North Americans are spoiled with a bounty of rivers, streams and lakes that are perfect for trout fishing. Although anglers will travel province to province, state to state to find the best body of water to catch a big one, many prefer to create a homebase around their local waters. This pint-sized fishing cabin in Minnesota has a rustic aesthetic, yet doesn’t skimp out on simple luxuries like a guest bedroom, a flat screen television and a fully-equipped kitchen. Designed by Dale Mulfinger of SALA Architects, the Trout Fishing Cabin is the perfect place to kick-up your feet after a long day out on the water.
The cabin is nestled into a valley in southeastern Minnesota. The A-line frame, red shingled roof and cozy porch gives the cabin a classic look that belies its modern interiors.
Who needs wall art when you have a canvas of lush forests? Architect Dale Mulfinger brought the beautiful outdoors inside by installing floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room. The windows can be opened for a nice cross-breeze in the muggy summer time.
In the center of the main floor is a soapstone wood stove, which heats the entire cabin. All of the cabinetry, trimwork and flooring are made from local woods.
While a master bedroom is located on the main floor, another bed is located in the upstairs loft space. The bed’s wooden board works double duty as a partition from the rest of the room. Clever tricks like building under-bed storage and foregoing bedside table lamps for pendant lights save much needed space.
Another sleeping quarter is carved out in a cabin nook. Again, drawers underneath the bed eliminate the need for a chest of drawers. We love the closet’s built-in bench.
The cabin’s spacious sunroom is ideal for semi-outdoor late nights free of mosquitoes and other pests. If only it were winterized for those chilly Minnesota nights!