Midwestern Sensibility

By Heather Shoning | Photos By Tim Stone When approached to design a new house reflective of a Middle American ethic, Tim Stone, of Kelly and Stone Architects, met the […]

By Heather Shoning | Photos By Tim Stone

When approached to design a new house reflective of a Middle American ethic, Tim Stone, of Kelly and Stone Architects, met the task with a farmhouse-style home featuring understated forms, a conservative layout and traditional features. No Colorado mountain home—grand mansion or demure homestead—could be complete without harnessing the captivating views. This purpose created a medley of Midwestern sensibility and modern-day design elements.

White clapboard siding is simple and unassuming. Architectural details, though simple in design, are accentuated with contrasting black paint. The large porch with its wide staircase is straight from the farmhouse textbook. Minimized timber accents, both on the exterior and interior of the home, make for “quieter” details, Stone says.

In stark contrast to many mountain homes with stone and timber-clad great rooms, this home has a modest living room with a painted brick fireplace. The living room window-wall opens to an outdoor living area with a gas fireplace and million-dollar views.

Situated on a long, narrow lot in Old Town Steamboat Springs, Stone took extra care to ensure the layout of the home didn’t follow the shotgun blueprint of the grounds. The flow-through kitchen has wide doorways at both ends to ensure its connection to other living spaces while keeping with the farmhouse tradition of the kitchen being separated from the living room.Trim and baseboards throughout the home have clean lines and intentional lack of detail.

Raised panel doors and open shelving are clean and simple. Paneled appliances keep the modern look from approaching the room. The French range is the lone luxury item gracing this space, and it adds just the right amount of rustic yet elegant charm.


Private spaces in the home display the same mix of old and new. “Pillowed white subway tile, a cast iron claw-foot tub and shiny chrome fixtures are placed in juxtaposition with the modern glass enclosure,” Stone says.

The tuck-under garage, not historically found on a farm, was the perfect feature to take advantage of the narrow, sloped lot, creating the perfect rooftop deck for viewing the natural surroundings.

Kelly & Stone Architects, Inc.
Steamboat Springs, CO
970.875.0590 | ksaarch.com