House of the Week: Budget-Friendly Box Home

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 Our readers enjoyed the story of this affordable, fun-loving Wyoming house, which has a roof that can be reached by climbing wall. 

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.



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.


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.


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



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