Located near the Utah-Idaho border on the shores of Bear Lake, the Holman Retreat is far enough from the complexities of city life, but close enough for the owners to make a quick trip from across the country to Salt Lake City International Airport to make their Bear Lake Residence a ‘get-away retreat.’ The Holman residence replaced an outdated dwelling that was passed down in the family and used for decades as a vacation and rental property. The existing structure was carefully removed to accommodate the new building which essentially shadowed the footprint of the old building – albeit a bit larger – to accommodate the owners’ extended family. A major goal of the project was to create a unique, comfortable home – a place where family and friends can gather in harmony with the natural surroundings.
The strong contemporary leanings of the client and the uniqueness of the site, and its history, assisted in establishing a strong vernacular and vision for the project. The two-story, 1,800 SF dwelling includes four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a great room living space and all peripheral rooms. A major feature of the design draws attention to the famous turquoise-blue waters of Bear Lake via large, continuous windows. Combined; the site, natural surroundings, history and architectural aesthetic make the Holman residence a true retreat.