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Old and New Cabin on Upper Saint Croix Lake (Solon Springs, Wisconsin)

When I photographed this NW WI lake cabin in Solon Springs, it was like shooting two different cabins.  And it kind of was.  Let me explain….

Apparently about ten years ago its owners and their builders came up with an amazing idea for renovating and expanding it.  It was on a narrow lot, and the only way to add on was vertically.  But rather than adding a second story to the cabin that was already there, they added a new first story.  The builders lifted up the old cabin, built a new first story under it, and then gently lowered the old cabin down onto its new first floor.  I wish I could have seen that process.  It seems to go totally against the old “start at the bottom and work your way up” idea.

For more photos, just scroll on down.  And remember, no matter how different they may look, these are photos of the same cabin.


Home on Ole Lake (Barnes, WI)

This NW WI lake home near Barnes has many nice touches inside and out.  I especially enjoyed some of the current owners’ whimsical decorations, like the moose and the horse in the living room.

I wasn’t sure what this photo shoot would be like.  There was a good chance that morning might be rainy, but it turned out to be a lovely morning up at the lake.  For more, just scroll on down.



Medium House in the Big Woods (Solon Springs, Wisconsin)

Last week I enjoyed photographing this remodeled farm house with 318 acres that include a little hay and a lot of woods.  This was one case where drone photos were especially helpful.  Until the other day, I’d always assumed that most of the land visibly in this first photo was low and marshy, like the patch in the foreground that has a designated trout stream running through it.  That’s what’s most visible from the road.  But it turns out that most of these woods are high and dry.   That’s also the case with the tillable land that’s currently planted in hay.  The rest of those big woods are producing trees and deer.  Oh.  And the house itself is not bad, either.   For more, just scroll on down.


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