Maud Lake Marvel

by Jackie Jenson | Photography by Henry Hempel

On a winding road framed by tall swaying trees and glistening lake views, sits the distinctive lake home of Dave and Mary Morinville. Situated on a gently sloping lot on the sunset side of Maud Lake in Becker County, the Morinville abode is more than a weekend getaway, says its owner. It is a family retreat with generational roots.

“My family has been coming to this spot for more than 80 years. My grandfather bought the original lot back in 1932,” explains Dave Morinville.

Once an adjoining 50-foot lot was added, a plan for a new home came sharply into focus, says the Morinville’s and with the help of bhh Partners, Planners/Architects, their lake home dreams soon became reality.

Quartz countertops and barn wood floors warm the kitchen filled with all life’s modern necessities.

“When we decided to build, we needed a little more space. We bought the lot next door and found a way to have the cabins removed for a nominal cost,” explains Mary Morinville. Having previously built two homes, the Morinville’s were looking to do something a little bit different with this house. Tapping Tomlinson & Sons for their construction needs and daughter/designer Sara Kiedrowski to add cohesive design touches, soon everything began to take shape.

“We wanted to create a home, not a showplace,” offers Mary.

“We wanted a place for our kids and their families to hang out,” shares Dave Morinville. “Sara helped capture the look we were hoping to achieve.”

Next up though, the entire team would need to work together.

“I recognized we were in great hands after Dana Tomlinson took me aside to show me some of Sara’s 3D cupboard renderings which he said were fantastic,” relays Dave Morinville. “At this point, I knew everything would work out.”

Taking their daughter’s design suggestions to heart, the Morinville’s were able to accomplish one of their major goals with their home build: infuse as much of an old cabin character as they could into their newly enlarged dream home.

The open plan of the main living spaces keep light flowing through the home while beams, posts and a change in color denote a separation of the rooms.
The open plan of the main living spaces keep light flowing through the home
while beams, posts and a change in color denote a separation of the rooms.

Filled with numerous modern finishes such as quartz kitchen countertops, reclaimed tobacco barn woods floors, and master bath with tile flooring and in-floor heating, the true charm of the Morinville’s Maud Lake home is its many nods to its nostalgic past ─ starting with how it sits on the lot. This serene lake home has been crafted to look like it has been placed on its perch for decades.

“It was important for the house to look like it belonged here,” shares Sara. “We did not want it to look out of place, like a house you’d find on a city block or the Florida beach.”

The Morinvilles achieved the home’s vintage exterior look via earth tone color palette and a craftsman style combination of siding materials including horizontal lap, shingle siding and timeless timber accents, notes bhh architect Tony Stoll. The floor plan itself also played a big role in recreating the past. Meeting all their wish list criteria while utilizing the shallow lot where the house would ultimately sit actually provided a unique design “bend or break”, notes Stoll thus adding interest to their roadside roost.

Preserving memories all the while creating a place for new ones was a must for the building project. In addition to the home’s classic exterior look, the Morinville residence is filled with numerous black and white photos, each capturing a timeless family memory that occurred at the lake

“It was important for the house to look like it belonged here.” — Sara Kiedrowski

Keeping history alive at the lake, though, was a truly serious concern for the Morinvilles, Sara notes. For instance, they included elements from their old cabin sun room.

“We incorporated knotty pine paneling and used salvaged stone for the fireplace surround from the stone that was recovered on the property when the old cabins were removed,” describes Sara. “We even had the sun room screen door set to slam just like our old one did. That is how serious we were about keeping things reminiscent of the old cabin.”

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