A Reconfigured and Sophisticated Edwards Home
A redesigned floor plan and a mix of contemporary finishes bring an outdated Colorado vacation home into the 21st century
For Kansans Cheri and Paul Hoover and Colorado interior designer Katy Allen, the third time was definitely a charm. Allen had helped the Hoovers design their previous two vacation homes in the Centennial State—so when the couple purchased a new place in Arrowhead, they knew exactly whom to call.
The 5,390-square-foot house had a prime location on the first hole of the golf course at Country Club of the Rockies, but the home hadn’t been updated since it was built in the early 1990s. “The finishes were dated, and it had a bit of a rough floor plan—very choppy, broken-up spaces,” says Allen. “We knew right out of the gate an architect had to be involved.”
At Allen’s recommendation, the Hoovers enlisted the design team at Resort Concepts, led by Rick Hermes, to help transform the outdated dwelling. “The bones of the house were pretty good, so we didn’t have to worry too much about that,” Hermes says, “but you could tell right away that it needed to be opened up substantially.”
The 14-month-long remodel began with taking the house down to the studs and reconfiguring the floor plan so that the common spaces connected with each other and created a better flow from room to room. Now, a formal living room and hearth room—separated only by a sleek three-sided fireplace—open up to the kitchen and dining area. “While opening up the plan, we also considered ceiling transitions to improve view lines and created appropriate scale for each room,” says Hermes. In the living area, the ceiling soars to more than 20 feet tall, allowing for expanded views of the golf course and mountains beyond.
The other major element of the remodel involved revamping the stairwell. “The stair is a centrally located design element in the home which created both a design challenge and an opportunity,” says Hermes. “The existing solid form stair was replaced with a floating steel and wood stair that creates openness and connectivity from the main floor to the lower floor.”
To complement the new floor plan, Allen selected materials and finishes that would give the interiors a warm but contemporary feel. Throughout the house, timber and Colorado buff stone pair with steel accents—all set against serene off-white walls. Other updates include new white oak flooring throughout, white Neolith countertops in the kitchen, and Calacatta gold marble and contrasting dark alder cabinetry in the master bathroom.
When it came time to decorate the interiors, the Hoovers took a hands-off approach: “We just turned Katy loose,” Paul says of his and Cheri’s go-to interior designer. Having worked with the couple for more than 10 years, Allen knows their style well, which came in handy on this project. “We pretty much had a blank slate,” she says. With the goal of creating a calm, neutral palette, Allen chose art, fabrics and furnishings in creamy shades of brown, white and gray, accented with pops of black. “You don’t see a ton of florals in this house or anything like that,” she says. “It’s just very timeless and masculine. We let the architectural elements be what popped and sang.”
Comfort and durability were also key elements of the interior design. “We don’t want a museum,” Allen remembers Cheri saying. Instead, the homeowners wanted a house that could be enjoyed by their adult guests and young grandchildren alike. In the hearth room, where much of the family gathering happens, Allen opted for a rustic coffee table and plush, oversize seating. “It’s a curl-your-feet-up room,” says the designer. “And there are no worries if the coasters don’t get put out.” Though the space is comfortable and approach- able—like the rest of the home, for that matter—each of its pieces is more beautiful than the last. So the house is a little bit like a museum after all.
Even though Cheri and Paul Hoover’s Colorado getaway has a polished, contemporary feel throughout, the house still pays homage to its mountain setting. Thanks to interior designer Katy Allen, who has a long history of creating resort-style residences, the home features sleek and subtle nods to its Vail Valley locale. THE ART OF THE MATTER In the living room, a black-and-white mountain scene captured by Vail- based landscape photographer John Richter is the backdrop for a gleaming grand piano. “We found that art first, then worked the room around it,” says Allen. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BLEND Allen paired mounted antlers with a crystal chandelier in the master bedroom, creating an unexpected mix in the tranquil space. HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT Hair-on hide stools line the bar in the kitchen, and two hide rugs anchor the living room, bringing a Western flair to the otherwise refined spaces. “The homeowners wanted the house more contemporary,” says the designer, “but it’s still a mountain home.”
As seen in the July 2020 issue
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