Marble & Muddy Cowboy Boots

A luxe expression of home on the range.

By Kimberly Field | Photography by Emily Minton Redfield

 
Thirty-five acres in prime Douglas County horse country was the perfect setting for a young family with deep Western roots. And, according to Dan Fuller, owner of Haley Custom Homes, the design directive was as clear as the family’s unexpected approach: “Build a house that a ranching family and their ranch hands could do themselves with simple tools.”

Designer Jennifer Medoff, principal of Dragonfly Designs, came to the project when it was literally on the drawing board. “They wanted reclaimed materials: the older, the better,” Medoff says. The couple has four young children and four dogs, so functional won out over fussy. The home’s interior design also had to provide a beautiful setting for artwork and family antiques. “The look is one of collected items that combine well,” adds Medoff.

The result is a High Plains mélange of farmhouse chic and Western flair. Ghost wood, aka reclaimed snow fence from Wyoming, panels most walls and is used as rough shelving suspended from metal gas piping. Log siding, both inside and outside, topped with rusted metal roofing complete the look.

A commanding staircase of hand-hewn, 150-year-old reclaimed oak from Pennsylvania sets the rustic tone. “We had a lot of meetings about those stairs,” Fuller says. The balusters are made of rebar that was “left outside to rust along with the steel I-beams,” adds Fuller. “We branded the oak risers with the kids’ initials.”

An upstairs hall bridges the public areas below and leads to the children’s “bunkhouse,” which is outfitted with what they call the bunk bath with three sinks set into a stone slab. An old metal roof sourced in Tennessee lines the shower. “That was a first for the building inspectors,” Fuller says. Salvaged block-and-tackle hanging fixtures with exposed filament bulbs complete the prairie steampunk vibe.

The open, unfit kitchen “has a rawness to it, like found pieces that came together over time,” says Angela Otten, kitchen designer with William Ohs Kitchens. Open shelving along with built-in cabinets featuring chicken-wire panels sit alongside furniture-inspired painted pieces and a floating island. Woods used include antique, reclaimed oak; knotty oak; and alder in rough-sawn, painted, and rubbed finishes. Parana white honed granite tops the counters and island, providing the cool look of marble with the durability needed in a hardworking kitchen. Concrete mimics earthen tiles on the kitchen floor and flows smoothly into the antique oak flooring in the main areas. A weathered metal range hood fabricated by Raw Urth helps define the space.

Rustic meets romantic in the master bath bedecked with white marble. “We did a double-sided vanity separated by mirrors framed in ghost wood and hung from rusted chains. The couple can interact with the space and with each other,” Medoff says.

Weathered materials, well-chosen antiques, and whimsical touches still allow for modern sensibilities. Automated shades tucked into ghost wood frames control sun glare and increase privacy with a swipe on an iPad. Even the driveway is crushed, reclaimed asphalt. “It looks like an old dirt road,” Fuller says, “but sure wears better.”

 

Welcome Home

The homeowners embraced the ranch house style, evident from the moment one enters the home.

 

A Needed Retreat

As one of the first homes built in this area, the views from the master bedroom go on and on.

 

Meet Cute

The double-sided vanity in the master bath allows for interaction in the mornings.

 

Antiques Abound

Cherished pieces from days gone by are found throughout the house.

 

Wash Up

A found milk bucket sees new life as the powder room sink.

 

Builder: Haley Custom Homes, 5211 S. Quebec St., Greenwood Village, 303.601.9446, haleycustomhomes.com

Interiors: Dragonfly Designs, 970.218.4006, dragonfly-info.com

Kitchen: William Ohs, 115 Madison St., Denver, 303.371.6550, wmohs.com

Custom Range Hood: Raw Urth Designs, 1313 Blue Spruce, Studio B, Fort Collins, 866.932.7510, rawurth.com