ISSUE 22  |  Pacific Northwest

Architect Visit: Hood Canal Boathouse by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer

June 03, 2011 8:38 PM

BY Janet Hall

Seattle-based architects Hoedemaker Pfeiffer¬†were tasked to take an uninspired concrete block boathouse along the shores of the Hood Canal and create a building that would serve as a hub for beach activities with space for overflow guests. Building restrictions required the architects to work within the existing footprint, so they opted to create a totally new structure from within. The result is an appealing beach-side boathouse/guest cottage; for more of the firm’s work, visit Hoedemaker Pfeiffer.

Photographs by Alex Hayden.

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer redesigned this boathouse on the Hood Canal

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer redesigned this boathouse on the Hood CanalAbove: The sliding barn-style doors protect the structure from harsh weather when closed and open the structure to the outdoors when opened.

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer redesigned this boathouse on the Hood Canal

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer redesigned this boathouse on the Hood CanalAbove: The interior walls are lined with marine-grade plywood.

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer redesigned this boathouse on the Hood CanalAbove: The stairs, made from salvaged wood, can be raised with a block and tackle to make room for a boat in winter.

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer redesigned this boathouse on the Hood CanalAbove: The upstairs loft provides a beautiful water view for overnight guests.

hood-canal-house-mountains-hoedemakerAbove: The Olympic Mountains line the Hood Canal.