Melody Ranch Residence
The owner-architects of this residence purchased a deed-restricted, price-controlled lot within an established subdivision south of Jackson. Though it conforms to the numerous covenants and restrictions of its neighborhood Homeowners’ Association, the home nonetheless resists convention and challenges the development’s ideas of “appropriate” mountain style.
The design incorporates both classical western forms and interlocking volumes seen in Japanese architecture. It is also characterized by contrast, with exterior and interior expressions serving as counterpoints to one another. Corrugated metal roofing, rusted metal paneling, and rough cedar siding work within the tonal and material palette of the neighborhood while the interior of the residence reflects a brighter, more refined aesthetic with white walls and a finished plywood ceiling. The interior is also very open with an emphasis on the vertical scale. To create a sense of airiness and space, interior walls are minimized throughout the home, framing is exposed, and the lower level and upper-level master-bedroom loft are open to one another.
Though the .17-acre site, sandwiched between built homes made for an additional constraint, the design team used limitations to advantage, allowing the neighboring buildings to determine window placement, with unimpeded views and plentiful light as a result.
Project Team: Andy Ankeny