Timeless family retreat nestled on the shores of Lake Chelan, Washington


Designed by Stuart Silk Architects, this timeless family retreat is nestled on the south shore of Lake Chelan, in Washington State. The lake is fifty-miles long, winding its way through the North Cascades. Glaciers feed the lake and account for its stunning azure blue color.

This two-acre property features a main house, two guest bungalows, a bunkhouse, pool house, and a garage. The inspiration for this dwelling takes its cue from lake houses in regions such as the Adirondacks and New Hampshire, filtered through Lake Chelan’s unique regional sensibility.

Project Team: Architecture: Stuart Silk Architects | Landscaping: Land Morphology | Construction: Toth Construction


The owners have created a compound that allows family and close friends to gather to enjoy lakeside living for extended periods of time during the summer months. The goal for the design of this home was to capture a timeless quality, appearing as though it had been there for generations.


To achieve this, classically proportioned gabled forms were designed with the added nuance of gently swooping eaves and many distinctive details including decorative corbels. The natural Western Red shingles have been allowed to weather and are complemented by a specially mixed blue/grey trim which has become the home’s trademark.


The theme is repeated in each out-building with carefully considered variations to avoid repetition and to ensure the composition is of one piece. Stone foundation walls and carefully proportioned mullioned windows add to the home’s overall classical nature. The goal was to be relaxed yet dignified, without being formal or stiff.


The main residence is the clubhouse and central hub and has a large central room that opens to the kitchen and is big enough for everyone to gather as a group. This is the core of the house with a great outlook to the pool, dock, beach, and lawn.


There are four out-buildings, including two cabins for guests to enjoy their privacy while never being too far from water activities and family fun. The bunkhouse is a kid’s zone and can accommodate up to twelve to make a real camp house for children and friends. A separate pool-side structure provides a place for gathering at the pool.


What We Love: This timeless family retreat offers expansive living zones for spending quality time together while also providing spaces for privacy. Large windows frame spectacular views of the lake while also drenching the interiors with natural light. We are especially loving the screened-in dining terrace with its indoor-outdoor living experience and repurposed canoe hanging from the ceiling.

Tell Us: What do you think, would this home be your idea of the ultimate summer retreat to gather with family and friends? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our favorite home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this home, Stuart Silk Architects: Contemporary shingle style house on the shores of Lake Washington and Japanese garden oasis surrounds a home on the shores of Lake Washington.



The middle of the home was sited on an axis, where the entry also served the dual purpose of separating the living dining areas from the private areas of the home including four bedrooms and an office. A light-filled gallery connects the two areas of the home.








The owner’s approach to the interiors was to have the home feel fun and cheerful and do so with a patriotic bent by incorporating American flags and other historical reminders of our country’s heritage, along with lots of red, white, and blue. These many elements are mixed with other lakeside reminders such as an old wooden canoe that hangs from the ceiling in the bunkhouse.


A large outdoor, covered, screened-in dining terrace is a crucial element to the home to accommodate large gatherings for lunch and dinner.





Photos: Aaron Leitz Photography

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