Inviting Craftsman-inspired home overlooking the Continental Divide


This craftsman-inspired home designed by Vertical Arts Architecture, nestled amongst the pines in the Fairways at Pole Creek golfing community near Winter Park, Colorado. This modern mountain dwelling was sited to maximize panoramic views of the Winter Park ski area and beyond to the Continental Divide mountain range.

For the design, the owner’s desired something more modern, even eclectic, than the traditional rustic mountain abode. They were looking for a mix between contemporary and traditional, warm but with an edge. Inspired by Craftsman-style architecture but with a mountain twist, the finished result boasts a series of gables and flat, low-sloped roofs, many with exposed rafters and bracketing.

Project Team: Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design: Vertical Arts Architecture | Builder: Terra Firma Custom Homes


The grand dwelling’s rustic Douglas fir siding accents the Oklahoma stone walls, which flow into the interior, enhancing the connection between inside and out. The ceiling trusses have a gentle arc shape, and many of the light fixtures have a swoop detail that softens the angular architecture.


What We Love: This craftsman-inspired home offers warm and inviting details throughout its interior living spaces. Tall windows frame jaw-dropping views of a pine forest and beyond to Colorado’s mountainous landscape. We are especially loving the indoor-outdoor connection in the living and dining room that leads to an outdoor deck, expanding entertaining spaces to the great outdoors!

Tell Us: What details do you find most appealing in the design of this home and why in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other inspiring home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Vertical Arts Architecture: Tour this spectacular modern industrial farmhouse in Steamboat Springs and Relaxing waterfront getaway with rustic elements in the Rocky Mountains.


Inside the solid walnut front door, visitors are greeted with a mountain view through the soaring windows in the open living room. A Mongolian wool chair and bespoke throw pillows add a pop of texture to the serene, neutral living room. The large, dramatic windows make it feel more modern by creating a bright, airy interior that is not typical for mountain timber-frame homes.


A floor-to-ceiling raw steel fireplace holds its own against the views, its three-sided hearth allowing the flames to be seen from every point in the open great room. While the homeowner was initially skeptical of the idea of the industrial raw steel, once installed realized what a piece of art it becomes.



Just outside, a flight of steps leads to the covered deck off of the dining room, where a double-sided stone fireplace separates the living and dining area from the hot tub.


The raw steel complements the exposed stone wall, oak floors, and beetle kill pine ceiling—a mix of rustic and contemporary that pervades the interior. For example, the walnut cabinetry in the open kitchen is accented by a raw steel range hood and jet-cut glass tile backsplash. Geode-like glass globes illuminate both the Cristallo quartzite waterfall island and the open dining area for a modern touch.


The lighting design, furniture, and accent pieces bring an element of shine to every room.


In the master bedroom, a German silver-leafed bed by Bernhardt reflects the natural daylight flanked by matching wood-and-silver-leaf side tables by Caracole and accented by a fur floor throw.


Above: In this spa-like master bath, a branch-like metal chandelier by Currey and Company adds a touch of nature. Handmade ceramic shower tile is by Encore Ceramics, while the white ceramic subway tile is by Sonoma Tilemakers.




Additional bedrooms are conveniently located on the lower level, which also features a large family room decked out with a wet bar, built-in bunks, and a pool table.


Tall pines, decorative boulders, and native wildflowers surround this outdoor deck, creating the sense of being in the wild despite the nearby neighbors. 



At night, this craftsman-inspired home glows, thanks to its many indirect light sources, including cove lighting in the basement ceiling and concealed lighting underneath the edge of the kitchen island and beneath the lower lip of the fireplace. 



Photos: Kimberly Gavin

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Sarah Demirkan
3 years ago

Can you tell me what the name of the stone is please.

John L
3 years ago

Nice exterior, but a bit of a mess inside.