Site-milled timbers and local river rock transform a house with a simple floor plan into a rustic camp.
Synopsis: Not only did Bill Omaits want a home inspired by the fishing lodges he remembered from his childhood vacations, but he wanted the home built using the trees which lined the nearby river, and the rocks which lay beneath it. The exterior blends Japanese timber-framing with a Green-and-Green-inspired sloping roof, and twin planters built from local river rock complete the look. Inside, the same hand-picked river rocks line the custom fireplace, and massive timbers support the exposed beams and boards which were all milled on site from Douglas-firs removed during the clearing of the property.
Living in a fishing lodge is many a man’s dream but seldom a reality — unless you’re Bill Omaits. He wanted a simply designed, efficient home that borrowed its look from the fishing lodges where he had vacationed since he was a boy. The property, just over an acre on a sloping site, is insulated from the neighbors by towering Douglas-fir trees and has a commanding view of Puget Sound.
A generous entry that’s in proportion to the house
The main entry blends Japanese timber-framing with a Greene-and-Greene-inspired, wide, low sloping roofline to create a uniquely Northwestern feel. The high gable breaks the monotony of a plain roofline and offers a generously spaced and protected entry.
The planters on each side of the entry are built from river rock. Bill and his sons gathered the stones, about 10 truckloads, after obtaining permits from the Forest Service. Bill says he could have bought stone and had it delivered: “It would have been a lot easier that way, but you get a lot of waste, too. We went out in August and September because the rivers are at their lowest and the selection’s at its best, and picked the rocks for both color and…