Dream Cottage on Catchacoma Lake

The 2014 PKHBA Housing Design Award winner for Custom Built Homes – under 1600 sq. ft, this extremely challenging project purposely avoided conventional foundations through the use of a steel sub-frame to allow for direct attachment to the side of a cliff. All materials were brought across a frozen lake and up the side of a cliff with the aid of a marine railway. Despite its remote location this cottage was fully insulated and treated as a 4-season home. Due to the sheer cliff on site, the floor plan was stepped up into a split-level format allowing access to the top of the cliff through the rear of the upper-level.