This Coastal Home Is Ready For High Tides


This Coastal Home Is Ready For High Tides | CONTEMPORIST


This modern beach home sits on Camano Island in Washington State.
Photography by Lucas Henning

After inheriting a beach property with a small cabin on Camano Island, Washington, that had been in the family for 3 generations, the home owners wanted to create a modern home on the beach with low maintenance materials, and it had to be a home that would last for future generations.

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Photography by Lucas Henning

The home, designed by Designs Northwest Architects, sits at the bottom of an extremely steep slope, that experiences periodic shallow surface mud slides.

As mud slides are a definite possibility, and due to the location of the home being on a remote beach without road access, making it too difficult to bring in heavy equipment and concrete trucks, the architects decided to design the home above the ground on low profile steel columns, instead of a 10 foot tall retainer wall.


This home, designed by Designs Northwest Architects, sits at the bottom of an extremely steep slope, that experiences periodic shallow surface mud slides. As mud slides are a definite possibility, and due to the location of the home being on a remote beach without road access, making it too difficult to bring in heavy equipment and concrete trucks, the architects decided to design the home above the ground on low profile steel columns, instead of a 10 foot tall retainer wall.
Photography by Lucas Henning

Due the home being raised up on the columns, there’s the added benefit of plenty of storage space for canoes and kayaks.


As this island home sits on columns (due to potential mud slides), it provides plenty of storage space under the home for canoes and kayaks.
Photography by Lucas Henning

Concrete stairs lead you from ground level up into the living areas.


Concrete stairs lead you up to this home in Washington State.
Photography by Lucas Henning

Inside, the living room and kitchen share the same space, with an entire wall of windows providing views of Puget Sound.


This living room and kitchen share the same space, with an entire wall of windows providing views of Puget Sound.
Photography by Lucas Henning

Steel and wood stairs lead you to the upper floor of the home.


Steel and wood stairs lead you to the upper floor of this home.
Photography by Lucas Henning

Upstairs are the bedrooms, both are flooded with natural light.


These bedrooms, with their walls of windows, are flooded with natural light.
Photography by Lucas Henning

The bathtub in the bathroom has amazing water views.


The bathtub in the bathroom has amazing views.
Photography by Lucas Henning

The home also has a deck on the top floor, perfect for relaxing, keeping an eye out for whales. and enjoying the sunset.


This home on an island in Washington State, has a deck on the top floor, perfect for enjoying sunsets.
Photography by Lucas Henning

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