues decided on a large tiled shower. The slate-look tile floor and shower surround offset warm cherry cabinetry, designed to maximize storage.