A Home For All Seasons

By Amanda Bonner
Photography by Gibeon Photography

A new build in Steamboat both snuggles into the land surrounding it and opens up to the amazing views.


FROM THE TERRACE The main level terraces down to a lower lawn level that is directly off the home’s rec room, which includes a pool table, entertainment space and hot tub.

When the landscape around a new build is beyond spectacular, the challenge is designing a home that becomes integrated seamlessly with the land—like a piece in a huge jigsaw puzzle—while also taking advantage of it.

That was the main goal of the design team at Vertical Arts Architecture, which has offices in Denver, Steamboat Springs and Vail Valley, when first contemplating the shape and scope of this 5,050-square-foot home. It sits on about .85 acres in the Boulder Ridge neighborhood of Steamboat, overlooking Elkins Meadows and about a five-minute drive from Fish Creek Falls.


VIVE LA VISTA! The home was sited to capture majestic views of the Steamboat Springs ski resort and Fish Creek Canyon.

“The main thing that was really important on this project [completed in January 2016] is the angle and sighting of the house,” says Sarah Tiedeken O’Brien, project manager for Vertical Arts. “Because it is on a rather steep slope, we cut a big chunk out of the hillside and buried the house into it. So the home is basically aligned with the view down into Fish Creek Canyon and the Steamboat ski resort, and the sweeping row of windows along the back all look out over the national forest.”

“Obviously, the views and windows alone give it a really nice indoor-outdoor feeling. You’re really in the landscape. And the clients, who live here year round, have even described that the home feels very different in the winter, with the snow blanketing the land outside the windows. And when the leaves are gone, you can see so much farther.”


GAME ON A cozy game room is dressed in Trikes Tableau wallpaper in a copper color and dotted with antique maps.

The shape and design of the four-bedroom, four-bath (and two half-bath) home also pay homage to the surroundings. “The client definitely wanted something that stayed true to the mountain topography, so we tried to create a blend of a traditional mountain home, by pulling in the gabled roofs, but also give it a modern feel with the at roofs and combination of different sidings, including a vertical Douglas fir, a wire-brushed and distressed beetle-kill pine, large zinc panels and a custom stone blend,” says O’Brien.


ANYONE HUNGRY? “With the kitchen space so open, the kitchen did not have walls to accept appliances,” says Scott Grandis of Exquisite Kitchen Design. “The solution was to design a tall, multifunctional island. It houses the ovens and refrigerator while the back side serves as a corking-serving area to the wine room.” Custom cabinetry, a mix of white oak and Italian laminate, was made by Exquisite Kitchen Design, with Caesarstone countertops in Calcutta Novo.

“Inside, the home has a very eclectic yet modern feeling that’s pretty contemporary but still feels like a mountain home,” O’Brien says. “With a lot of our clients, the concept of main-level living is really important. So on the main level are the master bedroom, the main living spaces, the laundry room, mudroom and a large outdoor patio. The house is really integrated into the land and allows them to really use the main living area. But the homeowners really wanted space for their kids, and eventually their grandkids, to come visit. So the lower level really provides that kind of home away from home.”


MASTER RETREAT A large fireplace in the master bedroom “creates a big statement across from the bed that is both simplistic and really striking,” O’Brien says. “They didn’t want a lot of art; they wanted the bedroom to be clean and fresh, just a nice place to retreat.” With windows facing east, the room is cooled by a Minka Aire fan. The hearth extends far to the right and is large enough to hold stone sculptures the couple picked up in China.


WINE AND DINE A main-floor wine cellar includes a metal surround and racking designed by Vertical Arts and fabricated by Cactus, Rick Noles and Wine Cellars and Storage of Colorado.


A HIDDEN MUDROOM An antique fire door found at Eron Johnson Antiques in Denver, along with its original hardware, was stripped to its original zinc, and then a specialty track was fabricated for it. Beyond that is the lower-level mudroom, which leads out to a hot tub.


DINNER TIME A Corona Pendant by Hubbardton Forge hangs over a table and chairs from Restoration Hardware.


MARVELOUS MARBLE Crème de la crème: A center island double vanity, topped with marble, is the centerpiece of the grand master bath, which is wrapped in windows so both sides have glorious views of the national forest. A Victoria and Albert freestanding tub sits under the windows. Bali Crème marble, on both the walls and the floors, softens the look.

Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design: Vertical Arts Architecture / 970.871.0056
Builder: Shively Construction / 970.879.5656
Kitchen Design: EKD / 303.282.0382