Old meets new in this sustainable boat house constructed of band-sawn, standing-dead larch wood salvaged from a Canadian forest and left untreated to allow the wood’s natural warm tones to show. Over time, the larch will mellow and grey. Harkening back to coastal New England architecture of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the boat house includes a full-length monitor that lets natural light fill the interior spaces.
The Boat House features period interior and exterior details. Flooring and interior siding are reclaimed oak and pine from Pennsylvania barns. Interior roof sheathing and exposed sub-flooring are 1×6 tongue-and-groove Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Douglas Fir. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) provide significant R-value insulation on the roof and walls. Cedar shakes and a standing-seam metal roof finish the exterior.
The Boat House systems were designed to optimize efficiency, reduce waste, and maximize occupant comfort. Even the existing windmill was retrofitted and tied to the energy grid to take advantage of the excellent wind resource on the coastal site.
Architect: DAS Architects
Contractor: Chris McDuell
Timber Framer: Hugh Lofting Timber Framing & High Performance Building