2567 sq. ft.: 4 bedrooms, 2 baths
Lot size: .19 acre
Built in 1951 by Art Troutner
A.V.West: Mark Dale 208-863-5626, www.avwesthomes.com
This house was built by Art Troutner, an Idaho engineer turned architect who built many homes in the Boise and Ketchum areas. Just in these few blocks of the Bench are three Troutner homes: two on Wood Acre and one on Edson Street. Art Troutner was an inventor, and one of his patents is one for a truss system. He and a partner founded Truss Joist Company, based on this system. Troutner built the Kibbie Dome in Moscow in 1975, which won him a national award.
Troutner was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, which is visible in this home's low-pitched roof, wide eaves, high windows and massive chimney. The home is constructed of long, narrow gray brick accented with redwood, and was built for Jack Haymond in 1951. The front door opens onto beautiful Brazilian slate tile and onto the kitchen and dining room. The present owner did a complete renovation, and I love it, though purists might disagree. He took down a wall in the kitchen/dining room area, opening the view to the windows facing the atrium. The kitchen walls were grey brick, but were replaced with wasabi green stucco. The countertops are a burnt sienna concrete. The island is covered in stainless steel, has a raised breakfast bar, is partly sided in corrugated tin, includes a warming drawer, plenty of wine storage and is lit by hanging pendant lamps.
The living room features a wall of windows facing a side patio, windows under the eaves and a full window facing the front. Its wood-burning fireplace is in a corner, its floor is covered in black Armstrong tile and vertical redwood covers the walls here and throughout the house. One entire wall is covered in book shelves painted green, vermilion, blue, orange and more, lending a bright, contemporary feel to the room. The house is wired for stereo, broadband and cable. Toward the front of the house lies the master bedroom, which was added by the original owners. Attached is a wonderfully remodeled bath with a huge shower, more slate tile and a stacked washer and dryer in a closet.
The main hall passes a second wall of windows to the atrium and leads to the second bathroom. Its tub and shower are surrounded in colorful ceramic tiles. Two smaller bedrooms follow, and the fourth bedroom on the corner is the largest. Next door and also looking into the atrium is a large gray-carpeted family room added by the original owners. A gas fireplace surrounded by black marble tile anchors this room. An open staircase with a sleek grey metal railing leads to a large unfinished basement room that could easily be turned into a fifth bedroom.
Out of the glass door in the living room, is a side patio floored with the Oakley stone that used to cover the inside hallway. The yard is fully fenced, and since it is on a former tree farm is shaded with many different trees. Beds surrounding the yard are lined in concrete edging and filled with bushes and perennials. A basketball court, a shed and a garden area complete the picture. The atrium, which is covered in a wood pergola and is as inviting a place to sit as the patio on the other side of the house. Also on this side of the house is a long carport.
Pros: It's such a treat to visit a Troutner house. I love the walls of windows, the kitchen remodel, the atrium and the private back yard. The house is heated by gas radiant heat in the floors, an efficient heating system. I'd live in this incredible house in a minute.
Cons: The house is not air conditioned, but the owner says if you open all the windows in the cool of the morning and then shut them the rest of the day, the shaded house does not get hot.