Saratoga Hill House, beach house, Camano Island, house on stils, Washington, Designs Northwest Architects, low maintenance materials, green architecture, natural light

The Saratoga Hill House is located on a remote beach on Camano Island, Washington. The site is difficult to reach and doesn’t have road access, which makes it hard to bring heavy equipment and building materials. Due to these limiting circumstances, the architects decided to use low profile steel columns and raise the house to mitigate potential mudslides. This structural solution also provides additional storage spaces for canoes and kayaks.

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Saratoga Hill House, beach house, Camano Island, house on stils, Washington, Designs Northwest Architects, low maintenance materials, green architecture, natural light

Concrete stairs lead from the ground level into the living room and kitchen on the first floor. This space features large windows that provide views of the Puget Sound. The second floor houses the bedrooms and is accessible via steel and wooden stairs. The top floor features an expansive rooftop deck.

+ Designs Northwest Architects

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Photos by Lucas Henning