A Waterfront Home in Washington Grows Two Hovering Wings

A Waterfront Home in Washington Grows Two Hovering Wings

By Alexandra Cuervo / Photos by Wittman Estes
Elevated above the Hood Canal shoreline, Aldo Beach House expands to make room for visiting family.

On the eastern shore of the Hood Canal fjord in Washington State, a couple set out to expand their 1940s home into the ultimate family  getaway for their visiting family and friends.

With the original residence built on an already delicate shoreline, Seattle-based firm Wittman Estes aimed to preserve the ecological footprint. Local materials, like fir and cedar, accentuate the surrounding landscape and blend in with neighboring homes; around the exterior, native and fjord-friendly plant species further blend the built and natural environments.

From the original two-bedroom layout, two wings extend outward from both the ground floor and the upper level, set on pin piles and steel columns—doubling the square footage without further disturbing the site. 

The separate wings balance privacy and social spaces, adding two spacious decks for a better connection with the outdoors, guest rooms, a bunk room and children’s play area, and an outdoor kitchen for entertaining guests.

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