Life in Hawaii might sound like paradise, but after living in Waimea, on the big island, for 19 years, Lizzie and Mark de Reus were craving a change of scenery. They had previously lived in Idaho, and they missed the dramatic seasonal changes.
“We love the seasons,” said Mr. de Reus, 68, an architect who enjoys fly fishing and downhill skiing. “But in Hawaii, you really only get one season.”
For years, they dreamed of building a house near Sun Valley, Idaho, a resort city embraced by mountains. “It’s always been my absolute favorite place,” said Ms. de Reus, 58. “I love the cold weather, I love the mountains, and I love the wildlife.”
de Reus Architects, has offices in Hawaii and Idaho, but most of its projects are in Hawaii, where he creates private resorts and luxury homes with deep eaves, indoor-outdoor pavilions and generous lanais, using materials like teak and lava stove. “I’ve made a career out of creating contextual architecture and designing buildings that are appropriate for the region,” he said.
For his house in Hailey, where the climate isn’t the least bit tropical, he wanted to do something different. It took some trial and error, and a few false starts, but after months of effort he finally found his design concept.
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