Cable Lake Cabin

Steps from the shoreline of Cable Lake, this 1920s cottage needed a sensitive renovation to retain its original charm. The owner shared a Swedish heritage with architect Christine Albertsson and wanted the cabin to reflect authentic Scandinavian design — in color, proportion, and detailing, while also remaining rooted in the American Midwest. Albertsson Hansen reconstructed the cabin on a new foundation, reconfigured the floorplan, replicated the original boxcar siding, and framed the windows with custom-made white casings. For year-round lake views, one leg of the wrap-around screen porch was incorporated into the interior of the cottage, using push-out fir casements. The tiny, waters’ edge boathouse was remodeled into a small, but gracious, guest cottage.

Project Location: Cable, Wisconsin

Project Type: RemodelingRetreat HomeKitchenBathroomLiving Room

Project Team: Christine L. Albertsson, AIA, CID, NCARB, PartnerRyan Fish, AIA

Photography: Peter Bastianelli-Kerze

Of Note

New foundation and crawl space added under existing shell. Double-sided stone fireplace added for both living room and screened porch. Guest cottage features outside shower sheltered by pine grove.

"Inside and out, this disarmingly confident little red cabin and boathouse reflect an inventiveness within a framework of history, a Spartan beauty in composition, and an underlying sense of well-being." -- Lake house Living, New York Times Magazine Luxury Homes & Estates, May 2008


  • Nordic Reach Magazine | September 2009
  • Architecture Minnesota | July 2009
  • Builder's Choice Award, Builder Magazine | January 2009
  • New York Times Magazine Luxury Homes & Estates | May 2008
  • Star Tribune AIA Home of the Month Award | January 2008