Bay Lake Lodge

This historic 1930s lodge on a private peninsula needed a complete restoration: the casements had been chewed from within by trapped squirrels, snow blew in through gaps between the logs, and there was 15 inches of water in the basement. The client’s goals were to preserve the character of the lodge, modernize the layout, improve the natural lighting, and create an effective building envelope. To bring in more natural light and improve lake views, Albertsson Hansen added a large dormer and several new windows, each replicated by a custom millwork company to match the original 1930s window in every detail.

Project Location: Bay Lake, Minnesota

Project Type: New ConstructionAdditionRemodelingRetreat HomeKitchenBathroomLiving Room

Project Team: Christine L. Albertsson, AIA, CID, NCARB, PartnerSonya Carel,

Photography: Scott Amundson

Of Note

New kitchen inserted into existing space of two tiny bedrooms and a bath. Structure for new dormer concealed in depth of new roof insulation, keeping original ceiling intact. Guesthouse moved 25 feet back and aligned with main lodge to improve compliance with zoning.

"I'm so happy we were able to restore the cabin, not just for us, but for the entire lake community. It has such an important place in the history of the lake." -- owner


  • Dream Home Showcase | September 2013
  • Minnesota Dream Homes | August 2007
  • Country's Best Cabins | August 2007
  • Log Home Design Magazine | July 2006
  • RAVE Award - AIA Mpls/St.Paul | July 2005
  • Minneapolis/ St. Paul Magazine | March 2005
  • AIA Minnesota/ Minneapolis Star Tribune | March 2004
  • Star Tribune AIA Home of the Month Award | March 2004