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An Expansive Mountain Abode With Incredible Views

This Vail home boasts stunning vantage points of Beaver Creek Ski Area, Bachelor Gulch, and the Sawatch Range.



Photos by Riv Stovall

This mountain retreat, located in the Vail Valley’s Mountain Star community, offers gorgeous views of the Beaver Creek Ski Area, Bachelor Gulch, and the Sawatch Range. It is a fusion of traditional architecture and modern influences. Cleanly detailed and heavy timber roof rafters are supported by exposed steel beams and wood struts, which, along with the steel railings and large windows, have a contemporary expression. The handsome exterior palette of natural materials also has a blend of traditional and modern. The exterior incorporates a warm-toned rustic dry-stack stone with modern steel window headers, Colorado Buff flagstone patios and walkways around the house, a combination of rich, weathered brown-toned reclaimed siding, and natural patinaed copper roof, gutters, and downspouts.

The 7,500-square-foot residence boasts a formal dining space for entertaining, an open-plan living-kitchen area designed to be cozy for two or graciously accommodate a large social gathering, an elegant mudroom, a laundry room, an office, and a luxurious master suite—all on the same level, and all primary spaces are oriented to the fantastic views to the south and west.

The great room is all about expansiveness and luxury, with vaulted wood ceilings, and 14-feet-wide by 12-feet-tall lift-and-slide doors and large windows opening up to the incredible views. A dramatic fireplace with modern steel accents acts as a focal point to a generous seating area.

The large kitchen island is perfect for family gatherings and entertaining, while the sitting area off the kitchen—with its fireplace, TV, and breakfast nook—provides a cozy living space. The large lift-and-slide doors open the kitchen sitting area and living room up to a large, partially covered deck off the south side of the house, which connects to a covered outdoor living area on the southeast side of the home.

The outdoor room features a sitting area centered on an outdoor fireplace and TV, a built-in BBQ, and a covered outdoor dining area with incredible views to the south—all tempered from cool nights by recessed infrared heaters in the ceiling.

The home’s upper level, accessed by a dramatic open stair—with rustic hammered steel railing and subtly industrial steel bridge above the main entry and living areas—has a small sitting area two generous guest rooms with private baths and beautiful views.

The lower level includes a bunkroom, guest room, and a spa bathroom/changing area just inside from the outdoor Jacuzzi. This level also features a large cozy family rec room with a bar, pool table, card game table, and sitting area with a modern steel-and-stone fireplace/TV/built-in, and a reclaimed wood accent wall.

The family room accesses to a large flagstone patio with a fire pit nestled into the landscape, and is partially covered by the main level deck above—also oriented towards the site’s dramatic views.

Hans Berglund and Stephanie Lord-Johnson are the principals of Berglund Architects, an Edwards, Colorado-based firm that specializes in custom residential and commercial design for the mountain environment. View their profile or contact Hans at (970) 926-4301.

Content for this article provided by Berglund Architects.

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