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House for an Art Lover

05/08/2018 04:23PM ● By Alesha Damerville
Written by Suzi Mitchell

The oversized red front door of John and Lori Moore’s home in Barn Village should be a clue that what lies beyond is atypical. Designed by Bill Rangitsch at Steamboat Architectural Associates, the house was constructed with an art collection in mind.
From Sedalia, Missouri, west of Kansas City, the Moores and their two children are moving to Steamboat Springs this summer and are filling their new home with an eclectic range of artwork they have amassed over time.

“It was a great project,” Bill says. “They said, ‘Keep it simple and have fun.’”

“There were three things we wanted: a curved roof, a star tower and a cantilevered master bedroom,” John says.

The home immediately opens into a long, convivial living space, framed on two sides by panoramic glass walls. Fifteen-foot walls join an arched ceiling with exposed wood beams – a nod to the barns that characterize the area. Opposing the mountain façade, a wall dedicated to an oversized canvas provides the backdrop to the sitting area. A custom-made fireplace with a raw, hot-rolled steel surround and Colorado buff stone detail anchors the space. The same metal finish is mirrored beneath the kitchen island, creating a flow within the elongated space.

Maple cabinets complement the minimalist color tones. The same maple was chosen for eight-foot interior doors, which bring scale to the high ceiling. A reglet finish to the walls adds further modernist detail.

Serving as both functional and structural art, a wood and steel staircase with cable detail leads to the star tower. The turret holds a landing that boasts panoramic views of Fish Creek Canyon, Mount Werner, the Flat Tops and Emerald Mountain. “This view can never be blocked, which is why we wanted to have this space,” John says.

A cantilevered window enables views and maximum natural light for the master suite on the main level. Glasswork by local artist Jennifer Baker adorns the wall and illuminates the space with bright hues. 

Artist Paul Allen made a ceramic sink for the powder room. “We have many artist friends who will see their work when they visit, and we hope they like what we’ve done,” Lori says. 

The artistic influence is not restricted to the indoors. The Moores kept 14 sizeable boulders on site to utilize in the garden. Native Eco Systems strategically placed each one, creating a sculpture garden.

“Simple geometric shapes were used in the design to ensure we didn’t detract from the views or the artwork,” Bill says. When the Moores relocate this summer, they will find, at last, a gallery to call home.

Photography by David Patterson

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