The Portage Bay Residence is just one example of dozens of float homes that SSF has designed over the past 20 years. Float home living is a special subset of Seattle culture, not dissimilar to living in a small town. Float home construction is special too. It takes specific details to assure the sea-worthiness of the structure’s water envelope. The architectural design must be ‘bottom-heavy’. And because it floats on water, contractors have no use for their levels. This particular home captures the essence of float homes – lots of light, lots of wood, built-in amenities, a rooftop deck, and of course a swim ladder. Also typical, this project reused 100-year-old cedar logs for the float.
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