The home is situated under an impressive cottonwood tree on a large site overlooking grazing land in the foreground and the Elk Mountains in the background. Locating the house footprint to embrace this ancient tree was both a priority and challenge.
The axial design concept connects the program of kitchen, dining, living and sleeping under a single extended roof form. The dining room is intended to act as a light-filled linking element that feels like an extension of the exterior terraces. This organization style is called a “breezeway cabin” and is found throughout the west and ranch vernacular. The home is situated on a large site overlooking grazing land in the foreground and the Elk Mountains in the background, while sited under an impressive cottonwood tree.
The new house pays homage to historic Colorado agricultural architecture, yet parred down in a simple, modern translation. The singular roof form unifies the indoor and outdoor spaces. The purposefully placed walls, corners and roof are arranged to form distinct spaces for seamless living.