Inspired by English cottages, this boathouse and its gardens also take their cue from the detailing of wooden boats. Originally a storage shed, this little building could not be expanded or moved due to zoning restrictions. Albertsson Hansen carefully utilized the existing shell to create a recreation pavilion. The main house sits on the bluff above, and a wood stair connects the two levels, completing a graceful connection to the waterfront below. The boathouse was re-roofed with wood shingles, and given new windows and doors. A half-bath and kitchenette were added as well, along with a wood-burning fireplace.
Project Location: Orono, Minnesota
Project Type: RemodelingRetreat HomeOutbuildingKitchenBathroomLiving Room
Project Team: Christine L. Albertsson, AIA, CID, NCARB, PartnerRyan Fish, AIA
Photography: Peter Bastianelli-Kerze
Landscape Architect: Close Landscape Architecture
Vertical grain Douglas Fir paneling and cabinetry. Ipe deck and stairs. Exterior wall hung storage cabinets proved places to hide life jackets and other boating accessories. Counters aligned inside and out allow through window service to the deck.
"A little building that functions like a boathouse and more, accomplishing a lot in a relatively tight environment."
- Juror Comment, RAVE Award