Located on a dense shoreline on Portage Bay in Seattle, WA, the Lobster Boat Residence, designed by Seattle-based Chadborne + Doss Architects, is beautiful home that leaves a small footprint. The home was re-modeled from its original state as a 24′ x 26′ residence with a ground floor and basement. As part of a larger shoreline community, the inhabitants of the Lobster Boat Residence shares waterfront access, parking, utilities and a vegetable garden with neighbors.
The Lobster Boat Residence is both a private residence as well as one that works well with the surrounding environment. Rather than expand the original residence to provide enough living space for the family, the architect retained the original footprint and built up. At only 2,378 sq feet the renovated home is modestly sized and very functional due to its efficient use of space.
Materials used in the remodel were chosen because of their affordability, environmental and life-cycle costs. The front exterior of the 5-level home is clad in vertical cedar planks. The front exterior, which faces the street, the entry way and staircase act as a buffer from street noise. On top of the house a stunning rooftop deck overlooks the ocean.
The home is part of a small development with 4 homes and 2 house boats set on a dense urban shoreline. Because the homes are part of the same development they share select amenities — conserving resources that would have gone to building separate amenities for each home. They share utilities, the 2 house boats, common parking, infrastructure and a vegetable garden. These shared amenities also unite the 4 homes together and provide a sense of an eco-community.