Building and remodeling on waterfront property is complicated. There are numerous new regulations and environmental complexities to manage. We have the experience and the relationships with key consultants and regulatory officials to shepherd your project through the process from start to finish. If you are considering a building project on the waterfront, give us a call first.
Portland Floating Home
Historical waterfront warehouses inspired and influenced this floating home's design. Industrial detailing and an honest expression of the structure with exposed utilities provide a canvas for the owner’s eclectic furnishings. The concrete float supporting the house is expressed in areas throughout the house with a hybridized cement finish.
The architecture provides privacy from neighbors and still welcomes natural light into the house. On the first floor, partitioned compartments flanking the main center space are held to a height of 7 feet, allowing natural light to extend from high windows deep into the center space. The partitions also separate the supporting functions from the living areas.
A state-of-the-art concrete float supports the house and weighs approximately 208 tons, contains 26 thousand pounds of reinforcing bar, and has 98 yards of concrete in it. The project includes two outdoor living spaces. The one on the walkway side (east) is an entry court / breakfast area and is enclosed with thick rough-sawn horizontal cedar boards. On the riverside, an expansive deck takes advantage of the water and marine life and has great views of the city of Portland beyond.
"This home is unique from bottom to top, starting with its floating concrete foundation and its water source mechanical system utilizing the river as a heat sink, to its corrugated metal ceilings and roofing. The home was kept sophisticatedly simple, utilizing a mix of commercial/industrial materials, including rough sawn reverse board and batten siding, giving the home an authentic feeling and a connection with its surroundings. The interior is beautiful, very open, but also private with lots of natural light and partial height separation walls. The wood floors are milled from reclaimed Fir from logs salvaged from the bottom of the Columbia River."
- Marc Even, Contractor
Beach House Makeover
Building on the waterfront doesn’t mean you need to build from scratch. We have completed several successful waterfront home renovations, turning seeming teardowns into beautifully revitalized homes.
By combining big design ideas with small structural moves we transformed a tired mid-century beach cottage into an updated jewel. The once flat roof was tilted up in the living area capturing more natural light and taking advantage of the beautiful waterfront views of Seattle and Mount Rainier. The interior finishes were updated, but kept warm and simple so as to not distract from the amazing views.
A new canopy highlights the modern beach house style. The thoughtful canopy design does not impact the views from inside the house and the corrugated metal roofing and clerestory windows bounce reflected natural light deep into the interior of the house. The canopy also provides a covered area so the owners can enjoy the outdoors protected from the seasonal rain and the hot summer sun.
A good neighbor house- all of this was accomplished while still maintaining the massing and character of the existing house and its fit with the neighborhood.
Understanding Shoreline Regulations
The Federal government, State of Washington, Kitsap County, and the City of Bainbridge Island have many codes and laws specifically regulating waterfront property. Many of these rules are complex and they are constantly being updated and clarified. Kitsap County and Bainbridge Island recently adopted a new Shoreline Master Program (SMP). We are working closely with the regulatory officials and our consultants to understand what is allowed and the implications for building waterfront property. If you have or are considering purchasing waterfront property, we highly recommend you research (or hire the experts to research) the rules and regulations affecting you.
Building a Floating Home
We specialize in floating home design. Building on the water presents many unique challenges, but the beauty and rare opportunity of living on the water is the reward. We have the resources and experience to turn your dreams of living on the water into a reality.