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Camp Slow Down: A Family Mixes the Nostalgia of Summer Camp with the Vibe of a City Loft for a One-of-a-Kind 3 Vacation Home

Magazine article Sunset

Camp Slow Down: A Family Mixes the Nostalgia of Summer Camp with the Vibe of a City Loft for a One-of-a-Kind 3 Vacation Home

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Kristin and David Hall had a few points of inspiration when they started building their getaway on Washington's Mystery Bay: the Seattle loft they lived in for years, the summer camps of their youth, and modern European design. But above all, they wanted a no-fuss house. "We had in mind the shacks along the coast--those one-room structures on stilts, with just enough room for what you need for a day at the beach," says Kristin.

The Halls hired Anderson Anderson Architecture (andersonanderson.com) to design their "shack," with space for son Joe, 19, and visitors. The design is unconventional: two boxes divided into public and private spaces, supported on stilts and united by a greenhouse-style roof.

Although the cedar and galvanized metal exterior give the home an industrial look, Kristin was adamant that the interiors embrace color. Architectural interior designer Michelle Burgess (michelleburgessdesign.com) let loose with a palette of tomato red, deep turquoise, and bright green.

The result has the family making the 2 1/2-hour drive from their home in Everett, Washington, as much as possible, says Kristin. "We could sit all day on our deck, reading and watching boats and kayakers pass by."

PROP IT UP

Top left: The home may look large from the water, but its design is light on the land. Anchored by square cement foundations, the rest of the house (about 1,500 square feet, not including the basement) is buoyed by an interplay of tripodlike stilts.

INVITE IN LIGHT

Above: The Halls consider the 20- by 80-foot yellow cedar deck an adjunct living space. …

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