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JANA LANE GUEST HOUSE / STUDIO Originally built as a guesthouse for traveling friends and family, this building is now the home of the Studio of Sustainable Design. The architect and his friends built the 500 sq ft, one-story structure with loft in 1998, on his home property at the foot of the Northern Idaho Mountains.

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Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 1

East Entry Porch


Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 02

South View


The structure was built with load-bearing, two-string straw-bale walls. Participants in a three-day workshop learned to stack, compress, and double-coat the walls with cement stucco. They learned that air-bag compression produces strong, well-insulated walls.Ecological features include recycled foam ICF agrade beams on a rubble trench foundation,recycled wood ICF ashower walls, sun-facing summer ventilation, and radiant floor heating. More ecological elements include a waterless composting toilet, bluegrass straw-board wall finishes, a reused entry door, glass blocks, and wood timbers.

Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 03 Western Loft Windows
Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 04 Wall Alcove in Strawbale


Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 05 Reversed Roof Dormer


The shape is a simple rectangle with curved end walls. An eastern porch draws in sun during the winter and shade during the summer and adds outdoor living space. Salvaged hand-peeled logs and beams frame the entry.

Southern windows and a reversed roof dormer fill the interior space with light and passive solar warmth, while venting summer heat. High western windows create views from the sleeping loft.

Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 06

Studio Interior to East


Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 07

Studio Interior to Loft


Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 08

Window Shelf

Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 09

Winter View



Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 10

Glass Sun in Stucco

Jana Lane Guest House / Studio, photo 11

Stone & Tile Floor Detail



The radiant-heat concrete floor is finished with hand-made clay tiles and detailed with inlaid pebbles from the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Colored glass artwork decorates deep slate windowsills set in white stucco walls.

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