Inspiring mountainside home with sweeping views of the Continental Divide

mountain contemporary home exterior

This contemporary mountain home designed by Peter Nelson Architecture is nestled into the mountainside to maximize views of the breathtaking continental divide. Located at the historic C Lazy U Ranch in Grand County, Colorado, this 3,500-square-foot dwelling features custom elements at nearly every turn.

The layout of the house was organized around the views. The two prominent views were east to the Continental Divide and the Willow Creek Reservoir and west to the hay meadow at the Ranch. The house was designed to follow the grade, on the hillside looking north. The garage is located to the south of the house and connected to the house by a mudroom/ bridge. This allows drainage to go west around the house.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE Peter Nelson Architecture BUILDER Terra Firma Custom Homes INTERIOR DESIGN JJ Interiors LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Terra Firma Landscaping CABINETRY New Mountain Design

mountain contemporary home entry

In the entryway of this mountainside home, an overhead lighting installation features a cluster of wire-framed LED fixtures. A custom area rug is a balance of modern and classic, the desired aesthetic by the homeowners.

contemporary kitchen

Above: The layout of the kitchen, allows you to see the living room fireplace and beyond to the mountain views. The highlight of the kitchen is the backlit onyx wall. Across from the kitchen is the dining area with a large window and a built-in refrigerated wine cellar.

contemporary kitchen

Above: Suspended over the gloss white, cantilevered countertop of the kitchen island is a custom-fabricated light fixture by Hammerton Studio.

contemporary kitchen coffee bar

contemporary dining room

Above: In the dining room, a pair of exquisite clear glass chandeliers are suspended over the custom metal and wood table with lucite chairs. Grounding this space is a scalloped edge hide rug.

contemporary dining room

What We Love: This gorgeous mountain dwelling features open and airy living spaces with unimpeded views of the peaceful surroundings. With entertaining at the forefront of this home’s design, we love how spaces have been organized to accommodate large gatherings while still feeling warm and intimate. Overall, this timeless home offers its inhabitants beautiful custom details from material selections to the furnishings and decor.

Tell Us: What details do you find most inspiring in the design of this mountainside home? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign in the state of Colorado: Step into this Colorado dream house retreat with snowy mountain views and Inviting Craftsman-inspired home overlooking the Continental Divide.

contemporary dining room

contemporary living room with a fireplace

Above: The living room and the surrounding deck are organized to capture the views to the east. The blue velvet sofa was sourced from Holly Hunt. The metal fireplace is the focal point of this space, featuring artwork by Wyoming artist Karmel Timmons. Sliding glass doors flank the fireplace, blurring indoor-outdoor boundaries.

contemporary living room with a large window and mountain views

contemporary mountain home outdoor deck with a fire pit

contemporary bedroom

Above: The owner’s bedroom suite is located at the west end of the house for privacy and to capture the view of the hay meadow. A private deck is located off the bedroom, idyllic for soaking in the views.

contemporary bedroom

Above: This Scandinavian-style built-in bed is custom-designed from book-matched walnut. There is storage drawers underneath to hold extra blankets.

contemporary bathroom with a vanity and freestanding tub

Above: The contemporary bathroom features a freestanding soaking tub set in the corner below the windows to take in the view. The floating vanity is a grain-matched walnut, while the backsplash is an iridescent glass tile.

contemporary powder room

contemporary staircase

Above: A modern staircase and the powder room are located in the middle of the house. The staircase features a custom element that illuminates the ceiling, featuring backlit metal panels.

The back hall that leads to the mudroom is also located here. Downstairs there is a family room and three bedroom suites. The two suites for the two sons are located on one side of the family room and the daughter’s suite and a bunk room are located on the other side. Off the family room is located a stone patio that has a fire pit and a hot tub.

contemporary home bar

contemporary laundry room

mountain contemporary home exterior

Above: The exterior facade features a combination of moss rock and reclaimed siding for a rustic Western aesthetic. The exterior hint of the modern house within comes from the cable railings and the exposed steel with the large grey-stained rafters. The front door and the garage doors are faced with raw steel panels that match the interior fireplace.

mountain contemporary home exterior


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5 months ago

Love the daring use of iron I-beams in close quarters with wood and sheetrock finishes. Peter Nelson’s group is leading a trend here.

5 months ago
Reply to  Josh

Agree with you. We are building in Colorado currently and will incorporate iron i-beams. However,we have asked our builder to leave them natural as we will be more rustic modern inside than contemporary modern.