Island Lodge

The Island Lodge was modeled after the rustic national park lodges of the 1930s. Constructed with heavy timber beams recovered from a turn-of-the-century warehouse, the project utilizes sustainable, recycled materials. The timber frame employs hammer beams connected with mortise and tendon joints secured by oak pegs. This joinery allows the wood frame to span across the entire great room. Two massive chimneys serve to anchor the space and support the structure, as well as providing flues for the lodge's seven fireplaces. In addition, radiant floor heating supplements the fireplaces to warm the lodge. Gently curving across the front, the window wall passes elegantly between the interior and exterior timber elements.


Each bedroom follows a unique theme. The Chris Craft room is modeled after a vintage yacht, with shallow beams curving across the ceiling. Another room evokes sleeping outdoors, with a steeply-sloped, tent-like ceiling and fabric curtains. The property includes a man-made fishing lake stocked with trout where the owners plan to teach their grandchildren how to fly fish. This lake also serves the dual purpose of irrigation and control of surface flooding. A desalination plant provides water to the site without depleting the surrounding aquifer in accordance with the practice of green architecture. Similarly, all trees cut for the build were recut into lumber for the project and sawdust to augment topsoil. The project also features locally sourced stone quarried on Vancouver Island.


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