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A Colorado ranch retreat frames awe-inspiring views of the Rocky Mountains

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This rustic ranch retreat was envisioned as a family escape for skiing and fishing by Daniel J. Murphy Architect in collaboration with Copper Creek Homes, located in Crested Butte, Colorado. Nestled beneath a secluded ridge amidst an aspen grove with panoramic views, the property is a haven where elk, deer, and bears roam freely.

Constructed with reclaimed wood and hand-selected Gunnison County stone, this rustic mountain home exudes authenticity. A remarkable fire tower offers awe-inspiring views of Mount Crested Butte, while a bridge crosses over a scenic water feature to the hand-hewn guest quarters, with another leading to a charming barn.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT  Daniel J. Murphy BUILDER Copper Creek Homes TIMBER FRAMING Combined Timber Crafts

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With two original hewn buildings, one a guest cabin and the other a barn, each connected to the main house by a bridge. A lookout tower at the intersection of the two bridges was incorporated using four 10x20x30’ reclaimed Douglas Fir columns set on a 4° pitch.

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What We Love: This Colorado ranch retreat provides a restful respite for a family to gather together and enjoy outdoor activities. A year-round home, the architects did a fabulous job of creating a design that would work well through the seasons. We are especially loving the rustic material palette and the unique bridge design that connects the guest cabin and barn to the main house.

Tell Us: What do you think of this mountain getaway home? Would this be your idea of the ultimate family retreat? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our favorite mountain ranch home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign: Rustic-modern mountain ranch nestled in the rugged Montana landscape and Mountain rustic ranch house in Montana with a contemporary twist.

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The interior is infused with warmth courtesy of the owner’s beautiful collection of authentic antiques sourced from the Texas Hill Country.

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Photos: James Ray Spahn

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