- Location: Teton Valley, Idaho
- Square Feet: 7,000
- Year Complete: 2008
- Design Team: Chris Moulder AIA, Jennifer Bush, Wes Chappell, Nery Ortiz
While recreating in the Teton Valley and Jackson Hole area, the Wendorffs not only wanted to comfortably house their own family while on vacation, but also have the ability to entertain for extended periods of time various extended family members and dear friends. The spaces are very intimate with personal touches important to the family yet comfortable for anyone who visits.
Comfortable bedroom suites and a whimsical bunk room were incorporated into the “extruded” floor plan which maximizes functionality and emphasizes privacy. Having these bedroom suites organized as if they were cabins built near the main house and connected over time, adds to the experience of discovery in the house and once discovered, begins a journey towards equanimity.
This sense of discovery and intrigue is found throughout the home, especially in the furniture and finish selections. These pieces are surprising and tell a story. It is an eclectic mix that makes you want to discover what is around the next corner and in the next room.
Exploring the interior, you’ll find a huge kid’s bunk room, a chalkboard for house notes or re-purposed lockers full of games.
The Wendorffs are a family of six who have been visiting southeastern Idaho for decades. The clean, clear mountain air and pristine setting is a noted difference from the frantic, congested life they have in southern California. The site they chose to carefully place a structure on in order for them to hang their hats, reflect and recharge, overlooks the Teton Valley to the north, the Big Hole Mountains to the west, the Palisades Mountains to the south and the majestic Teton Mountain range to the northeast.
Although the lot is a dry lot, meaning there is no natural running water, the Wendorffs were intrigued by other projects DMA had designed where streams and ponds were introduced to the site. The house program and the site master plan therefore was arranged to allow for these items in the future
Heavy textures include; randomly stacked stone veneers with deep raked joints to give the wall a dry stacked look, heavily weathered recycled timbers, thick recycled planks were used as siding and designed to give the main building deep shadow lines and are inspired by the miles of snow fencing used throughout the west along the highways and byways.