Steamboat Springs House

SUMMIT COUNTY, CO

The owners engaged Acanthus to design a log house on a site overlooking the slopes at Steamboat Springs ski resort. In order to make the house appear smaller than its actual size, Acanthus chose a strong single volume under a standing-seam gambrel roof that rests on swept eaves at the first floor plate. The scale of the two large gable elevations is broken down by porches and large openings.

Working within established community design restrictions, Acanthus opted for a rugged material palate consisting of locally sourced, fieldstone veneer and chinked timber siding with natural wane. Douglas fir logs were employed to frame the entries. Cedar shake roofs feature deeply projecting eaves supported by exposed timber rafter tails.

The owners’ primary living spaces are concentrated on the first floor. The front entry, kitchen, and dining room radiate in a fluid open plan from the grand living room that sits at the heart of the house. In contrast, the adjacent master suite is comprised of a series of discrete rooms including an intimate book-lined study with fireplace. Guests can be accommodated on the lower level or in a private apartment above the garage.

Selected interior walls and ceilings are clad with reclaimed barnwood siding. Acanthus collaborated with Trauner Designs and an array of regional artisans on the many pieces of unique built-in cabinetry and seating that animate the house.

Credits: General Contractor: Bontecou Construction Interior Design: Trauner Designs Interior Design: Cheryl Gallinger Landscape Architect: Verdone Landscape Architects Structural Engineer: KL&A Exterior Photography: Roger Wade Interior Photography: W. Garth Dowling


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  • ACANTHUS ARCHITECTURE, P.A.
    1124 Brookstown Avenue
    Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • (336) 721-2101
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  • MARK GLEN
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    mglen(a)acanthusarch.com

  • LAWRENCE SNIVELY
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