Port Hadlock Cabin

Port Hadlock, Washington

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Waterfront property at a bend in the shoreline overlooking a wetland and small marina to one side and a tidal cove to the other.


A 1,536 sf vacation house from which marine activities will be pursued. The owners wanted the spaces to feel comfortable whether they were there by themselves or with their children and grandchildren.


Primarily solid as seen from the access road, the house is sited to take advantage of the different views from within. Two separate elements form an ‘L’ with the main living spaces oriented towards the marina and wetland. A large screen porch at the knuckle offers views of the marina and cove, and provides a communal gathering place. The guest wing faces the cove and includes a loft space for the grandchildren above their parents’ bedroom. The concrete base creates a level area on the sloping site while providing for boat storage within. The wood frame structure is clad in cement board panels throughout, unifying the interior and exterior. Maple and slate complete the interior palette. A window wall in each living space opens to the view. To maintain consistency of detail, the screen porch was created by replacing the glass in the window system with framed screens. A pair of corrugated metal shed roofs slope to a shared gutter and provide a protected walkway at the entry.

Awards & Publications

  • House of the Month – ArchitecturalRecord.com, October 2003
  • “Coastal Retreats” by Linda Leigh Paul, 2002
  • Umran Magazine, (Saudi Arabia), October 2005
  • “Beach Houses” by Casey Mathewson, (Germany), 2006
  • “Small Houses in Nature 2” by Carles Broto (Spain), 2007
  • “Superb Cabins” by Charles Broto, 2007
  • “Rain, Go Away”, Residential Architect, September/October 2008