2416 N. 26th Street 

The house is set within a neighborhood caught in the middle of the current trend of lot splitting, then new infill housing-densifying the area, which is a good thing, but architecturally the results are mixed; some sensitively scaled, others outright rude.

The lot is one of three created by a split with the house to the north. This particular house scored big in the deal, primarily because there was an existing garage that was retained which dictated the size of the lot. The other created lot (to the south of this house) is much skinnier and to provide the required bazillion square feet resulted in a narrow, taller house.

The street is relatively quiet and unlike the majority of neighborhood streets in Boise, is void of any curb, gutter and sidewalk which creates a different character-primarily in regard to parking. This particular house has a gravel strip that separates the yard from the street. The front yard has a varied landscape plan. To the north of the stamped concrete entry walk is green, green grass while on the south side is a mix of bark/mulch, ornamental grasses and some variety of conifer. The exterior is simple-gabled roof and lap siding painted an olive green with white trim.

The living/dining area is one large space with walls painted a cornhusk yellow with cream-colored trim. There was an attempt to delineate between the two functions with the use of a two-foot wing wall-it looks silly and is pretty much useless, I mean if you want to make a separate dining room then do so, if not, well have enough faith that the owner might be able to figure out where the table and couch should go. There is a gas fireplace with a slate tile surround and hearth. The mantle is painted wood and cantilevered out from the wall and slate-an awkward detail. The kitchen is painted a rich red and opens to the living/dining area. The counters are granite with four-foot beige-colored tumbled tile backsplash, standard formula in most new construction. The cabinets are paneled, finished in something that looks like an oatmeal-colored glaze to make the cabinets look old. Just off the kitchen is the utility room with black and white vinyl composition tile.

Just off of the living area and through a pair of stained wood French doors is a den/office. The bathroom has the same cabinets and tile work as the kitchen, a lot of beige in a tiny space. The only downstairs bedroom is carpeted and has beige walls with white trim; large windows look out to the backyard and rose bushes.

The upstairs contains the master bedroom suite and another bedroom, which could be part of the whole suite thing. The master bedroom is fairly spacious with ample closet space. The master bath is outfitted with travertine tile floors and light green colored walls. Double vanities (of course), are surrounded by tumbled tile and held up by the oatmeal cabinets.

The basement is unfinished-bare studs, concrete floors, exposed structure and ductwork begin to define the spaces of a family room, bathroom and three bedrooms. Large window wells provide daylight to all the spaces.

The backyard is relatively small but because of the lot split has some well-established rose bushes just outside the back door. The rest of the back and side yards are primarily lawn with some concrete flatwork and shrub areas.

The garage is an original structure to the lot. It is concrete block painted to match the house. It is fairly substantial-large enough to accommodate three cars but there is only one door-centrally located though. There are plenty of storage and work areas, excellent for a shop.

PROS: Simple, modest structure-it's the new kid on the block but not a bully. That garage rocks! Finally someone uses white vinyl windows with white trim. The unfinished basement presents opportunities to do something creative.

CONS: Stamped concrete-yawn. The basement is unfinished and if that gorgeous Hudson parked in the garage is not part of the deal, I would say the house is overpriced.

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