The Boar Shoat

Before social-distancing became the norm, the owner of the Boar Shoat [a family term for youthful vivacity] was looking for some isolation - not to get away from a pandemic, but to gain distance from the clamor of city living.

So he went back to the place of his carefree childhood summer vacations, and that's where he found it - along a gentle natural berm, next to a quaking stand of aspen trees, nestled into a sixty acre parcel of rolling grassy hills surrounded by the great Rocky Mountains of Southern Idaho – perfectly in the middle of nowhere.

Intended as a crash pad and base camp, three small structures gather under an open air pavilion, encapsulating the client's main concept for the project - a spartan retreat within the Bear River range. Central to the project is a large outdoor living space under an expansive canopy that protects it from the weather. The triad of small structures (consisting of residence, guest quarters and utilitarian storage) flank this outdoor living room on three sides acting as windbreaks and framing views of Paris Peak.

With no utility connections for miles, the self-sustaining retreat is designed with energy in mind. Using passive solar strategies, the windows are positioned to harness free energy from the sun during the winter, and roof overhangs have been calculated for cool summer shading. A tight super-insulated building envelope and performance enhancing windows and doors ventilate and optimize interior comfort. Electricity and heat are provided by a photovoltaic array atop the canopy with supplemental battery storage and back-up generator.

Emphasizing the owner’s desire for low to no maintenance materials, the entire exterior is clad in accordion metal panels, well suited for the harsh winters of the open range. The panel's unique shape creates ever changing patterns of light and shadow throughout the day. Likewise, an oculus in the canopy traces sun angles throughout the year, from space to space, marking every moment spent there.

The interior is simple, complimenting the exterior experience by visually bringing views and vegetation inside through expansive floor to ceiling windows. Clean white walls act as a gallery for an extensive art collection created by the owner's daughters. Furnishings were selected by the client's talented wife, making the place uniquely theirs. Natural wood ceilings warm and soften the space from above. Below, intentionally untreated concrete floors offer a durable, worry-free surface that embraces the patina of life [foot traffic, spills, scuffs, and all], creating a living record of time well spent together.

Logan and Steven Schenk of locally based yNot Construction sourced labor and construction materials from nearby outfits and suppliers, orchestrating the entire build from the first spade in the ground through the ceremonious ‘house warming’ get-together.

Naturally, the landscape is left ruggedly wild to further induce awareness of being encompassed by nature and away from everything.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Small Home Building Type. The central court yard is flanked on three sides by free standing structures connected by a floating canopy, giving the outdoor living space protection from wind and weather. Photo  of The Boar Shoat

The central court yard is flanked on three sides by free standing structures connected by a floating canopy, giving the outdoor living space protection from wind and weather.

Modern home with Outdoor, Field, Walkways, Trees, Grass, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Woodland, Shrubs, Desert, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Fences, Wall, Hardscapes, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Boulders. Paris Peak is framed by the central court yard.  Nature permeates the perimeter on all sides. Photo 2 of The Boar Shoat

Paris Peak is framed by the central court yard. Nature permeates the perimeter on all sides.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Cabin Building Type, Small Home Building Type, and Flat RoofLine. The three structures physically connect only via the canopy and outdoor living patio in order to allow views and cross breezes to abound. Photo 3 of The Boar Shoat

The three structures physically connect only via the canopy and outdoor living patio in order to allow views and cross breezes to abound.

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, Cabin Building Type, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Small Home Building Type. The central court with outdoor fire pit views a stand of quaking aspen trees where the nearest neighbor [a moose] resides. Photo 4 of The Boar Shoat

The central court with outdoor fire pit views a stand of quaking aspen trees where the nearest neighbor [a moose] resides.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Small Home Building Type, Metal Siding Material, and House Building Type. Nestling into the hillside next to a stand a aspen trees gives the home a cozy, protected feeling in the exposed hills of Idaho. Photo 5 of The Boar Shoat

Nestling into the hillside next to a stand a aspen trees gives the home a cozy, protected feeling in the exposed hills of Idaho.

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Metal Siding Material, Small Home Building Type, House Building Type, and Cabin Building Type. Long rolling hills with dark rock outcroppings inspired the low-lying, horizontal form. Photo 6 of The Boar Shoat

Long rolling hills with dark rock outcroppings inspired the low-lying, horizontal form.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Boulders, Hardscapes, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. The oculus over an ever-growing stone cairn marks the time of day and the change of seasons as the light traces the suns path through each living space.  Visitors are invited to add a stone to the cairn with each visit they make. Photo 7 of The Boar Shoat

The oculus over an ever-growing stone cairn marks the time of day and the change of seasons as the light traces the suns path through each living space. Visitors are invited to add a stone to the cairn with each visit they make.

Modern home with Living Room, Recliner, Chair, Concrete Floor, Table, Recessed Lighting, and Sofa. The guest house lounge spills out onto the outdoor living patio under the central canopy. Photo 8 of The Boar Shoat

The guest house lounge spills out onto the outdoor living patio under the central canopy.

Modern home with Living Room, Recliner, Concrete Floor, Recessed Lighting, Sofa, and Floor Lighting. Views of Paris Peak are captured in the guest lounge. Photo 9 of The Boar Shoat

Views of Paris Peak are captured in the guest lounge.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Two-Sided Fireplace, Recessed Lighting, Sofa, Pendant Lighting, Floor Lighting, Coffee Tables, Gas Burning Fireplace, and Concrete Floor. A 25 foot wide, 11 foot tall multi-slide door opens the entire main house living space to the outdoor living area in the main court yard. Photo 10 of The Boar Shoat

A 25 foot wide, 11 foot tall multi-slide door opens the entire main house living space to the outdoor living area in the main court yard.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Chair, Gas Burning Fireplace, Concrete Floor, Two-Sided Fireplace, Recessed Lighting, Floor Lighting, and Coffee Tables. Floor to ceiling glass floods the living room with light and views. Photo 11 of The Boar Shoat

Floor to ceiling glass floods the living room with light and views.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Recessed Lighting, Concrete Floor, Coffee Tables, Two-Sided Fireplace, Gas Burning Fireplace, and Floor Lighting. A free standing, three-sided fireplace bookends the living room creating entry and privacy for the master bedroom. Photo 12 of The Boar Shoat

A free standing, three-sided fireplace bookends the living room creating entry and privacy for the master bedroom.

Modern home with Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Concrete Floor. Kitchen and dining are combined to keep the main house's footprint compact and functional.  Floating cabinets provide separation and privacy for the guest room. Photo 13 of The Boar Shoat

Kitchen and dining are combined to keep the main house's footprint compact and functional. Floating cabinets provide separation and privacy for the guest room.

Modern home with Concrete Floor and Recessed Lighting. Wall to wall, floor to ceiling glass blurs the boundary between the master bedroom and the rolling hills of southern Idaho. Photo 14 of The Boar Shoat

Wall to wall, floor to ceiling glass blurs the boundary between the master bedroom and the rolling hills of southern Idaho.

Modern home with Concrete Floor, Pendant Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. A recessed master tub views the rolling golden hills of the Bear River mountain range. Photo 15 of The Boar Shoat

A recessed master tub views the rolling golden hills of the Bear River mountain range.

Modern home with Outdoor, Field, and Grass. In the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho, the remote retreat is away from everything except solitude. Photo 16 of The Boar Shoat

In the Rocky Mountains of southern Idaho, the remote retreat is away from everything except solitude.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, House Building Type, Small Home Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Metal Siding Material. An oculus opened in the central court yard canopy brings light and warmth to outdoor living. Photo 17 of The Boar Shoat

An oculus opened in the central court yard canopy brings light and warmth to outdoor living.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Metal Siding Material, House Building Type, Small Home Building Type, and Flat RoofLine. Nature is allowed to permeate the building site giving the impression that the retreat grew out of the ground rather than placed upon it. Photo 18 of The Boar Shoat

Nature is allowed to permeate the building site giving the impression that the retreat grew out of the ground rather than placed upon it.

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Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2019
  • Square Feet
  • 2125