While traveling in Sweden, Wendy and David, the owners of this Old Town Steamboat Springs property became enamored of the Swedish style of farmhouse and intended it to inspire their new home. For them we had just one major question: “What typifies a Swedish farmhouse and how does it relate to the local Old Town vernacular?” Through our collaborative process, we understood their excitement and vision for the main components of this style: clean lines, a mixture of painted and natural materials (very light on the natural materials), as well as specific colors and finishes inherent to the history of farmhouse structures in Sweden.
We worked with a color palette developed hundreds of years ago that became an accepted standard and that would feel at home in Old Town Steamboat. We chose to incorporate the traditional Swedish red, yellow and blue and frame it with trim, all very historic and well utilized in their native country. Also important to conventional Swedish architecture, we employed simple but intentional exterior trim detailing to break up vertical massing and highlight traditional forms. This theme also repeats inside where casual painted plank wood wainscot creates intimate scale and mirrors the casual simplicity of the people themselves.
Inspired by Wendy and David’s passion for the Swedish farmhouse style, together we created a fresh reinterpretation with simple and whimsical detailing and a comfortable cottage feel. While making reference to the simple gable forms of Steamboat’s past, the neighborhood has embraced it as a colorful addition to their tight-knit traditional neighborhood.