A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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By Tiffany Jow
Challenged to build a budget-friendly dream home, a Wyoming firm delivers a bold, beautiful box.

After living in Jackson, Wyoming, for nearly two decades, writer and athlete Dina Mishev was ready to build her dream home. She invited her friends at Carney Logan Burke Architects to design an inexpensive residence that made strategic use of her landlocked, view-challenged property. The project’s tight budget (approximately $500,000 to build and furnish) prompted a simple rectangular frame. 

"We asked ourselves, 'How do we make this box a beautiful box?'" principal Eric Logan says. They carved away corners and added rhythmic glazing to provide maximum views and natural light. In response to the site’s limited buildable area, Logan’s team ingeniously pushed the living areas up to the second floor, creating an upside-down version of a traditional home. A garage and two bedrooms comprise the lower level, with an open kitchen and living room on the top floor with the master suite. Features like standard-sized windows, drywall ceilings, and exposed concrete floors kept costs down. A climbing wall, Mishev’s idea, provides roof access from one side of the house.

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 1 of 9 - Pared-down and rectangular, the 2,300-square-foot Cache Creek residence was built with a modest budget. "We set out to do a very big thing with a very small amount of money, and we achieved all our goals and more," says architect Eric Logan. "It’s a wonderful little box."

Pared-down and rectangular, the 2,300-square-foot Cache Creek residence was built with a modest budget. "We set out to do a very big thing with a very small amount of money, and we achieved all our goals and more," says architect Eric Logan. "It’s a wonderful little box."

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 2 of 9 - Galvanized sheet metal is used in places where the architects manipulated the home’s skin by pushing it out or carving it away. The rest of the residence is wrapped in black corrugated sheet metal. "We looked for exterior materials that were made with recycled content and available in large amounts, so as to reduce the number of hours painting the stuff," Logan says.

Galvanized sheet metal is used in places where the architects manipulated the home’s skin by pushing it out or carving it away. The rest of the residence is wrapped in black corrugated sheet metal. "We looked for exterior materials that were made with recycled content and available in large amounts, so as to reduce the number of hours painting the stuff," Logan says.

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 3 of 9 - IKEA cabinets, Caesarstone counters, and white Dune tiles by modularArts accent the open-plan kitchen. A Viking refrigerator and dishwasher stand near a Capital range. A pair of black Masters Stool by Kartell provide places to sit along the island.

IKEA cabinets, Caesarstone counters, and white Dune tiles by modularArts accent the open-plan kitchen. A Viking refrigerator and dishwasher stand near a Capital range. A pair of black Masters Stool by Kartell provide places to sit along the island.

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 4 of 9 - A polished chrome faucet from Kohler’s Purist collection enhances the kitchen. Walls and ceilings are made of drywall and painted brilliant hues that complement the home's industrial exterior.

A polished chrome faucet from Kohler’s Purist collection enhances the kitchen. Walls and ceilings are made of drywall and painted brilliant hues that complement the home's industrial exterior.

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 5 of 9 - Made of stainless steel and TEKA hardwood, a Curzon dining table by Modloft is surrounded by a quartet of Victoria Ghost dining chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell. A striped Missy pendant light by Filipe Lisboa hangs overhead. Four Chill White media consoles from CB2 line the western wall.

Made of stainless steel and TEKA hardwood, a Curzon dining table by Modloft is surrounded by a quartet of Victoria Ghost dining chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell. A striped Missy pendant light by Filipe Lisboa hangs overhead. Four Chill White media consoles from CB2 line the western wall.

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 6 of 9 - A Cascade suspension light by Ango hangs over the stairway. Extra-thick, exposed concrete floors contribute to the home’s radiant heating and cooling system. "There’s more upfront cost, but because Jackson’s heating season is so long, it’s actually a very economical choice," Logan says.

A Cascade suspension light by Ango hangs over the stairway. Extra-thick, exposed concrete floors contribute to the home’s radiant heating and cooling system. "There’s more upfront cost, but because Jackson’s heating season is so long, it’s actually a very economical choice," Logan says.

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 7 of 9 - A Kite wall sconce by Foscarini and mirrors from Gedy by Nameeks are installed above a polished chrome faucet from Kohler’s Purist collection.

A Kite wall sconce by Foscarini and mirrors from Gedy by Nameeks are installed above a polished chrome faucet from Kohler’s Purist collection.

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 8 of 9 - Dotted with colorful footholds, a climbing wall covers one side of the home, allowing roof access.

Dotted with colorful footholds, a climbing wall covers one side of the home, allowing roof access.

A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home With Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall - Photo 9 of 9 - A Coral Pendant by David Trubridge hangs in the master suite, which opens up to a large deck.

A Coral Pendant by David Trubridge hangs in the master suite, which opens up to a large deck.

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