In order to future-proof a three-generation-old beach side property, the owners of Saratoga Hill House decided to build a modern home that would be easy to maintain. The house, designed by Designs Northwest Architects to replace a small cabin, sits at the bottom of a steep slope. This may seem precarious, at first, but it's not - thanks to a couple of small interventions.
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.
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.
Photos by Lucas Henning