The clients had one request, “design a multi-generational family getaway oasis of timeless, classic cottages, independent yet interdependent, that can be enjoyed and cherished now and for many years to come.”
After sharing a family cabin on Hood Canal with other relatives for over 60 years, the owners decided to create a new family compound for themselves, two grown children and their young families. The narrow lot slopes gently over 430 feet to the no-bank waterfront and allows for a meandering, naturally landscaped walk between the four buildings on the site. At the top of the site is a 665 sf Bunkhouse which primarily separates car related activities – driveway and parking – from the rest of the compound. The structure has a slype which acts as a gateway to the cottages beyond. A 982 sf, 2 bedroom, 2 bath ADU Cottage sits a few paces away from the beautiful bunkhouse. The Primary Cottage is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath structure divided into two sections connected by a glazed breezeway that looks out to the natural gardens. The larger 2,280 sf section offers privacy for the owners, while the breezeway travels to the 1,000 sf portion used by visiting family. Each wing maintains its own kitchen, dining and living areas effectively acting as two cottages under one roof assembly.
At the water’s edge is a small structure labeled the Oyster Temple. Here, the family gathers to BBQ oysters pulled right from the beach. This outbuilding also shelters an outdoor shower, a powder room and space for outdoor furniture storage. Back at the top of the lot and across the street, the owner’s Boat Barn is a simple gable building housing the all the water toys.