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Steamboat Magazine

Ridge Road

02/28/2014 03:24PM ● By Grant Johnson

Photo by Kevin Dietrich

An efficient use of space, playful use of materials and a lot that enabled premier views from every window make this brand-new Steamboat Springs home a masterpiece. The builder and architect worked together to design a residence they felt wasn’t readily available in the valley – a spec home built with intent to showcase everything a custom home could be, without the custom client.

The Ridge Road home is dominated by structural and architectural heavy timber, with several layers of structure in the roof to add rhythm and articulation to the grand entrance. Exposed interior and exterior steel also fosters a mountain contemporary feel, while stainless steel cables along the deck and stairwells add a nautical touch.

Finish carpentry features walnut doors and trim, and white oak wide-plank flooring throughout. The floor plan includes a main-level master suite, plus en suite bathrooms and walk-in closets in the rest of the bedrooms. Each bathroom has an individual porcelain and glass tile design, while custom cabinetry is made from a textured plastic laminate, a relatively new and cost-effective solution. Solid slab counter tops in the kitchen and a quarry tile in the master bath contrast beautifully with the white oak floors, while ceilings are crafted from reclaimed barn boards. The blackened steel-panel siding still bears the heat patina from the plasma cutter. 

A low-maintenance, high efficiency boiler and appliance package gives the property state-of-the-art appeal. It was also wired to become a “smart home.” Upon completion, this home received a five-star energy rating.

Ultimately, the home’s siting was everything. The new homeowners can readily see the Flat Tops, Burgess Creek, Fish Creek Canyon, Mount Werner and the gondola cars. Bi-parting doors in the great room and a window wall system at the kitchen blur the distinction between outside and inside. A 1,600-square-foot patio and deck connect the interior and exterior living spaces and a pass-through window from kitchen to deck makes the entertaining opportunities endless. 

General Contractor
Soda Mountain Construction


Keith Kelly, KS|a

Interior Finishings
Rumor Design & Redesign

Rustic Woodwork

Tim Stone & Kevin Dietrich

Orozco Electric

Rocky Mountain Plumbing

Vito Taverna

Pour Boys Concrete




Energy Efficiency Rating
Mountain Energy Consultants