Boat houses are normally known for more function than style.
The Raven Street house from James Russell Architect is a boat house inspired design that offers both. Docked in Australia, it feels like a curbside vacation home.
With its combination of gorgeous glass and wood, the exterior façade with its lively appearance is also carried inside.
The colorful glass panels are not only pretty; they also let sunlight filter in while the color and textured walls retain privacy. When the sun rises and sets, the glass walls illuminate.
The second level open deck is a delicious place to have a master suite. It feels connected to the rest of the house and the outdoors, but the way it is positioned in its corner space is secluded while the center of the home is left open.
The single shutter style window units are a smart choice for the area, where the home can often be left open, but an occasional storm or rainy day can be kept out.
In addition to the open feel and connection to the views outside, this also helps with air circulation and cross ventilation. Awnings also help direct the sunlight, but keep out the winds.
Much of the furniture looks reclaimed or handmade, and the mix of vintage signage fits the character of the home.
According to the architect many of his designs are a nod to a particular boat, Makaira, from his childhood. The boat, along with the waterside lifestyle and adventures in the waves, are mimicked in his spaces, and as he puts it:
“In that boat I felt cradled and protected, but if I chose, I could open up to and be aware of the broader context around me.”
This is the goal of the family home. A smart layout has all the zones covered; there are spaces for togetherness, privacy, work and time outdoors.
At center stage are the living quarters with lounging and kitchen spaces.
The connected indoor library and outdoor courtyard is probably the hub of much of the household’s activity.
All images are © James Russell Architect.
Photography by Toby Scott, Jon Linkins and John Ellway.
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