This week we’re combing through the Remodelista archives for some of our all-time favorite summer stories. Here’s one:
Maury Island, in Washington’s Puget Sound, is small. You’ve likely never heard of it before, but you may have heard of its larger neighbor, Vashon Island, to which it’s connected via an isthmus built by local homeowners in 1913. (Before then, the two islands were linked only during low tide.) Both are accessible only by ferry, the inconvenience of which has kept commercial growth at bay—and that’s how its residents like it, including designer Tim Pfeiffer (of Seattle-based architecture and interiors firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer) and his partner, Matt Carvalho.
The two had been searching for a vacation home on the rural island for years when they finally spotted potential, under a layer of peeling linoleum flooring and pink plywood walls, in a former shipbuilder’s cabin from the late 19th century. Over the course of a year, Pfeiffer’s design team led a gut renovation of the home, stripping layers of various misbegotten decorative styles from the 1,900-square-foot home and adding back in historical charm—or, to put it succinctly, “eradicating a 1960s rambler vibe out of an original 1898 house,” says Pfeiffer.
In a nod to the cabin’s original owner, the interiors now also allude to its roots: The couple’s home is peppered with nautical references—from the subtle (brass hardware in the kitchen, a focus on the color blue) to the straightforward (artwork of coastal life and portraits of sailors).
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For more island style, see:
- Seattle Chef Matt Dillon’s Cookhouse at Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Island
- Farmhouse Refresh: An Antiques Dealer’s Clean and Simple Family Retreat on Shelter Island
- A Chic Fixer-Upper on Fire Island, Budget Edition
N.B.: This story is an update; the original post ran on July 6, 2020, and is reappearing here as part of our Summer from the Archive issue.
Frequently asked questions
Who designed the Maury Vashon Island House?
The Maury Vashon Island House was designed by architectural firm Hoedemaker Pfeiffer.
Where is the Maury Vashon Island House located?
The Maury Vashon Island House is located on Vashon Island, Washington, USA.
What type of architecture is the Maury Vashon Island House?
The Maury Vashon Island House features a traditional farmhouse style of architecture.
What is the design concept behind the Maury Vashon Island House?
The design concept behind the Maury Vashon Island House is to create a modern farmhouse that blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings.
Who were the interior designers for the Maury Vashon Island House?
The interior design for the Maury Vashon Island House was done by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer in collaboration with the homeowners.
What are some notable features of the Maury Vashon Island House?
Some notable features of the Maury Vashon Island House include its open floor plan, large windows that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and a spacious outdoor patio for entertaining.
Is the Maury Vashon Island House available for rent or purchase?
The availability of the Maury Vashon Island House for rent or purchase is not mentioned in the article.
Can visitors tour the Maury Vashon Island House?
It is unclear whether visitors can tour the Maury Vashon Island House. It is recommended to contact the homeowners or the architectural firm for more information.
Are there any sustainability features in the Maury Vashon Island House?
The article does not mention specific sustainability features in the Maury Vashon Island House.