To Jackson Hole, Wyoming locals, the timeless beauty of the Grand Tetons is a revered landmark. Rich Assenberg and Nathan Gray, of kt814 architects, took this into account when designing this passive house inspired home. Sustainability, low maintenance costs, privacy and unobstructed views were priorities. The homeowners, Phil and Carol Schoner are retired, and now spend ample time volunteering for the National Park Service. Carol was a chemist for Proctor & Gamble for 20 years and Phil worked as a chemical engineer. After living in a mobile home for 10 years, they sought to build a home in close proximity to their grandchildren, and to allow for easy aging-in-place by incorporating universal design.
 

A series of three Douglas fir and cedar-clad, connected pavilions compose the architecture on the two and a half-acre parcel. The first, a large main house with kitchen/dining and open living room. Second, a pavilion that is broken with an office space that showcases a guest studio with a bedroom and bath. The final structure shifts direction to the west–to block traffic from the main road–creating a private pocket of space for the master wing of the home with views of The Sleeping Indian mountain range, complete with a garage and mudroom attached.

One of the challenges in the design was to position the home so it blocked the surrounding houses in the area to provide privacy, and in return, offer sweeping, unobstructed views. The glass entry way deliberately draws attention to the magnificent Teton Range beyond. The winged exterior walls block the houses to the north, while as you travel through the hallway, the main circulation of the home, it purposefully hides all the homes to the east and west.

Adhering to passive house design, kt814 incorporated strategies such as an airtight double wall system with super insulation, hydronic radiant-floor heating, and high-performing FSC-certified Thermo Clad Pine triple-glazed windows from Zola Windows. The strategically positioned southern facing windows with the four foot overhang receive winter gains, yet keep the buildings’ thermal mass in the shade in the summertime. The couple lost power this past winter and the house stayed comfortable for four consecutive days in the brutal Wyoming cold when temperatures reached well below zero.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. “We wanted to respect the nature of the site,” the architects from kt814 say. “We wanted the planar landscape to feel like it was traveling through the home—letting the outside in, and back out again.” Photo  of House of FirView Photos

“We wanted to respect the nature of the site,” the architects from kt814 say. “We wanted the planar landscape to feel like it was traveling through the home—letting the outside in, and back out again.”

Modern home with Doors, Interior, Wood, Sliding Door Type, Metal, and Exterior. Just off the kitchen, “window walls” of Zola Windows enormous 24-foot triple Zola Lift & Slide door and large fixed units of 8-foot by 10-foot windows–with a custom matte metallic gray. Photo 2 of House of FirView Photos

Just off the kitchen, “window walls” of Zola Windows enormous 24-foot triple Zola Lift & Slide door and large fixed units of 8-foot by 10-foot windows–with a custom matte metallic gray.

Modern home with Doors, Exterior, Interior, Sliding Door Type, Wood, and Metal. Interior designer Jacque Jenkins-Stireman filled the interior space with furniture, fixtures, and accents including the SONNEMAN Lighting Stix LED pendant above the dining table. Cabinets are by Brian Stepek Custom Carpentry. Photo 3 of House of FirView Photos

Interior designer Jacque Jenkins-Stireman filled the interior space with furniture, fixtures, and accents including the SONNEMAN Lighting Stix LED pendant above the dining table. Cabinets are by Brian Stepek Custom Carpentry.

Modern home with Windows, Metal, Picture Window Type, and Wood. Stunning Teton Range views as seen from the master bath Thermo Clad window from Zola. Photo 4 of House of FirView Photos

Stunning Teton Range views as seen from the master bath Thermo Clad window from Zola.

Modern home with Doors, Interior, Swing Door Type, Wood, Metal, Sliding Door Type, and Exterior. Just off the kitchen, clever “window walls” of Zola Windows enormous 24-foot triple Zola Lift & Slide door and large fixed units of 8-foot by 10-foot windows–with a custom matte metallic gray–surround the living room and direct one’s gaze to the panoramas unfolding beyond, while retaining an intimate connection with the natural sage-brush landscape. Photo 5 of House of FirView Photos

Just off the kitchen, clever “window walls” of Zola Windows enormous 24-foot triple Zola Lift & Slide door and large fixed units of 8-foot by 10-foot windows–with a custom matte metallic gray–surround the living room and direct one’s gaze to the panoramas unfolding beyond, while retaining an intimate connection with the natural sage-brush landscape.

Modern home with Doors, Metal, Sliding Door Type, Exterior, Wood, and Interior. The clean and modern interior finishes–by local designer, Jacque Jenkins-Stireman–echo the home’s exterior architecture making it seem even more spacious. The kitchen cabinet doors, dining table, master bedroom furniture, custom built-in office desk and entryway bench are fabricated from a mixture of walnut, mimicking the same hue as the façade’s Douglas fir. The homeowners’ son-in-law, Alex Everett handcrafted many of the custom pieces. Photo 6 of House of FirView Photos

The clean and modern interior finishes–by local designer, Jacque Jenkins-Stireman–echo the home’s exterior architecture making it seem even more spacious. The kitchen cabinet doors, dining table, master bedroom furniture, custom built-in office desk and entryway bench are fabricated from a mixture of walnut, mimicking the same hue as the façade’s Douglas fir. The homeowners’ son-in-law, Alex Everett handcrafted many of the custom pieces.

Modern home with Windows, Metal, and Wood. Custom built-in office desk are fabricated from a mixture of walnut, mimicking the same hue as the façade’s Douglas fir. The homeowners’ son-in-law, Alex Everett handcrafted many of the custom pieces. Photo 7 of House of FirView Photos

Custom built-in office desk are fabricated from a mixture of walnut, mimicking the same hue as the façade’s Douglas fir. The homeowners’ son-in-law, Alex Everett handcrafted many of the custom pieces.

A Lift & Slide Door from Zola Windows opens directly from the master bedroom onto the sage brush landscape that surrounds the home. Photo 8 of House of Fir modern homeView Photos

A Lift & Slide Door from Zola Windows opens directly from the master bedroom onto the sage brush landscape that surrounds the home.

Modern home with Windows, Metal, Picture Window Type, and Wood. They wanted the planar landscape to feel like it was traveling through the home–letting the outside in, and back out again. Photo 9 of House of FirView Photos

They wanted the planar landscape to feel like it was traveling through the home–letting the outside in, and back out again.

Modern home with Doors, Sliding Door Type, Interior, Exterior, Metal, and Wood. In the kitchen/living space, a 10ft. tall by 24ft. wide Lift & Slide door (FSC-certified Thermo Clad Pine) from Zola Windows brings the outside in. Photo 10 of House of FirView Photos

In the kitchen/living space, a 10ft. tall by 24ft. wide Lift & Slide door (FSC-certified Thermo Clad Pine) from Zola Windows brings the outside in.

Modern home with Doors, Metal, Interior, Wood, Exterior, and Swing Door Type. The sloping winged walls have mitered corners and nails laid out in perfect dimensions. Photo 11 of House of FirView Photos

The sloping winged walls have mitered corners and nails laid out in perfect dimensions.

Modern home with Windows, Picture Window Type, Metal, and Wood. Douglas fir exterior siding, from Montana Timber Products. Photo 12 of House of FirView Photos

Douglas fir exterior siding, from Montana Timber Products.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. The rich dark-brown vertical Douglas fir exterior siding, from Montana Timber Products, melds into the native woody sage-brush tones and harmonizes with a lighter Cedar in intermittent horizontal bands around the house. Photo 13 of House of FirView Photos

The rich dark-brown vertical Douglas fir exterior siding, from Montana Timber Products, melds into the native woody sage-brush tones and harmonizes with a lighter Cedar in intermittent horizontal bands around the house.

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. A series of three Douglas fir and cedar-clad, connected pavilions compose the architecture on the two and a half-acre parcel. Photo 14 of House of FirView Photos

A series of three Douglas fir and cedar-clad, connected pavilions compose the architecture on the two and a half-acre parcel.

Modern home with Doors, Metal, Wood, Interior, Swing Door Type, and Exterior. The sloping winged walls have mitered corners and nails laid out in perfect dimensions. Photo 15 of House of FirView Photos

The sloping winged walls have mitered corners and nails laid out in perfect dimensions.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Wood Siding Material. One of the challenges in the design was to position the home so it blocked the surrounding houses in the area to provide privacy, and in return, offer sweeping, unobstructed views. Photo 16 of House of FirView Photos

One of the challenges in the design was to position the home so it blocked the surrounding houses in the area to provide privacy, and in return, offer sweeping, unobstructed views.

Credits

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Architect
  • kt814
  • Rich Assenberg
  • Nathan Gray
Interior Design
  • Jacque Jenkins-Stireman
Landscape Design
  • Agrostis
Builder
  • Alex Everett Building
Photographer
  • David Agnello

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 3197
  • Lot Size
  • 2.5 acres
  • 2.5 acres
  • Press