1,446 sq. ft.: 3 BD, 2 BA
Built in 2007
Lot size: 125 feet x 25 feet
John L. Scott, Anthony E. Zaragoza, 208-869-8602
This home in south Boise is bound by the Bench, Broadway Avenue and Boise Avenue along the Oregon Trail—indicated by interpretive signs. Near one of these markers on the corner of Euclid is a row of "skinny houses." This particular skinny house is on an undersized lot, but differs and seems to have a better design than some of the other houses on the street. This split-level house is not as tall as the others, and its floor plan is more creative, possibly as a result of recent criticism of row houses.
The great room, brightly lit by many windows, is vaulted all the way to the roof. Its most notable feature is a gleaming, golden bamboo wood floor. An attractive gas fireplace surrounded in gray and brown slate anchors the living room. Beyond the dining room is the kitchen, featuring a granite tile breakfast bar and countertops, a stainless-steel gas stove (along with other stainless-steel appliances) and birch cabinets.
Behind the kitchen a hallway extends the width of the house, and includes a big coat closet. Carpeted brown stairs lead up to a loft equipped with a built-in desk and built-in shelves and nooks. Off of this room is the utility room, just big enough for a stacked washer and dryer. The hot water heater is energy saving tankless, meaning that no water is heated until the hot water faucet is turned on. The furnace is 92 percent efficient, and the house is framed to allow room for extra insulation.
Further toward the back of the house up a flight of stairs is the master bedroom. It features a vaulted ceiling with a fan, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom has a tub/shower combination, and the floor is covered in off-white tile with brown vinyl counters.
Back down to the hallway stairs lead to the lower part of the house. Off of this area's corridor are two bedrooms and a bathroom identical to the master bathroom.
A side door off the main hallway leads to the small, grass-covered back yard and a two-car garage off the alley. The garage and lower two-thirds of the house are painted dark gray and the upper part of the house is painted white. The whole house is accented in white, and the siding is the long-lasting James Hardie brand. The front of the house has a small but pleasant covered porch, a lawn and a mature tree. The entire lot is equipped with a sprinkler system.
This story-and-a-half split-level plan shows what can be done with a house on an undersized lot, instead of the usual cookie-cutter half-bath down, with two bedrooms and a bath upstairs that are common on the market.
Pros: I love the bamboo flooring and the gray and brown slate tile. The kitchen has a nice feel to it. Having the master upstairs and the two bedrooms down, splits the bedrooms for privacy, and the loft/office is a lovely touch. There's a lot of square footage in this house. The location is central, close to downtown and all of Boise.
Cons: Some of the side windows open onto the fence five feet away and the house next door another five feet away. I know of a deciduous columnular bush call Rhamnus Frangula whose habit is to grow straight up 15 feet. It would be perfect to block the view of the fence. Another option would be vines on trellises. The side yard is set up for a drip irrigation system should some kind of plants be chosen.