A Renovated Boathouse on Seattle's Portage Bay
A once-plain floating home on Seattle’s Portage Bay receives a much-needed renovation ten years in the making.
In 1999, native Seattleite Denise Draper fell in love with the location of a prime end slip in a marina on Seattle’s Portage Bay. She was less enthusiastic, however, with the existing fixer-upper floating there. “I love being close to the water. There’s constant change, with boats and wildlife passing by,” Draper says, so she purchased the home. It took her ten years before she could renovate, but with the help of architect Ryan Mankoski of Ninebark Design Build, his wife, interior designer Kim Mankoski, and local builder Dyna Contracting, Draper ended up with a 1,000-square-foot place that’s tuned in to its surroundings and wears its strong sustainable ethos on its walls.
Countertops: Squak Mountain Stone
Windows: Custom designed by Ninebark Design Build and fabricated by Dyna Contracting
Bathroom tiles: Pental
Interior ceiling: Salvaged fir and cedar
Exterior wood rain-screen: Salvaged cedar