An Award-Winning Summit County Home

See the People's Choice winner from the Summit County Parade of Homes

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The Summit County Builders Association presented the 2021 Summit County Parade of Homes, which raises the bar on mountain home construction.

The 2021 entries included extravagant single, multi-family and remodeled homes that show off the talent in the mountain resort building community.

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150 Beavers Drive, designed by Stais Architecture & Interiors, was chosen as the People’s Choice Award Winner for 2021.

With 7,100 square feet of space, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, garage space for four electric cars, ski-in ski-out access, and enough ski space to accommodate a Super G team in the “Ski Room,” this home is a luxurious, modern mountain escape. The rear deck and patio boast views of the mountains up-valley and skiers heading down the “Four O’Clock” ski run.

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The creative architectural design of this luxury lodge nestles perfectly into the surrounding landscape. Boasting three levels, the home is equipped with three bedrooms upstairs, a main-level primary suite, and another two bedrooms downstairs.

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The project team, starting with the homeowners, includes Stais Architecture & Interiors, Iron Forest Building Company, Styled by EK, and Cutting Edge Woodworking.

Here, we chat with principal architect Matt Stais, AIA, about the award-winning home.

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What inspired the design/build of the home?

The design inspiration always starts with the client’s wants and needs, and then what the location will allow. The homeowners had fantastic vision and a top notch property to work with, which made our work super fun.

What’s your favorite room in the home?

Personally, my favorite is the northwest bedroom on the top floor, which we called Bedroom Suite #4. The main spaces of the home face southeast, so the views of Peak 6-7-8 to the west and Peak 10 ski terrain to the south from this private deck, it’s the place I’d be enjoying après-ski time on a sunny afternoon.

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How did its mountain location affect the design/build?

The steep downslope lot with tricky corner access led to a split-level design solution with the open stairway acting as the fulcrum which ties the entire design together. Large clerestory windows add afternoon light downstairs, which is a huge plus.

Were there any challenges during the design process?

Plenty! This was the final unbuilt trailside property in the neighborhood, which neighbors used for trail access. We worked through that, as well as drainage, snow plowing issues, and strict HOA and Town regulations. In the end, I feel those challenges made it a better product.

What features of the home do you think people loved?

There were so many great features, but we’ve gotten the most comments on the operable glass wall from great room to southeast patio, which was the homeowner’s idea.

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