The Boathouse









Perched over the waters on century old concrete piers, this boathouse underwent a complete renovation both inside and out. A winding stone path down a lush hill leads you to the main door – crossing a short bridge over a drainage moat as you enter. The owners were fond of two historic east coast architectural styles, and the exterior and interiors were a melding of both. The exterior is based on Shingle Style, with diamond and scallop shaped shingles lacing the mid walls, and a sweeping radius completing the lower walls. The interiors were taken in the Adirondack style, with casual rustic simplicity.

A small, renovated cabin home in The Upper Midwest. Designed by Murphy & Co. Design.

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  • Reply Jane October 28, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Awesome small house, I just love it!

  • Reply Danielle T October 29, 2015 at 12:43 am

    I love it!

  • Reply Mjo October 29, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Wow factor!

  • Reply Richard Bryant November 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Great remodel and wonderful details to protect against snow and rain damage. The sun room / screen porch is just about perfect.
    A little too much wood for my taste, but that is part of the Scandinavian design / construction ethic of the North Woods region. I doubt the shingle siding is original, but it is a great solution for dealing with log walls.

    The stone steps are great. But the post light was an unfortunate choice and a bit out of character with the overall design of the house. A Craftsman-style post light would have been far better for this cabin.


  • Reply Pat November 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Wish the square footage had been included!

  • Reply Lisa E. November 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Beautiful conversion; many nice appointments.

  • Reply Krista O'Brien November 4, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Stunning! This is absolutely wonderful! The location, the workmanship, furnishings….. EVERYTHING!

  • Reply Peggy S. January 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I love this place, but am concerned that many of your houses, including this one, never show the bathroom(s). Once you get to a certain age, there are things that are a must and make a place considerably more appealing. Is it my obsession? Perhaps. I would enjoy the design and every aspect much more if you included what I feel is one of the most important rooms in the house!

  • Reply Anna February 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Lovely, comfy, but where are the bedroom and bathroom?
    I’m always a bit surprised when these rooms are left out of the photo arrray!

  • Reply Meeow February 17, 2016 at 7:06 am


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