Hay-shed simplicity

This artful Wyoming home makes the most of ordinary materials and outdoor living

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  • An asymmetrical chimney and exposed braces and columns add contemporary details to the guest house.

    Guest house with contemporary details

    James Carrier

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With Eric acting as the general contractor, the Logans built the first phase of their home (2,400 square feet) for $75 per square foot; a master suite was added later in place of the original garage. The home received an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Space for guests

The Logans' home was just large enough for their family, offering little room for guests ― including Eric's parents, who had been frequent visitors in the past. With this in mind, Eric's parents decided to contribute to a guest house built adjacent to the Logans' home. The post-and-beam structural system supports a broad shed roof.

Eric placed the steel columns beyond the edge of the building, which allows for continuous walls of glass. Like those of the home, the exterior materials ― rough-sawn cedar siding and oxidized sheet steel ― blend with the colors of the landscape.

"Mom is over the moon about it," Eric says. "She likes it so much, she sends her friends." When visitors are not using the guest house, the Logans use it as a home office and a gym and for entertaining. The open living space with its sweeping mountain views is an ideal spot for music and cocktails before dinner.

More: A little cabin that lives big

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