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simple pleasure

Paul Hirzel, AIA, spends most of his workdays teaching at Washington State University and heading up its architecture graduate program. So he limits his one-person practice to projects he can't bring himself to turn down—projects like this vacation retreat in a Juliaetta, Idaho, canyon.

simple pleasure

Paul Hirzel, AIA, spends most of his workdays teaching at Washington State University and heading up its architecture graduate program. So he limits his one-person practice to projects he can't bring himself to turn down—projects like this vacation retreat in a Juliaetta, Idaho, canyon.

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delivering value

Minimize the number of interior doors and walls.

Use finishes sparingly.

Incorporate industrial materials.

Don't excavate.

Employ passive cooling strategies.

budget-minders

Idaho white pine
“It grows like a weed in this part of the Pacific Northwest.”
Idaho Forest Products Commission, 208.334.3292; www.idahoforests.org.

Insulspan roof insulation panels
“You have essentially the insulation and the nailer prefabricated. The fact that it's prefab saved a lot of labor.”
Insulspan, 517.486.4844; www.insulspan.com.

Sonotube concrete forms
“A great forming mechanism for round columns and piers.”
Sonoco, 888.766.8823; www.sonotube.com.

Easy Lock standing-seam metal roofing
“You get this amazing bounce off of the Galvalume that picks up the color of the sky. And it's less expensive than painted metal.”
Taylor Metal Products, 800.574. 1388; www.taylormetal.com.

Trex decking
“Being a composite, it's a much better choice [than wood]. The client's very happy with it because it doesn't require [much] maintenance.”
Trex Co., 800.289.8739; www.trex.com.