This 5,000-square-foot main house and 1,000-square-foot guesthouse is located on a four-acre lot between Teton Village and the Snake River. The site is quiet and private with cottonwood groves, intermittent views of mountains in every direction and full of wildlife.  Anticipating a growing, extended family, the Texas couple desired a timeless home that would provide a mountain getaway for family and friends.

The house is sited and landscaped to take advantage of the intimate setting while maintaining a migration corridor for the abundant wildlife. Two ponds, a stream, and outdoor fire pit achieve this goal. Exterior materials of weathering cedar shakes and Montana moss rock complement the square cut, hand-adzed logs. Large timber trusses with blackened metal ties add an element of refinement to the traditional material palette.

On the main level, a two-story volume contains the majority of common spaces, guest room and master bedroom. A double-sided fireplace of dry stacked stone, mirrored on the exterior porch creates additional outdoor living space. Split logs add warmth and give the house a cabin-like feel that the owners desired. The kitchen has a clean look with painted cabinets and water brushed slate countertops. Upstairs a bunkroom, with six beds, is clad in soft gray barnwood. Details include recessed niches for toys and books and small windows invite guests to have individualized mountaintop views.

The guesthouse is the perfect compliment to the fine scale details of the main house. Two bedrooms and bathrooms flank the kitchen and open living space. The outdoor porch allows guests to enjoy the large pond that is the centerpiece of the site.

Project Team

Architecture: Kevin Burke, Matt Bowers, Lauren Frey, Jen Mei