An idyllic modern rustic retreat immersed in the picturesque Wyoming landscape

rustic retreat landscape view in Wyoming

Hoedemaker Pfeiffer designed this incredible modern rustic retreat for the owner’s love of flying fishing on their 160 acres of Wyoming River. When the owners of this property commissioned the architects for this project, their goal was to create a house that centered around their fishing experience, connecting them with their surroundings and encouraging them to spend as much time outdoors as possible.

By settling low into the site, the house is not visible from most locations outside the property. A single large roof gathers a series of spaces under it that range from the very intimate spaces of winter and nighttime gathering to the open screen porch that takes advantage of the low evening light.


rustic retreat exterior with a view of the river

​This project provided a challenge that is specific to its site. Most of the architect’s work is on a site that puts its back to one thing to look out at another. In this case, the views were above the house in the mountains that surround it and there is no front or back. In searching the property for a suitable building site there was little to differentiate much of it.

rustic retreat exterior with a view of the river at dusk

But a large round haybale provided just the tool needed to find the spot. The height of the hay was equivalent to the height above the current grade the house would need to be to avoid spring floods. So centering on the bale, the project team excavated enough earth to both lift the house and create a small lake that has become part of the river ecosystem.

rustic house exterior

What We Love: This modern rustic Wyoming retreat offers its inhabitants a beautiful and relaxing home to escape to nature. Surrounded by sprawling acres of property and a tranquil river, the owners have plenty of options to connect with nature. Large windows throughout this home also help them to visually connect with the scenic landscape they have a strong affection for. Overall, we love every detail of this idyllic getaway home.

Tell Us: Would this home be your idea of a peaceful escape? Let us know why or why not in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to have a look at a couple of other fascinating home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Wyoming: This incredibly beautiful home boasts majestic views of the Teton Mountains and Elegant mountain home has stunning views of the Teton mountain range.

rustic house exterior

rustic house exterior entry

rustic house exterior entry

rustic house exterior front covered porch

The homeowners wanted the architects to lean in on the location of the home when it came to the aesthetics of the interiors. While they did not want to make the space look cliché, they also wanted the great room to remind its inhabitants that they were in a beautiful, wild, Wyoming valley.

rustic house entry

A graphic, native influence wool rug spans the floor, paired with deep, comfortable upholstery wrapped in durable yet soft textiles.

rustic house entry with a built-in bench

modern rustic living room

modern rustic living room with a fireplace and wood storage

modern rustic living room with a fireplace and wood storage

modern rustic living room with a fireplace

modern rustic kitchen

Open to the great room, the kitchen is the heart of this home. After a few rounds of sample boards, we landed on the perfect deep blue tone for the cabinetry. The soapstone countertops, blackened steel hood, and dark bronze hardware anchor this moody space, which becomes surprisingly bright during the day as light floods in from both sides of the kitchen.

modern rustic kitchen pantry

The back pantry is compact and efficient, storing overflow tabletop, specialty bakeware, and cleaning supplies.

modern rustic dining room with large windows

modern rustic game nook

While there are endless activities in the valley during the summertime, the wintertime is a bit quieter. With that in mind, the architects designed a game nook at the back of the great room that has three walls of shelving for books and games aplenty.

modern rustic game nook

Custom striped cushions wrap the nook, and throw blankets are not far from reach, creating a restful escape from the great outdoors. There are also pocket doors that allow the space to close, in case games get a bit rowdy and competitive.

modern rustic powder room

modern rustic sunroom with a daybed

Comfort and views were paramount for the owners in all bedrooms. There are deep, french-mattress-style cushions set in the window seats in both of these spaces, providing a private spot for reading or a nap, with the opportunity to take in the mountains.

modern rustic bedroom

The beds have upholstered headboards and plush linens, encouraging those who come to stay awhile.

modern rustic bedroom

modern rustic bathroom vanity

A generous, white oak double vanity spans the wall in the primary bath, paired with horizontally paneled walls and a simple free-standing bathtub. The brightness of the bathroom falls in contrast to the shower, which has deep blue tile and speaks to the kitchen palette.

modern rustic bathroom vanity and freestanding tub

modern rustic family room

modern rustic bedroom

modern rustic bedroom

modern rustic mudroom

modern rustic screened porch

rustic home exterior at dusk

rustic home exterior at dusk

rustic home exterior with a view of the river at dusk

PHOTOGRAPHER ​Gabe Border​ (Exterior Photography) & ​Haris Kenjar​ (Interior Photography)

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Haley Buesing
2 months ago

Stunning! I could feel the cold crisp air and smell the morning dew looking at these pictures! All the wood tones and earthiness is so fluid with the views on the outside. I am in love!