North Routt Retreat
By Christina Freeman
Photo by Tim Stone
in an aspen glade within a 1,500-acre working cattle ranch, this the first
completed home among 12 new home sites that have 50-plus acre lots. Five-acre
building envelopes were designed on the landscape so that none of the home
sites are visible from the valley floor. Keeping with the secluded feel of
a Western ranch, this North Routt home’s architecture was crafted to commune
with the area’s historic traditions. Capturing a feel of having a main house,
barn and outbuildings, the architects designed a silhouette that reflects a
gathering of relaxed broken forms. It feels like a collection of structures versus
one large building.
The house is divided into three pods with a great room at the center and corridors that lead off to bedroom suites. A gentle curve in the great room’s south façade adds an unexpected twist to the design, while the choice of construction materials offers a contemporary interpretation of traditional homebuilding materials from the area. The roof is a bonderized steel that is akin to terne metals seen on many agricultural buildings. The siding includes a stone veneer an reclaimed Wyoming snow fence from Laramie, Wyo. Steel panels used as siding have a natural rust patina that suggest an aging, weathered agricultural building.
Inside, a locally-procured highlight is the beetle-kill pine decking on all of the ceilings. Floors and cabinets are white oak, and the main entry includes a reclaimed oak door. The counter tops are synthetic quartz.
Keeping the style contemporary, the home’s shape is relatively low slung. Heavy timber and steel jack trusses support the kitchen and dining areas, giving the home a lot of expressed structure. All of the doors on the south façade open together and pin to the patio so air can move freely through the house, but the doors won’t swing in the wind. This also opens the path to outdoor living and engaging views toward the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and of the expansive Elk River Valley.
Tim Stone, KS|a, Kelly & Stone Architects
Lighting & Kitchen Design
KSa, Kelly & Stone Architects
Cabinets, Vanities & Casework
Thurston Kitchen and Bath
Native Soon Precision Welding
Metal & Wood Doors, Hardware, Frames
Glass & Glazing
Avanced Hardwod Floors
The Carpet Shoppe
Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace
Blinds & Drapes
JK Wall Designers
Fire & Security Sytem
Ponderosa Audio/Visual Systems