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  5. Vandeventer + Carlander Architects
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  7. Vashon Cabin / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects

Vashon Cabin / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects

  • 01:00 - 21 May, 2010
Vashon Cabin / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects
Vashon Cabin / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects, © Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Vashon Island, Washington, United States
  • Architects

     Vandeventer + Carlander Architects
  • Structural Engineer

     Swenson Say Faget
  • Landscape Architects

     David Berleth Landscape Architect
  • Contractor

     McIntyre Construction Services Inc.
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This project consists of the remodel of an existing one story cabin with a daylight basement. Given tight site development restrictions resulting from an existing drain field, it was not possible to increase the existing cabin's lot coverage. This constraint, coupled with the clients' desire for a complete reorganization and enhancement of the main floor spaces, resulted in the decision to demolish the existing structure down to the main floor. Given a program calling for additional floor area, the design concept evolved into making a small addition, replacing a previous exterior deck. The addition is a wood box "insertion" which extends into the main structure; it slides in over the existing floor structure and cantilevers out over existing basement walls, thus not affecting the existing drain field.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

This wood box contains the master bedroom, bath and kitchen. The exterior form and finish of the box continues into the interior; clerestory windows separate the box from the main structure's shed roof above. Aluminum clad wood window walls provide for extensive glazing on the main floor. Large sliding doors open onto a rebuilt wood deck to the west and expanding the interior outside for entertaining.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider

The daylight basement was remodeled to include a family room, two bedrooms, and a new bath and laundry.

© Ben Benschneider
© Ben Benschneider
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Vashon Cabin / Vandeventer + Carlander Architects" 21 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Pooja Iyer · August 21, 2015

could someone tell me the area of this house?

CShaw · April 16, 2013

Love the house! Given the climate though, isn't a flat roof an issue?

Addison P. Wheeler · May 08, 2012

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DPW Contracting · July 26, 2011

Love this look for a beach home. Summer is all about beach living!> #Washington > #VancouverIsland > #WestVancouver

Vanity · March 16, 2011

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john · May 23, 2010

The map location is never accurate, it's pointless having it on here. As for the cabin well surely privacy must be an issue with hikers walking by or people on the water having a good look into the master bedroom and living areas.

Omikey · May 23, 2010 11:02 PM

Give it a rest.... people all over the world are looking at the house right now... sheesh!

Bruce · May 22, 2010

This is quite lovely as is much of the work of V+CA; but I am wondering, as I could see this eventually becoming a permanent year 'round residence as opposed to a vacation cabin... shouldn't all buildings be built to be able to be more sustainable w/o future remodeling?

There was obvious design consideration given to the site, views, solar orientation, use of durable/renewable materials, etc., but the envelope (especially that sloped roof) appears to be too minimally insulated, too frequently compromised by recessed penetrations, and possibly w/ too little attention given to placement of future solar panels.

Kris Thompson · May 22, 2010

The google map location is not correct.

Bruce · May 22, 2010 12:12 PM

Note the disclaimer below the map:

* Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.

Omikey · May 21, 2010

Ben Benschneider is a very good photographer. Nice house too.

brent · May 21, 2010

One of the nicest houses I've seen. Wonderfully simple and remarkably crafted home (not to beautifully located). Well done, great work.

brent · May 21, 2010 07:36 PM


not to mention beautifully located...


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