Hoback Run is the transformative result of a collaboration between CLB Architects and Seattle-based Graham Baba Architects. The firms worked together to convert an existing lodge at Jackson Hole’s Shooting Star residential development (one of 82 cabins or lodges for which CLB Architects handled the architectural plans) into a highly customized and sophisticated home grounded in exceptional craftsmanship. The 3,400 square foot residence in the Teton Mountain Range was redesigned for the homeowner—an avid snowboarder, mountain biker, and design enthusiast—who sought to establish a personalized home in the top-tier skiing town as an addition to his existing collection of residences in leading ski towns across the country.

This project was a thoroughly collaborative process, with the CLB Architects and Graham Baba Architects teams keeping a close dialogue on each design element, from concept to actualization. Architectural modifications were made to augment the lodge’s simple framework, including improvements to the visual connection between the second-floor master bedroom and the great room as well as altering the existing fireplace. The design team also concealed the central TV with a steel panel that moves vertically to enable the TV to come forward and be flush with the wall paneling. A sculptural partial wall was introduced in the entrance of the lodge to transform the undefined space into a den, with an operable slatted leather portion that seals off the space when desired.

The interiors were tailored to the homeowner’s personality with an emphasis on custom elements highlighted through an understated and elegant masculinity. Rich wooden features reveal northwestern influences and are balanced with a soft, muted color palette informed by Jackson’s natural surroundings. A custom chandelier in the dining room constructed of cast black cylinders highlights the collaborative nature of the design process. The piece began with a 3D model generated by CLB Architects, which Graham Baba then used to create shop drawings and source the final product from a Seattle-based lighting manufacturer.

The design team met in Seattle on many occasions to shop with the homeowner, sourcing design pieces from both local Seattle and Jackson makers, including rugs from a Seattle-based company. The master bed and entry console are both custom designs by Tod Von Mertens, a New Hampshire-based designer that the team discovered at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in 2019. The home also includes pieces from established brands such as a sofa from Holly Hunt, mohair swivel chair from Minotti, and bunk beds from Restoration Hardware.

For the final layer, the homeowner wanted the art program to be influenced by the architecture and detailing in the house. The design team and homeowner combed galleries in Seattle and Jackson and curated a selection of artwork to complement the feel of the home. The final program includes pieces by Helen Durant and Anastasia Kimmett, and a central painting by Stephen Keeney that instills extra warmth into the great room.

Project Team

Interior Design: Sarah Kennedy, Erica Hawley
Architecture: CLB Architects, Graham Baba Architects