Sven Gustafson and his wife were searching for land on Lake Minnetonka to build their new family home when they found an ideal site with a small teardown house, but it was the boathouse that clinched the deal. Though it was decrepit to the point of almost falling into the lake, the boathouse and its location meant the structure could be rebuilt right on the edge of the lake without having to get new and expensive permits. The home site is higher up the hill from the boathouse, with commanding views of the lake.
The newly built cottage-style Craftsman home is clad in cedar-shake siding, with limestone accents, zinc roofing and zinc half-round gutters. The house is heated and cooled via a geothermal well field.