Crane Island Retreat
Architect: Mark Nelson
Architect Firm: David Heide Design Studio
Location: Minnetrista, MN
Project Type: New Construction
For over 100 years, Crane Island has been a summer destination for a few fortunate Minnesota families who move to cooler lake communities for the season. Desiring a return to this lifestyle, owners intend to spend long summer cottage weekends there. The location affords both community & privacy with close proximity to their city house. The island is small, with only about 20 cottages, most of which were built early in the last century. The challenge to the architect was to create a new house that would look 100 years old the day it was finished.
Judges' Comments: “In keeping with the cottage tradition of the homes on this Minnesota island this “retreat” fits in perfectly. From the porch, to the second story dormers, to the stone fireplace, it has that cottage charm and an understated yet appealing architecture with bands of windows that let nature pour in to its equally charming interior.”