closet was transformed into a double-height library, complete with a reading nook and a rolling ladder from Spiral
Stairs of America. “That’s my
favorite part of the house,” says Dan.
“When I see Stella reaching for a book,
there’s nothing better.”
To help define the kitchen, the architects designed a wall of storage with cubbies
on one side and a pantry with appliances on the other. Colorful doors add
a playful touch, and DP3 Series cabinet pulls from Doug Mockett & Company keep the surfaces streamlined.
To maximize light, Dana opted for white surfaces, from the custom cabinetry to the Silestone countertops. “You can’t put a lemon or a Popsicle down on marble, so we got quartz, which is virtually indestructible,” she says.
Since the house is in a historic district, Beebe and Skidmore’s interventions were constrained by local guidelines, including a stipulation that the walls of the addition couldn’t line up with the walls of the existing house. They bumped the walls in by five feet on either side and painted the addition, clad in siding from Capital Lumber,
a color complementary to the original building’s deep, bright blue. “A guy from Boise’s preservation office came by and said, ‘This is a perfect example of how we’d like people
to build additions,’” says Dana. “We were pretty proud of that.”
To visually connect the kitchen with the outdoor covered patio, the
architects installed a cedar ceiling that flows from interior to exterior, peppered with an uninterrupted grid of Iside 2 puck lights from Leucos USA. Bifold accordion doors by Sierra Pacific open all the way, allowing the Zuckermans’ large dinner parties to spill outside.
“We wanted to open up the back of the house, but there’s nothing to look at,” says Dana. “So we decided to put something in our yard as a focal point, to create our own view.” The architects came up with a glass-walled studio, which Dana uses as
her home office. The architects mounted a steel I-beam that spans the yard, with holes drilled at eight-inch intervals for maximum flexibility of use. Right now it’s used for Ikea play equipment, but later they plan to hang a hammock and a movie screen.