A couple creates a rustic Wyoming escape by combining two 1930s-era log cabins into a 1,000-square-foot guesthouse.
At the top of a winding road on the outskirts of Jackson, Wyoming, a snug cabin clings to the steep slope of West Gros Ventre Butte. A rocking chair creaks on the wraparound sandstone patio, while wildflowers rustle in the breeze. Inside, triumphant laughter rings over the slap-BANG of solids and stripes colliding on a pool table. Noticeably absent, though, is the irksome ring of a telephone and any other modern-day noises. This place has just one purpose: to help folks get away from it all. "It’s the ultimate escape from the 21st century," says Neal, a native Texan who designed the 1,000-square-foot outbuilding as a guesthouse to the vacation home he shares with his wife Nancy. But the cabin's lightly peeled antique logs, rough-sawn floors and deliberate disconnection from many modern amenities make it decidedly more rough-and-tumble than the main residence 40 yards away. "Neal and Nancy wanted the cabin to be completely rustic," says architect Eliot Goss. "Not ’Jackson Hole’ rustic, which tends to be pretty elegant and expensive, but true rustic." Neal and Nancy captured the rustic flavor of Jackson in several ways:
For more information on the how Neal and Nancy decorated their rustic guest house, check out the April 2005 issue of Log Home Design Ideas.