Embracing spectacular views and a pristine mountain environment with a renovation inside and out
Recently, a client came to us with this proposed renovation project just East of Vail. The lot boasted a fantastic location and spectacular views but the recently built single-family home on the site didn’t fully take advantage of this and fell short of their expectations. However, while touring the house with the owner, we all saw glimpses of the potential the home and the site had.
Working closely with landscape architect Ceres +, the exterior space on the east side of the house was completely revised. A large pool with an integrated hot tub, water feature and exterior bar were added and the existing custom fire pit was moved to a natural gathering spot next to the pool. Establishing areas for people to circulate and congregate that are visually connected created a kind of open-plan outdoor living room.
Additionally, new sliding doors and larger windows capture views and allow the interior living spaces to connect and spill out to the exterior, transforming the relationship between the house and its location.
The layout of the main level deck on the east side of the house was revised to allow for an outdoor dining area next to a luxurious custom BBQ and surround.
The covered outdoor lounge centers your view straight to the mountains and new pool below. Electric heaters in the ceilings and a sleek modern fire pit make these outdoor spaces enjoyable year-round.
Several options on this side of the home were considered to capture the amazing Gore Range views. Large sliding glass doors were added to both the great room and dining room, which maximized the height of the doors within the existing roof structure. A horizontal beam that was cutting off the top of the peaks beyond was replaced with an elegantly curved steel beam that sublimely frames the view.
Working with the interior design firm Ten + III, we used the same large format porcelain tile flooring on the exterior and interior, with a different texture. This simple design move creates continuity and connection. It dissolves the line between interior and exterior spaces when those big doors are wide open and brings the site and the views into the home.
The floor plan was reworked to dramatically improve the home’s function and most of the home was updated in some way. A sense of entry was established by raising and expanding the entry roof and adding large glass double doors with an arched window above and side lites. The kitchen and primary suite were renovated, windows were enlarged to bring in more light and the fireplace was updated.
The most impactful transformation of this project is the connection that was created between the home and its surroundings. By exploring what was possible with our incredible contractor, Beck Building Company, we feel we succeeded in bringing the home up to the high standard the site demanded.
Adam Gilmer is a Principal at Berglund Architects, an Edwards, Colorado-based firm that specializes in custom residential and commercial design for the mountain environment. View their profile or contact them at 970.926.4301.
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