This cabin was originally built in the 1930’s using vertical logs as the framing, exterior and interior finish. The two-story addition was designed by Minneapolis Architect, David Heide, for size and proportion. The goal was to match the existing details to create a seamless addition.
The original building was raised, moved back from the bluff several feet to allow for the addition and setback requirements. It was then set onto a new frost wall with a crawl space. Replicating the log rafter tails, soffit, fascia and matching the existing hand split shingles makes the addition feel as though it was part of the original building.
Attention to detail is the most important part of creating a building that appears to have always been there. For this project, we sourced the log siding from one of our specialty mills in northern Minnesota; the windows and screens were matched to the existing windows, using the Marvin Windows program; the basswood and ash paneling was sourced from a local millwork supplier, milled and pre-finished to match the existing paneling; and, the doors were hand-built to match existing doors and paneling. The result of matching interior details was remarkable congruency with the original cabin.