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1. Porch

2. Cabin

3. Deck

4. Outdoor shower

5. Bath

One enters from the south via an enclosed porch running the width of the cabin. This entry sequence provides a thoughtful transition between arriving and settling inside.

disassembled, moved on a flat-bed truck, and reconstructed on-site, supported by two steel beams on two concrete caissons. "The level of craftsmanship and detail is second to none," says the husband, referring to the work of his builders, Jaan Poldaas and the Dressler Brothers, who are mill-workers by trade.

Made with cedar windows, doors, and cladding, with birch-plywood panels for the interior floors, back wall, ceiling, and built-ins, the cabin was sited to orient the bed toward the summer sunset. You enter from the south via an enclosed porch running the width of the 15-by-18-foot, one-room shed. A nod to the mudrooms typical of the country houses of a bygone era, the porch is a thoughtful transition between arriving from the outside and stretching out on the bed to bask in the vista.

"Lie down and check out the view," offers the wife. The left side of the window displays peek-a-boo glimpses, due to the narrow horizontal slats. On the right, a large span of open glass provides the full frontal view to the lake and beyond. Regular sights include migrating geese skidding on water in the fall and coyotes striding on ice in winter. Functioning year-round, the cabin is heated by a wood-burning stove and a small backup electric heater.

An outside shower deck positioned with just enough privacy yet

One enters from the south via an enclosed porch running the width of the cabin. This entry sequence provides a thoughtful transition between arriving and settling inside.

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