Private Residence, United States

It was the homeowners’ lifetime dream to build a warm and modern home that would blend into the Colorado Mountains. The home is in Mountain Star, one of Colorado’s most environmentally designed communities, directly adjacent to the White River National Forest.

The home itself was carefully sited so it sits towards the leading edge of an aspen forest along a ridge, but tucked into the hill. This resulted in the home feeling “hugged” by the forest on three sides while open to huge views of Beaver Creek, and Vail ski slopes to the south and east, giving it the feel of “belonging” to the hill. The siting protects the home from cold northern winds, but also captures winter sun with its large southern facing windows.

Frank Lloyd Wright wrote that good architecture should “bring the outside world into the house and let the inside of the house go outside.” This home makes these transitions effortlessly. Individual stone lines match up perfectly on both sides of every window. This creates the uncanny effect of the stone walls flowing seamlessly from inside to out.

Widespread use of interior floating soffits allows for soft, indirect lighting. Recessed lights not only provide general lighting, but also dramatically highlight the extensive use of interior stone.

Charles R. Stinson, AIA, ASID
Larry Ward of Charles R. Stinson Architects
Interior Designer: CRS Interiors
Builder: Fox Hunt Partners
Landscape Architect: Ceres+ Landscape Architecture
Photographer: Paul Crosby