The Gatehouse

Once the site of an early 1900’s camp, this wooded site on Lake Minnetonka was the perfect setting for this humble 860 SF residence steeped in architectural history. With a myriad of reclaimed building materials and architectural antiques to use for the construction (as noted in the captions), this cottage feels as if it were taken right from the Loire Valley of France. The open plan differentiates its “rooms” with the use of ceiling beams, posts, and ceiling changes, with rooms that share spaces while being functionally efficient.

Residential Design: Murphy & Company Design
General Contractor: Ziegler Remodeling
Landscape Architecture: The Corduroy Studio
Interior Design: Owner
Photography: Susan Gilmore Photography
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Detail view of gable with ‘Winged Lion’ tile inset in stone, which the owner has had for 20 years. The roof is capped with a new {aged} verdigris copper coping with ball finial detail, and the eaves are built with hand-carved wood pegs with timber lookouts. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“copper roof cap” — badger321
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The roofing is dog-eared slate shingles salvaged from an 1810 Pennsylvanian Barn. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“landscaping and home” — suericher
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“Water drain” — kslingluff
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The kitchen includes stainless steel counters, an antique butcher block table, wood windows with hinged screens, vintage sconces from an early 1900’s Wisconsin cabin, and vintage copper Pâté molds from France hanging on the wall beyond. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“interesting layout” — mcrandall26
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Breakfast Alcove positioned for morning light. The ‘leather sheet’ chairs are from Vermont. The rug is antique oriental. The pharmacy rack {foreground} is a vintage French piece found in Los Angeles. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“Dining area” — lbraunxon
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“Love the beams” — Roxie Anderson
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Great Hall with plaster walls & oak timber ceiling beams from an 1860’s barn located in Houston County, Minnesota. The pine timbers are from an 1870’s barn in Marshfield, Minnesota. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“nice wood.” — gussk
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Detail view of the Fireplace {left} with vintage pond sailer from Seattle. The rug is steer hide the owner purchased from a street vendor on a road outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. Detail view {right} of stone surround quarried from Derby, Iowa. The firebrick is Italian breadstick sourced from Italy. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“fireplace” — beckyfdrew
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Great Hall with reclaimed flooring from an 1880’s barn in Osseo, Wisconsin. The Baker’s rack on the far wall is an antique from France that the owner has had for many years. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“Color /floor” — luwesten
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Detail view {left} of Bedroom doors that were purchased in France by the owner in 1993. View of Bedroom {right} with oak millwork from an 1870 tobacco barn in Winchester, Kentucky. Notice the white stuffed mouse ‘rear-end’ in the upper left – a joke the contractor left in a timber for the owner to discover. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“Additional doors” — fitz_coal
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Exterior sitting terrace made from bricks salvaged from streets in Minneapolis. The wood lintels are reclaimed timbers, and the windows are all wood (interior & exterior) from Marvin. The vintage urn is from Jerome, Arizona. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“lintel color” — ottawasmith
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View of Bedroom with oak millwork from an 1870 tobacco barn in Winchester, Kentucky. Notice the white stuffed mouse ‘rear-end’ in the upper left – a joke the contractor left in a timber for the owner to discover. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“Trim” — gtfredericton
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An antique French fireback {dated 1744} from an architectural antique supplier in Phoenix, Arizona adorns the side wall. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“Stone (reclaimed Platteville limestone, Minneapolis).” — madabbylibs
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Detail view of the timber pegged corner window support, along with 3 houses for the woodland birds. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“think about beam to frame a window or the stack doors” — bgm326
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Side of house where an old French Orangerie window with climbing roses rests. A weeping spruce anchors the corner of the yard. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“Cottage” — kewb
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A view to the woodland pond at the rear of the house. A perfect dining setting can be found here, with the not too uncommon glimpse of a fox – hence the house’s namesake of “Fox Hollow.” Photos by Susan Gilmore
“railing system is cool View isn't too bad either.” — Roxie Anderson
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Front facade with Platteville limestone walls reclaimed from the 1889 Lake St. bridge pilings in Minneapolis. The Chimney pot was an antique the owner had found years ago. Photos by Susan Gilmore
“Stone and roof” — Stella Lorusso
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