The Gibson's had an existing boathouse but felt it was a blemish on their
property. They wanted to reuse the existing boat stall but build a new
boathouse while adding a new studio and study. The driveway to their property
is shared with neighbors. The site went from the lake up the hillside
to the driveway above. Since the driveway to their property is shared
with neighbors, it was decided to build the studio into the hillside.
and have a sod roof so the structure would not be noticed as the neighbor
drove down- the driveway. Mrs.Gibson, an
artist, wanted her studio space to have high ceilings and ample natural
light. Mr. Gibson, an entrepreneur, wanted a more intimate space to keep
track of his business activities. The structure grows out of stonewalls
that are shaded by an arching sod roof. The roof is constructed with straight
Douglas fir glue laminated beams and fir decking.