CTA-designed vacation home is Dwell magazine’s ‘House of the Week’
DUBBED “A DREAM FOR KIDS” BY THE PUBLICATION, THIS ABODE HAS MANY MUST-SEE FEATURES LIKE IN-FLOOR FLAT SCREEN MONITORS, A CHAIN MAIL DECK SCREEN, HEATED CONCRETE, A TRIPLE-DECKER BUNKBED, AND A MULTI-COLOR LED-LIT SLIDE!
From Dwell magazine’s July/August 2015 issue, and dwell.com:
When Steve and Alexi Conine first sat down with architect Brad Hoyt to talk about the design of their vacation home in Jackson, Wyoming, they had an unusual feature in mind: an interior slide. “It was their idea from the word go,” Hoyt says. “Usually, we’re the ones pushing the design, but the Conines were a lot of fun.”
In addition to the slide, the couple had a list of whimsical requests: flat-screen panels inlaid into the entryway floor for displaying videos and photos, a room for housing and heating sports gear, a living roof complete with solar panels, a triple-stacked bunk bed in one of the kids’ bedrooms, and a Picard steam-injection oven for baking the perfect baguette and making pizza with their three children. “We decided to try to do things you might not do when designing a functional home,” says Steve, who is a software engineer as well as the chief technology officer and cofounder of an e-commerce home-decor site. “Early on we went into a mindset of ‘take advantage of what we’re doing here and try things that haven’t been tried before.'”
Of all the custom features in the house, though, it’s the slide that’s still the family’s favorite. “It’s totally the top of the list,” Steve says. “The architect and the builder really worked on it to make it perfect,” adds Alexi. “It’s so much easier than taking the stairs. Everyone takes the slide.”
See many more pics in this home’s featured project capsule on CTA’s “Living” expertise page.
A second blurb about the Conine residence, from a slideshow about projects cited in Dwell’s first-ever smart home issue:
“When building their dream retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Steve and Alexi Conine worked with architect Brad Hoyt to create a smart house that fused technology and design. Steve Conine, resident and software engineer, installed and programmed many of the details himself, like the Dell UltraSharp flat-screen panels inlaid into the entryway of the home. A computer system in the basement controls the screens in the house as well as the security and heating systems. Rooftop Sunpower X-Series solar panels generate about a third of the energy for the house over the course of the year. On clear, sunny summer days, they can provide energy for the entire house.”