Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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and steam room. On the main level, family areas are at one end of the house and principal entertaining areas are at the other end, closest to the guest wing. The living room rises to double-height to capture the full rise of mountain peaks. The central fireplace and its chimney follow suit, climbing up through the roof and terminating in custom glass-and-steel skylights. "In the mountains, fireplac- es are essential. We went through lots of iterations of the design. We wanted to keep it clean-lined, but also have something that's a totemic element in that space," David explains. The sky- lights usher in much-needed natural light and, when open, act as a thermal chimney to let heat escape during the This page and opposite page: Even in winter, protected access to rooms and views are always available. The projecting decks convey owners and visitors directly into the mountain vistas. Pivot doors can pause wide open in moderate weather. summer months. "Light comes down and emphasizes the patterns in the stone. There's a little mica in it that shimmers," says Robert. A custom blackened-steel wood holder com- pletes the piece. Flooring is radiant-heated inte- gral concrete, with swaths of walnut to define warm zones of refuge in the house. Doug fir paneling climbs the walls and ceilings of the living room, and reappears as a custom headboard in the third-floor master bedroom. The projecting decks are wood salvaged from a windfall on the mountain. The dance between wood and con- crete has its grand culmination in the soaring two-story stair. "We wanted to elevate the staircase, so it can be viewed as something beautiful to look at both inside and outside of the house," Robert recalls. Suspended on cables, it's a floating "ribbon" of wood as it rises to the top level, but turns to solid concrete as it descends to the lower floor. "The builder tuned it like you would tune a harp. More than any other element, it speaks to the quality of the contractor," he adds. Says David, "The client was very engaged; every team member was really engaged—everyone was firing on all cylinders for this house. And the project manager, Mike Ciebien, was especially thoughtful. He would tell his people, 'you're never going to work on a project like this again, so you'd better do your best job.'" 54 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2018 DESIGN LAB PRIVATE OASIS

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