Residential Design

Vol 4, 2017

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somewhat more modern than the hus- band's—a common wrinkle architecture firms must smooth out. The subdivision also imposed constraints on the design— for instance, gabled roofs and rustic exterior materials were mandates. Principal-in-charge John Carney, FAIA, and his colleagues constantly work the possibilities of the region's design vocabulary, exploring that continuum between traditional and modern. Every- one here is drawn to the place for its earthy colors, its jagged edges, its wild and prick- ly roots. Although, no one wants to lose the dusty patina that permeates its appeal, the continuum is a rich vein to mine—and CLB is among the best firms at doing so. Baby Steps After the log cabin renovation at Owl Ditch Ranch (ODR), as the compound is called, the next addition was a 1,000-square-foot "barn" building. Built by the ever-patient John Jennings, it was intended as a party structure and exercise studio. While the main house took shape, it provided the family with welcome breathing room from the close quarters of the cabin. The simple building makes liberal use of reclaimed wood and weathered steel, evoking the appearance of an old outbuilding on a working ranch. Sal- vaged wood, says John Carney, "is a double-edged sword here. It's so popular and so in demand, that people now put up snow fencing, leave it to weather for six years, then replace it with new fencing and sell off the old." At first glance, the building seems a straightforward interpretation of a small barn, but the differences are in the detail- ing and generous application of glazing. "We used hand-forged nails, steel flashing, and steel connectors. The random-width wood cladding is installed both vertically and horizontally," says John. A deep, inviting covered porch makes you think this little building is all you need to feel at home and protected from the elements. Inside, the workout room is bright and energizing. Whitewashed wood ceilings Clockwise from top left: In the master shower, a slab of onyx is mounted on steel rods and lit from behind. Kitchen windows frame majestic mountain views. VOL. 4, 2017 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGAZINE.COM 53

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