Finishing The Job

For this Vail team, completing a project has never been so much fun.

By Sharon Withers | Photography by Ron Ruscio

For architect Kyle Webb, his second time was a charm on the remodel of a 70’s house in the heart of Vail Village. Webb’s original design project for the home stalled when the client decided to sell the house. Then the new owner, who saw the first set of plans, called Webb and the project took off, again. Jim and Laurie Gregg and their son Tommy, the new owners, wanted to bring the home into the 21st century, as well as make it much larger.

The project was anything but typical. It’s not often everyone Involved in a remodel works in the home business. Tommy, who found the property, is a realtor; Jim, a developer; and Laurie, an interior designer. Once the town approved the plans, the fun began. Webb talked about mountain modern and the trio was soon on board, but with warm, natural materials to tie the house to the mountains and the pond, on which it was sited.

The fundamental flaw with the house was that it turned its back on its greatest asset. “The house was not open to the pond in any way,” says Webb. “We flipped the house around and oriented the entire house to the pond. As you wash dishes at the kitchen sink and look through the window, you can see trout jumping in the pond.”

The house sits between Gore Creek and the pond, which is naturally fed by run-off from Vail Mountain. It is right in the heart of Vail Village, yet only five homes claim waterfront property. “We call it the 90210 of Vail,” says Jim Gregg.

The team turned the pond project into a creative adventure, brainstorming as they went, and meeting in each room to look at the views, talk about the possibilities and let their imaginations fly. “We took a tired, closed-in existing house down to the studs and opened it to the pond and the flood of light from its southern exposure,” says Jim.

“The pond was our inspiration,” Laurie Gregg says. “From the hearth room, you can see through the dining room to the pond. It is designed for views of the pond.” The great room’s folding glass doors open to the patio and the pond. The kitchen, adjoining the great room, looks out over the pond through a wall of windows.

“We added 600 square feet with a new entry and master suite,” says Laurie. “The palette of whites and grays, with punches of orange, complement the natural materials.” The curved wood of the entry hall is next to the fireplace, built of local stone from a quarry near Vail Mountain. The curved wood wall forms a contrasting backdrop for the fireplace and becomes part of the great room, as well as the entry hall.

“It was an amazingly creative project,” says Webb. “I’ve never done anything like it before.”

ENTRY A dramatic curved wall of salvaged wood sets the stage for the theme of natural, local materials. The team sourced salvaged materials whenever possible. The floors throughout the home are hand-scraped rustic walnut. A radiant floor heating system also runs throughout the house.

GREAT ROOM The curved wall of the entry hall creates a dramatic backdrop for the fireplace, built of local stone from a quarry near Vail Mountain. The Weiland folding doors open onto the patio and pond. Artwork over the steel C-channel beam mantel is by Vail artist, Britten.

BATHROOM The natural stone floor, walls and a freestanding tub create a serene spa-like feeling, while retaining the mountain modern style. Island stone in a basket-weave pattern lends dimension to the wall.

DINING ROOM The sliding doors between the dining room and hearth room, from Arrigoni Woods in Vail, are constructed of reclaimed wood from barn doors in Minturn. When the doors are open, the hearth room has a view straight through the house to the pond. Ceiling beams are reclaimed lumber from Montana. The custom-designed light fixture is from Hammerton. The wine room is behind a glass wall; the back wall is translucent, and separates the wine room from the butler’s pantry.

KITCHEN The kitchen sink overlooks the pond. The refrigerator is to the right of the stove, and the matching door to the left leads to the butler’s pantry. Countertops are double granite and quartzite.

The 90210 of Vail

House: 5,850 square feet; 5 bedrooms (2 master suites), 7 bathrooms

Architect: Kyle Webb, KH Webb Architects, Vail, 970.477.2990 | khwebb.com

Owners: Jim and Laurie Gregg

Contractor: Jim Gregg, Gregg & Co. Builders, Wolcott, 970.926.2378 | greggandcobuilders.com

Interior Designer: Laurie Gregg, Laurie Gregg Interior Design, 970.926.2378

Kitchen: Exquisite Kitchen Design, Denver, 303.282.0382 | myekdesign.com