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Ocean Shores, Washington
Mark R. Blubaugh, architect
The Holscher/Lord/Finley cabin is a real world construction of a classic
architecture school design problem: a small house designed for two couples
with independent quarters and sharing a kitchen and living room. The design
provides these in 1,150 square feet. There are two lofts of 384 square
feet accessible by ladder to provide additional sleeping spaces for grandchildren.
The house opens up to take advantage of a view of the canal to the east.
Major Considerations: The budget was first and foremost. The design responds by using a basically rectangular geometry with a basic gable roof. A couple shed dormers provide articulation to the exterior, bring diffused natural light into the main space and provide usable headroom for the loft spaces. The exterior is low-maintenance fiber cement siding so the owners can spend their time enjoying the ocean, rather than maintaining the house.