Mountain Architectural Design
The picturesque Wapiti Valley provides a stunning backdrop for this unique home addition. Situated along the North Fork of the Shoshone River and just a stones-throw from the Eastern Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, this home is located within a few miles of the town of Cody, Wyoming, which is regularly ranked as the number one best place to live in the state. And with good reason – this is, without a doubt, an outdoor adventure paradise. With incredible scenery and innumerable opportunities to explore and recreate, it’s no wonder that the area receives hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
This home features a unique architectural design that emphasizes texture over color. Throughout the interior and exterior of the home, the materials truly shine. Smooth glass, chunky wood, rough stone, and textured concrete are combined to create a neutral palate that has interest and the feeling of movement. Despite such heavy building materials, the architectural design of the home feels much lighter than the traditional rustic mountain home thanks to expansive windows that flood the interior with natural light and create a connection between the inside of the home and out. This connection between the inside and out creates a true feeling of a mountain escape while the laid-back approach to the design creates a relaxing retreat experience.
The A5f series of windows with double pane glazing was selected for the project for the clean and modern aesthetic, the durability of all-aluminum frames, and the ease of installation with integrated nail flange. High-performance spacers, low iron glass, larger continuous thermal breaks, and multiple air seals all contribute to better performance than is seen in traditional aluminum windows. This means that larger expanses of glazing provide the feeling of indoor-outdoor integration while also maintaining comfort and protection from the weather year-round.