Renovation

Sunny Haven

A new deck & sunroom are the heart of this family’s retreat
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: June 18, 2010
In 1990, when Jerry and Mary Amundson built their retirement cabin on Beaver Dam Lake in Cumberland, Wis., it served their needs perfectly. “We wanted someplace where our family could gather and have fun, and this cabin has been ideal for that,” says Mary. Through the years, the Amundsons and their three sons and five grandchildren have spent hours swimming, boating and water-skiing in the summer and deer hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
   
Now that the couple is older, they have traded their speedboat for a pontoon boat and their ski equipment for golf clubs. Jerry also enjoys working out at the local gym, while Mary unwinds by painting.
   
As with any house, over time parts of the cabin began to show signs of aging – especially the decks. The floors were rotting out as a result of having been subjected to many years of brutal Wisconsin winds and precipitation. So the Amundsons’ son Greg suggested that his parents tear out a portion of the front deck and build a sunroom in its place. And Greg’s opinion carried some weight, not just due to the familial relationship, but because he owns a building/remodeling company, Deer Creek Cedar Homes, Inc.
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