When Modern Meets Farmhouse
This custom mountain home melds two distinct styles
When designing this home for their family of six, the homeowners of this Steamboat Springs abode had very different ideas about the style of their dream home.
While the husband prefers modern, industrial materials such as concrete and metal, the wife loves a more rustic farmhouse style with shiplap and hand-painted tile. Balancing these two distinct styles defined the project, which was all about collaboration.
An expansive rooftop deck off the kitchen points toward views of Emerald Mountain and the nearby Steamboat Ski Resort.
In the kitchen, partial-height walls, floating shelving and suspended cabinets offer storage space while affording open views in all directions. The maple and metal bar top provides ample space for all six family members to enjoy a casual meal together in the kitchen.
A centerpiece of the home, the double-sided fireplace greets guests at the entrance and creates a cozy vibe for the open living space on the opposite side. The French farmhouse-inspired sandstone fireplace is complemented by the streamlined timber mantel and hot-rolled steel above it. More modern industrial finishes include black metal framed doors and concrete flooring with a smooth diamond grind on the main floor.
White board-and-batten paneling is contrasted with fanciful features like the patchwork-style wood sliding barn doors fabricated by Twenty1Five and a colorfully patterned stair runner pieced together from 12 individual rugs.
In the master bath, quartz countertops complement rustic cabinets made from reclaimed wood. Black industrial sconces are tempered by a basket cloche hanging pendant from Stel House & Home. The first design element selected for the house was a hand-painted, terra cotta tile chosen by the homeowners for the master bath’s shower.
The residence also features a semi-attached apartment for visitors that’s connected to the main house with a shared terrace.
A creative landscaping scheme creates fluidity throughout the hilly lot. The communal garden space includes a cozy seating area, and winding paths of Colorado Buff stone walkways connect the yard’s gathering spaces.
Sarah Tiedeken O’Brien is a partner at Vertical Arts Architecture, a Colorado-based architecture firm specializing in creating some of the nation’s most unique residential and commercial spaces. View their profile or contact Sarah at 970.871.0056.
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