Design snapshot: Happy shack

This diminutive boat/barn hybrid has much of the appeal of both a boat and a barn. The inverted, hull-shaped roof beautifully suits its beach context. The elegantly projecting rake at the peak is more than a design flourish; it supports a pulley (as on a barn) to hoist lobster traps or whatnot into the upper loft. The boat-like roof shape combined with the barn-like board-and-batten siding, plus the pleasingly functional door- and window-placement make this fishing shack an original charmer. I imagine folks whistle while they work here.

by Katie Hutchison for House Enthusiast