Worldly Perspective

By Heather Shoning
Photos by  Scot Conti Photography

A lodge-style home three rushing waterfalls, two reflecting ponds and a plethora of pine and aspen trees. The picturesque exterior is a dream. What wasn’t so ideal was the lackluster, 1970s interior that didn’t live up to the home’s potential. However, that didn’t scare away homeowners Tom and Stephanie. Throughout the couple’s life together, they’ve remodeled 20 homes, so they decided to add this one to the list.

Above: Heavy log beams tie the interior of this home to the exterior design and wooded surroundings. Custom cabinetry incorporates exposed walnut for a unique design that calls to the outdoors.

Above: Because the lot is so private, exposure was no concern for this master bath. The large window allows the homeowners to relax in a bath while enjoying the scenery. Etched aspen on the shower mimic the aspen right outside the window, blurring the line between interior and exterior.

Tearing everything down to the studs allowed the couple to rethink the entire layout. They oriented the public spaces to the back of the house so they would have easy access to the landscaped and wooded areas of the lot. “The idea was to draw the outside into the home,” says Tom. To close the chasm between inside and out, the couple included large expanses of windows and French doors throughout the home. They also incorporated an abundance of hand-carved log beams and natural stone.

Right: To accommodate their five children, Tom and Stephanie designed several areas for entertainment. This pool room looks through the bar area into the theater room. Reclaimed barn floors can be found throughout the home. The wall paneling once occupied a 19th-century bistro.

 To create a truly custom feel, the couple traveled extensively collecting beams, doors and other architectural artifacts. Visions of Afghanistan, Indonesia and Tibet grace nearly every room in the home. A quest to bring the natural beauty of the mountain surroundings into this lodge-style home resulted in an openness that spans several countries.

Below: This main outdoor dining area serves as an extension of the home. A snowmelt system keeps the space snow-free during the winter so it can be used year-round.

Left: This space originally served as a formal dining pavilion. Today, it is used by the children as a private retreat and a place for Stephanie to paint.

Below Right: This small, private patio is yet another outdoor living space accessible from the master suite. It’s a relaxing place for the homeowners to capitalize on the picturesque views.




The natural surroundings inspired nearly every design decision for this home remodel. Bringing the outside in and creating outdoor living spaces at every turn was important for this family home.

Below: Hand-carved pillars and doors with intricate mother-of-pearl and lapis inlays—retrieved from travels to the Middle East and South Asia—are eye-catching focal points in this great room. Natural stone rises from floor to ceiling for a unique wall treatment.

Right: The master suite offers several escapes to the private, outdoor living areas.

Architect: Vaughn Associates
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