Summit County, Colorado

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.

The square logs were western cedar that was hand-hewn in the mountains of North Carolina. The stone of the lower story is moss rock from the plains of Wyoming. The interior log veneer and careful detailing of exterior openings conceal insulated frame construction and preserve the appearance of true log construction.

The living room, dining room, kitchen, and spa terrace are on the main level and overlook the ski slopes to the North. The four children’s bedrooms open off a large recreation room on the lower level and also face this view. The master and guest bedrooms share the second floor and a habitable fourth floor also takes advantage of the magnificent vistas afforded by the location.

General Contractor: Snow Country Construction Interior Design: Sally Ward Structural Engineer: Studer Engineering Photography: Marjory Arbogast