A log home on Gull Lake provided Kuepers Construction Inc., Baxter, with an award of excellence, which was one of three awards for the area builder.
The Gull Lake home gained the award in the residential construction category from the state chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. The home received prior honors as Wilderness Log Home's "2001 House of the Year."
Inside the home, the main level reflects an Old World/European theme complete with a baby grand piano and a blend of upscale but comfortable living. The lake view becomes the focus of the upper level. The lower level has a northwoods theme. The majority of furnishings and accessories were obtained in the area.
While large, the home includes many nooks and crannies for the creation of small conversation areas.
The home features custom birch and rustic birch cabinets, ceramic tile, white pine logs and a custom, hand-carved exterior door with a wrought iron handle set. A lakeside dormer was added to the master bedroom to provide natural light for the owner's hobby space in the master bedroom loft area.
Designed to reflect the owners' love of the outdoors, Pine River State Bank was constructed with room for future growth. Kuepers Construction, Baxter, earned an award of merit for the building project.
A recreation area includes a spacious pool table area, family room with drop-down media screen and a cedar sauna. A second kitchen is included in the lower level for ease in entertainment. And a child-size log table and chairs are tucked in a cubby beneath the log stairs.
Irregular cabinet heights and distressed antique wood finish were used to reflect the European theme. A brick/plaster range hood was created with a faux finish that used Sheetrock mud, which was sculpted and painted to resemble brick and aged plaster.
The home has three gas fireplaces with distinct looks. The fireplace in the great room has a cultured stone earth blend river rock face with limestone hearth and log mantle. The lower level family room fireplace has a stacked ledge stone face with log mantle. The master bedroom fireplace has a cultured stone chardonnay dressed fieldstone face and a pine mantle with the bark intact.
A Lake Alexander remodel project by the builder won an award of excellence in the residential remodel category.
Formerly described as rustic and primitive, a 1,283-square-foot lake cabin was transformed into a eye-catching home. The cabin was purchased in 1995 and used as guest quarters. The project was to create a retirement home for the owners.
A Lake Alexander remodel project transformed a rustic cabin into a grand home with an exterior of brick and stone veneer. The project by Kuepers Construction gained an award of excellence in the residential remodel category. The home includes custom oak cabinets with Corian tops and a barrel ceiling with beaded oak.
Because of the cabin's location close to the lake -- 25 feet -- builders had to keep the roofline the same. The only expansion was a new entry with a barrel ceiling with beaded oak.
"The exterior of the home went from shabby to stately through the use of Dakota Common brick and flagstone/paver steps and walkways," Kuepers wrote in a narrative about the project.
Home features include pantry lighting that turns on and off when the doors open and close. A laundry room is located on the main floor. The home's two bedrooms have tray ceilings. Four panel oak doors are accented with oak rosettes. Red oak flooring was picked for the kitchen, living room and hallway.
A new living room was created from the original boathouse, which had a bedroom above and screened porch. Builders lowered the ceiling and raised the floor to create the new living room. Decorative beams were used on the ceiling. Windows, with lake views, on three sides of the living room create the illusion of greater space.
The original living room was transformed into a spacious kitchen.
In the commercial construction awards category, Kuepers Construction received the award of merit for work on the Pine River State Bank facility.
The building was designed to reflect the owners' love of the outdoors with wildlife displays and exhibits while providing function and space for future growth.
Associated Builders and Contractors, Minnesota Chapter, presented the awards to Kuepers on Jan. 17 in Bloomington. The ABC Awards program is designed to publicly recognize the quality and innovation of merit shop construction and to honor all members of the construction team, including contractor, owner and design team responsible for the project.
Winning projects were selected from entries submitted from across the country and were judged on complexity, attractiveness, unusual challenges, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and budget.
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