As winter sets in and the festive season is in full swing the mind conjures up images of snow-filled slopes cozy mountain retreats and a picture-perfect holiday filled with good food and great company. The majestic and enchanting in Colorado epitomizes this vision of happy holidays surrounded by unspoiled nature and an access to some of the best ski slopes on the planet!
The lower level of the vacation home contains the large living area with vaulted ceiling exposed wooden beams and stunning lighting. Next to it is the cozy family area kitchen and dining room that open up toward the mesmerizing snow-clad mountains in the distance.
The open design of means it needs to turn to new strategies in order to combat the harsh desert conditions while retaining its contemporary appeal. This was accomplished by Kevin B Howard Architects using a unique blend of traditional adobe walls and a series of wafer-thin overhangs!
Designed by Jamison Architects the renovation sought to increase the living space indoors give the home a more cheerful ambiance and to open up the new master suite on the second level to the distant ocean view. The lower level of the revamped duplex now houses the living area along with the kitchen and dining space.
Orientation of along with sun protection on windows top-notch insulation thanks to the wooden frame skylights that bring in sunshine only in colder winter months and an attractive vegetal roof help in cutting back the heating and cooling needs of the home drastically.