I love seeing small houses that are thoughtfully designed like this 860-square-foot stone “gatehouse.” It sits on what was once the site of an early 1900s campground in the woods on Lake Minnetonka and is newer than it looks at first sight.
It was designed by Murphy & Company with “a myriad of reclaimed building materials and architectural antiques to use for the construction, so this cottage feels as if it were taken right from the Loire Valley of France.”
They used reclaimed dog-eared slate roofing from a 200-year-old barn in Pennsylvania and bricks salvaged from Minneapolis. Copper rain cups hang by the front door:
They designed the masculine “great hall” with oak ceiling beams from an old barn, a rugged stone fireplace, and wood floors reclaimed from an 1880s barn in Wisconsin.
The bedroom reused old closet doors found in France:
The kitchen has a vintage butcher block table, stainless-steel counters, and wood-hinged windows:
Does Lake Minnetonka make anyone else think of Prince in Purple Rain? I caught that movie on TV again recently, and the famous “That’s not Lake Minnetonka” scene with Apollonia cracked me up. Gotta love the ’80s!