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All About the Views was a marketing study we did for a client to show value in a property where the value wasn’t readily apparent. This particular home sits in the valley floor with views to Rabbit Ears and distant views of the ski mountain. Unfortunately, the current home doesn’t take advantage of any of the views. The home felt like a maze where the great room resembled a secondary bedroom with tiny windows that didn’t celebrate the potential of the home.
We offered two schematics, one that worked within the existing square footage and rooflines and one that extended the living space. For our first schematic, we redid the ceiling, added a fireplace element and reoriented the stairs. We took out a redundant powder room, turning that space into a private mudroom and laundry allowing for a more intuitive entry to the home. To take advantage of the abundant bluebird days in Steamboat we brought in new windows.
For us, the existing floor plan felt cluttered. The kitchen was half in the bay. From the entry point of the home, one’s initial experience is blocked by a wall that forms half the kitchen. We moved the kitchen and opened up that space into a foyer with a view across the dining room and out to the valley floor. The kitchen, off to the side, offers more functionality than when it had three plus entrances into and out of it. Now the kitchen has its own corner with two utility walls for cabinets and an island that opens to the dining room side. In the first schematic we chose an uncovered deck so as not to have to extend the roofline. With an outdoor fireplace, the living space of the home was expanded. With this plan we worked within the existing footprint to take advantage of the natural beauty surrounding the structure.
In the second scheme we took the design to the next level. The roof of the main structure is removed to add square footage and create a real great room. An extended roof covers the porch and provides new character and updates the feel of the space. With only an additional eight feet, the room feels much larger and the design allows opportunity for a bar that increases functionality while adding a contemporary design element. We retained all of the other changes from our first design.
Having sold soon after the marketing study, the new homeowners are excited to make this vision a reality.