Architect: HOEDEMAKER PFEIFFER
Designer: VIRGINIA STAMEY INTERIOR DESIGN
Photos: ANDREW GIAMMARCO
The story of this house begins with the fire that destroyed the family cottage that had stood on an island in Puget Sound for generations. Thankful no one was hurt, the homeowner saw an opportunity to build an updated retreat for herself and her extended family.
Architect Steve Hoedemaker and his team configured the house as a series of smaller, connected house sections, so it would feel like a home that grew with additions over time. In keeping with the original cottage, the new house has many floor levels, some just a few steps above or below the adjacent level.
Schultz Miller worked hard to construct the house so that it would live easy. We installed a standing seam metal roof (less maintenance, and much lower risk of fire), paneled the interior walls in fir or painted wood, and installed dark-stained oak floors that wear well.
The house has classic lines, a deck that juts toward the water, and many special places inside for building new family memories. In a cozy spot between two of the house sections is a built-in day bed that draws grandkids to it during family gatherings. Another sweet spot is an indoor-outdoor sleeping porch with fully removable windows.