#20: Renee and Alden's Elevated Wilderness Living

#20: Renee and Alden's Elevated Wilderness Living

Mar 20, 2006

Name: Renee and Alden
Location: Walkerbrook Lake (a few miles north of the Mississippi Headwaters in Minnesota.)
Size:576 Sq/ft Elevated wilderness living

Favorite resource:

Home improvement centers with discount bins. For example our fireplace surround was less than $50.00 for the materials.

What inspired you?

Our parents are well into their eighties. We had always wanted to rent a romantic secluded cabin in the woods.
We invited our parents to live in the main house and used the opportunity to make our dream a reality. The walls are leafy green and golden sand with tan earth tone ceramic floors.

But our passionate side demanded a splash of purple faux paint in the vanity area. The living room and the Jacuzzi facing the lake demand large windows for the wilderness view. The gas fireplace radiates a romantic flame and backup heat.

Design Tip:

To give a feeling of greater space use vaulted trusses which raise the ceiling with negligible increased cost. Our dividing walls did not go all the way to the ceiling. This allows the ceiling fan to circulate the air through out the entire apartment and adds to the feeling of greater space. The top edge of the wall provides a convenient storage for my wife's heels, decorative plants and indirect rope lighting. We used false beams to stabilize the dividing wall. Mirrored closet doors also help create a larger than life feel for any room.

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