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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Building this multi-level deck provided plenty of challenges due to the cabin’s island location.

Island Adventure

Remote location forces deck builder to “design on the fly” Every summer, vacationers, many from

By David Koenig Photography courtesy of PHI Decks and Feeney

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nearby Minneapolis, flock to Crane Island on Lake Minnetonka, a picturesque enclave now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s about 9.6 acres housing about 15 vacation cottages, with no roads or bridges to the mainland; everyone and everything must arrive by boat or, in the winter, across the ice. The assignment for PHI Decks, of Plymouth, MN., was redesigning and replacing a series of multi-level decks that wrapped around one cabin— while the cabin itself was also being overhauled. Several different boats had to be used throughout the installation process to transport people, materials, tools and equipment to and from the island. Moreover, because of the large size of the project, a significant amount of “design on the fly” of the structures and systems was required to bring the project to completion.

Deck Specialist Fall 2017  

Quarterly trade magazine for builders and contractors specializing in high-end outdoor living projects.

Deck Specialist Fall 2017  

Quarterly trade magazine for builders and contractors specializing in high-end outdoor living projects.