A Welcoming Lake Cabin With a View

Tearing down walls while keeping the memories
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: March 18, 2014
Minnesota lake cabin renovation exterior
Photo by Troy Thies
John and Susan Swift purchased a cabin on a pristine northwestern Minnesota lake in the early 1980s. They were incredibly grateful for their cabin, to be sure, but it had some issues. John says it was like an old farmhouse, with “walls everywhere.”

So what happened? The walls, window and door that divided the kitchen from the living room were torn down. And to open the lake view up, the walls separating the living room and enclosed porch came down too. The results were stunning.
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