Archive for June, 2018

Stone Mural Magic

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Welcome to summer, the most magical time of year along the North Shore. We like to think of long days, sunny skies, warm breezes, and being outside. But summer magic also includes misty mornings, foggy days, and chilly evenings. Those are times when nothing could be better than sitting next to a crackling fire, warming toes, nose, and heart, at the hearth.

Stone Stone Mural Magic at the heart of this North Shore retreat

The stunning stone mural invites you to pull up a chair.

This spectacular custom stone mural is at the heart of the North Shore retreat we finished out. We invite you to pull up a chair.  Take a look at the scenery created to bring the magic of the outdoors inside, into the heart of this cozy retreat.

Stained Glass in Stone

Stone artisan, Larry Beaumont, of Beaumont Stoneworks in Duluth, created this beautiful mural. Think stained glass in stone. Beaumont uses a combination of stone, glass and tile for a full range of colors and textures.

About his process, Beaumont states, "I always start with a sketch (okay, several). Then I select each piece and color from a wide variety of stones and glass. I cut thin veneers of varying thickness, depending on the 3D effect I’m trying to achieve."

Beaumont uses a computerized water jet cutter to cut the individual "puzzle pieces".

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Stone Mural Magic perfectly frames the cozy stove.

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Veneers of varying thickness in stone, glass, and tile create a magical 3D effect.

Cozy Nook

You may notice the cozy nook to the right of the hearth. This is a modern take on the Scandanavian "wall bed," which we left open to allow light from the window into the kitchen and living area.

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Stone Mural Magic -- completely enchanting!

Our clients are delighted with the space, and the grandchildren have the perfect nook to settle in with a book. Can you imagine enjoying a space like this?

We'd love to help you create a little magic in your own space whether you are thinking of a building or remodeling project. Let's get creative together and discuss design options to include any magic you can imagine. There are no limits!

Call us to discuss your dream ideas: 218.722.7599

Porch Addition with a View

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Happy summer, everyone! Summer to us is a precious commodity. Its  hallmarks are trips to the cabin, gardening, walking in the wilderness, and simply sitting on a porch enjoying the view.

A Porch Addition, the Perfect Summer Project

Take a peek at a perfect summer project--a porch addition we are currently working on at a cabin nestled on the shores of a lovely little lake in northern Wisconsin.

Porch Addition with a view

A lovely porch addition to a charming cabin in northern Wisconsin offers a beautiful view of the lake.

Precision Prefabbing Magic, the key to this Porch Addition

Our own Andy Hoffman, the original 3-D Printer, prefabricated the porch  in our shop. Andy perfectly crafted each piece to fit together like Lego pieces.  He loaded the parts and brought them to the cabin site, where we assembled them.

Porch Addition Assembly

Here's another view of the precision prefabbed pieces as they are raised on-site.

You can check out previous summer prefabbed projects here and here.

Warm summer breezes, whispering pines, the gentle lapping of the lake waters...  ahhhh. Stay tuned and we will meet you on the porch!