Flood Plain House

To minimize disruption to the hillside vineyard, the Flood Plain House sits on the banks of the Potlatch River. The home is elevated 12 feet off the ground by four concrete pillars in order to avoid flooding and visits from the native rattlesnakes. A scaffolding made from steel trusses frame the Galvalume metal exterior and expands out to create a cantilever deck over the water, while a second extension runs south to house a wing for the bedrooms. The interior maintains the same utilitarian aesthetic with exposed timber framing, local pine finishes, and plywood sheathing. Whether you're looking to take in the cottonwood grove, the rolling vineyard, or the river below, glazing provides unspoiled views of the surrounding Idaho landscapes.

Photos: Paul Hirzel Architect

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