COMFORTABLE IN OLD TOWN

Zoë Taylor became the youngest-ever member of the U.S. 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 living the winter seasons in downtown Steamboat Springs.

What began as a 1000-square-foot, 1948 bungalow transformed into nearly 3,000 square feet encompassing three bedrooms, three baths, a den/guest room and lots of ski storage.  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.

Maximizing use of the existing structure was an integral part of a successful and budget-friendly transformation, 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, essential for Steamboat’s extreme winter climate.

Meticulous architectural details blend the traditional and contemporary aspects inside and out. 

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