A Special Place in Every Season

Filed in Feature Homes by on December 6, 2013

The Methven family lake home on Lac Courte Oreilles near Hayward, Wis., is full of fun year round thanks to its carefully chosen design and layout. The cozy lodge feel, functional furniture and accessories, and lots of space make this an extra special place for the tight-knit family to enjoy in every season.

The Methven family lake home on Lac Courte Oreilles near Hayward, Wis., is full of fun year round thanks to its carefully chosen design and layout. The cozy lodge feel, functional furniture and accessories, and lots of space make this an extra special place for the tight-knit family to enjoy in every season.

The story of the Methven lodge began many years ago when the couple was till sharing a family owned lake home in Minnesota with relatives. Peter and Claudia Methven always loved going to the family cabin, but once their three children were older, they decided it was time to look for their own slice of rustic paradise. Their goal was to find a place with low elevation and clear water, and within a reasonable distance of their home in Mora, in east central Minnesota.

The Methvens spent five years building the years designing the home with Tony and a little over a year building with Ken.

The Methvens spent five years building the years designing the home with Tony and a little over a year building with Ken.

By 1998, the Methvens had been searching for their perfect lake home for nearly three years when they finally decided on the Hayward area, a location they had visited many times and even played golf at years ago when they were dating. To find their property, they scoured the area by land and water – in winter searching for property on snowmobiles and in the summer on their jets skis to get views of available properties via the water.

While out with their Realtor one day, they were intrigued by property down the road from the home they were scheduled to see. It wasn’t their Realtor’s listing so they could only take a peek, but Claudia just knew “this was it.” The Methvens’ research revealed it was formerly the beach for the YMCA camp.

With its 226 feet of sandy beach, five acres of land and low elevation, it was just what Peter and Claudia were looking for. “What sold us was the land itself,” says Claudia. “Unfortunately, the house wasn’t much to speak of.”

About the moose head in the great room, Claudia remarks, "I had one in my childhood lake cabin, so I just had to have another one."

About the moose head in the great room, Claudia remarks, “I had one in my childhood lake cabin, so I just had to have another one.”

The existing house had been built as economically as possible and didn’t have the feel, style or size the couple wanted. But charmed by the property’s history, scenery and location, they purchased it with plans to just remodel the existing home. They lived there for 10 years before fulfilling their dream of building a lake lodge with enough room to accommodate their growing family.

To achieve Claudia’s vision of an open, comfortable , family-style lake lodge, the Methvens turned to designer/builder Tony Nasvik of Mark Anthony Homes and Mark Anthony Design Group. The Methvens’ daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Mike, were actually looking to build a new home, too, and had been in one of Tony’s houses during a Parade of Homes fall tour. They instantly fell in love with his design and suggested her parents use him to build their new lake home.

Peter and Claudia had their hearts set on building with Tony but, since he was a Minnesota builder and their property was in Wisconsin, financially and logistically it wasn’t going to work. Instead, Tony recommended Ken LaCoy of Ken LaCoy Construction, Inc., to carry out the building process. Ken is based out of Hayward, and had worked on several projects with Tony as the designer, impressing Tony with the quality and integrity of his work.

Utilizing dark finishes and natural elements helps to complete the cozy lodge feel of the home.

Utilizing dark finishes and natural elements helps to complete the cozy lodge feel of the home.

The Methvens spent the next five years designing the home with Tony and a little over a year building with Ken, but during that time, the Methvens built something more than a beautiful new lodge for their family to enjoy: They built great relationships with Tony and Ken.

“Tony and Ken’s attention to detail in phenomenal,” Claudia says. “It’s fun to watch them because they can take any room and make your ideas come alive.”

The home boasts five bedrooms plus the “kids zone” complete with bunk and trundle beds which can sleep 12. To give the rooms the signature “lodge” style, Claudia loaded up on cozy furniture and incorporated as many natural elements as possible, including bowed logs built into the walls of the guest suite.

The one-of-a-kind pool table is made from ash wood found in a Montana forest fire.

The one-of-a-kind pool table is made from ash wood found in a Montana forest fire.

“Ken and his building team literally went into the woods to find these nearly identical logs. they did the bark striping, kiln firing, etc., all themselves,” says Claudia. “Their quality, craftsmanship and work ethic are unmatched.”

To furnish the home, the Methvens headed to Slumberland in Hayward. “It’s not your typical Slumberland,” explains Claudia. “They have their own vendors, so their products are incredibly eclectic.” Peter and Claudia ended up purchasing more than 90 percent of their furniture at the store, including the moose head that hangs above the fireplace.

“We like to tell people we bagged it at Slumberland,” Claudia jokes. “We bought the moose head a year before we even started building. I had one in my childhood cabin, so I just had to have another one. Our grandkids call this one Bullwinkle.”

Another item the Methvens bought beforehand is the one-of-a-kind pool table they found at the Lake Home and Cabin Show a few years ago. The table is the centerpiece in their game room – one of the family’s favorite hangouts – and is made from ash wood found in a Montana forest fire.

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“At the lake its all about outdoor living,” says Claudia.

The Methvens also love to spend time outside of the lodge. “At the lake it’s all about outdoor living,” says Claudia, so they designed an “outside bathroom” at the end of the house by the garage. This way the grandkids are able to use the hot and cold water garden hoses on the outside to rinse off and have easy access to the garage sink, toilet and shower after a long day of playing at the beach.

Peter, Claudia, their children and grandchildren spend as much time as possible at the family lodge. They enjoy grilling and entertaining on the deck, playing in the water, taking walks in the woods and golfing at the nearby Hayward Golf Club. To Peter and Claudia, the breathtaking views, plus the functional design, equal a warm, happy lake home for their entire family to enjoy year round.

by Marianna Taves, a writer from Minneapolis | Images by Landmark Photography

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