Daniel Jessen had years of commercial contracting experience under his belt and was in the process of creating his own construction company, Jessen Construction, when we met him. What better way to showcase your construction and contracting skills that to build your own custom home in an unusual setting in downtown Steamboat Springs?
Over a decade ago, Jen Jessen had the foresight and vision to invest in a rare property conveniently located within Old Town, yet nestled in aspens and pines boarded by an irresistible winding creek. The site offered a convergence of privacy and nature within which the Jessens hoped to create a home that would blend into the remarkable landscape.
Driven and inspired by the Jessens’ design preferences, we connected immediately on character, style and detailing. This house was conceived as a series of private, traditionally-shaped living pods. They were organized around a central, modern free-flowing communal space created out of glass and timbers under a low-pitched vegetative roof. Vegetative roofs help improve insulation on a home. The master suite, secondary bedrooms, den and entry tower, together with the living space, create a form that takes reference from traditional shed and gable elements.
The central living spaces are framed with multiple bents of reclaimed beetle kill, pine columns and fir beams connected by traditional timber joinery. Carrying the structural loads of the living roof, these bents open up the exterior wall to expansive glass openings, allowing the fieldstone interior flooring to extend under the timber structure into cozy covered patios.
A two-sided, stone-clad fireplace separates the major living spaces. The Jessens’ sophisticated use of interior reclaimed siding, muted paint tones and rich wood trim and cabinetry creates a casual elegance and comfort that embraces family and friends alike. The steel timber and hardwood stair design, meticulously crafted by Daniel, enhances the refined quality of the interior finishes and serves as a primary sculptural element for the main dining room.
For the Jessens’ home, our architectural sensibilities combined with the Daniel’s construction sense allowed for a collaboration driven by similar visions. We also saw eye to eye on incorporating green construction practices wherever possible. The number of homes in Steamboat that are incorporating sustainable and green building practices continues to grow. Gerber Berend Design Build integrates sustainable design and green finishing details for those clients interested in reducing their carbon footprint.