The site is located in the valley floor on the banks of the Wood River and has commanding views of the surrounding mountains.
A large floating roof covers interior and exterior space in an effort to blur the lines between the two. Taking its cues from the existing tree canopies and the prominent ravines in the nearby mountains, the house opens up to embrace nature. Water is abundant on the site and a natural pond is developed as an intregal part of the design and a repository for the ground source heat pump. Board form concrete is warmed by natural wood. All materials are finished in their natural state for an honest expression of the house in its natural environment.
Triple pane glass and super insulation (R-30 walls and R-60 roofs) create the thermal envelope. The house is heated and cooled with hydronic radiant floors by a ground source heat pump. The heat pump also supports a supplemental forced air system that provides fresh air and moderates the severe temperature swings. HRV’s help maintain fresh air throughout the house.