Traditional architecture can evoke a sense of nostalgia a feeling that time stands still while the rest of the world speeds on relentlessly.
It is this enduring aspect of such architecture that ensures its continued appeal. But design evolves and the traditional elements are often adapted and refined to reflect a contemporary sensibility, which was precisely the case with this lakeside house in Minnesota.
Designed by architect Kurt Baum for owners Steven Streeter and Robin Wettengel, and built by Streeter Homes, the house has elements in common with Nantucket beach houses, but does not mimic the architectural tradition of any particular style.
"The house responds to the location in its own unique way, while meeting a number of conditions imposed by the site," says Baum. "And while modern functionality defines every aspect of the design, traditional materials and forms were essential for the exterior."
To this end, the house features a steeply pitched gable roofline, cedar shingles, painted shiplap siding and small-pane windows. However, builder Steven Streeter says the detail reflects a contemporary interpretation.
"The siding, for example, has a much larger, 8in reveal on each piece of wood, and there is no obvious mortar or joints in the stonework that appears around the house," he says. "And the cedar shingles are machine sawn to provide a smoother, more refined finish. The landscape also places the house in a modern setting."
Extra-solid, weathered columns and beams frame the entry to the house, providing a sense of substance and permanence. With a gabled roof tucked beneath a larger gable there is also a very welcoming, human scale to the entry.