Lodge Logic: Turning an Old Commercial Property into a Dream Retirement Home

Jack Rendulich

On the lakeshore adjacent to the Sucker River about 10 miles outside of Duluth, Beth and Jon Luikart built their retirement home where the old Sullivan's Lodge once stood. Read more


A Home with a History: Couple Finds Their Perfect Place in Washburn

Bob Berg / Lake Superior Magazine

When Martin and JoAnne Katzmarek went on a bike ride during a visit to Washburn, Wisconsin, in 2007, they weren’t looking to buy a home. But a “for sale” sign in the yard of a charming arts-and-crafts bungalow caught their eye. Read more


Building an Outdoor Room

Courtesy Lynn Wegner

Not all northerners are content to enjoy the outdoors piecemeal. In summer, they prefer to take their living space outside with covered patios and gazebos. Read more


Dream Weaver

Courtesy Copper Town Construction

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. Read more


Madeline Island Makeover

Andrea Rugg / Courtesy CF Design

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. Read more


Around the Circle This Week: Shipping Out

The shipping season begins in earnest with the opening of the Soo Locks; gearing up for construction season around the Big Lake; the first saltie arrives in Duluth, the Great Lakes' most inland port; and the Madeline Island ice road closes. Read more

Mar 29, 2013 8:00 PM Superior Notes

Building an Off-the-Grid Home

Jim Megas

The dream location that Jim and Ann Megas found for a second home had everything – except access to the power grid. So when they built their one-of-a-kind log home, the couple invested in state-of-the-art off-the-grid systems. Read more


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