A Dream Home in the Tetons with Mod Style
“Views of the Tetons are almost always the paramount issue here in Jackson Hole,” says Brad Hoyt, lead architect of Hoyt/CTA Architects Engineers in Jackson, Wyoming. So when Boston-based Alexi and Steve Conine asked the firm to design a getaway home for their family of five, the vistas it offered became the key guiding factor behind the structure’s layout, style, materials—and ultimately even the furnishings selected by the owners.
As it happens, outfitting the interiors was a simple task of one-stop shopping thanks to AllModern.com and Wayfair.com, two of four online home décor and furnishings brands cofounded by Steve. “This was a great opportunity to shop our own site,” he says, noting that he and Alexi completely outfitted their home with the sites’ inventory—from furniture and wood flooring to faucets and fixtures. “There are about 7 million products in our catalog online,” he notes. “So if we couldn’t find something for our home, I’d just get them to add it.”
To the right of the covered entry, a window offers a peek through the living room to the view beyond.
The building site, almost an acre of ridge-top land in the Spring Creek Ranch subdivision, slopes downward to both the west and the south. For this reason the architects opted to stack the home’s three levels, orienting the primary rooms toward views that sweep directly across the valley to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and span the entire Teton Range. “We organized the floor planes and volumes on the main floor to give the best views to the living room, dining room, kitchen and deck,” says Hoyt, who worked with project manager Adam Janak. “On the upper level, the master suite and two bunkrooms got the views, as did the lowest floor’s family room.” But not even the eastward-facing top-floor guest room was deprived, with its window looking upslope to another butte crossed by an elk track.
opposite the best views." — Architect Brad Hoyt
Hoyt’s team met the Conines’ request for “an open, airy feeling and spacious common areas” with a clean, modern design featuring an arched roofline and correspondingly curved top-floor ceilings, along with large expanses of west-facing floor-to-ceiling glass. “Some of the more traditional architecture you might find here can have views impeded by logs or cut off by gables or eaves,” says Hoyt. The architect further enhanced the free flow of the living spaces by adding delightfully unconventional touches: Rather than stairs, a ramp bridges a 16-inch shift in levels between the living room and adjacent dining and kitchen spaces, and an interior slide swoops from an upstairs hallway down to the family room.
Despite its contemporary, playful style, the design deliberately maintains links to the historic local vernacular through the materials selected by Hoyt and his clients. Exterior walls showcase a combination of textured, earth-toned Oklahoma moss rock and reclaimed corral boards, complemented by durable Rheinzink preweathered zinc panels with a rich patina. Inside, that palette expands to include surfaces of walnut, hemlock and oak, along with integrally heated polished-concrete floors made with an aggregate of multicolored stones from the nearby Snake River that add subtle, beautiful texture.
The furniture selections tend toward a Midcentury Modern aesthetic, which the Conines and their architects found to be particularly appropriate for both the location and the scenery. “If you think back to pioneer construction,” Steve says, “a lot of it was plain and simple. That look really works out here, where the more geometric angles of modern design fit in well with such a dramatic landscape.”
Because furniture, no matter how fabulous, simply can’t steal this mountain scene.
High-definition monitors set into the foyer floor present a playful montage of family photos and videos relevant to the Rocky Mountain West.
The living room welcomes relaxed gatherings with its durable leather sectional by Four Hands and custom patchwork rug of multicolored cowhide by Linie Design.
Reached by a ramp from the living room, the dining area features a table base custom-made by Andy Olerud of Dovetail Design and a walnut slab top from Goby Walnut; surrounding the table are molded plastic chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller.
Above the dining area, a chandelier by Control Brand, from AllModern.com, playfully echoes the antlers of an elk mount covered in cable-knit cashmere, by artist Rachel Denny, on the fireplace wall.
A Caesarstone-topped island sits beneath a Viking range hood and provides ample space for prep and casual dining.
Designed to defer to the views, the glass-walled main staircase is free of risers and spare of frame.
A niche off the main deck provided a spot to hang egg-shaped chairs where the owners’ children like to swing in the evenings.
The teak-and-stainless-steel dining table and benches by Mama Green, via AllModern.com, harmonize with the aesthetic of the deck and its framing overhead steel beams.
Arcing above the master bedroom’s built-in walnut furniture, structural glulam beams follow the curve of the roofline. The custom rail-hung barn-style door leading to the master bathroom references historical ranch architecture.
In a first-floor guest bedroom lacking major views, a modern Mood Rocking Bed made by Shiner International contributes visual interest.
Custom-crafted from walnut to match the bedroom’s built-ins, his-and-hers vanities in the master bath flank a column covered in Rain Forest marble mosaic tile by MSI (available via Wayfair.com), which conceals the flue rising from the living room fireplace.
MINIMALIST DETAILS, MAXIMIZED VIEWS
Architect Brad Hoyt and homeowners Alexi and Steve Conine share tips on getting the most from a sweeping vista:
BUILD ANTICIPATION—To the right of the front door, a relatively small window tantalizes visitors with a view across the living room and out the opposite window-wall to the mountains beyond.
TURN CORNERS—In upstairs bedrooms, windows literally turn the corners, expanding the panorama.
CUT THE TRIM—High-performance aluminum-clad windows from Dynamic have frames that neatly accommodate the edges of the interior drywall, providing a clean look that doesn’t interfere with the views on display.
ELIMINATE BARRIERS—The home’s atrium staircase features a step design free of risers. “We wanted to keep it bright, open and light,” Hoyt says of the two-story space.
AMPLIFY THE OUTDOORS—The architect and homeowners transformed the main-floor deck into an outdoor room by framing it with powder-coated steel beams. Suspended from the beams is a pulley-operated mesh curtain that can be slid along the rail to temper late-afternoon sunshine without blocking sight lines.