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An Artistic Escape
Good clients make an architect’s life easy. Great clients remind an architect why he or she chose the profession in the first place. For Katherine Kiefer, owner of West Elevation Architects in Steamboat Springs, the owners of this house on a bluff overlooking a river fell into the latter category. “They called me from out of state one night after seeing one of my projects in a magazine,” says Kiefer. “They simply said, ‘You need to design our second home.’” There were a few specific directives: four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. Otherwise, the main request was to create a home that highlighted the owners’ growing art collection. For Kiefer, who worked as an art curator before she became architect and designer, this was like winning the lottery.
The property, just outside of Steamboat Springs, was once an old ranch that had been subdivided into lots. The stunning views—the river, the ski area, the sunsets–seemed to dictate that the home be an elegant combination of rustic and contemporary materials. Kiefer chose maple cabinetry throughout, concrete floors (softened by area rugs), concrete blocks for the floor-to-ceiling fireplace and steel beams that still showed their foundry markings. The key was to create a tasteful but quiet background in order to frame the natural views and showcase great art.
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