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

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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.

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, House, and Flat RoofLine. 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.” Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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.”

Modern home with Exterior, House, Metal Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. 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. Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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.

Modern home with Kitchen, Concrete Floor, Subway Tile Backsplashe, Range Hood, Dishwasher, Pendant Lighting, and Refrigerator. 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. Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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.

Modern home with Kitchen, Drop In Sink, and Pendant Lighting. 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. Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Concrete Floor, and Pendant Lighting. 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. Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing 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.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Metal Railing. 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. Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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.

Modern home with Bath Room and Drop In Sink. A Kite wall sconce by Foscarini and mirrors from Gedy by Nameeks are installed above a polished chrome faucet from Kohler’s Purist collection. Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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

Modern home with Exterior, House, Metal Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Dotted with colorful footholds, a climbing wall covers one side of the home, allowing roof access. Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Pendant Lighting, and Concrete Floor. A Coral Pendant by David Trubridge hangs in the master suite, which opens up to a large deck. Photo  of A Fun, Cost-Conscious Home with Bright Interiors and a Climbing Wall

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

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