Jan McFarland Cox, an artist and designer, spent nearly a decade of her life building a house in the Idaho desert.
A concrete-block box at the end of a half-mile-long driveway, the house is built around a single large room that combines kitchen, living and dining areas.
“This is definitely where the deer and the antelope roam,” Ms. Cox said, looking out a window offering stunning views of the constantly changing scenery of the Pioneer Mountains.
A narrow staircase of recycled fir leads up to a mezzanine bedroom supported by exposed beams.
The office is decorated with large photos by Ms. Cox (shown at her desk). Ms. Cox, whose father was an architect, first came to Idaho's Wood River Valley on a ski trip as a child.
Ms. Cox is sure there will be days during her first winter in the house when her long driveway is impassable. She said she is prepared to come and go on snowshoes
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