Vintage Vermont Barn Becomes a Madeline Island Luxury Timberframe Home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes

Vintage Vermont Barn Becomes a Madeline Island Luxury Timberframe Home


Construction crew poses for the camera - 2120 North Shore Road, on Madeline Island

[An expert timber framing crew from The Barn People (Windsor, Vermont) takes a break from assembling the post and beam frame to pose for a photo.] 


Our Wisconsin affiliate real estate office, Madeline Island Realty, has an extraordinary new residential listing for sale (2120 North Shore Road, LaPointe, Wisconsin) which I would describe as the ultimate residential restoration project.


The owner of this Madeline Island luxury home started this project by contacting a company in Vermont that specializes in restoring vintage barns, adapting them for use in residential construction.  


The first step was locating a suitable barn frame.

Barn frame in Vermont

These vintage post-and-beam framing timbers are carefully disassembled, cleaned, treated for the presence of insects and are packed for shipping to the buyer's preferred building site.  The massive structural frame was truck shipped over eleven hundred miles, from Vermont to Madeline Island (LaPointe, Wisconsin).


Once the frame had arrived on Madeline Island, a highly-skilled crew set to work reassembling the post-and-beam superstructure.

Crew assembling timber frame shell - 2120 N. Shore Road, LaPointe WI

The process of erecting and reassembling one of these vintage structural shells is tedious and exacting. Some of the huge beams in this dwelling are twenty inches or more in diameter. 

Exterior sheathing, doors & windows in place - 2120 N. Shore Rd, LaPointe WI

Once the frame was sheathed, the home's interior was finished to the architect's specifications.

Interior view of living room, 2120 N. Shore Road, LaPointe WI

Vintage timber frame homes such as these can cost easily $325 to $400 per square foot.  When the project is complete, the finished result is dramatic and awe-inspiring.

2120 North Shore Road, LaPointe WI 54850 - Listed for Sale by Eric Kodner, Madeline Island Realty

A friend of mine describes the structure as "Ralph Lauren-esqe style on steroids".  The home is without question a massive organic structure, with a scale that matches the eighteen acres and nine hundred feet of Lake Superior frontage where it was built in 2003.  


Visit our Madeline Island Real Estate Blog for more information on this impressive luxury home.


[2120 North Shore Road, LaPointe WI 54850 is co-listed for sale by Madeline Island Realty LLC (LaPointe, Wisconsin) and by Wayzata Lakes Realty LLC (Minneapolis & Saint Paul, Minnesota). Showings are by appointment only. Contact Broker Eric Kodner for details, 612.670.2539]




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Contact Broker Eric Kodner with Wayzata Lakes Realty about Minneapolis & Saint Paul area properties, including Lake Minnetonka, Edina and the Minneapolis City Lakes area (Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet). We also sell on the Saint Croix River and on Lake Superior, including Bayfield, Wisconsin and Madeline Island homes.  With sixteen years experience marketing and selling waterfront properties in Minnesota and Wisconsin, we know Lake Minnetonka and Madeline Island real estate.

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Eric Kodner These types of renovation were so popular in the 60s-80s. It is encouraging to see that there are still a few more of these projects available for folks with dreams. The home is a stunning example of what can be done with imagination and a wallet! Good Selling on this one!

Feb 01, 2015 02:11 AM #1
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Wow!   So glad you shared this with us, Eric...lovely!

Feb 01, 2015 04:51 AM #2
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Ditto on Li's WOW. What a transformation, almost a labor of love. thanks for the follow and cheers cvc

Apr 01, 2015 12:41 AM #3
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

This is very interesting and great to see something like this being done.

Jul 16, 2015 07:45 AM #4
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