Chalet-Style Cabin on Minnesota Lake

Designer and Lifestyle Blogger Completes Renovation of Chalet-Style Cabin on Minnesota Lake

Once an early 70s kit home, the Minne Stuga House is now a weekend retreat and vacation rental bathed in natural light and clad in sustainable Kebony wood

[London: 26 April 2022] Hidden away in one of Minnesota's many lakeside forests, the Minne Stuga House is surrounded by local pine and cedar trees with secluded waterfront access. Clad in sustainably sourced Kebony wood, the cabin's sharp lines, tight peaks, and sweeping roof are a dramatic addition to the forest landscape, with the wooden features and earthy tones providing a natural appearance.

Originally built in the 1970s, the A-frame cabin was renovated by Minneapolis-based designer and lifestyle blogger Melissa Coleman – The Faux Martha – alongside her husband Kevin, a child-psychologist. Renovation of the cabin was undertaken by Grand Marais-based Taiga Design+Build, who helped maintain the cabin's timeless feel, retaining 90 per cent of the original structure.

Where the original cedar siding was rotting, Taiga replaced it with Kebony, a global leader in the production of sustainable wood. The Norwegian company uses a patented technique to turn sustainably sourced softwoods into environmentally friendly Kebony wood, with hardwood-like qualities such as high durability and dimensional stability. Kebony takes on a rich brown colour that has helped preserve the original aesthetic, keeping the cabin in close harmony with the surrounding landscape. Kebony also requires very little upkeep, futureproofing the retreat for the next generation.

Within the house, the interior is lined with the original, fifty-year old western red cedar panelling, bringing the character of the forest into the home, which it marries with a radiant, welcoming warmth. Roof & Board was tapped for interior furniture, and the original roof was replaced by Taiga, adding structural insulated panels for heat and energy efficiency. Awaken Skylights were integrated to provide extra natural light, completing the cabin's 21st century transformation. With its rustic Kebony-clad exterior and homely interior, the cabin is a cosy sanctuary during Minnesota's cold winters, where it averages 12 inches of snowfall in January.

The Minne Stuga House now opens out on to a gorgeous decking area, which was built with Kebony wood and furnished with Loll Designs. From the decking it is a short path through the trees to the shore of Devil Track Lake, where guests can fish, kayak or have a quick dip. As spring turns to summer, the cabin bathes in natural light and the lakeshores become the perfect warm retreat.

The Colemans use the Minne Stuga as a periodic weekend getaway for themselves and rent it out the rest of the time as a fully appointed vacation property through

When asked why Kebony was selected for the project, Taiga Design+Build Principal Anton Moody explained: "I turned the Colemans on to Kebony, which performs better over time than cedar. It's ageing and weathering nicely."

Melissa Coleman, Owner of the Minne Stuga House commented: "We're still pinching ourselves to believe we found this place. It's our hope that our kids still have this cabin 70 years from now."

Images/Videos: Kristian Alveo
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Architect: Taiga Design+Build, led by Anton Moody

About Kebony
Kebony is a Norwegian company which aims to be the leading wood brand and technology company. Underpinned by proven wood modification technologies, it produces an enhanced wood of a superior quality that is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective.

The Kebony® technology permanently transforms sustainable wood species such as pine into Kebony wood with features that are comparable, and in some cases superior, to those of precious tropical hardwoods. This unique environmentally friendly process is also a superior alternative to traditional wood treatment based on impregnation with biocides (wood preservatives). The company's patent-protected production processes yield products that deliver major improvements in durability and dimensional stability, at the same time as being highly attractive.

The Kebony products are suitable for a multitude of applications and designs – encompassing both indoor and outdoor applications.

In October 2021, Kebony announced the closure of a EUR 30m investment round led by Jolt Capital and Lightrock.

Rhiannon Green

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