studio zerbey / alaska surf shack

Earlier this year, we started design work on a new custom home in Alaska. Located near Seward, Alaska, this 1,725 SF “surf shack” will be home to our client, Kari – an outdoor enthusiast, local mariner and all-around awesome person.


The home is designed with a 24×30 footprint to maximize efficiency of the form and is built-up off the ground due to local flood and tsunami hazards. It’s also located in a high-level earthquake zone. The lower floor has concrete walls that house a one-car garage and water storage system that captures roof water run-off before being filtered into large cisterns. Given the cold climate, we’ll be using extra insulation and high-performance black fiberglass windows and doors. (Click on floor plans to enlarge.)


The main floor consists of a bathroom and storage area behind a living and kitchen area with panoramic views of the bay.


A cozy loft above serves as a workout space and sleeping area (the bed will be placed under the vaulted ceiling of the bump-out).


Due to a short building season, construction on the home started in April and framing is now mostly complete! (The house is being built by local contractor, Harmon Construction.) Here are a few “real life vs. rendering” comparisons to show you how it’s shaping up.


The exterior will be clad in clear cedar siding (with stained vertical cedar siding at the bump-out) and a high-performance standing seam metal roof. A wood soffit at the underside of the roof enforces the inside-outside relationship and a steel and wood deck provides an elevated outdoor space during the winter months.



A steel awning structure with a standing seam metal roof will help shed snow away from the garage door.



Hefty glulam beams span the length of the house, supporting the roof structure and additional snow loads while deep overhangs protect the house from the elements.

And finally – hello, view!


Looking forward to sharing more progress photos as construction continues! (And to see more renderings of what the interior will look like, check out the project page on our website!)


12 Responses to “studio zerbey / alaska surf shack”

  1. Peggy in Canada says:

    Spectacular! I am sure your client will love this home once it is complete.

  2. Paul says:

    Looks amazing!

  3. Marlena says:

    Oh my goodness! That view! Looks great.

  4. hjc says:

    Wow! You will definitely need to go and visit your finished work in person, right? :-). Fantastic project!

  5. Anna says:

    It looks fantastic! Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.

  6. Marie says:

    Beautiful! I live in Alaska and am pretty sure I kayak close to that location. I look forward to seeing it next summer!

  7. Shauna says:

    Very lovely, very harmonious fit to the surroundings.
    I’m so behind. I only just caught up on summer reading and saw your page in Sunset, showing your pretty kitchen. Wow! Wish they’d have shown more of your home, actually, but it was cool to see you there.

  8. Lisa says:

    Those views are incredible! And, nice design to frame them to full effect. I meant to tell you that I was in Missoula this summer and saw a Studio Zerbey sign. Another new project?

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