On the Waterfront: A Boathouse in Texas
Located on the steeply sloped banks of Lake Austin, in Austin, Texas, this Andersson-Wise-design—a combination boathouse and screened porch—provides the ideal setting for winding down.
Approached by a narrow, elegant footbridge spanning a deep ravine, the structure appears to hover over the water, offering a respite from the heat (and concerns) of life inland.
Images courtesy of Andersson-Wise.
Above: The structure floats above the water on stilts and is clad in screened panels that open from the top like wings. The main living quarters are situated across the footbridge.
Above L: The boat is docked between the stilts. Above R: A walkway on the side of the boathouse leads to the entry.
Above: The screened panels keep the mosquitos away, while the all-wood interior creates a cool, dark space as a respite from the summer heat.
Above L: The wood siding extends to become a shelf for a lantern that stands in a window. Above R: When open, the screened panels are held in place by wooden rods—easy to use and maintain.
Above: At night, the lantern shines and beckons to those in the main house.
Above: Concrete panels create an enclosure for a grill.
Above: The joys of summer!
Above: The plan of the simple temple to downtime.
Above: A section through the ravine illustrates the narrow footbridge approach to the boathouse.
Above: A view from the bridge.
For more ideas, see 5 Favorites: Summer Boathouse Roundup, The Once and Future Boathouse (a Gardenista find in Norway), and 5 Favorites: Screened Sleeping Porches. And if you're heading to Austin, take a look at our City Guide for recommended hotels and design destinations.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 19, 2013 as part of our Summerhouse issue.
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Above: A pair of oars in a Nantucket beach house by Jeffrey Alan Marks.
Above: Crossed oars via Bob & Luis.
Above: LA interior designer Adam Bram Straus' living room, via Lonny.
Above: A beach house in Australia by Karen Akkers.
Above: Manka's Inverness Lodge boat house via Design Tripper.
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Above: Guideboat Co. in Mill Valley offers a selection of hand-painted paddles.
Above: An oar on display at Camp Wandawega Tree House in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Above: CB2 is currently offering Artisan Hand-Painted Paddles by Natasha Wittke of Canadian company Norquay; $279 (down from $379) each.
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Summer Escape: A Seaside Rental in Cornwall
This carefully restored wing of a Georgian house in Cornwall, England, overlooks the tall ships in Charleston, a historic harbor village designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its spare white walls, pale wood floors, and just-so furnishings old and new, it's filled with timeless design ideas. Known as the Quay Road Villa, it's also available for rent through Kid & Coe. Classic British seaside holiday, anyone?
Images via Kid & Coe.
Above: A painting of a boat in turbulent waters sets the seaside theme in the dining room. Note the wide board floors and arched niches that flank the arched fireplace.
Above: The kitchen is stocked with Cornishware, named for the blue sky and white-crested waves of Cornwall. Find out more in Cornishware: The Seaside Classic.
Above: The house has a modern with kitchen with a pleasingly simple materials palette and new equipment. Like the look of the wood counters? See Remodeling 101: Butcher Block.
Above: A series of wood-framed oil paintings and a blue velvet armchair bring seaside colors into a white room.
Above: Traditional furniture looks equally at home against the white walls.
Above: The house has three bedrooms and one bath; it can sleep up to six people.
Above: Vacation reading: Enid Blyton's Famous Five kids' books, first published in the 1940s through the early 1960s.
Above: Romantic detailing—brick fireplace and smoky velvet armchair, included—in a crisp white bedroom.
Above: Above the fireplace mantel, an oil painting of a tall ship is flanked by Staffordshire figures.
Above: In the smallest bedroom, a recess in the wall works as a headboard.
Above: In the lone bathroom, a floor-to-ceiling white shower curtain envelops a cast-iron bathtub.
Above: A gilt mirror presents an interesting contrast to the wood paneling.
Above: Every room has a view. For more details, go to Kid & Cole.
Below: Quay Road in Charlestown, Cornwall, is a 4 1/2-hour drive from London.
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