A Streamlined Boathouse Perches Above the Water in the San Juan Islands

Sitting lightly above the eelgrass, the tiny dwelling serves as a port of entry for a family getaway on the Salish Sea.

A few years ago, a couple acquired a lot next to a remote piece of land, 65 miles northwest of Seattle, where they had been going on weekends and summers since 2005. They already had a tree house and other places to sleep and cook meals for themselves and guests, but the neighboring lot had rare access to the waterfront—and the island can only be reached by seaplane or by ferries from Anacortes, Washington.

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Stephen Zacks
Stephen Zacks is an advocacy journalist, architecture critic, urbanist, and organizer based in New York City.