The residence is a collaboration of design between the owners and Bruce Millard (Architect). The residence is one story, 1460 square foot home with a detached garage and a separate detached workshop. Structure is oriented with a southern exposure to harvest sun on a year round basis. Construction is expected to attain energy efficiency of 1.5 air changes per hour at 50 pascals. Components include FasWall blocks (ICF) produced by Shelter Works, Ltd, rain gardens, and green roof. Sustainable design and construction make this a project to watch.


The Owen residence is placed on a tight, rocky, sloped lot on the western edge of the Hope Peninsula.  Orientation takes advantage of southern sun exposure and stunning western mountain/lake views.  Architect Bruce Millard’s design spreads southern light to all areas, creates high summer ventilation of public spaces, and incorporates outdoor living spaces through an open plan that has privacy for adults and children alike.

The main entry and adjacent patio are defined and visually separated by landscaping with natural stone.  A natural stone rock wall along the south end of the house, east patio, and west porch, protect from the street and blend the building with the environment.  Kitchen, dining, and great room porches become one indoor/outdoor living space.  Timber framed accents, cedar siding, and a durable cement stucco finish on the recycled ICF walls form the residence.

The kitchen and living spaces are divided from the foyer and dining area by a dividing wall allowing ventilation and light to extend to all these areas through an exposed timber framework above.  The great room ceiling slopes toward a fireplace and entertainment wall defining an intimate living area with lake views.


The Braun residence’s southeastern orientation is the key to harvesting the solar energy from its wooded setting, located four miles up Baldy Mountain Rd, west of Sandpoint, Idaho.  Architect Bruce Millard designed this 3 bedroom 2-1/2 bath house with a 2 story great room as the central living area between the master suite and kitchen.  Second story bedrooms on the north side are accessed by stairwell that opens to a curved loft overlooking the great room with views through high southern windows.  The two car garage with attic storage is set back from the main structure and connects to the house by a side entry porch and through a workout room.  A screened porch, accessed from either the kitchen or the main entry patio, offers the perfect place to enjoy the site’s natural environment.

Log posts and timber beams define and support the main entry porch roof.  Large overhangs and wooden window trellises shade, protect, and define the windows and walls.  Recycled Faswall ICF walls finished with durable stucco provide mass and blend nicely with wood stain cement siding on the wood frame walls.


The owner says open it up!  Can we remove that wall too? Can we move the stairwell and make a new laundry/bathroom on the upper floor?

The Bagby residence is a three story lakeside home on the south side of the Pend Oreille river across from Sandpoint, Idaho.  These before and after images tell the story.

New thermally efficient windows, forced air heat pump system, water heater, fireplace, and new laundry/bathroom transformed this functionally obsolescent floor plan into a space where you feel like you are free when you enter the front door.  Note the new stairwell with beam stringers and treads recycled from the concrete forms used to construct the old foot bridge over Sandcreek.