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The existing home was originally a log cabin that had a couple of additions put on over the years. The desire was for more living space arranged in a functional and efficient manner. There were also a couple of key requirements for the new design. First was that since the house is a lakefront property, the exterior design was to fit the aesthetic that had been long established in the community. Second was that the interior of the existing home prominently displayed its log cabin structure including a living room with a delicate vaulted ceiling. This interior character needed to be maintained.

The facades of the lake end of the house are maintained with some interior modifications to the existing space. The addition towards the street side includes a master bedroom suite with bathroom and closet, an expansion to the kitchen area, and storage space. A new covered entry porch faces the street. The upper level of the addition tucks under the new roof and uses dormers to create a loft space with a second bedroom and hallway bathroom.

Besides the aesthetics of the design, careful attention is required for connecting the new modern structure to the older log cabin structure. The two are intimately connected, and the structure required to make this seamlessly happen is somewhat atypical of what otherwise seems like a straightforward expansion.