RANGE: Treading Lightly

Issue #8 of RANGE (Design & Living in Jackson Hole) showcases a modern aging-in-place home with respect for the landscape and unobstructed views of the Teton Range. Designed by architectural firm kt814, founded by Rich Assenberg and Nathan Gray.

Of course we had a groundbreaking celebration,” Carol Schoner says as if it were as usual as filing for a building permit. Sitting at the dining table of the home she and husband Phil moved into in December 2016, she pushes a paper titled “Groundbreaking Words” toward me. “These are the promises we made then,” she says.

“To these majestic mountains: You are why we selected this spot to build our home. We promise every morning we will look to the west in appreciation.

“To the wildlife: This was your home before it was ours. We will respect your space and minimize our intrusion into it.

“To the great sea of sagebrush: Please be patient. We will disturb the terrain as little as possible. We will do all we can to repair and restore this space.

“Our goal is for our house to sit lightly on the land.”

The architects advised the Schoners to invest in the home’s windows and cabinetry. “They were right,” Carol says. In the combined kitchen/dining/living space, a 10-foot tall, 24-foot-wide lift-slide window/sliding door (FSC®-certified Thermo Clad Pine) by Zola Windows opens to bring the outside in.

Click on the cover below to read the entire article, and view the Zola Windows’ installed throughout the home.