Bowline Studio /


Frontier House
Design Lead, March 2016 - September 2016
Project Manager / Carpenter, October 2016 - June 2017
Green River, UT


The Frontier House is an affordable, single-family residence prototype designed for the rural high-desert community of Green River, UT. Bowline Studio collaborated with The Epicenter, a rural non-profit in Green River, to design and construct this home between 2016 and 2017. 


The Frontier House project is a direct response to the prevalence of manufactured and mobile home housing that exists in the community, but that is highly energy inefficient, expensive to heat and cool and does not provide equity to a community that suffers from a cycle of intergenerational poverty.

The house is designed to respond to the vernacular architecture of the town and to address the street with generous front and side porches. The home has a comfortable kitchen and vaulted living space, one full bath and two bedrooms. Additionally, the screened back porch is constructed so that it can be converted into a third bedroom should family needs require it.


Pragmatically, the Frontier House is designed to be the same size as a double wide trailer home (710 SF), but it’s orientation and construction methods enable the home to be highly efficient in the desert climate, ultimately saving the homeowner hundreds of dollars a month on utility bills as compared to a manufactured dwelling of the same size. 


The property has been xeriscaped with native trees, shrubs, flowers and agaves that have water needs for as much as the desert sky will provide. 


More information about The Frontier House and The Epicenter is available below.
The Frontier House
The Epicenter


The Frontier House Team:
Jack Forinash of the Epicenter, Project Principal
Kelly Gregory of Roving Studio, Project and Construction Manager
Spencer Kroll of Bowline Studio, Design Lead and Carpenter