Inside a fairytale stone cottage in the beautiful Colorado Rockies


This fairytale stone cottage was designed by TKP Architects in collaboration with Old Greenwich Builders, located in Genesee, Jefferson County, Colorado. This award-winning and intimate cottage was rebuilt on the site of a deteriorating outbuilding.

A tiny guest cottage of just 500 square feet, the timeless design was inspired by old National Parks rough-stone shelters that the owners had fallen in love with. The roof of the cottage is a natural slate with copper flashings.


A single living space boasts custom built-ins for jewelry work, a Murphy bed (folding in front of the fireplace) for overnight guests, and a stone fireplace for warmth and relaxation. A cozy loft nestles behind rustic timber trusses above, accessed by a ladder. There is also a bathroom with a shower. Expansive sliding glass doors open to an outdoor living terrace overlooking a serene wooded meadow.


What We Love: This fairytale stone cottage is a cozy place to host overnight guests, with charming details throughout. We are loving the compact design and efficient use of space. A fireplace brings warmth and ambiance to this space. Overall, we think this would be an amazing place to retreat for a long weekend, we are ready to pack our bags!

Tell Us: Do you think this cottage resembles a hobbit home? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below, we love reading your feedback!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other spectacular home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the Colorado Rocky Mountains: Idyllic mountainside home has breathtaking views of Rocky Mountains and A forested contemporary retreat in the picturesque Rocky Mountains.


Everything in this cottage is authentic. Copper flashings and gutters, real slate roof, reclaimed timbers and flooring, custom-made windows and doors. Floor plans can be purchased at kkeating@tkparch.com


All the walls in this cottage are horizontal hemlock boards, with a light white-washing of paint in Benjamin Moore’s “Oatmeal”. Timber trusses were fabricated from reclaimed Southern Yellow Pine from a tobacco warehouse. They were not stained but rather sealed with a clear sealer with a matte finish.


The fireplace stone is Colorado moss rock boulders. Grout is recessed in a dry-stack style. The floor is reclaimed southern yellow pine planks, 1 ½” thick, from a factory. No stain was used; the color of the wood is a patina built up from generations of use. The planks were sealed with clear, matte polyurethane.


Above: A ladder in the living room leads to a sleeping loft. It is a custom-made steel ladder. Each step is a leaf design and it was sized precisely for the space. 



The desk was a custom piece built by a cabinet company to look like a handpainted antique. The desktop is Silestone, in color “Amazon Leather”.


Above: A cozy sleeping loft is accessed via a ladder in the living room.


Above: The living room is maximized for overnight guests with a murphy bed.


Above: The trusses are Douglas Fir.


Above: This cozy bathroom features a porthole window. This window was custom-made for the house by a custom window fabricator.  The sink is a custom concrete sink fabricated by Concrete Habitat in Spokane, WA.



Above: The wall tile is “Idris” from Ann Sacks, in color “White”. The floor tile is a custom color blend of Oceanside matte glass mosaic tile.





PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Minton Redfield

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