A Minnesota Lake House Built on Legend

  • 2018-05-25
  • The New York Times

As a child, Ellen Moses spent summers at her family’s 1930s lake house in Detroit Lakes, Minn., where her father used to tell her a story about how the home was built on top of tree stumps.

The stumps and animals would have to go, she realized, to make way for a proper foundation. Although the project began with some seemingly simple objectives — renovate the kitchen of the 2,800-square-foot main house and refresh the 800-square-foot guesthouse, a converted garage that had developed a mold problem — it soon evolved into a full-blown gut renovation of both structures.

We really love the place and have such a lot of fun there,” said Ms. O’Dea, who works in educational content development at the College Board in New York City.

“We were trying to think about how we could spend more time there,” she continued, by creating more comfortable living spaces for everyone, as well as separate quarters that would allow her to work remotely.