Northwoods Trail



This lake home design is a balance of traditional cabin elements and rustic materials, combined with modern construction strategies and home automation technology.  The home was designed as a large family retreat and arranged around a core space consisting of a large great room, dining, and kitchen.  The core is flanked front and back with screened porches that run the length of the house.  The home includes several bedrooms as well as a bunk house in the second floor loft area.  A second floor porch with a stone fireplace take full advantage of the lake views.  In the basement, a wine tasting room and card playing/hangout space creates a more intimate retreat.


Reclaimed barn siding used as a rain screen accomplishes the aesthetic of a well worn, aged building.  Structural insulated panels were used at the roof to maximize interior volume and minimize thermal bridging.  The doug fir rafter tails and thin roof edges disguise the thickness of the SIP panels.  Wide-pan standing seamed metal roofing evens out the heavy texture of the wood siding, while the stone veneer grounds the building.  Pine logs harvested on site were used throughout the building, in trusses, beams, stair treads, and interior wood wall boards.


The use of board-formed concrete throughout the foundation and site walls introduces texture and warmth to a traditionally industrial material.  The lower and first flooring material also use exposed concrete, dyed and polished to suggest a terrazzo texture.  The first floor is built on precast concrete planks and incorporates in-floor radiant heat throughout to maximize the thermal conductivity of the concrete.


Raw steel elements are left exposed at various points of the home, including structural beams and custom fabricated metal staircases.  Construction was completed September 2018.



Completed Fall 2018


6,000 square feet


Wautoma, Wisconsin


Yvette Kindschi


Aldo Partners LLC