“A true renovation, done in an incredibly good way,” said one judge of this stem-to-stern makeover. “It doesn’t deny what it used to be.” That’s all the more remarkable, given the project’s starting point: a quirky, builder-grade Tudor from the 1980s. “It had been done on the cheap,” says owner/architect Mitch Blake, so when the time came to remodel, “we gutted it to the studs.” Because the family budget was limited, however, Blake left the building’s bones largely intact, using glazing and finishes to dramatically change its character.
New, larger windows open the house to a site studded with aspens and willows, and to views of the Teton Range. Cement board panels wrap the building’s perimeter walls, inside and out, quieting its façades and creating a link between the interior and exterior. The modest additions of a porch and breakfast bay wear a roof planted with meadow grasses. Throughout, the project achieves a polished and pulled-together look while wasting as little as possible of its raw material. As one judge noted, “it embraces its past and reinterprets it.”