Serenity Awaits at These Prefab Cabin Rentals on Vashon Island

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By Melissa Dalton
The light and bright 570-square-foot units are just a 20-minute ferry ride from Seattle, Washington, perfect for a weekend getaway.

For the Lodges on Vashon, hotelier Jena Thornton decided to take a slightly different approach when creating this hotel—let's call it a mash-up of boutique accommodations with the autonomy of an Airbnb rental. 

"People's expectations of travel have shifted thanks to Airbnb and the sharing economy," Thornton tells Gray Magazine. "As long as you've built a great product, guests are now okay with some DIY aspects." 

As such, registration and check-in takes place virtually, entry to the rentals requires a key code, and an off-site manager is just a call away. 

Serenity Awaits at These Prefab Cabin Rentals on Vashon Island - Photo 1 of 6 - The interiors of the units have bright, airy, Scandinavian-inspired vibes.

The interiors of the units have bright, airy, Scandinavian-inspired vibes.

All interiors embrace a light and bright aesthetic and come furnished with midcentury pieces, including artwork from local artisans. Every lodge has a king size bed, gas fireplace, heated floors, and a private outdoor shower. 

Serenity Awaits at These Prefab Cabin Rentals on Vashon Island - Photo 2 of 6 - There is also a fireplace guests are welcome to enjoy.

There is also a fireplace guests are welcome to enjoy.

Serenity Awaits at These Prefab Cabin Rentals on Vashon Island - Photo 3 of 6 - The Meadow Suite features a private deck, perfect for taking in the fresh air.

The Meadow Suite features a private deck, perfect for taking in the fresh air.

Generous public spaces include the Public House—which has a full kitchen and dining room—and the Pavilion, an inviting outdoor patio. 

Serenity Awaits at These Prefab Cabin Rentals on Vashon Island - Photo 4 of 6 - The Pavilion has plenty of cozy seating, a cast concrete fireplace, and a sound system.

The Pavilion has plenty of cozy seating, a cast concrete fireplace, and a sound system.

Serenity Awaits at These Prefab Cabin Rentals on Vashon Island - Photo 5 of 6 - A Saarinen table and Eames chairs in the Public House are perfect for gathering morning or night.

A Saarinen table and Eames chairs in the Public House are perfect for gathering morning or night.

The prefab cabins on site were designed by Seattle–based architecture firm SHW, manufactured in Idaho, and installed by local contractors from Cascade Built

Serenity Awaits at These Prefab Cabin Rentals on Vashon Island - Photo 6 of 6 - Paved walkways connect each unit to the public spaces.

Paved walkways connect each unit to the public spaces.

If you're interested in renting a prefab for your own getaway, you can do so through Lodges on Vashon.


Project Credits:

Architecture: SHW / Sarah Hatfield

Contractor: Cascade Built, LLC / Sloan Ritchie

Structural Engineer: Frank Co / Liz Fekete

Civil Engineer: Nick Bossoff Engineering, Inc

Landscape Architect: Stenn Design & Douglas H. Tuma / Jil Stenn & Doug Tuma

Prefab Construction: Champion Commercial Structures

Surveyor: AHBL

Electrical Engineer: DLR Group

Mechanical Engineer: FSi Consulting Engineers

Geotechnical Engineer: The Riley Group, Inc / Ricky Wang

Sustainability: Michael Laurie

Interiors: April Pride Creative

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