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A New Home with Old Homestead Vibes

This rustic Steamboat Springs retreat appears as if it’s been nestled in the valley overlooking Lake Catamount since the late 1800s

Tim Murphy Photography

The creation of this home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was truly a labor of love. 

The owners of Bear Meadow Farm had a strong vision for the home they wanted to build—a mountain retreat with a sense of heritage, reflecting the resilience of the early pioneers, and the western lifestyle those pioneers both encountered and created when they arrived in the Yampa Valley. 

The new build took four years from conception to completion, but the final product exudes that “old homestead” feel and appears as if it’s been nestled in the valley overlooking the meadow and Lake Catamount for over a century.

In addition to era-appropriate hand-hewn timbers sourced from Amish barns, vaulted ceilings, and massive trusses in the great room, the rustic retreat’s thoughtful layout creates the illusion that it’s been added onto over the years. From period lighting and porch rocking chairs to the kitchen cabinets and bathroom tile, the home’s materials, fixtures and finishes were carefully chosen to make the house look like it’s been standing for decades.

The master bedroom is its own little cabin, and on the opposite side of the main area sits a converted “barn” constructed out of reclaimed red barn board that now is home to a bunkroom and guest rooms.  Each bedroom has its own character, reflected in its wall finishes. From white painted wood to chinked timber, each room creates a unique backdrop for the furnishings and art the owners have collected over the years. 

Trips to Africa provided everything from whimsical embroidered art panels to large Moroccan rugs that added multi-hued colors to the antique pine floors. Years involved in Crow Canyon and a love for the American Southwest bore a collection of Indian artifacts, which have found the perfect home on reclaimed wood bookshelves. The Navajo white plaster walls are the canvas for a collection of western art and artifacts, and the antique furniture and lamps were all carefully selected to add a layer of patina—and a story—that comes from age.


ARCHITECTURE Joe Patrick Robbins, AIA INTERIOR DESIGN Lynne Barton Bier, Home on the Range Interiors CONSTRUCTION Cogswell Construction Inc. CUSTOM KITCHEN AND PANTRY CABINETS Rustic Woodworks and D. Andrew Cates

Lynne Barton Bier is an interior designer and owner of Home on the Range Interiors in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. View their profile or contact Lynne at 970-870-6777 ext. 4.

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