About three years ago, Art Kohler decided he wanted to sell his condo and move into a house. With the help of realtor Jack Chivers, Kohler quickly found his new house and a new owner for his condo.
"Within three days, we bought it. We bought his and he bought mine."
Not only did the two homeowners make a switch on homes, they are located just down the road from each other. Now at 701 North Shore Drive on Detroit Lake, the Kohler's is one of three homes -- they also have homes in Las Vegas where Pamela is a dentist and the Bahamas -- and is a handmade dream.
Every cabinet and drawer in the house is handmade -- 139 in all. In the upstairs den area, a window seat boasts the "longest pulls in the state" on drawers under the seat. The wood throughout the house is cherry, even the doors that have been painted.
"It's hard to find a place to put a picture because of all the wood work," Art said. "We're not done decorating by any means."
The light, white house has four bedrooms upstairs, including a spacious master bathroom. Above the attached garage is the den area, or the mother-in-law area, as Art puts it. It has a fold-out couch, television and kitchenette area.
"We made an entertainment room of it," he said.
When they moved into the house, he said they had a lot of finishing work to compete.
The house features large amounts of storage area in every room, a catwalk style walkway upstairs open to the lower level on both sides, formal and casual dining areas, large kitchen and walls of windows to the lake.
In the living room twists a notable staircase, built by a third generation ship's carpenter out of Nantucket.
Art, who started the TLC Companies trucking business now in Detroit Lakes, has several antiques throughout the house including a telescope from 1876 when his grandfather sailed to the United States on an open ship from Berne, Switzerland, as a baby. In a reading area upstairs, he has his father's desk.
There are unique touches as well, like the beautiful glass light fixture in the shape of an airplane hanging upstairs.
"It was a Christmas present from my wife. I'm a flier," he explained.
Art said he still has finishing work plans for the house as well. This fall, possibly before the house tour, he plans to have two decks built off the front of the house toward the lake with a barbecue area in the middle of them.