ISSUE 87  |  Wild at Heart

Family Camp: Nettly Wood Compound

August 26, 2013 10:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Off the coast of Washington state, a 25-acre family compound on Decatur Island feels like summer camp: there’s whale watching, and sailing, and hiking, and, in the distance, views of the rest of the San Juan archiepelago.

Designed by Seattle-based architects Tom Bosworth and Steve Hoedemaker as a cluster of buildings where family members can both come together and retreat to their own personal spaces, the Nettly Wood Compound has a master cabin, a picnic pavilion, a guest cabin, a writer’s hut, and a renovated barn. Sited on a slope to take advantage of views and natural light on the wooded parcel, the structures are connect to one another by a single path:

Photographs by Alex Hayden.


Above: Porches are deep enough to invite family members to sit outside even in the rain.


Above: The renovated barn.


Above: Buildings are connected to one another by a single, continuous footpath.


Above: Trees cut down during construction were milled for timber framing.


Above: The structures were sited for both privacy and scenic views.


Above: A secluded writer’s hut is on the edge of the woodland.


Above: Full height windows capture views. (N.B.: For 40 more images of Family Compounds, see our Gallery of rooms and spaces.)

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published on August 1, 2012.