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"We liked rustic, beamy national park architecture." (beach houses)

Taking advantage of their waterfront location wasn't easy for this Seattle who live at the top of a high bank on Lake Washington. A hazardous trail zigzagged down the brushy 200-foot bank to the beach and dock below. The answer: build a beach house near the bottom. "What we needed were a toilet, a refrigerator, and a place to store the lawn mower," say the owners. And we liked rustic, beamy national park architecture." The Driftmier Architects designed a 432square-foot combination tree house and beach house with overtones of a small scale Glacier National Park lodge. It was set against the bank to preserve a level playing lawn on the lakeshore. For support, the house depends on eight poles set on concrete footings, each fitted with a steel kerf plate. Because of the location, bringing in concrete for a standard perimeter foundation would have been nearly impossible. It would also have required cutting into the bank, while the pole construction has very little impact on the stability of the slope. Building materials, already sized and cut, were barged to the site. Working with only a block and tackle, two people were able to bring the elements into place. Space under the building is useful for storing beach and boat gear. Above that are a roofed, open-air porch; a postage stamp kitchen with refrigerator, sink, and microwave oven; and, for swimmers, a changing room with toilet. The loft is furnished with two single built-in bunks, easy chairs, a couch, and a low table; a small woodstove heats it. Fl
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Date:Jul 1, 1991
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