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The existing home was built without a strong relationship to one of the more beautiful natural features of the Steamboat landscape, Soda Creek. Set on a bend in the creek, the original structure had no direct connection with the outdoors. The backyard took advantage of the natural setting, but the interior was cut off.
The concept for this architectural design was to take the main living space and literally move it outside. The great room was extended with glass walls on three sides so that from the main seating area the views flow upstream. An extra 18 feet of living space in the form of a deck into the yard fulfilled the connection.
Bi-fold doors blur the line between interior and exterior space and connect the two not just visually but physically. The original structure took on early 80’s style of design. With the addition, we worked to retain some of the character of the original structure while adding new character through exposed timber beams. The original design was minimalistic in its detailing so we chose a clean redwood siding combined with a slightly higher level of finishing with traditional timber joinery and custom steel tie rod detailing.
By extending out the roof the outdoor dining area can be enjoyed in any weather and also maintains a direct connection to the kitchen.