Design considerations included strong sun and wind protection while maintaining views. The site is remote which posed a challenge during construction, but these spectacular views are well worth it.

The incredible vista from this site called for a home with three glass walls. Since the climate didn’t allow for that, we built the home with 12” thick super insulated walls with quality windows that frame the amazing views, which achieved the desired cozier feel. A big overhang was added on the west to provide some outside covered space which protects the living room from the late sun until it goes down behind the mountain across the way. The client opted to install a ground source heat pump to offset heating and cooling costs, as well as a soapstone masonry heater to beat the winter chill. Exterior materials (Cement board products and metal roof) were chosen for low maintenance properties and fire resistance in this very remote location.

A guesthouse/office was located just far enough away for privacy and oriented to capture the up valley views and the view across the drainage, from the office space on the second story, where windows on three sides of the dormer make you feel like you are outside.


  • Architect: Heather Susemihl
  • Project Manager: Heather Susemihl
  • General Contractor: Pinetop Custom Homes

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121 Commerce Street, Ste A
McCall, ID 83638
Phone: 208.634.5707