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Steamboat Magazine

Spruce Street

02/28/2014 04:17PM ● By Grant Johnson

Photo by Beth Provo-Hanlen

Meticulous planning maximized the interior and exterior space for this eclectic home on a half-acre lot in downtown Steamboat Springs where Butcher Knife Creek ambles through the property. Huge retaining walls had to be built prior to starting home construction, as well as working around a 100-foot pine tree with an expansive root system. In the process, they even left room for the Taj Mahal of backyard chicken coops.

In contrast to a typical compact and stacked downtown home, this home features a main level master suite that is separated from the public spaces. Doors from the master bedroom lead onto the back patio, and a 4x4-foot skylight hovers over the bed with the option of a remotely-operated blackout shade. Glass garage doors turn the car park into what might be mistaken for gallery space with lots of clean storage, a terrazzo dog bath and a granite work bench.

The home’s three-element siding includes reclaimed hardwood in random widths, cedar shingles and pool-troweled stucco with its rough, craftsman effect. An EPA-approved wood-burning fireplace has a stone hearth that extends outward with built-in hydronics for warm seating and built-in drawers for games and blanket storage. Upstairs, a large bunk room has a walk-in closet to put things out of the way and a play loft with a custom iron ladder.

The kitchen looks toward the back patio where a waterfall tumbles into a small pool and curved metal staircases gently transition from one patio level to the next.
Kitchen windows meet at the corner to make the space feel as expansive as possible, while the enticing mix of traditional and modern elements includes a single-basin farmer’s sink, a custom copper hood, a 48” dual-fuel stove, glass tile backsplash and white cabinets bearing thick glass shelves. The walnut island with its leathered granite countertop and copper prep sink makes an idyllic spot to cook, socialize or simply watch the backyard birds.      

Home & Landscape Design
Brian Hanlen, Brooks Design/Build

Jessen Construction, Inc.

Gecko Landscaping

Retaining Walls
Steamboat Excavation

Framing and Siding
JDG Construction

Structural Steel
Certified Welding and Fabrication

Steel Work

Interior Trim Work
Finishing Touch Carpentry
Wheel House Woodworks

Rainbow Painting 

Hardwood Floors
McPherson Hardwoods