Teton County, Wyoming • 6,831 sq. ft.
Design Team: Chris Moulder AIA, Nery Ortiz, Chad Downs, Jennifer Bush, Luke Walker
The existing log structure originally erected sometime in the 1980’s was that of a “kit” home. In other words, the house was manufactured somewhere else with logs turned on a lathe to a specific dimension and fitted with a “Swedish cope” to allow the logs to sit tight and, theoretically, need no chinking. Unfortunately, over time the logs shrunk enough to allow breezes and insects to infiltrate the home
The new owner, an art dealer, had an extensive collection of American art both in painted and sculpted media. With small bedrooms and a combined living, dining and kitchen area the existing floor plan was set up along the line of a modest year-round home for a family. The ability to display larger art pieces and Native American artifacts, amongst which two totem poles, was not possible with such small rooms and low ceilings.
Chris Moulder and his DMA team worked toward reorganizing the existing floor plan and created a great room to the east of the existing living/dining space that would also serve as a rustic gallery with a two-story space and balconies, and creating wall surfaces and smaller, more intimate spaces within the larger room. A new master suite was also created over the expanded garage, which, being placed on the second floor, offered commanding views of the south toward Munger Mountain, the pond and Adam’s Canyon to the east, and Flat Creek and the Mosquito Creek drainage to the west.