BILL + ELIZABETH BLAHD RESIDENCE
2486 SPRING MOUNTAIN ROAD
This three-story home was designed for two local Boise artists who wanted a residence that was not only unique and uncommon for Boise but also reflected their tastes and lifestyles. They just happened to fall in love with Hummel Architect’s office building, and asked Greg Ugrin, the Design Architect for the STOA Office Building, to design their new home.
Q: Could a residence be designed to reflect your office?
An important goal was to make sure the home be respectful of the surrounding Boise foothills and to take advantage of the existing hillside grade and create a design solution that would have minimal impact in altering the existing slopes. Our solution took advantage of an existing cut that became a level one garage and entry foyer with the remainder of the home being elevated to levels two and three with much being constructed on stilts with cantilevers.
The same material palette that was used at STOA was translated to this home by expressing the structural elements as finishes to create an Eclectic Style and creating spaces influenced by Scandinavian design. The Living, Dining and Kitchen are arranged within the room with the Kitchen being de-emphasized in a galley arrangement.
The detailing in the residence is simple and purposely understated to allow for the Blahd’s art collection to be displayed and the focus for the spaces.
The 4,800-square foot home was completed in 2005 and received the American Institute of Architects Idaho Chapter Award of Citation in 2006.