Architectural Features

A unique blend of wood, stone, and metal gracefully complements the natural aura of the island.

4,570 square feet on four levels
• Foundation — local Ely greenstone ledge rock and concrete
Main lodge — Montana spruce log construction
• Wing sections — contemporary steel frame with highly energy-efficient structural insulated panels
• Color-clad bronze trim and accents
High-performance custom windows from H Window bring breathtaking vistas to every room
• Custom-designed, electric-powered, vintage-look elevator
Access to all levels via wide stairways or elevator
Articulated by exquisite fabrics, floor coverings, art, and interior appointments
• Private septic system and 325-foot drilled well

[ View architectural plans from Sharatt Design & Company here. ]

Main Level

Large foyer with beautiful hand-stained, stamped-concrete floor
Lodge/great room with living and dining areas, large-screen TV
• Two-story wood-burning fireplace, handcrafted from local Ely greenstone ledge rock
Fully equipped kitchen with handcrafted hickory cabinets, soapstone countertops, and center island
• Thermador five-burner gas cooktop with downdraft fan hood
• Thermador self-cleaning wall-mount oven with broiler and convection modes
• Built-in Sub-Zero stainless steel 18.3-cubic foot French-door refrigerator with 6.4-cubic foot lower-drawer freezer
• Stainless steel dishwasher and microwave
• Large walk-in pantry
• Master suite includes bedroom and separate sitting room, both with large-screen TVs, full bath with soapstone vanity top, and large walk-in closet
• Guest bedroom and full bath with granite vanity top, large-screen TV
• Extra half bath with granite vanity top
• Open porch/covered patio with gas lanterns
• Beautiful reclaimed wide-plank wood floors accented with hand-knotted Egyptian wool rugs throughout
• Custom furnishings and art throughout, with original paintings and a six-foot commissioned eagle sculpture by metal artist Jeff Davis
• Beautiful tableware and linens complete the ambience of the home

Upper Level

• Exercise room equipped with Octane Q37 elliptical exercise machine (treadmill/bike/rower) with extra attachments
• Executive office retreat with custom leather furnishings, large-screen TV
• Half bath with granite vanity top

Observation Deck

• Access by elevator or stairs from office/den
• Furnished with attractive, comfortable, durable outdoor furniture
• Priceless viewing of nesting eagles and other wildlife native to the island

Lower Level

• Walkout to lakeside dock
• Bedroom and full bath with granite vanity top
• Laundry room with Maytag front-loading washer and dryer, custom storage cabinets
• Large common area for storage or conversion to family room
• Utility/mechanical room


• LP gas in-floor and forced-air heat
• Central air conditioning
• Electric service from Minnesota Power
• High-speed internet and phone service from Frontier
• Satellite TV from Dish Network

Design & Craftsmanship

This stunning, one-of-a-kind log home is the result of collaboration by a talented architectural team working with expert builders and craftsmen. Key contributors include:

Brian Nowak, Sharatt Design & Company, Excelsior, Minnesota — one of the Upper Midwest’s most sought-after architectural designers of luxury lake homes
Brooks Minde, Minde Log Construction, Alborn, Minnesota — expert builder of handcrafted custom log homes
Gene Trenda, Amery Welding & Fabrication, Amery, Wisconsin — custom fabricator of structural and interior/exterior metalwork with an artisan’s touch
Ken Johnston, Johnston Masonry, Duluth, Minnesota — master mason who combines new technology with Old World craftsmanship
Rosie Gams, FireLight Galleries, Virginia, Minnesota — Allied ASID interior designer whose insatiable optimism and passion for beauty enhance the living spaces she designs