By Robert C. Martin
Seated just a stone’s throw from Wilson, Wyoming, this nature-inspired family retreat is a pleasing collection of salvaged barn wood, large boulders, and custom designed furnishings—not to mention secret passageways and a brass fire pole to boot. Take a tour of this cozy abode below.
Amid roaming moose and thickets of old trees lies a most spectacular assembly of towers, enclosed bridges, and vaulted rooms composed of reclaimed timbers and Montana moss stone. But before you think it’s a vintage Western lodge from times past, look again. There are enough contemporary amenities and clever features tucked under the split cedar-shake roof to accommodate any fun-loving family—with the emphasis on fun. “We wanted a whimsical house that looked like it had been there forever,” explains the homeowner, a New York-based attorney. “Likewise, my wife and I sought to build a place that was comfortable for the two of us, as well as for family reunions, with close proximity to backcountry skiing and hiking.”
The corral board-clad hideaway is designed in small discretely scaled sections, rather than occupying one confined footprint. This division of spaces also establishes the family zones, so guests and visitors have their own cozy wing with bunks and bedrooms for the choosing. Envisioned by architect Andy Ankeny of Carney Logan Burke Architects in Jackson, Wyoming, the home was sited to take advantage of views of the Sleeping Indian in the Gros Ventre Range, while keeping much of its forested surrounding intact. “When we first visited it, the 16-acre property was quite overgrown,” Andy says, “and by thinning out the underbrush and less-mature trees, the land is actually more ‘healthy’ and manageable now than it was before.”