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    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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    Where's she going to go in snowshoes?

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    what an interesting layout.. i wonder about the freeze/thaw extremes on that concrete though
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    i like it. the setting is incredible.
    i'd get rid of the dining room chairs and change the sofas but other than that, it's a really neat house.
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    It looks like a prison.

    That fireplace is spectacular.
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    I think it's pretty incredible.
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    Don't like the plain cement block on the outside .. and I wouldn't bother hanging pictures till I finished the drywall.
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    That bookcase makes me nutty
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    Quote Originally Posted by HelpMeRhonda View Post
    Don't like the plain cement block on the outside .. and I wouldn't bother hanging pictures till I finished the drywall.
    That bothers me too-I wonder if that's IT. No drywall.
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    I actually felt some suicidal panic rise up in me when I saw the desolation of both the house and the landscape. Horrible. Except for the dog.

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    You see, I loooooove that desolation. There's a lot about and in that house that is not even my style, but I could live with it in a minute for those awesome views.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    It looks like a prison.

    That fireplace is spectacular.
    Exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    I actually felt some suicidal panic rise up in me when I saw the desolation of both the house and the landscape. Horrible. Except for the dog.
    I have to agree.

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    i hate neighbors so that is the perfect place for me.
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    The house isn't too bad, it's just being alone with that damn cold landscape that would drive me nuts.
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