Big Horn House

This contemporary passive solar home takes full advantage of the stunning view to the Big Horn Mountains, near Sheridan Wyoming. The design process included encouragement from the Owners, for Frog Rock to come up with unique and creative solutions for the building form and layout, while incorporating the Owners inspirations. The outcome of this collaboration is a home that is spectacular with the right combination of playfulness and sophistication.

The driving principles of this design are energy efficiency, a small footprint “right sizing”, durability and low maintenance. The building envelope was constructed with 8″ Structural Insulated Panels with close attention paid to insulation and air infiltration details. A highly insulated thickened slab combined with south facing windows and right sized overhangs provide for excellent passive solar winter and summer performance. Exterior materials include no maintenance and high durability with stucco, metal, rain screen walls with cedar meant to grey over time.

Exterior spaces include an elevated sleeping porch, a tranquil koi pond courtyard and both sunny and shady patio areas.

The interior includes an open floor plan that facilitates both entertaining and has cozy nooks for quiet time. The generous butlers pantry provides back up for a clean look in the kitchen. The guest wing has a private feel with doors that step out to the koi-pond patio. The upper level is reserved for the master-suite with ample closet and storage space, a small Zen feeling bath area and access to the sleeping porch. The oversized one car garage has an art and yoga studio above with stellar views to the Big Horns.