This Hillside Hideaway Boasts a Stunning Backyard Oasis

The hogback above this home’s site wraps around its outdoor space—creating a luxurious refuge for al fresco relaxation.

This compact mountain home lives much larger than its finished 3,978 square footage. On the list of the homeowner’s design requests was: 1.) That the house be visually protected from a development to the west of the property, and 2.) Be organized around, and open to, a private outdoor space that embraces the natural surrounding landscape and enjoys an intimate connection between interior and outdoor spaces. It’s safe to say the final product does both—with serious style to boot.

The house climbs the hillside toward the hogback, walking out at each level.

The east side opens onto and embraces the natural landscape of the rising hogback creating the perfect spot for the owner’s own private oasis.

The home’s exterior mixes modern and mountain contemporary elements with broad overhangs to emphasize its climb up the property, and lower-pitched roofs which balance the roof mass. Windows are limited on the west side, but high linear strips of glass let in natural light while framing glimpses of the foothills. Materials such as stone, stucco, and siding, and a natural color palette pay respect to the surrounding hillside.

Approaching the house one would never imagine the Eden that awaits within. Greeted by an imposing entry and a stone privacy wall, one crosses the threshold to view a great room that easily flows into the sleek kitchen and open dining room, all of which look out onto multiple patios surrounded by water features that cascade down the hillside.

Movement throughout the house is like that of the water features, easily pouring from one level to another, with each room offering another view of the stunning, intimate landscape.

The home has a modern frosted-glass and chrome lift, making the home accessible to all, despite its multiple levels.

A more modern and masculine interior employs materials such as polished concrete floors and sleek, neutral finishes, allowing the view and outdoor spaces to shine through.

The upper floor hosts the master suite, a generous bedroom whose center-meet sliding door opens onto a private patio complete with outdoor shower, water feature, and large boulders. The suite’s TV is on a lift that rises from under the bed. This allows maximum glass in the bedroom to enjoy the view of the hogback and a balcony overlooking the oasis below.

Several steps down from the master patio is a secluded hot tub that forms the top of the main patio water feature.

The great room’s TV is also hidden, dropping from the ceiling in front the of the copper-glazed tile fireplace surround.

The lower level functions as the homeowner’s entrance, offering a three-car garage with compact mud room, sport closet, and stack washer and dryer, along with a bedroom, bathroom, and small rec room with an adjoining patio to the west—serving as a lovely guest suite or teenage respite.

This gorgeous home and its outdoor living spaces carve out the perfect hideaway for admiring mountain views and soaking in some true, luxurious relaxation.



Karen Keating is a principal and Erin Elston is an Associate at TKP Architects, an award-winning architecture firm based in Golden, Colorado. View TKP's profile or contact TKP Architects at 303.278.8840.

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Categories: Contemporary Homes