BAS1S was tasked to design the dream home for a couple who had traveled extensively. On their travels, they fell in love with the look and feel of the Norwegian hütte. Together with Bruce Gregg of Gregg Construction we put together all the things they wanted in a space but that also reflected their history, values, and lifestyle.
One of the most prominent features of the 5,050 square foot house is the “mine shaft” elevator made from corrugated and rusted steel. Rather than tucking the elevator away, it became a major feature of the house. The use of Wyoming snow fence to wrap the outside of the stair tower reinforces that feel.
The house was sited to take maximum advantage of the landscape by allowing every room to have a spectacular view. The great room’s stunning vista is framed by two massive river rock columns that serve as dividers for the two separate wings of the house. One pillar houses a large fireplace, while the other divides the great room from the kitchen and doubles as the kitchen “hearth”.
The soaring ceilings on the main floor give way to cozier enclaves on the second floor creating warm and enveloping spaces. Features such as lower ceilings invite guests to reach for the unique blue stained ceiling beams. Bookcases double as hidden doors and give the space depth that mimics the family’s personality.
Estes Park Colorado