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Inside this inspiring Colorado home updated into an airy alpine retreat

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Austin-based Britt Design Group has renovated this 3,700-square-foot home originally constructed in 2004 into an alpine retreat, located in Vail, Colorado. The Austin homeowners purchased the mountain lodge for their ideal getaway retreat in their favorite Colorado destination. The award-winning design studio was tasked with balancing a rustic mountain lodge home with modern architectural and interior design elements.

The design team paired down over 20 log timbers found throughout the house and modernized the overall aesthetic. “The original design layout was extremely ‘lodgy’. We didn’t want to get rid of that mountain home feel entirely — so we paired it down and incorporated comfort and luxury without being too precious,” says designer Laura Britt, founding principal, of Britt Design Group.

DESIGN DETAILS: INTERIOR DESIGN Britt Design Group BUILDER AWI Custom Construction

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The fireplace was reconfigured and moved to be a focal point and to optimize the stunning outdoor views. Linear lines draw the eye up to a very high vaulted ceiling. “We enlarged the firebox to give the home a sky lodge retreat ambiance. The surround has an industrial metal feel, again to balance all of those rustic elements,” says Britt.

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The design team kept some of the beautiful oak timbers for dramatic impact coupling them with modern architectural elements, industrial metal finishes, and clean lines — balancing rustic with fresh and modern. Some of the beams were structural, so this had to be worked into the design.

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What We Love: Originally built in 2004, this Colorado home was transformed into a modernized alpine retreat featuring elevated details and natural textures. Through mixing a variety of materials, colors, and patterns, the homeowners were able to breathe new life into their abode while still honoring its past. The updated decor created airy, light-filled living spaces that pay tribute to the stunning mountain scenery while still providing a cozy and inviting atmosphere. 

Tell Us: What details do you find most appealing in the design of this mountain dwelling? Please share your thoughts in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Colorado: A Belgian farmhouse style update to this beautiful Colorado home and A gorgeous rustic-modern cabin inspired by Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

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The kitchen received a total facelift. Two large timber columns were removed to open up the kitchen to the living room and adjacent stairwell instantly creating an airy and open feel while allowing light from the home’s two-story windows to stream throughout the spaces. New countertops and an island in a beautiful quartzite and state-of-the-art appliances were added to the kitchen. 

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The baths received a total gut as well. Cabinets refinished and countertops outfitted in complimentary quartz.  Warm saddle brown leathers, natural textures, and super natural tones are found throughout the home to compliment the beautiful outdoor treelined, mountain vistas. Custom lighting and bright finishes accented with dark metals and deep saturated blue tones make this home an airy alpine retreat.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Ric Stovall

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