Our client had been camping on his property for a year before he came to us wanting to build a lodge-style home. We had some other ideas for this wooded 2nd growth parcel; a steep sloped property that looked eastward to high bank views of Puget Sound, but our client knew what he wanted: an old school WPA styled lodge, like you see at Paradise on Mount Rainier, or the Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. Yet this lodge was to be a contemporary home and have a 4 car garage/workshop with a studio/apartment above.
We master planned the site to take advantage its contours, the views and the southern exposure, while also addressing site issues such as the driveway, a new well, drainage and the required leach field for the septic system. Since we then knew where everything was going, we were able to move ahead with Phase 1, the garage/studio. The plan is for the owner to live here until the main house is built – Phase 2. The project draws on the language of the old lodges, with high open volumes, lots of stone and cedar, and incorporating a timber framed structural system. In the meantime, our owner is enjoying living in his “backyard cottage” above a garage any man would be proud of!