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Zoë Taylor became the youngest-ever member the U.S. National Telemark Ski Team. The only hitch was that she lived in Atlanta. Realizing Zoë needed to live somewhere where her skiing aspirations could be fully realized, the Taylors made a commitment to splitting their time, and their family, between Atlanta and Steamboat Springs. For five snowy months each year the Taylors now live in their renovated Old Town home in downtown Steamboat Springs.
What began as a 1,000-square-foot, post-WWII bungalow built in 1948 became nearly 3,000 square feet encompassing three bedrooms, three baths, a den/guest room and lots of ski storage. Maximizing use of the existing structure was an integral part of the successful transformation. The Taylors wanted their home to reflect the quaint, historic character of Old Town Steamboat, while adding a fresh identity to express their family's unusual endeavor.
To aid in the economics of such an extensive remodel and addition, we kept the existing foundation, the main floor with its mixed oak finish and the existing exterior walls. Every window from the original structure was reused. Before raising the second story, the main level walls were extended into 9-foot ceilings, adding volume to an open and efficient floor plan.
Maintaining the historic home's charming scale, the second floor emerged as a steeply pitched single gable. This enabled us to utilize affordable and quickly installed, pre-manufactured trusses on all three sides of the new upper level. As a bonus, an "attic truss" was designed within this roof system, gaining loft space along the entire peak of the new gable – a perfect teen hangout for Zoë and her friends.Expanding upon the steep roof's appealing shape, a demand for second-story space facilitated the creation of an open carport and an inviting full-length entry porch. Both features proved essential for Steamboat's extreme winter climate.
Meticulous architectural details on the home's exterior deliver a traditional feel that fits comfortably in Old Town. Still, new features like a contemporary steel balcony railing foreshadow the home's eclectic interior finishes that were skillfully coordinated and specified by Zoe's mom, Michèle. Traditional door and window detailing is seamlessly blended with modern cabinetry, tile work and fixtures. To accentuate the taller main level ceilings, a traditionally crowned picture rail re-scales the transition to regular-height doors and provides the flexibility for an ever-changing art collection.