Nestled between the Teton Range to the west and the Gros Ventre Range to the east in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA, this modern mountain home is a dream home to Clay Heighten and his wife, Debra Caudy, a dream they didn’t know they had. Leaving most decisions to Larry Pearson of Pearson Design Group who’s impressive portfolio could make anyone take this decision, the owners themselves were baffled by the results. Absorbing the fascinating landscape it rests in, this astounding modern mountain home is a 5,400 square foot retreat built in only 16 months for a total budget of $4 million.
Simply known as JH Modern, the contemporary mountain home was tailored exactly to the owner’s wishes. They requested a home that blends with the surroundings and has outdoor living areas, where they could just leave the door open to walk in and out. This translated into the architect’s brilliant idea of substituting the entry hall with an outdoor room. This front deck became the focal point, the furniture here was chosen to withstand harsh weather. Panoramas and subtle blending of building materials compose an awe-inspiring overall appeal.
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Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.