David Heide

Design Studio

Exterior of brown cabin with forest green trim and shutters, and an expansive wrap-around deck set in lush landscaping with a stone path and beautiful trees

Saint Croix River Cabin

This treasured family hideaway is a demonstration of how the sensibility of a timeless cabin lifestyle can be preserved while providing modern day amenities. With the desire to spend more time at their beloved family retreat, our clients were interested in a more open and cohesive cabin that would both celebrate and respect its established design vocabulary and its site. Working within strict scenic river guidelines, the project provides a re-imagined layout of all three levels within the original footprint.

Both staircases were reoriented to allow better circulation. The construction of a new, steeper pitched roof allowed the conversion of the second floor bunk room into new master and guest suites. From the comfort of the master bedroom, expansive windows with panoramic views of the river valley create a tree house experience of being perched within the surrounding white pines. Fir timbers supported by hewn tree trunks combine with our design for a bureau with hand-carved reliefs; this Tramp Art-inspired piece delineates dressing and sleeping areas. Daylight admitted through art glass skylights furthers the connection with the out-of-doors and creates a sense of place at the master bathroom lavatory and the upper stair landing.

Master bedroom luxurious bed, antiqued desk and subtle off-white wallpaper
Master bedroom tan padded headboard, wood bedside table with dark, distressed finish, and back of dresser
Master bedroom bureau, darker wood with meticulous detail and plenty of drawers with metal twig-shaped pulls
Master bedroom with natural wood woodwork, pendant lighting, muted blue-green carpet, low bookshelves under the windows, and a television that lowers into cabinetry when not wanted
Master bedroom with natural wood woodwork, pendant lighting, muted blue-green carpet, low bookshelves under the windows, and a television that lowers into cabinetry when not wanted
Saint Croix River Cabin - Master Bedroom Window Seat
Master bath's massive mirrors and natural wood vanities, one of each on either side of the room, along with the floral wallpaper and white woodwork and counters
Saint Croix River Cabin - Master Bath Vanity Detail
Master bath shower room with a gray-green palate for the wall and basketweave floor tiles, white woodwork, and a glass shower door
Master bath shower room detail showing the black round handle on the shower door and the rectangular wall tiles

An updated kitchen on the main level now opens to the living room, shifting the dynamic of serving and served. Both this kitchen and the re-imagined lower level catering kitchen incorporate new and reclaimed stainless steel countertops, an homage to the original owner’s innovative metal fabrication business.

Catering kitchen pass-through looking into the kitchen with open dark geen-gray shutters
Catering kitchen with pine cabinetry with glass doors, dark green-gray square tile backsplash, and floral wallpaper
Catering kitchen with slate laid out in small squares on the floor and stainless steel appliances
Main level kitchen small peninsula with art tiles and open shelves and glass cabinet with objet d'art
Main level kitchen from the dining area; everything is wood except the stainless steel appliances, the windows, and the metal light fixtures

The result is a natural, cohesive, craft-laden cabin that the owners treasure; they’ve sold their house in town and now live at the river year-round.

Staircase to 2nd floor with wrought iron handrail and spindles and gold-and-white-shaded ceiling lights
Stairs going to 1st floor; pine panelling and simple woodwork, a small table built with branches, and a continuation of the slate tile floor
Powder room natural wood vanity and woodwork with brown stone counter, tan leaf patterend wallpaper and pendant dark metal pendant sconces


Hudson, WI


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