Adjacent a shallow bay, and on the edge of a section of pitch pine forest with its understory cleared, this wood framed Peter Rose + Partners designed boathouse is a small woodworking treasure, and a coda to Island House, which it serves.
The frame is an exercise in structural proportion, with three inch wide studs notched to receive the cedar louvers, and also to carry the symmetrically placed let-in angle braces that provide lateral stability. Deck and roof framing are keyed to the arrangement of wall studs, and a stainless steel cable rail provides nearly invisible protection from falling and carries a mahogany rail cap on which to lean, and rest one’s hand.
Sliding doors and a gentle ramp provide access and a means to haul boats in and out. The louvers allow light to filter and boats to dry, and capture the filtered light with a warm glow. A concrete pylon foundation raises the building as if it were perched on stilts, and allowed construction to proceed—and the finished building to rest lightly—with little disturbance to the forest floor.