Five Otters

Designed to nestle between exiting mature trees, Five Otters respects both the site’s conservation easement and beauty of the site.

Enchanted by a large conservation easement and astounding views, our client purchased this special Placid Lake waterfront property for preservation and minimal development. Nestled between the Mission and Swan Mountain ranges, this property features mature ponderosa pine trees, two existing lake docks, and an incredible wetlands area. Aiming to preserve every mature site tree, the mini family compound is divided into several small structures that capture views, fit the site, and maintain habitat for elk, deer, bear, fox, waterfowl, and five otters.

Separated from the main home, the Bunkie features a small living space with built-in bunk beds, a full bathroom, and a generous covered porch to extend living space. Envisioned as a seasonal building, the Bunkie is set on helical piers with only the service area under the bathroom touching the ground plane.

Placid Lake is hot and arid in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter. To ensure the home did not succumb to these abrasive conditions, the main home sits gently on the landscape and is oriented for daylight and views. Designed to capture winter sun and to hold deep winter snow on the roof plane, the shed roof planes with deep overhangs provide cover, shade and protection from the strong summer sun. As a relatively remote site, durable, minimal-maintenance materials that can be easily sourced, installed, and maintained were necessary for project success. Though a new structure, the development’s careful siting and palette make it the ultimate compliment to the powerful landscape.

Project Credit

Images – Loci Architecture + Design