Old Houseboat Meets Rustic Cabin, Seattle-Style

May 2015 Web Exclusive

At the end of a dock in Seattle, Milly is able to sit back and enjoy her new home, an old houseboat that had been remodeled into a floating cabin, according to The Seattle Times

With the help of designer Theresa Freeman of  SHKS Architects, contractor Sten Karlstrom and project manager Andy Houston of Karlstrom Associates, Milly’s new abode was remodeled with reclaimed and contemporary materials to create exactly what she was looking for. Having come across the 700 square foot houseboat when it was uninhabitable, it now is a testament to the powers of seeing things as they could become.

“I had no preconceived notions, but I knew what I wanted,” she told The Seattle Times. “I still wanted it to be a lake cabin, and I wanted it to fit into the neighborhood.”

A lovely Dutch door opens up to a spacious living area, floor-to-ceiling glass, and a country-esque kitchen with cheerful cabinets, a porcelain farm sink, and a large island embellished with walnut planks. Handcrafted Alaskan yellow cedar peeled beams angle over the dining room and kitchen and reach out to embrace the living room and bedroom. With the practicality of built-in storage and the aesthetic appeal of lovely cream-colored pine planks as well, the cabin feel continues to the bedroom.

An empty nester, Milly can appreciate her own place and reflects on the peaceful ambiance that naturally comes with living on the water.

“There’s something about it, coming down here. It’s so calming,” she says. “The water does that.”

To read Rebecca Teagarden's entire article, click here.

Photos credited to Benjamin Benschneider at The Seattle Times.

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