The property owner likes to entertain and host work retreats at the house. "Guest rooms and sleeping areas are scattered among the buildings, which makes for camp-like but comfortable accommodations," Hoedemaker says. The property sleeps approximately 10.
The property combines a bright, cottage-y aesthetic with a rustic, cozy cabin feel. All the buildings except a renovated barn are new.
Hoedemaker calls this a fireplace inglenook. "[It] was designed to be both a fireplace and a room," he explains. "And the location of the room centers on the dining room, offering the warmth and ambiance of the fire when dining."
He describes the spaces as "a fireplace that you can enter with benches for talking, reading, or sleeping."
The thick nettles the property owner had to clear away from the wooded portion of the property inspired the name Nettly Wood. "The project is on a remote island that required all materials to be brought in by barge. The project team and owners flew in by seaplane or came over by private boat," Hoedemaker says.
Metal roofs are popular in the area (and other rural places) because they shed leaves and needles easily, last for decades – and look good.
Porches with rich ipe wood make the transition between outdoors and indoors seamless.
A picnic shelter wards off the notorious Northwest coolness with an inviting fireplace. "The wood for the picnic shelter was made from trees felled on the site and dried during the course of construction of the main house," Hoedemaker says. "The table and bench were made from the same wood."
A writer's hut — the most remote of the property's several structures, Hoedemaker says — is comfortable, bright and equipped with a work surface and built-in bookshelves. "It was designed to be a place to escape distraction," he says. "It hovers on the edge of a slope looking down into the forest floor, out into the canopy, and up into the sky."
The stone countertops — a gray that he describes as neither warm nor cool — are meant to wear with time. "The open shelves preserve the light and view through the oversized windows without blocking more than necessary," he says. "They also provide great contrast and tracery for the objects presented. Open shelves are great for a house that has a lot of visitors as nobody has to be told where the wine glasses are in order to set the table."
Dormer windows above the dining table (there is no loft, Hoedemaker says) invite in plenty of light.
"The master suite is tiny and requires you to go outdoors to get to the bathroom," Hoedemaker says. The room is equipped with a cozy window bench, which acts almost as a porch overlooking the woods. The bed was designed for the space.
Hoedemaker says the tub was based on the design for a vintage "maid's tub."