Hood Canal Boathouse Gets A New Lease Of Life

This 1950’s boathouse has been renovated by Bosworth Hoedemaker, a Seattle-based firm that specializes in custom design of high-end residences throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Hood Canal Boathouse by Bosworth Hoedemaker

Set amongst the stunning landscape of Hood Canal fjord, the boathouse has been converted from a dim, lifeless concrete block structure to a sleek, modern tiny house. Dubbed the Hood Canal Boathouse, the designers employed a sensitive approach to the project; they didn’t add to the existing building’s footprint but worked within it.


Hood Canal Boathouse by Bosworth Hoedemaker

The ‘new’ boathouse features a set of large industrial-looking doors on the gable ends. The doors actually serve three functions. The first is to provide protection from vandalism and theft. The second – when the doors are opened they flood the interior with natural light. And lastly, when opened they also create two sheltered outdoor spaces, providing a degree of protection from the shore breeze.


Hood Canal Boathouse by Bosworth Hoedemaker

From the outside you’d never guess this building was a tiny house or getaway. The interior contrasts sharply with the hard exterior. It features walls clad with locally sourced plywood, creating a sense of warmth. The staircase is made from salvaged wood and can be raised or lowered on a pulley system, creating storage space for the family’s boat when needed.

Hood Canal Boathouse by Bosworth Hoedemaker

In a sense, this is a multi-use building – it can act as a boat house, and a getaway. The renovation hasn’t been so substantial that the building can only be used for a single purpose in the future, which is great in terms of sustainability.

Hood Canal Boathouse by Bosworth Hoedemaker

I didn’t manage to spot a bathroom, but I suppose their are plenty of shrubs and bushes surrounding the home that you could make use of.

Hood Canal Boathouse by Bosworth Hoedemaker

If you liked this boathouse design, then you should check out this awesome Latvian house boat or the beautifully finished sustainable Silverbeaver Houseboat by Confused Direction. See all Houseboats.

Via Inhabitat

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Agreed Mike, the surrounding landscape is amazing! I can’t imagine how much a plot on that site would cost, or if you’d even get permission to build along the canal nowadays.

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