A Mountain Modern Home With European Hillside Vibes
This Colorado retreat merges new and old worlds with expansive views and a bocce ball court to boot.
Photos by Gibeon Photography
This mountain retreat in Edwards, Colorado, is the home of a successful entrepreneur who loves to ski and golf. The homeowner began by finding one of the most serene pieces of land in Cordillera—perched on top of a hill with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, evoking the feel of a European hillside cottage.
While the area’s residential architecture guidelines are rigid, the homeowner’s vision for her retreat was simple: To enjoy a contemporary mountain home that nods to the Old World, invites awe-inspiring views into every room, and balances privacy with spaces fit for entertaining guests. The end result is a scenic home that appears to rise from its site and affords all the best vantage points for the homeowner and her loved ones.
The exterior of the home was thoughtfully composed of simple forms clad in cut limestone, affording a peaceful and harmonious presence within its natural surroundings. The cottage-like roof seemingly levitates above a band of glass, balancing historic forms with modern living and capitalizing on high light and big views.
The home is divided into two deliberate wings by a flat-roofed entry. On the right are the public gathering spaces: living, dining, and a west-facing terrace, perfect for watching the sunset on summer evenings. On the left wing sit the more private quarters: the guest rooms below and the master suite above, complete with a kitchen and adjacent living space. A band of windows wraps around the home’s front exterior, providing tons of natural light to every room in the house.
The clean lines of the home’s entryway continue all the way up to the beams, acting as the spine of the home, with beautiful stone, steel, and timber details.
Vintage skis adorn a utility room just off the stairwell and wine room.
A lower-level family room allows guests to bask in views of the Gore Range valley.
This mountain-modern home is equipped with a handful of guest suites, designed with the utmost comfort in mind; the homeowner hosts visitors who stay for up to weeks at a time.
The warmth of custom open-tread wooden steps balances the small profile and strength of the steel in the stairwell. A better view of the wine room invites guests to head upstairs with a glass of vino.
The upper-level living space is bright and airy, with vast glass doors that open to the outdoor terrace.
The terrace is the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the custom fire pit and unobstructed western views.
Wooden beams and delicate trusses elongate the space and showcase the continuity between living and dining areas.
The home’s neutral color palette is accentuated with loads of texture and the highest-quality fixtures and finishes.
A contemporary lighting sculpture overlooks the home’s entry from the upper level. Black basalt tile accentuates the bridge to the kitchen.
The kitchen’s large island and pass-through window highlight the homeowner’s love for entertaining.
An intimate seating area sits adjacent to the kitchen, a lovely spot for mingling after breakfast or over appetizers.
An outdoor barbecue terrace expands off the kitchen space.
The master bedroom boasts views of the Gore Range as well as heavy drapery for privacy.
The grand, porcelain-and-glass master bathroom includes a soaking tub with uninterrupted views.
The entrepreneurial homeowner’s workspace is situated next to her master suite.
Large expanses of glass open up the view on the rear of the home. Sharp eave edges and terraces echo the lines of an Old World ship. A bocce ball court extends from the lower-level gathering spaces and private guest quarters—the perfect place for hosting friends and family.
ARCHITECT Michael Suman, Suman Architects BUILDER Beck Building Company INTERIOR DESIGN The Refined Group, Arizona LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Ric Fields, Fieldscape Incorporated
Michael Suman AIA founded Suman Architects in Vail, Colorado in 2004, which specializes in custom residential and light commercial design. You can contact Michael at 970.471.6122.
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