Idaho’s landscape and climate are both unique, making it a challenge for home designers. Luckily, there are a number of talented residential architects who specialize in modern design. They are also experts in sustainable construction and can help you translate your design ideas into a reality. Here are just a few of the firms that have earned multiple industry awards and recognition.
Tim Boden has produced many modern and traditional homes during his 37 years of practice. His home designs have received several awards, including an award for detail from the Spokane Journal of Business. He has a number of projects in his portfolio that have been recognized by national organizations such as the American Institute of Architects. Among these are the ‘Bird’s Nest’, ‘Snowbird’ and ‘Old Mill’, as well as the Cedar and Sage Homes.
The firm has won several industry awards, including the Boise Mayor’s Excellence in Design Award, and was named the Architectural Firm of the Year for the Boise area. They have also received recognition from several regional organizations, such as the Idaho Mountain Express.
A newer addition to the original house by Boise general contractor features a wood-burning stove, as well as solar panels. This addition is a strong symbol of the firm’s environmental advocacy. Another feature of the home is a’solar courtyard’ that overlooks the Boise Valley.
RLB is a contemporary home that maximizes both indoor and outdoor spaces. Its unique use of stone masonry and wood maximizes views of the outdoors while minimizing the building’s impact on the environment. The interior uses a warm palette of earth toned materials to complement the exterior. These elements are used to create a harmonious interior-exterior blend.
Troutner’s signature design includes two panning roofs that create a triangular form. The roof is covered with neutral-toned architectural-grade composition shingles. Other features of the home include tall windows, which allow for generous light to filter into the home.
A 700-square-foot addition to the Patterson Residence features a bedroom on the first level and a new deck on the second. The firm also designed a’solar courtyard’ that incorporates fully-glazed facades and oriented strand board flooring.
The firm’s work has been featured in several publications, including the Coeur d’Alene Press, Idaho Mountain Express and Big Sky Journal Home. It is also the subject of an article in the Spokane Journal of Business. In addition to their residential projects, they have worked on numerous commercial projects.
The firm’s work has been praised by local and regional organizations, as well as by national architecture organizations. For example, the Solar Courtyard House was named the winner of the AIA Idaho Chapter’s Award of Honor in Architecture.
While mid-century modern architecture has become endangered, there are still some homes in the area that reflect this style. Many of these homes have been restored or are now for sale. If you are interested in purchasing a mid-century modern home, contact one of the firm’s expert architects.