2018 Master Design Awards: Detached Structure

by Kyle Clapham
2018 master design awards detached structure


Stone Pillar Remodeling, Inc.
Medina, Wash.

Nelson Architecture
Project name: Enatai Cabana
Project location: Bellevue, Wash.
Square footage before: 80
Square footage after: 487
Project cost: $409,000


After buying a lake property, the owners sought to demolish an old concrete pumphouse near the water and build a new cabana. They and their three boys desired a place to store water skis, wake boards and boating equipment with enough space to entertain guests as well. The clients planned to remodel the original house on the lot and wanted to salvage its finishes for reuse in the cabana.

The site rests on a steep yard behind the residence, so part of the construction involved a descent down nearly 100 concrete steps. Many of the materials and heavy equipment for the excavation and framing of the structure had to be done via barge, which was loaded 15 miles down lake. To maintain a low profile for the cabana, the clients opted to install a live roof using a mix of plants.


Doors: Kolbe
Brick/stone: Rocky Mountain Stone
Roofing: LiveRoof
Windows: Kolbe
Fire element: Fireplace Ex

Photos: Gregg Krogstad Photography


Daniel Contelmo Architects
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Project name:
Creative Loft
Project location: Stanfordville, N.Y.
Square footage before: 1,430
Square footage after: 1,536
Project cost: $400,000


The owners of a 100-year-old storage barn, which has beautiful views of the landscape on three sides, sought a versatile weekend retreat. They intended to use most of the existing structure but, once demolition started, it was clear that many of the elements were not suitable to keep. A new foundation was poured inside the existing retaining wall to support the original walls of the barn.

Incorporating 12-foot-tall commercial windows provides a view of the landscape from within on the two-story sides. The metal window frames also give a contemporary feel to the mostly rustic interior, which includes a sitting area, pool table, piano, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping loft with shutters to help close off the lower level. Large shutter doors can be opened for summer concerts.


Roofing: Galvalume flat seam metal
Siding: Hardiplank
Windows: CR Lawrence black anodized metal
Cabinetry: Jem Woodworking
Oven: GE
Refrigerator: GE
Freezer: GE

Photos: Daniel Contelmo Jr.


Highmark Builders
Savage, Minn.

Jeff Tritch/Tritch Design
Project name:
Lake Home Boathouse
Project location: Prior Lake, Minn.
Square footage: 216
Project cost: $250,000


A boathouse stuck in the 1960s was transformed by Highmark Builders into a place for a family to relax after a day on the boat. The clients sought a space to lounge, extensive dock, new stairs and lots of storage. City ordinances prevented changes to the footprint, height and roof pitch of the original boathouse. It also needed to stand up to unpredictable weather and water levels up to 4 feet above the finished floor, so spray foam insulation was added to give extra stability.

First, the boathouse received a facelift so that it matches the existing home. Its deteriorating deck railing was swapped for a cable rail system. Floor-to-ceiling windows, wide-plank white oak flooring and a new HVAC unit make the space comfortable year-round. The interior features a transitional style with a variety of textures to create a casual coastal vibe.


Roofing: GAF
Siding: LP SmartSide
Windows: Marvin
Doors: Marvin

Photos: Spacecrafting Photography

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