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Chateau Madeleine

Kendra Mack

Inside Chateau Madeleine, a 1913 Island Manor

The white slatted porch swing has creaked on the green-painted porch of Coole Park Manor since 1913, when the Hull family from Kansas City built the five-bedroom Adirondack-style “cottage” on a Madeline Island bluff.

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Positioned atop a heavily wooded hill, the Hoeg home takes advantage of large banks of windows, these revealing the interior great room as seen from beside the covered patio and the woods adjacent to the city park. Cross-country ski trails start near the home.

Andrea Rugg / Andrea Rugg Photography

Building Hoeg H'Arbor

We had often dreamed of living right on the Lake Superior shore. But the wooded lot so suited our active outdoor lifestyle that we realized this was something even better than our original dream. "Arbor" became more desirable than "harbor." more »

Mar 21, 2014 Homes

Mary and Paul von Goertz saved an aging net house on their property near Lake Superior by retaining much of the outside character while remaking the interior as a place to please their six grandchildren and their friends.

Jack Rendulich

Net House to Playhouse

Mary and Paul von Goertz transformed an aging net house on their property near Lake Superior into a playhouse for their six grandchildren and their friends, while retaining much of the exterior's original character. more »

Jul 31, 2013 Homes

This impressive log house near Copper Harbor is home to Ruth and Ole Van Goor and can be your home away from home, too, since it is also Dapple-Gray Bed & Breakfast.

Courtesy Dapple-Gray Bed & Breakfast and Dapple-Gray Antiques

Inside the Dapple-Gray Bed & Breakfast

Ruth and Ole Van Goor created the splendid Dapple-Gray Bed & Breakfast at their impressive log home just west of Copper Harbor. Today, the thriving enterprise provides Ruth and Ole with a dream home and the means to live in paradise. more »

Aug 7, 2013 Homes (2 Comments)

The view of the ledge rock, facing west away from the Grand Marais Harbor, at Mike and Francine Martin’s newly purchased dream property in Minnesota.

Mike and Francine Martin

Buying by the (Frontage) Foot

Our survey of real estate agents around Lake Superior in early 2013 reveals that market activity eventually dropped significantly after the bursting of the housing bubble. Realtors say the Big Lake is affordable again. more »

May 29, 2013 Homes (1 Comments)

The natural wood on the exterior of Tom and Nicole Wolfe’s home nestles comfortably into the Wisconsin north woods.

Troy Thies

Born of a Barn

When Tom and Nicole Wolfe decided to build their dream getaway lodge on the south shore of Lake Superior, they knew they had to think big. They figured they’d need a place the size of a barn to fit the extended family. So that’s what they built. more »

Feb 13, 2013 Homes

At first glance, Johanna Marie Davis’ beautiful Copper Harbor, Michigan, home looks like it’s made of stone. It’s actually cordwood – yup, the same as from your woodpile.

Lesley DuTemple

Homes by the Cord

Recently a traditional wood construction method has been enjoying a comeback. more »

Sep 19, 2012 Homes

Local Builders Lend a Helping Hand

A 20-year Navy veteran, Lyle Berg didn’t have the means to make much-needed repairs to his West Duluth home, putting the 74-year-old’s homeowner’s insurance – and peace of mind – at risk. more »

Sep 13, 2012 Homes

Unfriendly Waters . . . and Other Dangers for the Northern Home

As the Lake Superior region enters winter, now is a great time to review what coverage you have on your home before it – and you – become victims of any ice storms, heavy snow damage or spring flooding that may arrive. more »

Aug 17, 2010 Homes

Jack Rendulich

10 Tips From a Kitchen Expert

Here are a few kitchen design ideas from Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer Rebecca Lindquist. more »

Mar 8, 2007 Homes

Michele and Clayton Oslund

Hosting Hostas

Hostas, the trendy but tough perennials, may well be the best friends that gardeners – with or without green thumbs – can find for the Lake Superior region. more »

Jul 9, 2003 Homes

Flush With Ideas

Septic systems can create challenges for lake basin homes. more »

May 6, 2004 Homes

Jack Rendulich

Finding a Better Beat in the Heart of the Home

A kitchen makeover by Rebecca Lindquist of Lindquist and Company, Kitchens and Baths has a major impact on one Duluth family. more »

Aug 17, 2010 Homes

7 chickens, 2 dogs & 485,000 worms: The Literary Life of a Green ‘Heloise’

"Green" housekeeping expert Ellen Sandbeck cares deeply about the effects of household chemicals on the environment, water and wildlife. more »

Nov 6, 2007 Homes

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