Paul Hirzel Architect firm got a task to construct the Flood Plain House right on the banks of the Potlatch River in Idaho. The location was carefully chosen. It preserves the hillside vineyard right next to it and protects the house from floods and snakes.
It’s elevated 12 feet off the ground and is supported by an 186 foot Howe truss standing on 4 concrete piers. As for the exterior, they went with steel truss frames. This reduced the construction cost and created a solution for easy maintenance.
The house has a nice cantilever wooden deck over the water. There’s also an additional extension south of the house where the bedrooms are. The spiral staircase can take you to the wooden roof deck that covers the entire house. It also contributes to natural cooling, this is perfect because when it’s hot, it reduces the air conditioning costs.
Let’s talk about the interior. The long hallway connects different parts of the house – bedroom wing, guest wing and living, dining, and kitchen area. The kitchen uses a lot of wood, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. It’s connected to the living and dining room, both in the same style.
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