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Modern Earth: A Rammed Earth House in Wyoming

An architect and an interior designer bring rammed earth to Wyoming.

Steel beams help the roof stand up to the large snow loads and potential earthquakes. An inverted roof structure helps protect against the accumulation of ice as snow thaws and freezes.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Katherine and Tom purposefully chose their new home's artwork. The mountain view painting by Theodore Waddell of Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary brings the outdoor landscape inside. The freestanding sculptures on either side of the window, made of recycled newsprint by Kate Hunt, gives a natural softness to the building's rigid forms.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
The home's Rumford-style firebox was designed by Count Rumford, a contemporary of Benjamin Franklin. Its shallow design increases its heat output and efficiency. Above it, a recessed mantel displays the couple's collection of Japanese teapots. The duck painting by Ewoud De Groot, cowhide chairs and Santa Clara pottery from the Tewa Tribe lend a regional feel to the sitting area.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
The entry foyer displays Tom and Katherine's collection of antique mediterranean vessels.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Tom and Katherine love to entertain in the kitchen, where guests often linger over long meals. High ceilings and windows make the eat-in kitchen feel larger than it is. The vertical grain of the sustainably harvested mahogany cabinetry elongates the room even more.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Sliding doors off the living room lead to the back terrace, landscaped with native, low-water sheep fescue and ornamental grasses.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Tom Ward and Katherine Reedy pose with their Newfoundland, Hector.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Katherine kept the bedroom design minimal to promote sleeping and meditation.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Main floor
Illustration By Andrej Galins

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