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October 25, 2013
Houses we love in Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, and more (Canada included).
Living room view of second story with two lofts joined by a steel bridge

On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build a place in Michigan City, Indiana, on a budget. Photo by David Robert Elliot.

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Originally appeared in Come Sail Away
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minneapolis minnesota shane coen exterior landscape architecture

Working with architect Vincent James in the late 1990s, landscape design firm Coen and Partners were charged with integrating the 8,000-square-foot Type Variant House outside of Minneapolis into the ever-changing, lush wooded surroundings.

Originally appeared in 101 Landscape Architecture
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side view two black sheds exterior

A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color.

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Originally appeared in Off the Beaten Path
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kuklinski rappe michigan weekend house rear facade

Built on a challenging hillside site and tucked behind a thicket of trees, the Bridgman, Michigan, house designed by Scott Rappe provides a modern weekend retreat for a Chicago couple. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.

Originally appeared in A Weekend Retreat in the Forest
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Exterior view of cabin home dining room

A steeply sloped site in the Wisconsin forest, plus an equally steep budget, led architect Brian Johnsen to reinvent the archetypal cabin for a sturdy vacation home. Photo by Narayan Mahon.

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Originally appeared in A Stacked Cabin for a Steep Slope
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worple house exterior floating house and sleeping cabin

On the edge of a tiny island on Lake Huron accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic. Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Originally appeared in Floating House, Lake Huron
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Wooden guest cabin rooms with ladder

On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

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Originally appeared in Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario
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Living room view of second story with two lofts joined by a steel bridge

On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build a place in Michigan City, Indiana, on a budget. Photo by David Robert Elliot.

Photo by David Robert Elliot.

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