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Cozy family retreat in Aspen showcases majestic mountain views

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This contemporary family retreat has undergone a complete renovation by Charles Cunniffe Architects, located in Aspen, Colorado. The remodel of this outdated home was inspired by the surrounding landscape and spectacular views. The main level floors were raised to eliminate the antiquated “sunken” living room and improve the view axis. The kitchen was moved to the former dining room and opened to the new dining room and adjacent outdoor living and kitchen.

The once dark and narrow staircase was opened, reoriented and windows are being added to the East, to capture natural sunlight. The master bedroom suite was reworked to add natural light, a private outdoor lounge area with a fireplace, expanded closet and modified master bath with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the bathtub. The lower level floors were dropped two feet, to increase ceiling heights and improve solar gain, which was a complex endeavor.

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Mechanical and crawl space were transformed to a generous lower level family room with bar, billiards and game room, two guest suites and a bunk room, each with outdoor lounging areas. Once dark and partially below grade, these spaces will now have high ceilings, ample natural light and light coves. The new stream and pond double creates an attractive landscape feature, and assists with irrigation.

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The pier and grade beam foundation system was found to be deficient, resulting in the shoring up of the structure to re-build it. Throughout the deconstruction process, the project team worked closely with the out-of-state owners to educate them on findings, challenges and offered solutions.

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What We Love: This contemporary family retreat features picture windows framing mesmerizing views of the rugged mountains. Interior living spaces are warm and welcoming, making you want to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. This home has a lot to offer the homeowners and their guests, with an abundance of outdoor activities and plenty of space for entertaining… Readers, what are your thoughts on the design of this home? Would this be your idea of a dream retreat? Tell us in the Comments below!

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Photos: Courtesy of Charles Cunniffe Architects

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