Photo Gallery VIII: The Lake House Restaurant on Forest Lake in  Minnesota
Architectural design, architectural interior design and interior design features.

The Lake House is a waterside restaurant on Forest Lake, Minnesota, drawing patrons from nearby White Bear, Stillwater, Mahtomedi and Hugo, Minnesota. The owners had more institutional looking plans in the works when our involvement began. The exterior of the restaurant was given an entirely new look, more in keeping with that of a waterside location - and The Lake House name they had chosen, while retaining the already approved footprint and kitchen of the building.

Architecturally, exterior gables, large windows with lots of white trim and details were added to create character, interest and charm along with a cupola, false pergola and large wood columns at the entrance. Huge shutters in marine blue designed for the exterior and interior were constructed cost effectively with siding materials.

The interior architecture, custom millwork, the lighting plan and light fixtures were designed to enhance the cottage-style feeling. Features designed for the main dining room include a wood paneled tray ceiling sporting an exotic fan adorned with a monkey, a large soft white fireplace mantle is set off by a dark paneled wall and photographic art is lighted with projecting exterior lighting. Custom furniture such as the 8” long serving table in the main dining and the bamboo and louvered reception desk and the wine cabinet with coolers below contribute a more residential feeling. In the bead-board paneled porch dining room the canoe was drawn right on the interior architectural plans—as were the framed photographic art prints and light fixtures throughout. Following the architectural inter design a team effort (with one of the owners) went into the selection of the dining chairs and tables and booth and banquette as well as fabrics, wall colors and textures.
Restaurant Architectural Design Minnesota
The Lake House Entrance
Large columns, shutters and lanterns welcome guests to the lake-side restaurant.
Restaurant Architecture Minnesota
The Lake House Veranda
French doors flanked by large nautical blue shutters and crispy white columns welcome guests to lake-side dining on the veranda.

Water Front Restaurant Architect
The Lake House Waterfront
Water boarders two sides of this Forest Lake, Minnesota restaurant

Restaurant Architect
Veranda Close-Up
Vaulted ceiling with fans and lanterns on shutters add to the waterfront ambiance.

Restaurant Designer
The Lake House Veranda
Another view

Restaurant Architectural Detail Design
The Lake-Side Gable
The double gable with large windows with lots of trim and gray painted shingles

Restaurant Architecture
Main Dining Room of The Lake House
The double gable over the main dining room from the water.

Restaurant Interior Design
The Lake House Reception Area
a custom designed reception desk holds computerized seating charts and welcomes guests to the casual atmosphere.

Custom Restaurant Furniture
Reception Desk
A close up of the desk reveals carefully designed details

Custom Design of Restaurant Millwork and Furniture
The Lake House Main Dining Room Fireplace
its residential feeling contributes to a homey feeling.

Restaurant Interior Architecture

Architectural Restaurant Design
The Main Dining Room
Designed with the view in mind and lots of windows.

Restaurant Lighting Plans & Fixture Design
Main Dining Room Ceiling
the glossy wood tray ceiling reflects water motion.

Restaurant Lighting Design
Main Dining Room Fan
The Monkey is the conversation piece it was intended to be.

Restaurant Millwork Design
Main Dining Room
Crisp white trim frames dark horizontal wood below subtly aged walls—a specialty of the large drywall company owned by the owners of The Lake House

Unique Restaurant Lighting Design
Main Dining
Photographic art is highlighted with wall mounted outdoor lighting

Restaurant Millwork Design
A Server Station
Also in the main dining room this server station awaits it’s all glass, countertop wine cooler

Custom Restaurant Furniture Design
Custom Designed Serving Table
In the main dining room this table is residential in feeling but functional

Restaurant Architecture and Interior Design
The Bar at The Lake House Restaurant
Antique wood on the front of the bar is ready to be kicked and scratched adding even more character

Restaurant Custom Cabinets
The Lake House Bar
a custom designed wile cooler and wine storage cabinet hides coolers on the bottom behind rustic doors

Restaurant Bar Design
The Back Bar
Dark stained wood detailing and mirror show off the liquor while the sea colored, louvered storage cabinets hint at the lakeside venue.

Restaurant Architectural Character
Porch Dining At The lake House
Details such as the canoe, lanterns and art were drawn right on the plan elevations.

Cottage-Style Restaurant Design
Porch Dining Details
A file was presented to the owners with art selections, lighting fixtures etc.

Restaurant Interior Architect in Minnesota
The Lake House Ladies Vanity
Wall sconces and white wood trimmed mirror -- for a more homey feeling.

The Ladies Room
Art, selected by the owner, welcomes the ladies.

Lakeshore Restaurant Design Minnesota
and the owner she worked with to create The Lake House Restaurant of Forest Lake in Minnesota.