A lake side property owner wanted to replace an existing boathouse that had deteriorated to the point of being unsafe. After consulting every volume on boathouses that could be found, the architect and client arrived at a modified shingle style building that evokes the houses of east coast architects McKim Mead & White.
Before construction could begin, the team of Mackey Mitchell and PK Construction had to create a cofferdam—a small miracle of engineering where a wall is built inside a body of water after which the water is pumped out, leaving a dry bed that serves as a watertight construction site. Simple in plan, the award-winning boathouse captures the languid rhythm of lake side living, complete with a kitchen at one end and a lounging area on the other.
Raising the design above the simple function of housing watercraft, the project features an elegant living and cooking space, under a soaring vaulted ceiling. Although aesthetics were important, durability topped the list of priorities. Situated on a homestead spanning many generations, the boathouse is designed and built to last for many years to come.
Passion + Perspective
Our primordial ancestors may have crossed a literal line in the sand when they opted to become land dwellers all those millennia ago. But boathouses like this one remind us why we never want to live too far away from the water.
- Architectural Digest Magazine
Senior Project Architect