A Dreamboat of a Home in Colorado's High Country
Successful entrepreneurs Brent and Linda Brookstein call Philadelphia home, but they have a special love for Steamboat Springs in Colorado’s high country. “We’ve been going there for more than 30 years, in the winter and in the summer,” recalls Brent.
In 2001 the couple purchased a two-acre parcel to build their dream vacation home in a new 180-acre development outside of town that would feature a total of 20 custom homes on multiple-acre parcels, along with three stocked trout ponds.
But once there, Linda started experiencing severe altitude sickness. The couple reluctantly concluded that they would have to sell their vacation home. “We have to play the hand we’re dealt in this life,” Brent admits. But the loss stung.
“None of us had ever conceived of such a design before, so it was a first time for all of us,” Mike says of the home, which features stunning views of Mount Werner and the Steamboat Ski Resort.
From their home in Philadelphia, the Brooksteins controlled all aspects of the build through a Crestron home automation system, using their cell phones or tablets. “The home has had some interesting visitors. Recently I had the drapes closed and a mountain lion walked up to the front door, saw its reflection in the glass and growled,” Brent recalls. “We’ve seen moose and bears walk by, too.
“We hardly ever have to turn on the heat,” he continues. “Even when it’s below zero outside, the home doesn’t fall below 53 degrees. It’s that efficient.”
While the pandemic upended their normal visits to the home, Brent treasures the memories they have made with their family, sharing the home’s amenities.
Focus on Practicality
Despite the emphasis on high tech in the design and amenities, ultimately the design/build team wanted the home to live practically, simplifying life by making daily tasks easier to execute. “We were very cognizant of that from the outset,” the home’s architect, Mike Olsen, says. “When we think about the layout, we think about how one lives in this space and how we can make it the most efficient for daily life.” Here are just a few of the home’s easy-living features:
- An oversized 693-square-foot garage accommodates today’s larger vehicles, as well as snow removal equipment, tools and toys. Three large windows on the garage door allow for plenty of daylight.
- A broad staircase leads from the garage into the mudroom, providing ample space for shedding gear and clothing, as well as providing space for cabinets and drop zones that corral the necessities of daily life. A horizontal window above a bench invites natural light and views to the mountain meadows beyond.
- The mudroom’s angled placement removes it from view of the main living area, creating a welcome visual and mental divide.
- The kitchen pantry makes easy work of unloading dry goods and other kitchen supplies.
- A floating drop ceiling above the kitchen provides generous task-oriented LED lighting for prep and cooking while making the space intimate and inviting.
- A fountain in the stairwell of the main floor not only provides soothing white noise and ambiance, it adds much-needed humidity to Colorado’s dry mountain air.
- The soaring steel accent structure at the rear of the home conceals two 55-square-foot storage spaces on each deck level, which are perfect for housing everything from snow removal equipment to patio furniture.
Plus! Green Design Tip
Square Footage: 5,113
Baths: 4 full, 1 half
Architect: Mike Olsen
Published at Thu, 03 Jun 2021 16:58:00 +0000