Constructed mostly of steel and glass, “Studhorse," designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, is a retreat comprised of five buildings, a swimming pool, hot tub, and an exterior concrete courtyard. Located in Winthrop, Washington, where winter temperatures can hit single digits and summers reach the high 90s with mosquitoes and bees, the Schuchart/Dow construction crew endured extreme conditions to bring this design to life within the original thirteen-month timeframe, using 90% local subcontractors.
The amenities in Studhorse are endless. A geothermal mechanical system has radiant floor heat at the main building and guest building suite (A1 and OB1), with forced air (and AC) in the family bedroom and media room building (A2). The heating system can heat or cool the slabs depending on weather and clients' desires. The heating, air conditioning, and pool and spa can be adjusted remotely. Several gizmos were engineered, including motorized steel privacy panels on the outside of the building, a hydraulic-screw driven motorized cabana wet bar wall designed to tilt open and a manually operated 14-foot wide wall that pivots open to view outdoor movies on a flat screen television.
Carpenters used reclaimed wood siding from a barn in Spokane and the rust process was initiated on the steel siding for a richer look. The result is a beautiful, secluded retreat that shows the best in Schuchart/Dow teamwork, expertise and perseverance.