Kathy L.T. Kahlstorf

How a Back-to-Basics Farmer Fits Comfortably into Her Tiny House

Heather-Marie Bloom has joined an intriguing movement that celebrates condensed living and a basics-only lifestyle. Called microhouses or tiny homes, these structures range from 100 to 400 square feet. more »

Jun 1, 2015 12:00 AM Homes

A Freighter View for Two

Cyndi Perkins

A Freighter View for Two

Like many, Greg and Denise Maronen wanted to live by the Lake. They stuck to the dream over the years and finally made a home on the Keweenaw Peninsula into a reality. They named it Freighter View. more »

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Homes

Fractional Ownership: Buying into a Shared Getaway

Courtesy Larsmont Cottages on Lake Superior

Fractional Ownership: Buying into a Shared Getaway

Fractional ownership is a fast-growing sector of the vacation home market. Unlike a timeshare, which buys only use of a place, fractional ownership means buying an actual structure. Owners can sell their share or leave it in their will. more »

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Homes

Dream Weaver

Courtesy Copper Town Construction

How to Create A Dream Home Without Nightmares

You might say that Jeff Twardzik is a special kind of magician. He turns back-of-napkin sketches and ideas into dream homes, newly constructed or freshly remodeled. Jeff has six solid tips for those planning home remodels or constructions. more »

Dec 1, 2014 12:00 AM Homes

Madeline Island Makeover

Andrea Rugg / Courtesy CF Design

Transforming a Madeline Island Cottage into a Year-Round Home

Judy and Pat Sebranek enjoyed summers at their Madeline Island cottage for years, but after they retired, the island became their full-time home. For year-round living, their cottage needed a makeover. more »

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Homes

New Beginnings in the Old Neighborhood

Courtesy Lynn Wegner

For One Park Pointer, New Beginnings in the Old Neighborhood

Lynn Wegner grew up on Park Point, that long sandy peninsula in Duluth. After more than 30 years away, he returned to build his retirement home. more »

Aug 26, 2014 4:31 PM Homes

Outside In

Molly Hoeg

Outside In: A Lutsen Home Inspired by the North Woods

Big Lake and Great North Woods inspirations abound in the decorating details and atmosphere that make this home comfortable and unique. The living room takes advantage of the outside décor, with 30-foot windows that open onto a Lake Superior vista. more »

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Homes

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. more »

Jun 24, 2014 10:37 AM Homes

Gather Around the Table

Claire Duquette

Gather Around the Table: Transforming a 1947 Home's Kitchen

Built as a second home for a Chicago-area politician, Chris Lindsey's ranch-style yellow brick house was one of the first built on the lakeshore north of Washburn. While there was much to love, there were some things that always bothered her. more »

Jun 1, 2014 12:00 AM Homes

Building Hoeg H'Arbor

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 11:49 AM Homes


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 10:30 AM Homes 3 Comments

Net House to Playhouse

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 8:47 AM Homes

Buying by the (Frontage) Foot

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 11:02 AM Homes 1 Comments


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 9:42 AM Homes


Lesley DuTemple

Homes by the Cord

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

Sep 19, 2012 9:19 AM Homes

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