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A Beloved Summer Retreat Becomes a Retirement Dream Home

For 30 years, a small cabin on the shores of Lake Roesiger in Washington State was a beloved summer retreat for the Wood family. When the couple retired, they decided to make it a permanent home. Their goal was to keep the old cabin charm with modern amenities and better energy efficiency.

waterfront cabin rendering

A rendering of the waterfront cabin viewed from the lake.

Elevations and floor plans for the new cabin, designed to fit on the existing foundation of the former home.

Lindal Cedar Homes Review: A Waterfront Cabin Custom Design

The Woods wanted a custom design suited to their favorite activities and lifestyle needs. Among their must-haves: A master suite on the ground floor, an outdoor fire pit on the deck, and plenty of wall space to house an eclectic art collection accumulated over many decades.

Architectural home designer Sakshi Uomoto of Seattle Cedar Homes (a corporately owned dealership for Lindal Cedar Homes) was pleased to take on this project.

 Quality and Experience

“We chose Lindal following discussions with knowledgeable members in the building community,” said homeowner Richard Wood. “Additionally, Lindal has been a [Pacific] Northwest presence for as long as I can remember, with a reputation of providing a top-of-the-line product.”

The existing foundation upon which the new home is to be built.

Designing for Zoning Laws and Building Restrictions

One primary restriction set Sakshi’s design parameters from the start: In order to maintain its waterfront location, the new structure had to be built on the existing foundation of the old home; a 24’ x 24’ square.

 A rendering of the view from the upper floor loft.

Sakshi designed a simple waterfront cabin with warm wood tones that blends into its surroundings. The walls, ceiling and soffits are pine, and the exterior is clad in black stained cedar.  A colored railing on the stairs and a bright kitchen add splashes of color in contrast to the home’s exterior.

The Lindal Cedar Homes exterior materials were delivered to the site by truck.

“We love the design,” said Wood. “Sakshi has been wonderful to work with. I would be comfortable in recommending Lindal unequivocally.”

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