2901 NE Marine Dr. Slip C-23 | Portland | 97211
Architect: Emily Réfi, Architect
Moonier Boathouse

Built 2011; 480sf new living quarters, 790sf new deck above, 1280sf remodeled existing boat storage/utility & shop

Dennis & Victoria Moonier hired Emily Réfi to transform their 60′s boathouse into a floating weekend retreat on the Columbia river. With a shared appreciation of modernity, compact living and sustainability, Emily designed a 480sf residence above 1280sf of boat storage, utility and shop space in collaboration with Monte Ypma.

The living quarters were pulled back from the lower walls like a ship’s “bridge” and capped with a floating roof plane that provides passive solar and shelter from the harsh Oregon marine elements. The steel stair pauses at an intermediate deck for a view of Mt. Hood while keeping the height compatible with neighboring structures. New walls were brightened up with marine-colored corrugated metal and natural cedar siding. Like ship quarters, features like a fold-up bed and panes of glass on opposite walls make the compact space feel generous. Wrap-around decks are surrounded by minimal cable railings for unobstructed views of the river.

Dennis would act as general contractor and complete most of construction work himself to maximize a modest budget. Challenging site logistics led to creative and efficient means. Materials had to be carried down a steep, narrow ramp, then pushed by handcart down a 600’ dock. Steel I-beams and a custom prefabricated stair were transported down the river by tug-crane. All demolished lumber was reused on site or within the marina. A patina of original metal wall cladding was left in tact to relate to surrounding buildings while conserving resources.

Decisions were made along the way to maximize energy efficiency within a tight budget. The cantilevered roof plane shields direct summer sun while welcoming direct light in the winter. Triple-paned windows, spray insulation and clever detailing provide a tight shell while simultaneously mitigating noise from nearby PDX landing strips. The residence is efficiently heated with a mini-split heatpump, and a PV array will be installed to achieve a goal of net-zero energy.

PLEASE NOTE: Google Maps does not map the boat slips. PLEASE REFER TO THIS IMAGE. Enter the marina at the McCuddy’s Marina Gate at 2901 NE Marine Dr. Then follow the yellow line to the STAR to get to slip C-23.

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