An Inside Look at the Newly Finished Crooked Cabin Project by Craftwell Architecture + Construction
Crooked Cabin is located near the Nevis MN area surrounded by an amazing lake setting filled with beautiful large spruce trees. This project was about friends doing a collaborative project together and how the beauty of ‘simple’ can age well over time and continues to inspire. The goal for this project was to include a significant program into a “no fuss/low maintenance” package that lives big in its modest footprint. The design process started back in 2020 and we finished construction in the spring of 2022.
About the Architect
Meet Chris Hawley, Principal Architect at Craftwell Architecture + Construction
Craftwell was founded in 2011 and focuses on unique boutique projects (residential and commercial).
Chris has worked with many great mentors, including Phil Stahl, Mike Allmendinger, Scott Meland and a lot of professors.
Working construction was a big piece of Chris’ education.
The Minot, ND native graduated NDSU with a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design.
“The beauty of ‘simple’ that ages well over time and continues to inspire.”
Turning a Dream into a Reality
Q&A with the Architect
The design was a collaborative process with the owner entailing many meetings regarding programming, spatial understanding and careful finish selections while managing a budget.
Watching it All Come Together
Q&A with the Architect
This is an interesting project in that it is actually a main house and a guest house that is joined by a common porch gathering space and everything is organized around that center space. In addition to that, it is also a place of meditation, and bathing/ sauna and can be enjoyed by large groups or comfortable for a small family. From an aesthetic perspective, it was always about it being lost in the trees with black metal panels, very clean simple finishes that frame views to the beautiful setting, and no-maintenance, zero-fuss design.
The zoning of spaces in this project is unique; The private spaces are on the ends and the owner or guests can meet in the middle or close it off and make it a part of their respective spaces for a private experience depending on the time of day. It really feels like a spa or contemporary resort nestled into the big pines—very comforting.
Craftwell Architecture + Construction
2534 S University Dr #3
Fargo, ND 58103