From outdated to optimal: TAP reimagines a dark, drafty cabin into a bright, modern lake home.

The original cabin was outdated and didn’t meet the needs of the current owners. TAP’s approach to the project was to pay homage to the past while introducing complementary modern details.


Like so many cabins built decades ago, the original structure had small windows and minimal insulation. Built without a basement, the structure didn’t provide enough living space for the needs of the owners’ extended family.


To create more living space, the cabin was carefully lifted to enable the creation of a new walk-out basement.


Once lifted, the larger lake home quickly took shape. Floor-to-ceiling windows and doors were installed in the main living spaces to maximize views and connect the interior to the exterior.


The completed home feels modern yet appropriate for its setting. The exterior features two sixteen-feet wide French sliding doors, prefinished metal exterior cladding, and wrap-around decking. By reframing over the existing roof, we were able to achieve insulation requirements for energy efficiency

A cable rail system installed on both the outside and inside of the home maximizes uninhibited views of the lake, and emphasizes the connection between the indoors and outdoors.

Additional interior features include board and batten walls, timber frame floors and ceilings, and clearstory windows in the stairwell.

The end result is a stunning light-filled space that embraces the past while moving into the future, celebrating the expansive lake views and providing an inviting space for family memories.