South Dakota Residence
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South Dakota Residence

May 17, 2014
Located in a former mining town on a hillside site with views of distant mountains, the existing house will be dramatically transformed into a vacation home for the owner and extended family and friends.

Reflecting the relaxed character of a mountain retreat, the interior layout is reconfigured to shift the focus to the surrounding vistas, with changes in the shape of the roof and the addition large expanses of glass serving to open the house up to the exterior and frame the views of the mountains to the south while maintaining privacy from the street.

Primarily intended for use in the summer, the new layout will also enlarge the outdoor deck/patio spaces to accommodate outdoor entertaining with a new firepit and hot tub.  Bringing a sense of the surrounding natural environment into the house, interior and exterior materials will be upgraded using local materials such as Dakota granite and local wood species.  An additional 1,300 gsf of living space will provide ample room for guests, while a common living/dining/kitchen area with a fireplace and expansive views towards the mountains will serve as the social hub of the house.

Location / Year

Lead, SD / 2009

Principals in Charge

Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP


Peter Pfau, FAIA, LEED AP
Melanie Turner

Square Footage

3,600 GSF

Project Managers

Melanie Turner

Team Members

Sean Bailey

Photographic Credits

Pfau Long Architecture

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