Scenic view of the Wyoming Retreat architecture project, showcasing its tranquil lake setting.

Wyoming Retreat

New Construction, Interiors

When this couple approached us they knew two things – that they loved to fly fish on their 160 acres of Wyoming river and that they wanted to do even more of it. To accomplish that goal, we set about creating a house that centered their fishing experience, oriented them to the land, and got them outdoors as often as possible.

By settling low into the site, the house is not visible from most locations outside the property. A single large roof gathers a series of spaces under it that range from the very intimate spaces of winter and nighttime gathering to the open screen porch that takes advantage of the low evening light.

Straight-on shot of Wyoming Retreat featuring reclaimed siding, large windows, covered porch, pathway to the private lake, lush green grass, and dramatic western clouds.

This project provided a challenge that is specific to its site and unusual for our office. Most of our work is on a site that puts its back to one thing in order to look out at another. But in this case the views were above the house in mountains that surround it and there is no front or back. In searching the property for a suitable building site there was little to differentiate much of it. But a large round haybale provided just the tool needed to find the spot. The height of the hay was equivalent to the height above the current grade the house would need to be to avoid spring floods. So centering on the bale we excavated enough earth to both lift the house and create a small lake that has become part of the river ecosystem.

Sunset over the Wyoming Retreat, casting a dramatic reflection in the lake. The single-story ranch-style house blends into the serene landscape
Angled shot of Wyoming Retreat's entry from the driveway, with transom windows reflecting the beautiful sunset colors.
Alternate view of Wyoming Retreat's entry, highlighting the expansive windows and an outdoor seating area for enjoying pleasant weather
Profile view showcasing the silhouette of Wyoming Retreat, highlighting its reclaimed materials, architectural form, and intricate details.
Reclaimed wood siding adds rustic charm to this fishing retreat-style home
Four Adirondack chairs are neatly arranged under the continuous roof, providing shelter from both hot summer days and cold winter nights, making it an ideal outdoor space year-round.

Our clients wanted us to lean in on the location of the home when it came to the aesthetics of the interiors. While we did not want to make the space look cliché, we also wanted the great room to remind its inhabitants that they were in a beautiful, wild, Wyoming valley. A graphic, native influence wool rug spans the floor, paired with deep, comfortable upholstery wrapped in durable yet soft textiles.

Rustic home interior with reclaimed wood siding, vintage furniture and rugs, and a large-scale metal cube chandelier. The axial hallway leads straight to the lake, offering picturesque views.
Detail shot of the mudroom featuring a built-in bench, cabinets for boots, plenty of hooks for coats, and a closet, all clad with the same reclaimed wood
This shot looks down the hallway of the main house. On one side, we catch a glimpse of the massive stone fireplace, and on the other, we see a hint of the blue kitchen cabinetry.
Big Fireplace surround in a rustic modern home.
Built-in shelves for Firewood Storage.
Rustic Modern Living room design with a vintage trunk as a coffee table.

Open to the great room, the kitchen is the heart of this home. After a few rounds of sample boards, we landed on the perfect deep blue tone for the cabinetry. The soapstone countertops, blackened steel hood and dark bronze hardware anchor this moody space, which becomes surprisingly bright during the day as light floods in from both sides of the kitchen. The back pantry is compact and efficient, storing overflow tabletop, specialty bakeware and cleaning supplies.

Farmhouse style kitchen with blue cabinets.
Masculine kitchen with deep blue cabinets and gray stone counter and backsplash.
Light and Airy Dining room with big glass doors and vintage style chairs.

While there are endless activities in the valley during the summertime, the wintertime is a bit quieter. With that in mind, we designed a game nook at the back of the great room that has three walls of shelving for books and games aplenty. Custom striped cushions wrap the nook, and throw blankets are not far from reach, creating a restful escape from the great outdoors. There are also pocket doors that allow the space to close, in case games get a bit rowdy and competitive.

Built-in seating in the breakfast nook/game room.
Vintage wyoming flag over the breakfast nook table.
Vintage console table converted to a bathroom vanity paired with horizontal paneling.

Comfort and views were king for this client in all bedrooms. There are deep, french-mattress style cushions set in the window seats in both of these spaces, providing a private spot for reading or a nap, with the opportunity to take in the mountains. The beds have upholstered headboards and plush linens, encouraging those who come to stay awhile.

Light wash wood paneling on the built-in window seat.
Cool blue tones and textures mixed with various wood tones in the bedroom.
Vintage spiral leg night stand in white oak.

A generous, white oak double vanity spans the wall in the primary bath, paired with horizontally paneled walls and a simple free-standing bathtub. The brightness of the bathroom falls in contrast to the shower, which has deep blue tile and speaks to the kitchen palette.

Hanging mirror above a custom vanity in the primary bathroom.
Horizontal Wall Paneling above the free standing bath tub.
Vintage Fabric on refinished antique sofa under a built-in book case for office storage.
Natural wood panel bedroom, leather headboard bed, and built-in window seat with views of Wyoming landscape.
Bedside table and hanging sconce with a window for fresh air.
Bright Mudroom with shiplap paneling and natural pine cabinets. Sun flowers resting in the sink.
A sunlit log cabin-style sunroom with glass walls on three sides, showcasing exterior finishes indoors. A large fireplace shares the fourth wall, creating a cozy retreat
An exterior night shot featuring the house's prominent fireplace, which intersects the main section, showcasing architectural details inside and out.
An exterior shot with a passthrough view through the house. The main space features ample glazing, offering a view of the sunset through the house
A stunning landscape photo capturing the silhouette of the single-story house against the backdrop of the setting sun, highlighting its elegant simplicity and natural integration.

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