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HOME A LETTER FROM THE EDITORS
Your home is not just a house. It’s your shelter during life’s storms… where you make memories… your hosting ground for gatherings… and your greatest asset.
As we welcome 2021 with open arms, the change in calendar begs us to take stock of what 2020 has taught us. Unforeseen challenges and unprecedented fears have reshaped our beliefs, views and livelihoods. Never before has the inextricable connection of home, community and planet been more evident, as it has changed how we live our lives. As our inner circles tightened, we’ve changed how we come together both in our homes and communities. While challenging, many blessings came from 2020, and we can take those learnings into the new year. In this edition, we celebrate a new way of gathering - cozy. As we bounced back from a 2020 complete shutdown, the importance of community became profound (we explore this topic on page 58) and we celebrated our neighborhoods that offered more than just a common street name (our faves can be found on page 68). We have tangible evidence of how our community’s growth has had an impact on our own home value (found on page 62) and how our leaders find themselves well-prepared for an economic boom (read more on page 65). Without a doubt, the choices our community makes affects us, and on page 71 we explore both sides of one of those choices - the shortterm rental boom. We’ve also begun to reconsider our homes - the role they play in our lives, their value, and their potential. Many homeowners built or remodeled to accommodate new needs: take a look at how one family created cozier spaces in their new build on page 14, a remarkable kitchen remodel on page 39, and an impeccable home addition on page 28. As we choose to build or remodel, or just live differently, we have a choice to make responsible decisions that can allow Mother Earth to breathe a little easier. We explore some of those ways as we share one family’s story of building an exceptional home fully powered by solar panels (page 76), new technology in spas that is gentler on ourselves and the planet (page 74), and how we can each make small changes with the leftovers from our cozy gatherings (page 87). As we celebrate ‘cozy’ in this edition, we’re embracing a new normal - and we just might find it to be better for ourselves, our homes, our community, and even our planet. - BR O O K E & BR I A N S AL AZ AR WWW.HOMELINKMAG.COM | WINTER 2021 | 13
Even in the midst of winter, this home feels cozy and warm.
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A double-hinged swinging door offers a grand welcome.
A quaint corner for coffee and conversation.
BY LAURA S OARD PHOTOS BURGES C O P HOTO Timing is everything. When Michael and Hilairy Guerriero found the perfect lot for their new family home, the spot was right, but the timing? Not so much. The family had been coming to Steamboat to ski for many years and had been looking for that perfect place to build their home base in the mountains. When they found their homesite in Sidney Peak Ranch, it seemed like everything was coming together. Except that with two young boys at critical phases in school, the timing wasn’t right to build their dream home over 1000 miles from their full-time home in Arkansas. Fast forward 11 years, and those two boys are now college-age and much more open to a second home in Colorado. That’s when the family enlisted the expertise of Steamboat Architectural Associates and JSM Builders to turn their family dream into reality. The Guerriero family has a long history with the Steamboat Springs area. Like many winter visitors, they came for the skiing, but fell in love with the area for the unique community and Western character. Sidney Peak Ranch checked all the boxes of wide-open spaces and spectacular views and even included easy access to an equestrian facility, a plus for Hilairy. When the time was right to build, the entire process took just over a year, a feat homeowner Michael attributes to smooth and trusting partnerships with the architects and builders. Steamboat Architectural Associates wanted to maximize the benefits of the site. That included situating the home at just the right angle to take advantage of the expansive views. The layout is aligned in layers to create a natural framing of the landscape, much like a picture within a picture. “With every project we do, we look at how to situate the house to best capture the view and the design carries on from there,” says Erica Hewitt, Project Manager and
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The kitchen and family room weave together seamlessly for a feeling of openness.
Architectural Designer for Steamboat Architectural Associates.
within it, including a perfectly placed round table and chairs. This
And in this home, it all starts with a grand entryway.
corner spot invites the visitor to sit and enjoy a cup of morning
Tucked into the otherwise unassuming front of the house, the massive front door greets you. The wide glass entryway lets you know that this home is a welcoming place, one where the homeowners are happy to have you and want to bring you into their world. That welcoming feeling continues throughout the home, where each pocket of the home is designed to feel warm and comfortable, a space where anyone is welcome to stay and chat.
coffee while soaking in the unobstructed views of Steamboat Ski Area’s Mount Werner. Opposite the table sits a pheasant-clad lounge chair and matching ottoman, primed for solo reading or piping into the larger conversation in the living room. In fact, the entire home seamlessly merges spaces so everyone has a place to belong. “We wanted a great place to gather, with enough room to socialize and interact, as well as places to retreat and be a little
The home has an open floor plan, but strategic use of
quieter. A gathering place for lots of people but also a peaceful
furnishings divides the space into smaller areas, each with
place for one,” describes Hilairy. The lower floor features most
their own purpose. For a couple that likes to entertain, a well-
of the home’s four bedrooms, but also a bunkbed room, with
appointed kitchen with equal parts prep and congregating
eight large beds designed for the couple’s twenty-something
places was a must. Granite countertops serve as bookends
sons to crash with friends after a long day of skiing. Typically
to the central range and maintain a perfect line of sight to
a space designed for kids, this bunk room features a grown-up
the very lounge-able living room. Yet each area feels distinct,
design palette, reminiscent of an upscale European hostel.
thanks to the keen design eye of Hewitt. Hewitt worked closely
Even the dogs have their own space in this thoughtful design.
with Hilairy Guerriero and Hilairy’s close friend, Houston-
The homesite’s 50 acres give the family dogs plenty of space
based designer Mersina Stubbs, to create the perfect furnishing
to roam, and plenty of opportunities to get nice and muddy. A
complements to the architecture. Says Hilairy, “SAA created
strategically placed dog wash in the garage works to contain
the spaces, and the design amplified the space to create these
the mud before the dogs can track it inside. “It’s one of my
natural places that are conducive to conversation.”
favorite features in the house,” says Hilairy. “We use it almost
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every day in the summer.”
The bold and elegant entrance sets the stage for this stunning home.
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Multiple islands create space for preparation and hosting.
Nestled atop Marshall Ridge, every day ends with the stunning alpen glow.
We wanted a great place to gather, with enough room to socialize and interact, as well as places to retreat and be a little quieter. A gathering place for lots of people but also a peaceful place for one,” describes Hilairy. The lower floor features most of the home’s four bedrooms, but also a bunkbed room, with eight large beds designed for the couple’s twenty-something sons to crash with friends after a long day of skiing. Typically a space designed for kids, this bunk room features a grown-up design palette, reminiscent of an upscale European hostel.
CREATING SPACES THAT ENCOURAGE COMMUNICATION One of the couple’s primary goals in building the Steamboat home was to have a place to gather. “At the end of the day it
One thing you won’t notice in the main living area is a
is a vehicle to spend time with the family; it just happens by itself because there are so many areas where people can come
Custom Works created a custom cabinet to shield the tv from plain
together,” says Michael. With their children now older, living
sight, but it can easily rise into view when guests want to turn on
away from home with friends of their own to invite to the
that must-see football game. Then the tv becomes another stimulus
house, the Guerrieros wanted a home base; a place for their
for conversation, rather than a distraction from it.
family and friends, a central meet-up gathering point. The home
Fedewa created custom cabinets throughout the home,
was specifically designed to that end, with the design creating
solving for the homeowner’s requests for unique style and
spaces that are welcoming, where people would want to come
functionality. “I’ve always thought our job is to bring the client’s
back to. Someplace where future grandchildren and great-
mental picture to life,” says Kevin Fedewa, owner of Fedewa
grandchildren would want to spend time.
Custom Works. “The front-end collaboration was Steamboat
One way SAA achieved this goal was by creating social and
Architectural Associates, JSM, my design team and the clients.
inviting rooms, where people can see and communicate with
From that point my cabinet shop took the reins and turned
each other in different spaces. Thoughtful design choices like
the drawings into cabinets.” The result is beautifully designed
swivel chairs in the main living area encourage communication
storage that fits perfectly into the family’s needs and style.
comfortable and not too sterile.
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seating on the vast deck, check that box with style. television. That’s by design. Steamboat Springs-based Fedewa
between areas. They chose furnishings that are inviting and Many different seating areas are offered throughout the house to encourage conversation.
placed chairs around the main living areas, plus additional
For this Southern family, communication is uniquely
The lower level boasts another large gathering area with long, comfy couches perfect for lounging. A shuffleboard table lines the wall, while a poker table in the corner serves
important. Providing spaces where people wanted to sit down
as another inviting place to pass the time between family and
and visit over coffee or cocktails was a must. Strategically
friends. Even the home gym was designed to allow family
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The game room has expansive views of the valley beyond.
The game room has expansive views of the valley beyond.
and friends to share a space during what is typically a solo
covers to match the carefully selected wallpaper. Personal
activity. Designed as an afterthought, when excavation revealed
reading lights in each of the bunk beds make every guest feel
a hole in the landscape that needed to be covered, the gym is
at home. It’s these finishing touches that help transform this
a clever way to utilize space and provide a bonus room that
custom build into a unique home.
increases the home’s unique appeal. Spanning the entire length
A welcoming bunk room for the couple’s grown sons when they come to visit.
Twelve years after the Guerriero’s purchased their dream lot,
of the upstairs garage, the well-equipped home gym has the
they can now enjoy their cozy gathering place in the mountains.
typical cardio equipment, and then some. “I may have gone
It was the first home the couple built together, and they’re
a bit overboard with that space,” laughs Michael, “but it’s a
proud to call out that their marriage has come out intact. As
great place that everyone enjoys.” He worked with a personal
Michael notes, at the end of the day, building a home can either
trainer to outfit the gym with everything from free weights and
be stressful or enjoyable. “Leverage your professionals and let
punching bags to complete strength training systems. Glass
them do their job, so you can enjoy the process.” They did just
garage doors allow for a unique view during each workout.
that, and the result was a building and design process that all partners agreed was efficient and even enjoyable.
A MARRIAGE OF STYLES When creating a custom home, a designer is working with
The home was worth the wait. Now it’s ready for the current generation to enjoy their time in the home they so carefully
a blank slate. And when the tastes of the homeowners skew
crafted and create a legacy space for future family and friends
in vastly different directions, that can create unique design
to gather together.
opportunities. In the case of this home, that meant going neutral in most of the home’s spaces to accommodate Michael’s refined tastes, then turning up the design with pops of color and texture in select spaces to satisfy Hilairy’s love of bold
Laura Soard is a writer and marketing professional based in
design. Bathrooms are a natural place to have fun with design,
Steamboat Springs. When she’s not writing, you can find her
and each one in the home reflects Hilairy’s personal taste. No
running, biking and hiking on the trails around the Yampa
place is that more evident than in the choice of wallpaper and
Valley with her husband, daughter and Chocolate lab.
sinks in the powder rooms. Bold wallpaper patterns with bright colors play together with Mexican-style sinks and tile. Another unexpected and dramatic design element is a colorful glass chandelier that hangs in the entryway. It’s enough
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to stop anyone in their tracks. Designed by James Hayes Art
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be an understatement. Crafted in his Arkansas studio, then
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carefully transported to Colorado and installed for the first time
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in the home, the piece brings just the right amount of drama to
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the lofted ceilings.
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Throughout the rest of the house, the design team sweated Bold, contrasting wallpaper creates drama.
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A COZY ADDITION BY CAS S I E C R OOKE PHOTOS DAV I D PATTERS ON PH OTOG R A PH Y In the current landscape, we are asking more of our homes than ever before. We are all spending more time in our living rooms, cooking more meals in our kitchens and exploring our own backyards as new means for adventure. Homeowners are not only thinking of how every space can be optimized, but how additional space can be created. Whether you can build out or redesign an existing room, your home should function in a way that makes sense for your family as you live in it now.
Warm exterior lights welcome guests home.
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Homeowners are not only thinking of how every space can be optimized, but how additional space can be created.
Blue cabinets give the kitchen a bold pop of color.
For nearly two decades the Boatwrights had felt content in
matching stone. The structure evolved to include a planted roof
to Steamboat Springs from Texas. “We were seeking a smaller
which is a favorite feature of the project for Keenan, housing
community and the opportunity to raise our two children in a
indigenous plants that require minimal maintenance.
ski town,” Tawyna recalls. Now with grown children and aging
to consider their options for the interior. Although the 800
multigenerational family. Tawyna explains that her father uses a
square-foot addition was a small project in size, they wanted
wheelchair, “so we really needed a single level, ADA accessible
to create a big impact for their parents and future guests. They
entry and amenities for when he visits.” Having room to expand
consulted with Sierra Fallon, an interior designer with local
the footprint of their home, the Boatwrights imagined a space
design firm Rumor Designs to help with their vision. Fallon
beyond the walls of their now empty nest.
guided them through the design process from plumbing to
and hired Chancie Keenan, owner of local architecture firm, Mountain Architecture to draft a freestanding addition that
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With exterior plans well under way, the Boatwrights started
parents, they knew it was time to better accommodate their
They decided to move forward in the summer of 2018
The porch offers a warm welcome for guests.
to tie the two structures together like the metal knee braces and
their home. In 2002, Tawnya and Michael Boatwright moved
patio furniture and as the structure took shape, they dubbed the project “the cabin”. “The cabin became more of a retreat for the whole family,”
would complement the shape and materials used on their
Fallon reveals. “They wanted to capitalize on the use of their
current house. “We started with a very traditional design to
new addition for entertaining as well, so instead of traditional
replicate the existing architecture that Michael loved,” Keenan
appliances, we designed a more practical gathering area with
explains. “The design we ended up with is a little more modern
compact amenities like a SubZero 24” wine fridge. Below
in form, but does not block the sight lines to the creek from the
that, two discrete yet spacious refrigerator drawers minimize
primary residence.” Keenan carried over strong design elements
the standard stainless steel finish and instead, showcase the
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The patio, with ample overhang, offers year-round entertaining space
gorgeous blue cabinetry. We tucked an icemaker within the island to create even more space, making the kitchen feel fresh and minimalist as guests filter through the area.” Built just across from their main house on Butcherknife Creek, the structure was designed with one comfortable master suite, one master bath and a large outdoor patio to enjoy sounds of the trickling creek and a bustling downtown neighborhood. Tawnya explains her wishlist included “the blue cabinetry, a beautiful fireplace which turned out incredible, and a large patio area for outdoor dinner parties. Michael really wanted the look and feel to be mountain modern.” After a couple of architectural revisions to exclude a proposed loft and switching out some original tile selections, the final result was everything they had hoped for and more. “We are more inspired to entertain here,” Tawnya gushes. “We can put up friends for the night when they need it and our kids are already asking to use the cabin this winter when they’re An open concept makes the smaller space feel larger than it is.
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Cozy evening gatherings are enjoyed on this patio.
Just as the Boatwrights checked off the last of the punchlist with the builders and were getting ready to reveal the custom addition to their parents, COVID-19 swept across the globe restricting travel and enforcing safer-at-home orders for everyone across the country. “My parents have yet to see the cabin and are still unable to visit,” Tawnya says regretfully. Despite the unexpected events that followed the completion of their cabin, the Boatwrights felt grateful for the additional space throughout the summer months when we were all advised to stay close to home. “Luckily for our clients, the cabin is incredibly comfortable. Looking through the large three pane sliding patio door makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the woods rather than right in downtown Steamboat. It would be a great place to be stuck for a quarantine!” Fallon remarks. “The living room practically doubles in size when the patio doors are open and everyone has enough room to feel comfortable with plenty of fresh air coming through,” Tawnya describes. The function and flow of the addition was not by accident. Prior to the current restrictions on gathering, Fallon had prioritized a spacious area for guests as well as ADA compliant spacing and amenities for Tawnya’s father. Fallon explains further that “the accessibility guidelines put a lot of extra work into such a small space. We had to ensure there was sufficient room to maneuver through the kitchen and to have streamlined paths The large patio door welcomes light into the living area.
from the interior to the exterior, as well as space in the master bath for wheelchair accessibility. I designed the bathroom to have a zero entry shower, meaning there is no curb, rather the bathroom tile continues
This rustic wood vanity stands out against this pattered wallpaper.
seamlessly into the shower which doubles as a modern design detail while being wheelchair accessible.”
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We realize that our homes are more than shelters, they are a place of comfort and inspiration; a place to grow, gather and retreat.
Styled with custom upholstered patio furniture and a large outdoor dining table, guests are kept comfortable for after dinner drinks and lawn games. Heated patio lamps allow everyone to enjoy the outdoors long into the evenings from spring to fall. Tawnya admits that although her ideal vision for entertaining has changed due to the pandemic, “we’ve already spent a lot of time on the patio this year, with a limited group of friends we see Visitors will sleep soundly in this cozy guest bed.
often. We are just so happy to have the extra space right now.” Just like the Boatwrights, many of us have spent our summers enjoying the outdoors, but as the long winter months set in and we’re spending more time inside, the value of our homes will be appreciated. Our office, classrooms and makeshift gyms will absorb any extra space, and yet the roof over our head will remain the same, for now. If space limitations in your own home had you longing to move all together, the option to build on, up or out could bring you the additional space you crave. We realize that our homes are more than shelters, they are a place of comfort and inspiration; a place to grow, gather and retreat. With the start of a new ski season, all residents within the Yampa Valley are reminded why we choose to live here and what the true value of our home means to us.
Cassie Crooke enjoys sharing stories through her writing, in addition to the many outdoor activities that keep her happy to call the Yampa Valley home. CONTRIBUTORS: ARCHITECT: MOUNTAIN ARCHITECTURE INTERIOR DESIGN: RUMOR DESIGN + REDESIGN BUILDER: DOBELL CONTRACTING
Attention to detail is evident in this gorgeous tiled wall.
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A robust wine bar sits off to the side and adds a unique touch for entertaining.
THE HEART OF THE HOME BY B R OOKE S ALAZAR
place to start was the kitchen. “It’s where we always hang out,”
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Lindsay offers as her reason for beginning there. Understanding the importance of the kitchen, and with the awareness that the
It’s often been said that kitchens are the heart of a home.
kitchen renovation to “set the stage for the pallet and materials
energy, for infusing life into our dwelling space. They serve as
that would be used throughout the entire house.”
the place for fueling family and guests, serving food and drink
it was a long space broken into a small working kitchen and a
always offering a welcoming space to reconnect. And they are
small dining nook, divided by a massive, hidden support beam.
often the most prominent place for guests to see, setting an
To help reimagine her kitchen, she enlisted the expertise of Al
expectation for what the remainder of the home might look like.
Rosenthal at Alpine Kitchen Designs. His approach to kitchen
With such prominent roles in the home, it’s no wonder that
design is exactly what Lindsay needed. When beginning any kitchen remodel, Rosenthal looks
true for Lindsay Grant and Gibb Clark when they decided to
at three design pillars to guide him: function,symmetry and
renovate their kitchen.
Before buying their Dakota Ridge home in 2016, it was
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At the onset, the kitchen layout was a challenge. Originally,
to keep them satisfied. They are the central spokes of the house,
kitchen designs are so complex and creative. That was certainly
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entire house would undergo a complete change, she wanted the
Much like our own hearts, kitchens are the centerpoint for
First, they outlined exactly how the kitchen would need
obvious to Lindsay that she would be remodeling the entire
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house; over time, she did just that. For her, the most logical
space for informal gatherings with a prep area close to the
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Walking into the home, the kitchen is a welcoming centerpoint
Rosenthal’s 3 Kitchen Design Pillars: 1. Function - meeting the family’s specific needs for the space to work well 2. Symmetry - using symmetry or asymmetry to create comfort in the room 3. Balance - seamlessly tying together the elements
refrigerator; separate areas for cooking and cleanup, in close proximity to
design, Rosenthal created the area to perfectly situate with the
couldn’t have pulled it off so successfully without them. In the
the range; wine bar for hosting small parties; and computer/desk space
bend, creating two workspaces for Lindsay’s sons. This space
end, it was a fantastic project and experience.”
for her two sons, Hudson and Nixon.
is conveniently located near the kitchen, so that the boys can
Once the functionality was outlined, Rosenthal determined that Lindsay preferred asymmetry, which allowed him creative permission to imagine
From that point, Rosenthal determined how to bring balance
In her wildest imagination, Lindsay didn’t expect Rosenthal and Drury to be able to deliver on all of her needs; but they did, and they brought it to life in an elegant expression of
two islands with complimentary, but not matching, structure and finishes.
to the space through consistent sizes, shapes, colors and
creativity. It’s everything she had hoped for: the heart of their
The “working island” sits directly across from the range and offers an
finishes. The soft cream color of the custom built cabinets,
home to set the stage for the remainder of her remodeling.
expansive prep area with ample storage space. The “gathering island”
consistent modern grays of the countertops, industrial pendant
offers a raised counter space for serving, and is located directly across
lights and hardware all create a balance that makes the
from the oversized refrigerator for easy access to food and beverages. It
asymmetry feel intentional and visually appealing. Without the
also has a cove for four bold barstools. Both islands have a different finish
balance, asymmetry can feel chaotic.
on them, creating more visual interest and asymmetry. The prep island
Once the design was complete, Drury Construction was
is finished with clean, modern lines, while the gathering island boasts a
tasked with bringing it to life. “The project required a lot of
more rugged rock finish.
creativity to run new plumbing and electrical service through
Brooke Salazar spends most of her time loving on her two daughters. In her spare time, she and her husband run two local Steamboat businesses.
concrete floor, walls, and ceilings to reach new appliances
this house was built into the ridge, there is a slight bend in one wall of
and lighting locations,” recalls Jake Drury, owner of Drury
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the kitchen as it hugs the side of the mountain. To tie this into the final
Construction. “Our team of contractors was amazing, and we
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How do I make the space under my deck usable,
What are some cost-saving tips to have the house of
preferably for four seasons?
our dreams without breaking the bank?
A couple of key elements can turn this space into a retreat. 1) functional updates to the overhead deck 2) creating usable spaces that fit your lifestyle 3) tying the design into the house. In the photo above, a mountain cabana concept brings life to this space. A new waterproof deck above now prevents snow and rain from dripping down to the space below and three distinct functions create livable space: inground spa, outdoor fireplace with seating and a ping pong table with hanging chair lift seats; and the concrete slab is now faced with an outdoor tile that integrates with the adjacent interior bar space.
I would encourage everyone to consider the benefits of the design/build process. A typical process brings the builder in after the design is finished, but a design/build process allows us to value-engineer during each phase and consult with our subcontractors earlier to discover ways to save money, improve efficiency and listen to their creative ideas.
We want to build a fairly large house, but how do we make it more intimate? When designing these large spaces, I recommend adding warmth to the room through colors, varying textures and natural materials. Design features, such as dropped “architectural clouds” or timber trusses, begin to help change the vertical scale of a space and integrating lighting treatments with these architectural features brings to life the vertical layering of these spaces. Tip: connect your interior and lighting designers early in the process. 44 | WINTER 2021 | WWW.HOMELINKMAG.COM
Why do local builders cost more? Why wouldn’t I just go with a builder from the front range? I would pare it down to two reasons: 1) Building a custom home is about the details, and these details come only from the experience of living and working in this mountain environment for many years. The local knowledge gained from living and working in this mountain environment for many years is the added value when building your custom home. Roof detailing and design is one of the most obvious signs of out-of-town knowledge not translating to this environment. 2) In a construction market that’s bursting at the seams, established subcontractor relationships are key to keeping your project on schedule and delivering quality craftsmanship.
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A FOUNDATION FOR FRIENDSHIP BY S OP HI E D I NGLE INTERIOR PHOTOS M ATT EI D T EXTERIOR PHOTOS DAV I D PATTERS ON P HOTOGRAP HY Nestled back in the Sanctuary, Scott and Karin Lee’s house is just that – their sanctuary. It’s cozy and inviting from the moment you step in; steep wooden steps lead up to the double front door and upon entry, the house opens up to a warm and inviting space. In the main room, the open floor plan hosts the kitchen, dining room and living room with high ceilings featuring wood beams and a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The table is set for a meal, with napkins folded at the ready, and music echoes joyfully throughout the large room. The dog gets put outside on the wraparound porch, and as we migrate to the living room, sinking into the plush couch, Scott and Karin begin telling their Steamboat story.
The warmth of the fireplace sets the tone for cozy.
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Oversized beams create drama in the ceiling space.
High ceilings make this room feel grand.
Living in Florida, they often took ski vacations with friends – they had been to many resorts across the country from the east coast to the west. Steamboat was a favorite mainly because, Scott
It takes patience, trust and confidence to enter into a pre-construction contract, especially with a builder you’re meeting for the first time, and when you’re one of the first buyers in a new development,” says Kim Kreissig. “It didn’t take long, however, before a mutual respect and friendship ensued. The Lees are entrepreneurs, just like us, which made it easy for us to connect on a personal level.
says, it didn’t just feel like a ski resort, but rather a ranching town. Strolling downtown one day, they wandered into realtor Lisa Olson’s office, and the rest was history. “If you go back to the beginning of the story,” Scott says, “it really starts with Lisa. She’s been our person for almost every point of contact so far.” Through Lisa, their connections in Steamboat grew deeper. She was the one who introduced them to Peter and Kim Kreissig, who they purchased a condo from in 2005. Stonewood at Eagleridge, located at the base of the mountain, had only dirt on the ground the first time that the Lees saw it. Relying on floor plans, builder specs and good faith, they purchased the first townhome in what would become a 23-unit complex. “It takes patience, trust and confidence to enter into a preconstruction contract, especially with a builder you’re meeting for the first time, and when you’re one of the first buyers in a new development,” says Kim Kreissig. “It didn’t take long, however, before a mutual respect and friendship ensued. The Lees are entrepreneurs, just like us, which made it easy for us to connect on a personal level.”
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Beautiful landscape design creates a grand entrance.
Rustic meets elegant with touches such as this chandelier.
Back in Kissimmee, Florida, Scott and Karin had a career in the operated several themed golf courses. Together with two other families,
visually tie the home to the site, and heavy timber structural
treatments, carpets and furnishings, often emailing Karin photos
the Lees continue to own these properties, but after several years of
elements with variations in wood siding,” explains Kevin. “And
for her opinion while she was back in Kissimmee.
splitting their time between Kissimmee and Steamboat, the duo decided
we wanted to give them multiple opportunities to have access to
they needed a more permanent home – and they knew who to call. The
the outdoors, providing transition spaces between indoor space
Kreissigs had become close friends, and the two couples had socialized
and the on-grade outdoor places.”
known each other. “When Scott and Karin came to Peter to build their custom home, it was a no-brainer for us to accept the opportunity,” Kim says.
Scott requested three things: an office, an art studio and a gallery space, all of which were incorporated into the home. Building their dream home was an 18-month process filled
Kim Romick, owner of Into the West, helped find window
“Kim really helped make the space feel cozy and like home, which is exactly what we wanted,” Karin says. The house became their primary residence when the couple sold their place in Kissimmee to live in Steamboat full time. A few years after the house was finished, the Lees decided to remodel the outdoor living area to make it more functional,
with back and forth trips, contractors, interior design decisions
especially for year-round use. With their good friends Peter and
and many learning experiences. But as the house was being
Kim Kreissig swamped with other jobs, they turned to Vertical
general contractor for anyone else but his own company, for which he
built, Karin and Scott formed friendly relationships with each
Arts to help them envision a new reality.
built custom spec homes. But both he and Kim agreed that it would be
and every worker from plumbers to landscapers to carpenters.
Up until that point, Peter had not been interested in becoming a
wonderful to work with their close friends on a custom build. “There was always the fear that things could go South and we might
“I would wander around the house and meet all the guys who were working,” he remembers. “I grew up working
lose a friendship,” Kim explained. “But the opposite happened! The
construction every summer and most of my career had to do
friendship and mutual respect only grew.”
with construction as well. I’ve swung a lot of hammers and
Sarah Tiedeken O’Brien, a partner at Vertical Arts, remembers the existing site being largely unused. “They were seeking a tranquil and scenic spot to expand their indoor/outdoor living space,” she says. They enlarged the patio footprint by moving further into the
After finding the property, Scott visited it one night at 3:00 am.
pounded a lot of nails in my day, so I appreciate these guys and
hill behind the house and redesigning the retaining boulder
“The sky was dark,” he remembers, “and I could see every star. I said
the hard work that they do to make everything come together.”
wall to open up the space and allow more access to the yard. A
He touts the importance of looking at the big picture when
secondary pathway was created to the patio with slab flagstone
‘yeah, this is the spot.’”
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The relationships that you form with people are more important.
rustic characteristics of design, with a solid stone base to
frequently together outside of work in the few years that they had
A custom-designed sign welcomes visitors to the Lee’s home.
“Architecturally, the Lees wanted to embrace the mountain
miniature golf world where they located, designed, built, owned and
Peter introduced the Lees to Kevin and Wendy Lind of Axial Arts
building – not getting too caught up if things aren’t done on
steps, connecting the garage to the outdoor space. Additional
to help collaborate on architectural details, and together, the group
time and not haggling for the best price. In the grand scheme
patio space was added to ensure the couple can entertain
designed and built the house from the ground up.
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Created for gathering, this outdoor space is used almost year-round.
Custom made steel panels, designed by Scott and laser cut by a
interior appreciate design, as it can impact the usefulness and vitality
company on the front range, Parasoleil, were installed to provide
of a space. With Scott’s background designing miniature golf
more privacy between the Lee’s house and their neighbor’s house.
courses, he understands how the relationship and flow can
The hot tub sits hidden behind another screen, providing yet
create amazing spaces.”
another layer of intimacy. An eye-catching sculpture designed by
Lisa Olson, the realtor who got them started in Steamboat,
Scott sits on display in the middle of the space which aids the
has remained close friends with the couple as well. “From
transition from indoor to out.
sampling new restaurants together and catching up about life,
The landscaping was done by Mitch Clark, owner of Snow Country nursery, who became another close friend of the Lee family. “Mitch moved all the boulders to recreate the retaining wall,”
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they have been great friends, and I have learned so much about running a business from Scott,” she says. At home in Steamboat, surrounded not only by colleagues but friends, the Lees are happy with their decision to live in
says Scott. “Anyone can stack up boulders but this guy really
Routt County full time. And Scott has a theory: “If you create
loves what he does. He’s an artist and takes a lot of pride in his
an environment in your home and it’s a place that you can live
work. He’ll take a rock and move it over a foot, and somehow, it
really well in, you’ll live longer,” he says with a grin.
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will just be better.” With the home and outdoor renovation complete, Scott and Karin settled in to host their friends who worked with them. It was pleasantly ironic that the outdoor space was used to gather
Sophie Dingle is a freelance writer in Steamboat Springs. When
with the very people who helped build it, including Mitch Clark
she’s not chasing after her husband, two boys and a crazy puppy,
and Sarah Tiedeken O’Brien, with their significant others. Scott
she enjoys long (quiet) hikes and many hours spent reading.
recalls many meals outside at the table and cocktails around the fire. “Many people would tell you not to socialize with the folks
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people make great times and these folks are the best,” says Scott.
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Relationships are the most important thing to the couple, and it’s clear that they have formed many in this town. “From the minute I met the Lees, I realized what an engaging
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THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY
Challenge yourself to connect with one person every week.
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the day, making a real connection with another person is truly invaluable. Hearing someone’s story, sharing disappointments,
Home. What a powerful word. When COVID hit our little
and celebrating things we have in common has got to be one of
community earlier this year, I remember thinking that home
life’s greatest interactions. When you know that you’re not the
was the one place I could go and feel safe. Even in the middle
only one going through a problem or heartache, it’s freeing and
of working from home, eating at home, and doing school at
comforting. COVID hasn’t stopped that kind of connection!
home, our family experienced something we had been missing
As for our family, we’ve committed to reaching out to at least
for quite a while – each other. And as I look back on this year,
one friend a week to have lunch or dinner with. It’s been so
with all of its disappointments, hurt and tragedy, I feel an
fun and interesting to hear people chat about all of the ideas
overwhelming sense of gratitude for the extra time I’ve been
and feelings they have that have been bottled up for months.
able to spend with my children and family.
Conversations last for hours as we’re able to finally interact and
But I also remember seeing a good friend again after the shutdown; seeing her face and hearing her voice was
share what we’ve all been going through. We’ve also tried to do the same with our children as they
incredible. Being around friends as things began to open up
experience COVID in their own ways. Even though their online
reminded me that we aren’t meant to be alone and we aren’t
gaming and online connection has increased over this time (too
meant to do life alone. Humans weren’t created for isolation;
much!), we still encourage them to hang out with one friend a
we were created for community and we thrive when we’re
week. Our oldest child is in high school now, and every once in
sharing our lives and experiences with others. As Mr. Rogers
a while, he will talk about not having enough friends - to which
beautifully said, “If you could only sense how important
we remind him that in life you only need one or two really
you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you
good friends, and that’s enough.
can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is
That’s such good advice for adults as well. Having one good
something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with
friend that you can celebrate with, and go through tragedy with,
is so vital. Who do you text when something great happens?
So that’s the question: in this time, when community
Who do you call when something tragic happens? If you don’t
and gathering is discouraged, what can we do to foster the
have a person, there’s no better time to foster a relationship
connection we’re all missing? How can we fill that need inside
than now. As people are yearning for connection, you’ll find
of us to connect with another human soul in a meaningful way?
quickly that you’re not alone. Reach out to a friend, meet
As so many families have done this year, our family is taking
outside for coffee, (or my new favorite Vanilla Sweet Cream
disconnectedness can be blamed completely on COVID as much as we’d like it to. Maybe the real challenge is that connecting with another person on a heart level is scary and intimidating. Being vulnerable with another person isn’t something you do every day. But as one of my favorite authors, Brene Brown, says, “Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” It takes vulnerability to find a soul connection. It takes courage to reach out to another person in hopes of finding a friend. So who’s your person? If someone’s face doesn’t pop into your head immediately, think of someone who you would like to be your person. Take a courageous step and ask them to go have coffee or visit one of the new
GATHERING SAFELY BY R OB I N S C HEP P ER, R OU T T COU N T Y OFFI CE OF C OM M UNI TY ENGAGEM E N T While community is important, gathering safely is critical. The state of our county’s health is in flux as we all continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and adhering to health guidelines is not only wise, it’s mandatory. As of the date that we printed this story, Routt County
advantage of the current home market and we are in the middle
Cold Brew from Starbucks!), and work on your friendship
of selling our home. And as we’re dreaming of our new home,
muscle. When I was younger, I used to believe that a person
what it may look like and how it will be different, we can’t wait
could only connect with another person if they had similar life
to have friends over when it’s built. As we talk about it together,
values, or similar experiences or similar political views. But as
we envision having family come stay with us, planning slumber
I grow older, I’m fascinated by people that believe differently
parties and game nights and hosting happy hour on the patio
than me and by those who have had drastically different
every Friday night.
experiences than me. I’m captivated to learn from another
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person who sees the world in new ways. COVID has definitely highlighted the idea that we need connection and community, but I’m not sure that our
restaurants in town with you. Or invite them to your home. Host happy hour on your patio on a Friday night. You may spark the beginning of something that no pandemic could ever take away.
Julie Lewis is the Associate Pastor at Steamboat
COVID Regulations restrict personal gatherings to: • Less than 10 people • No more than 2 families Get the most up-to-date information on public health
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focused on our area. With the high quality of life, The year 2020 will go down in recent history
excellent amenities, great schools, proximity to
as a year of change and discovery. What a ride
an airport, and the friendly, genuine community
it turned out to be for the real estate market
that Steamboat is known for, our town was an
in Steamboat Springs. Leading into the year,
obvious choice. Buyers searching the mountain
we had a steady and healthy market. The first
regions also realized what a great value
quarter started out strong with a 15% increase
Steamboat is. Being a little further off the beaten
in residential sales volume year-over-year.
path of the Interstate-70 corridor, Steamboat has
But things quickly slowed down amidst the
also remained a bit less discovered.
Coronavirus shutdown in the spring of 2020.
There are many questions about what the
In the second quarter, residential sales volume
future looks like as we head into 2021. How
dropped a whopping 44% as compared to
long will our current market trend continue?
2019. Values, however, did not slip during this
How will any future Coronavirus shutdowns
slowdown and median price-per-square-foot was
affect our market? While there are many
uncertainties, the demand remains very high
As people stayed at home, they became more
and there are no indications of that changing.
aware of their surroundings and their dreams.
Colorado, and especially the mountain resort
Many also recognized significant changes to their
areas of Colorado, remain very desirable places
needs within their homes. A theory began to
to live and to visit. The supply also remains very
emerge that with more people being given the
low with a limited number of sellers and with
freedom to work remotely, many would choose
new housing construction not keeping pace. This
to live outside of urban areas. Mountain resort
imbalance will continue to maintain a strong
towns like Steamboat were a natural choice.
market and solidify values. The low interest rates
Once the summer months hit, this theory quickly
are also expected to continue for some time,
became reality. Restrictions were lifted and
giving buyers great opportunities to purchase
buyers began to flee their urban environments
with great terms.
in search of greener pastures. For many, this
With the buyer shift towards the less
was an opportunity for a full-time move to
populated areas, the Steamboat real estate
the mountains while for others, it was an
market is poised to continue its strong trend into
opportunity to find a second home for extended
2021. Our community offers a safe environment
and a high quality of life for our residents and
The sales volume during the summer months
With already low inventory levels, this increase in buyer demand created a very strong seller’s market and put significant upward pressure on prices.
It’s no surprise that a large number of buyers
visitors to enjoy. The high demand and limited
ramped up quickly. With already low inventory
inventory will likely continue to support a
levels, this increase in buyer demand created a
strong market this year. We look to 2021 with
very strong seller’s market and put significant
high hopes and great expectations, but if 2020
upward pressure on prices. The market was also
has taught us anything, it is that there are many
fueled by historically low interest rates, giving
buyers a significant increase in their purchasing power. During the third quarter of 2020, the residential sales volume was up 100% compared
Homes in the Yampa Valley are selling at record rates as buyers look to relocate out of urban areas.
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to the third quarter of 2019, the median sales
Barkley Robinson is a real estate broker at
price was up 19% and the available residential
Steamboat Sotheby’s, dad of 3, and living the
inventory at the end of the third quarter was less
dream in Steamboat Springs, CO.
than half of the prior year.
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND STEAMBOAT SPRINGS The future looks bright for Steamboat.
Here in Routt County and Steamboat Springs, we are fortunate to have a more diverse economy than our peer counties, which is to say we are not overly reliant on any one industry sector.
BY JOHN B RI S TOL Boom and bust. That is the love-hate economic cycle that weaves its way through Colorado’s history that many of us know all too well as our economy expands and then contracts, sometimes overnight. In our Colorado history classes, we learned about the collapse of the fur trade in the 1830s, the Silver Bust in the 1890s, the Great Depression in the 1930s, and even more recently Black Sunday in 1982 which hit the West Slope hard. We know the story of Leadville with the closure of Climax Mine in the late 1980s and how that impacted both Leadville and Buena Vista, my then hometown, as jobs were lost, causing families to move and the community’s overall wealth and ability to attract investment to decline. Thankfully, Colorado is learning how to evade the sharpest busts as community leaders from urban and rural areas embrace smart economic development practices.
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Of course we do, but we know what they are, and we are
investments. Other economic indicators such as personal income,
proactively working to smooth the risk in those areas while
including median household income, average weekly wages, and
smartly targeting our diversification work towards up-and-
labor source vs. non-labor source income, are all trending the
coming industry sectors and new start-ups that pay above-
right direction and have for the past few years.
average annual wages.
Looking at business indicators, we see new business
This is a proven economic development strategy to advance
hot stuff 1/3
openings, city sales-tax collections, GDP and unemployment
economic diversity by directing resources towards sectors and
rates all trending in the right direction. Prior to the pandemic,
jobs that are higher on the economic ladder with a strong
our local unemployment rate was so low it was actually
future. A few of our targets include outdoor gear manufacturers,
restraining business expansion due to lack of workers to
value-added agriculture, creative industries and location neutral
support expanded operations. Another indicator of note is
business/workers. In the long run, these deliberate efforts help
that investments in the region, revealed by bank deposits,
protect our community’s economic well-being and quality-of-life
commercial property values, and residential property values,
by maintaining and expanding our community’s existing wealth,
are all steadily trending upwards at reasonable rates.
while also presenting a strong case to those looking to invest
These indicators tell us that our diversity is our key strength,
in our community. Anyone looking to open or buy a business,
keeping us well-positioned for the next decade and away from
build or buy a home, or simply relocate here and enjoy a stable
a boom and bust cycle.
and sustainable community should find reassurance in our economic diversity when making comparisons and investment decisions now and down the road. Looking ahead to the next five to ten years, it is easy to see
PHOTO: TIM MURPHY
DELIBERATE CREATIVE PROCESS. Downtown Steamboat welcomes visitors year-round, bolstering the town’s economy.
ELEGANT DESIGN SOLUTIONS.
At the heart of it, economic development is about supporting the diversification
John Bristol is the Director of the Economic Development
that Steamboat Springs and Routt County are well-positioned
Council and a 3rd generation Routt County resident with a deep
to continue enjoying a diverse and stable economy. We enjoyed
love for the Yampa Valley. Coming from a long line of ranching,
a record-breaking real estate market over the summer of 2020,
he is proud of, and has a passion to protect, Steamboat’s diverse
and building permits are up year-over-year as people are making
economy that supports all industry sectors.
YOU BUILD IT... WE PROTECT IT.
of a regional economy across a wide array of industry sectors. It is akin to working an investment portfolio, identifying risks and opportunities, hedging to offset declines, and doing the research on what the next big opportunity is, so that you are well-positioned in the market to gain wealth. Or simply put, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Wise communities study the distribution of their industry sectors, looking at jobs and total salaries to know where their community is invested and to identify any potential risks. Then, they take action and make thoughtful investments in areas of opportunity that will support long-term economic sustainability and an improvingquality of life for their community. Colorado has seen this necessity to diversify our local and regional economies, and it is delivering results.
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Our economic diversity is making us more resilient to economic shocks, just as a diversified investment portfolio does. Here in Routt County and Steamboat Springs, we are fortunate to have a more diverse economy than our peer counties, which is to say we are not overly reliant on any one industry sector. Do we have risks?
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HAYDEN: BY HE I DI ME NDI SCO
F R OM NEIG HB O R HO O D FAVO R I TE S TO I N S I D E R I N FO, TH E BE S T COMMUNITIE S F O R S TAY I N G C O N N E C TE D.
Best holiday or event gathering? Hayden Days where the entire town gets together in the summer for a parade, local vendor booths, bounce houses, events and community concerts. A must-have for any gathering in your community? A fun attitude. The barista at the coffee shop said “if you’re fun, you can come,” and I think this is the exact mindset of Hayden.
BY B L AI R S H AT T U C K The essence of community can shine brightest on the darkest days. Nowhere is that more true than here in Steamboat. This past year, the Steamboat community has come together by staying apart. We’ve had to skip our favorite festivities, hold off on holiday events and make changes to our daily routines. We now continue to hibernate through this winter out of care and civic duty. We hunker down with loved ones, remaining humble and hopeful as we cloak ourselves in the warmth and comfort of knowing that we live in a community that will bloom like wildflowers once hibernation is over. And as certain as the snowmelt, that time will come. In anticipation, let’s take a look at some of our favorite Routt County communities and
This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.
The Granary is a beloved gathering place.
You know you live in the Hayden when...? Someone gets your Amazon package delivered to their house and instead of taking it back to the post office, they bring it to you in the evening when they know you’re home from work.
FAIRVIEW: BY ME GA N MOORE
- Alice Waters
What makes Fairview people so community-driven? There is a legacy of humor and play in Fairview. For example, we designate a “mayor” by bequesting them a golden plunger; we like entering parades as “the Fairview Nation” and we have a Fairview Fiesta every year, complete with a band and a “state of the nation” address.
the unique ways that they come together. Sharing fun and traditions like families, these neighborhoods each have special ways of coming together.
You know you live in the Fairview when...? Your yard does not look like the cover of mountain living and you know what the golden plunger symbolizes.
STAGECOACH: BY S O P H I E DI N G LE Best time of year to gather: Summer - there is nothing better than summer in Stagecoach! Being on the lake is amazing and always feels like a vacation. There are really cool hiking trails, boating, swimming, fishing...our first summer in Stagecoach FAR exceeded our expectations.
Fairview neighbors always find each other in their backyard of Emerald Mountain.
A must-have for any gathering: A Yeti filled with a drink of your choice and kids on bikes. We have been known to go for neighborhood happy hour walks, where we all meet up and let the kids run or bike while the adults stroll and have a drink together.
Stagecoach beach is a favorite for families.
BY COU RTNE Y & JE NNY W I E DE L Best holiday or event gathering? Halloween is always a fun night in Silver Spur. Pretty much every house participates and many of the families have BBQs and fires going in the driveways.
Favorite gathering spot: The beach. While it can get crowded on the weekends, we always go during the week and usually find one of our neighbors to hang with. It’s great for kids and adults alike - perfect for swimming, playing in the sand, paddleboarding and just hanging out.
Favorite gathering spot? The community field, playground and the foot/nordic path are always social. Neighbors enjoy the foot/nordic track right in their backyard.
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Favorite gathering spot? Wherever we happen to be! But, probably on Emerald Mountain meeting each other by chance on dog walks or skis or bike rides.
You know you live in the Silver Spur when...? You haven’t seen your kid(s) for hours and you haven’t even begun to worry about where they are.
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RANCHING COMMUNITY: BY L E IGH & YAN CEY R U SH TO N Best time of year to gather? Anytime but July is generally good because “you have to make hay when the sun shines” and that month is packed.
The love for their animals is evident.
What makes the ranching people so community-driven? I think the drive comes from history. Ranching is deeply embedded in the history of the west, and there is no such thing as a rancher that can do it all alone. Every rancher at some point needs help from another rancher. You know you live in the Steamboat ranching community when...? You see tractors driving down 131 going to the next field to cut, or when the driver in the truck passing the opposite way waves simply because I am wearing a cowboy hat.
THE GAINS AND LOSSES OF SHORT-TERM RENTAL: A N O B J E C T I V E V I E W O F S T E A M B OAT ’ S B O O M I N G R E N TA L M A R K E T BY TERA JO H N SON -SWA R T Z Visitors appreciate the coziness of a mountain home to welcome them to Ski Town USA.
For the past decade, there’s been a concentration of growth in big cities across the U.S. Country living simply hasn’t been able to compete with metros when it comes to job markets, educational opportunities, or diverse lifestyles. And where there are more people, there’s usually more money to spend on extras like traveling – especially to rural mountain communities like Steamboat Springs. And with a growing number of tourists comes a greater need for lodging.
There is always work to be done on a ranch.
NORTH ROUTT: BY VIE RH O DES What makes North Routt people so community-driven? When you live in a remote area like North Routt, the phrase “it takes a village” has a very tangible meaning. From plowing a driveway, towing someone out of a ditch, or running to town for milk or gas, North Routt is the most generous and compassionate community I’ve ever known. It’s more like family.
Families love to gather at the Clark Store for ice cream in the summer.
You know you live in the North Routt when...? You’ve slid off an icy road at least once, or you’ve pulled someone back onto the road at least once. Or you wear muck boots almost year-round as a staple of your wardrobe. Best holiday or event gathering? Cabins at Historic Columbine hosts a community Christmas event that is a lot of fun. We sing carols, decorate the giant tree, visit Santa and enjoy having our families connect.
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Steamboat Cost of Living Median Home Cost: $649,757 (1) Per-Capita Income: $42,792 (2) Number of Households: 4,815 (3) Active Short Term Rentals in Steamboat: 2,498 (4) (1) zillow.com (2) census.gov; 2014-2018 (3) census.gov; 2014-2018 (4) airdna.com
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Enter the golden age of VRBOs and Airbnbs… Steamboat’s most recent housing boom has over 4,815 homes scattered around its beautiful valley. Of those, currently over 51% (2,498) are active short-term rentals. Because of the increase in tourist demand, the nightly rate for a shortterm rental significantly overshadows the long-term rates, so homeowners are deploying this tactic in order to gross three to four times the amount they would otherwise incur in a longterm rental property.
Many of these owners are just like the rest of the 13,214 year-round living and working residents in the ‘Boat,” Sotheby’s realtor Kiyah Roe says. “They’re trying to figure out creative ways to make a few extra dollars.
“Many of these owners are just like the rest of the 13,214 year-round living and working residents in the ‘Boat,” Sotheby’s
town run. So, while homeowners contributing to the short-term
realtor Kiyah Roe says. “They’re trying to figure out creative
rental boom are reaping profits that are enabling them to enjoy
ways to make a few extra dollars.” And why wouldn’t they?
Steamboat, the indirect impact is that others are losing that
As tourism increases, cost of living increases with it. So, many
opportunity because they can’t afford to live here.
of the year-rounders are looking for ways to subsidize their income to afford living in Steamboat. “Other owners are small families that love the ‘Boat too –
Which is the true crux of so many of the decisions that we and our homes, might not be what’s best for the community we love. And while the short-term benefit is truly appealing,
their free time in any other place,” Roe confirms, so they
will the long-term effect be worth it? Or will it change what
empty their pockets and buy that second home in Steamboat,
originally brought us here?
difference between visits.
And looking beyond ourselves, the question is: What does the community of Steamboat want for their town’s future?
But unfortunately, this lucrative income market has an
If it wants to retain its image as the best small town
unseen downstream impact on the Steamboat community.
and community-oriented resort, it’s going to have to start
Rural gentrification is a phrase that’s being used more often
considering the long-term effect of this incredibly lucrative
to describe what’s happening in places like Steamboat. It’s a
profit sector. Currently, there are minimal restrictions for one to
process where higher income investors displace lower income
acquire a permit for a short-term rental property.
residents changing the essential character of a town in a single generation. Steamboat used to be known for its homesteaders, ranchers,
Zoning changes could also be considered. According to Jason Peasley, Executive Director of Yampa Valley Housing Authority, “Steamboat has a limited supply in zoning options for long-
small business owners and year-round workers raising their
term apartment rental complexes.” And even when YVHA
children to then take up where their parents left off. For
reaches their target goal in the next decade to provide housing
generations, that’s how Steamboat maintained its genuine
for 600 residents, that only scratches the surface for a quarter
warm and welcome small-town feel. Now, the town is battling
of the struggling families.
the potential of becoming “the next Aspen.” In many ways, tourism has been the lifeblood of the Yampa
Looking at all sides of this topic, there’s so much that’s uncertain. But there is one thing that’s crystal clear: the
Valley. It’s given Steamboat a new purpose as the final frontier
decisions we make on our homes inevitably have an impact on
of resorts that has held onto its unique identity. While its
our communities, and short-term rentals are no exception.
competitors quietly fell into line as kitschy chains of ski resorts
Our planet isn’t just a floating sphere in space. It’s an intricate ecosystem built to support our lives… a plethora of resources we can tap into… wide open spaces to explore… and the most vital resource our communities have.
homeowners have to make: what might be best for ourselves
almost as much as the locals – and can’t imagine spending
counting on its short-term rental revenue to make up the
Steamboat has always been a town built on the importance
and high-ticket rates, Steamboat didn’t budge. Not much
of its people and its community. And if we want it to stay that
anyway. It was its own laid-back, Western town and no one
way, difficult choices will need to be made. A balance needs to
was going to shake its tight-knit community. Maybe that’s what
be found; a community that allows for all walks of life to live
the tourists loved most.
and enjoy this beautiful place we call home.
Maybe that’s why the short-term rental market spiked 175% in less than a decade. But a community with decreasing long-term rental options
Tera Johnson-Swartz is an avid freelancer in Colorado and
coupled with an increase in employment demand for the
keeps busy playing music, painting, writing, and whenever her
lower-income segment (industry workers) has already created
three young children and pup aren’t nipping at her heels, she
the inability to support the lives of those working to make this
might be found stealing an occasional nap.
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Beck said 90% of the time clients ask for more space in a home than they will actually use. Many buyers end up asking for 10 to 15% of their wish list to be removed to meet the construction budget.
DOWNSIZING FOR RETIREMENT WITH SAFETY, SUSTAINABILITY IN MIND COUPLE MAINTAINS 1970S ROOTS ADDING LOW-MAINTENANCE, SOLAR HOME BY S UZI E R OM I G PH OTOS M ATT EI D T
More than a decade ago, Donald was diagnosed with the progressive nervous system disorder Parkinson’s disease. In recent years, the couple’s home with multiple
In the 1970s, Linda and Donald Cantway purchased
sets of stairs, safety obstacles and terraced outdoor
a beautiful 12-acre property in a hay meadow south of
landscaping gradually became too much to navigate.
Steamboat Springs to plant their roots. The couple, who
The couple began planning toward a smaller, low-
met through a ski club in Chicago and started skiing
maintenance, sustainable home to be built next door.
together at Steamboat in 1970, built a two-story house that
When they lost a friend with Parkinson’s disease who died
became their home for 45 years.
from a fall, the motivation for a safer home accelerated.
The Cantways lived a busy, healthy lifestyle with horses
The choice of home designer was obvious as the
and gardens and raising four daughters who participated
Cantways and Steamboat Springs architect Joe Patrick
in barrel racing, ski racing, gymnastics and theater events.
Robbins have been friends since the 1970s.
Donald maintained a 35-year career as an emergency
“I told Joe our retirement home should be maintenance-
room doctor, traveling alternative weeks to the hospital in
free with walkout everywhere on a single level, except for
granny’s fort where the grandchildren sleep when they
Even on cloudy days, this grid-tied home stays cozy and efficient.
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Function and beauty come together for this Country Green home.
There is beauty in simplicity & functionality.
come to visit,” said Linda, grandmother to six grandchildren
Construction, who has 23 years of construction experience in
ages 10 and younger.
Donald and Linda moved into their new functional,
Both the new and the original family homes are powered
comfortable, 1,900-square-foot home in the Country Green
by two grid-tied, ground-mounted solar electric systems. Other
neighborhood in March, and their oldest daughter moved with
sustainable features include using beetle-kill pine wood for
her family into the original 4,000-square-foot home to help take
soffits and glued laminated support timbers (glulam) since the
care of the property.
engineered wood decreases logging of bigger trees.
“It’s awesome. It’s a godsend with no maintenance and the
The builder said some of the home’s low-maintenance
ability to live safely,” Linda said. “Donald can walk on flat
features include factory-painted metal facia, COREtek
surfaces all around the house.”
commercial grade vinyl plank flooring and a hard-coat stucco
Architect Robbins said the home is a passive solar design “with practicality in mind in every aspect.” “Budget, livability, low maintenance and low upkeep were all
exterior with elastic color coating completed by S & R Stucco & Plaster from Steamboat Springs. The Cantways’ well-thought-out home is equipped with
important,” Robbins said. “The home is well insulated, tightly
numerous grab bars, a wheelchair accessible shower, wider
constructed and oriented to best take advantage of views, sun
doors and hallways and limited doors on closets and side
and our mountain climate. The primary glass openings are
rooms. The oversized garage functions as an exercise, physical
southeast facing to best take advantage of winter sun, while
therapy and music room.
limited glass and long overhangs shade the home on summer afternoons.” Energy efficiency features include in-floor radiant heating
The exterior doorways provided a special construction challenge to limit the floor transition to only one-fourth of an inch. “We dropped the door through the subfloor down to the joist
using a Warmboard system and a heat recovery ventilation
to eliminate the threshold bump that is usually 1.5 inches,”
system, noted home builder Brian Beck, owner of Beck
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These solar panels supply ample energy.
Home Features Solar Triad: Passive Design, PV, Thermal When building their energy efficient retirement home, the Cantways included a 7-kilowatt, ground-mounted solar electric system and they added a 12-kilowatt, groundmounted system to help the original family home be more environmentally sustainable. The new home incorporates a three-pronged solar approach: passive solar architectural design, solar electric calculated to power all the home’s electrical needs and a twopanel solar thermal system for domestic water heating. Steamboat Springs vendors Brightside Solar and Simply Radiant Heating installed the solar PV and hot water systems, respectively. “Many people in Routt County are aware that renewable tax credits are de-escalating and scheduled to phase out soon, consequently we have seen an uptick in business,” Piva said. HIGHLIGHT: “Solar is certainly viable because of the abundance of sunshine here as well as the ability to design systems that work with snow loads in northwest Colorado.” Solar electric installations in 2020 earned a federal investment tax credit of 26%, which is scheduled to roll down to 22% for 2021. That means owners of new residential and commercial solar can deduct 22% of the system costs from their taxes through the end of this year. Simply Radiant Heating owner Jeffrey Campbell said the most efficient use of solar thermal energy is for domestic hot water that is used daily and would be otherwise fueled by more expensive propane gas. Campbell installed an integrated hot-water system for the home including a 95 percent efficient Viessman boiler and the hot water in-floor heating fueled by propane. Unintrusive solar panels sit on the home to run the water heater.
With tax incentives rolling down, experienced local solar vendors and the Yampa Valley Solar Co-op in 2019, solar permits across Routt County have increased in recent years. Solar permits reached 31 across the county in 2019 and 17 by the end of the third quarter in 2020, according to Routt County Regional Building Department figures. Another sign of the importance of solar locally, City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County leaders are reviewing solar-friendly policies as both entities work to earn the U.S. Department of Energy’s SolSmart designation.
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A mnimal floor transition makes enjoying outside even easier.
With Linda’s professional background as a respiratory therapist, the home’s healthy indoor air is an important element
increase the costs. I think a lot of people miss that,” Beck noted. Linda said although the family does have storage in the
with no wood-burning fireplace, a downdraft ventilation unit
existing horse barn, downsizing was easy. The new home
that lowers into the cabinet behind the cooktop, and the use
on the property full of family roots is more functional and a
of low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints, stains,
sensible size that meets their needs.
caulks and adhesives. The couple finished the home with
“I wish people would think about that more often. We all get
creative design touches such as “granny’s fort”, soothing earth
older and have ailments, and we cannot work at the level we did
tones, family furniture antiques and framed artwork by their
as youngsters,” Linda said. “The reason we built this house is so
daughters and grandchildren.
that Donald could live his life in the safe environment and that I
Both the Cantways and Beck encourage homebuyers to
could take care of him, and the home, for the rest of our lives.”
think about reasonable home sizes, aging-in-place, long-term maintenance needs and environmental sustainability when planning for a new house. home than they will actually use. Many buyers end up asking
winning journalist who has lived in Colorado for 30 years. In
for 10 to 15% of their wish list to be removed to meet the
addition to reporting for many media outlets, she has worked
for numerous nonprofits across the state in educational and
22% Federal Tax Credit
Beck said 90% of the time clients ask for more space in a
The builder shared some simple ways to save on new home
Suzie Romig, a Routt County resident, is a degreed and award-
construction: design with straight lines and a simple roof; avoid round elements and reduce the number of corners; and utilize
design dimensions matching the 2-foot increments of lumber
BUILDER: BECK CONSTRUCTION INC.
and supplies. Beck emphasized choosing modest, durable
ARCHITECT: JOE PATRICK ROBBINS
fixtures in plumbing, lighting and finishes which are available
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in a wide spectrum of costs.
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Beck said homebuilding magazines and websites feature
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design inspirations “because they look cool,” but he warns
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clients “if it looks really cool, it’s really expensive.”
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penetrations, gaps or cracks in what is known as the interior
book, watch the ballgame, or catch up on the news or social
air-barrier, which is usually drywall or wood paneling. The air-
barrier is supposed to be continuous, so any unsealed hole - an
But after a few minutes, something’s not right. One side
ducts, wiring, plumbing, or structural beams to name a few - can
the back of your neck has goosebumps or your feet are
leak air into or out of the building. In our climate, this often
frozen. You can’t escape the chill. Is it a draft? A cold spot? An
results in discomfort, heat loss, increased energy bills, and if
uncovered window? An uninsulated floor or wall?
you’re unlucky - ice dams. Air-sealing a home comprehensively
mysterious ways. But how? And how can the cold be sealed
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electrical outlet or switch, a light can in the ceiling, windows,
of your body feels cold. So you shift your position, but soon
In some homes, even those built recently, this can be
RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL
The most common sources of drafts and air-leakage are from
where we can sit with a warm drink and dive into your favorite
a common experience. The cold finds a way in, often in
is often a major part of solving these problems and can reduce heating energy use by 20-30% or more. However, to do this, one must find the holes first. Some
out to make the home comfortable? As an energy assessor
leaks can be easy to spot if you know where to look, but
and building scientist, I’ve spent the better part of the last
finding those that are less obvious or hidden can be tricky and
five years trying to answer these questions for hundreds of
requires the right tools - a blower door, an infrared camera
homeowners in the Yampa Valley.
and a smoke generator. These tools help to confirm leakage in
It turns out the solutions to fixing drafty, leaky, cold homes
areas we expect, but also to discover leaks in areas we don’t -
are often simple. Some can easily be addressed as a DIY
and we always find something unexpected. Using these tools
project: replace weatherstripping on doors, seal and insulate
also ensures we are finding and sealing the biggest leaks first.
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DIY AIR-SEALING MEASURES HERE’S A LIST OF AIR-SEALING MEASURES THAT MOST HOMEOWNERS CAN TACKLE. 1. Seal the attic hatch with peel and stick weatherstripping. Also, insulate the attic hatch with rigid insulation to match the amount of insulation in the attic, R-50 = 10 inches of rigid insulation.
REDUCING FOOD WASTE
2. Repair or replace weatherstrip on leaky doors. 3. Install gaskets under the plate of any outlets and switches on the exterior wall. 4. Caulk/seal baseboard trim to flooring, window and door trim and any gaps or cracks where drywall transitions to another material. 5. Seal leaky light cans in ceilings with exterior penetrations (into an attic or cathedral ceiling) with integrated LED trim kits. Be sure to caulk the trim to the drywall when installing. If the home is still drafty after these measures, it might be time to call in a professional.
foam. Some require a more forceful approach, like the application of spray-foam insulation to entire assemblies, such as crawlspaces, rim joists or the underside of a floor or roof.
Have you ever opened up your fridge
year. Additionally, according to Project
Cooking portions have increased over
Drawdown, reducing food waste is the
time and large meals often include more
single greatest solution to climate change.
food than we can finish. People often
Food waste includes everything from
forget, or choose to ignore, the leftovers
Others, like tongue and groove ceilings without drywall behind
and gotten that whiff of something
them are nearly impossible to seal without a major remodel.
gone bad? No matter your diligence to
the half-eaten slice of pizza left on a
piling in their fridge and end up throwing
When considering these and other costly improvements, it’s a
only shop from a list and prioritize your
plate at a restaurant to carrot peels from
good idea to get the help of professionals to prioritize which
leftovers, it never fails: something gets
preparing a meal at home to the sour milk
upgrades will maximize comfort and efficiency for the least
pushed to the back of the fridge and
a family pours down the drain. In the US,
waste? First, keep in mind the food waste
waits there, past its prime, until it is
an average person wastes 238 pounds of
food costing them $1,800 per year. Fresh
Fortunately, as of 2019, new construction within Steamboat Springs has been required to meet a standard air-leakage rate.
After locating the source of the
So what can you do to reduce food
The first step is waste reduction,
fruits and vegetables account for the
which essentially means less waste to
largest losses at the consumer level.
begin with. Before you head to the store,
Most of Routt County is following suit in 2021. This has the
offending odor, you pull it from the fridge
benefit of decreasing drafts and air-leakage while improving
and then what? Where is the best place
energy efficiency, durability and occupant comfort. Some
for this utterly disgusting item? Spoiler. It
THERE ARE TWO MAIN CAUSES FOR
make your shopping list, stick to it, and
leading builders have prioritized building air-tight homes for
doesn’t have to be your trash can.
minimize your trips to the grocery store
plan your meals by the week or month,
· Food spoilage: about two thirds of
(perk: pandemic-compatible habit). With
in food waste. While waste happens
food waste at home is due to food not
your meals planned out, try to cook just
Indications that a home could benefit from air-sealing are
at every step in the food supply chain
being used before it goes bad. Food
enough food for that meal or remember to
high energy bills, persistent discomfort in winter and summer,
(the process of getting food from the
spoilage at home occurs due to improper
incorporate your leftovers into your next
a reliance on space heaters as temperatures drop and/or
field to your fridge), consumers are the
storage, lack of visibility in refrigerators,
day’s menu. Some people don’t care to eat
significant ice dams. If your home has these issues, do your
worst offenders. Over 45 percent of
partially used ingredients and misjudged
the same meal they just had, but we’ve
best to address the common air-leaks listed above. If the issues
the 277 billion pounds of food wasted
food needs. A large portion of discarded
got you covered: there are thousands of
persist, call in a pro to help diagnose and solve the problem,
in the United States is attributed to
food is thrown out prematurely because
recipes that use leftovers to make a whole
because winters here are too long to go without a cozy,
consumers. Most of this food ends up in
of confusion over the meaning of date
comfortable spot to stay warm.
landfills; food makes up 22 percent of
labels (e.g., “sell by”, “best if used
all municipal solid waste. Food that goes
by”). Sell by and use by dates are not
mean. Except for infant formulas, product
into the landfill produces methane gas,
federally regulated and only serve as
dates are not expiration dates. They
a leading contributor to climate change.
a manufacturer’s suggestion for peak
indicate when a product should be used
Dan LeBlanc has been an energy efficiency and green
Food waste also has a staggering price
for best quality.
building expert for more than 20 years on projects ranging
tag, using limited resources like water
· Over-preparing: The remaining third
from tiny homes to high-rise residential, and everything in
and farmland and costing the United
of household waste is the result of people
when to sell an item by. This is not a
States approximately $218 billion per
cooking or serving too much food.
safety deadline but may indicate products
years, and others are just catching on. It makes sense to ask about it when building or buying a home.
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The United States is the global leader
Learn what the different date labels
· Stores use “Sell By” dates to determine
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that have been sitting on the shelf longer. · Even if a “Best By” date has passed on a food you have at home, it should be safe to consume if stored and handled properly. This is the recommended date for best flavor or quality. · When a product reaches its “Use By” date, it means it’s no longer at peak quality according to the manufacturer.
moving bedding to one side of the bin and putting new material in the other side of the bin. The worms will migrate to the new half, leaving the remaining area clear for cleanup. In Bokashi composting, kitchen scraps of all kinds — including meat and dairy products — are mixed with inoculated bran, pressed into the Bokashi bucket, covered with another
The next step in the pyramid is food donation. Food banks
handful of bran, and tightly covered. When the bucket is full, it
and soup kitchens can’t take post-consumer foods or foods past
is sealed shut and set aside for ten to twelve days. Every other
the expiration date, but if you are hosting a big event consider
day during that time, the leachate, a byproduct of anaerobic
coordinating with your caterer to assure that any extra food is
composting, needs to be drawn off.
safely kept and can be donated after the fact. Contact the local
If you have the space and are interested in diving into a larger
food bank or soup kitchen and find out their policy for accepting
scale and more involved method of composting, you can set up a
food donations. This takes a little planning but is well worth the
backyard compost system. Because we live in bear country, if you
choose this option you will need to take a few precautions like
If you, or your neighbors, have animals nearby like chickens or
fruit and vegetables that attract bears. Composting is great because
variety of fresh nutrients and it saves money on feed). Make sure
you will also get compost at the end which can be applied to your
to check in with the owners of the animals before sharing any
garden to enhance the soil. When compost is applied to soil it
of your food waste, and educate yourself about some foods that
has many benefits including enhanced water retention, increased
should not be given to animals.
microorganism activity, and increased carbon sequestration.
For food waste that cannot be eaten or any remaining meal
setting up an electric fence and avoid putting in food waste like
pigs, they LOVE to eat most food scraps (perks: the animals get a
And there you have it. Minimal food waste, saving money,
scraps, you can compost. A recent study found that Routt County
and helping reduce your overall climate footprint. For more
residents toss about 50,000 pounds of food into the garbage each
information on other tips, check Zero by Fifty to learn how to
week. Luckily, there are a few different options for composting
reduce, reuse, repair or recycle almost anything.
ARCHITECTS & ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Mountain Architecture Design Group
Steamboat Select Insurance Group, Inc.
Fair & Square Modular Homes
Axial Arts, LLC
634 Oak St., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970.879.5764 | firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com | mtnarch.com
405 S. Lincoln Ave, Suite A Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | 970-879-1363 firstname.lastname@example.org | www.steamboatselectins.com
2673 Jacob Cir, Unit 700, Steamboat Spgs, CO 80487 970-879-7725 | email@example.com
Steamboat Architectural Associates
BUILDERS & CONTRACTORS
345 Lincoln Ave. Suite 200 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-879-0819 | www.steamboatarchitectural.com
Beck Construction, Inc.
Architecture and Design PO Box 774292, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 970.276.7295 | axialarts.com
in the Yampa Valley. One of the easiest options to recycle your
Becker Design Build LLC
food waste is to collect it and pay for a composting program
We offer more possibilities to meet your needs. Architecture & Design/Build PO Box 772877, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 970-846-8016 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.beckerarchitecture.com
to process it. Innovative Regeneration Colorado has a newly
Libbie Christensen is an Extension Agent with the CSU Routt
launched subscription program called Feed for Seed. For $25
County Extension Office. She is passionate about all things
a month or $275 a year, participants are given a container to
related to food and has written extensively about the greenhouse
collect their household food waste, each week they drop off
gas impact of different agricultural production systems.
the container at the Rodeo Grounds, and the food waste is
Craft Architecture Studio
composted off site. In the first two months of operation, the
430 Yampa Street | PO Box 772475 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 (970) 819-1320 | email@example.com www.craftarchitecturestudio.com
program has diverted over a ton of food waste from the landfill. If you are interested in processing your own food waste, you can build a worm bin or bokashi system. Both of these options are great for our area because they can be done inside and
Joe Patrick Robbins, Architect
therefore, avoid any issues with cold temperatures, bears and
CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE (970) 879-4320 | 828 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs, Colorado
other wildlife. With one pound of worms you can compost the kitchen scraps of a family of four. To construct, use a plastic
Fox Construction, Inc.
BANKING, LENDING, & INSURANCE
PO Box 774000-271 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 970-846-4368 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dobell Contracting Company, Inc.
Kathryn Pedersen Steamboat Springs, CO | 970.761.2245 email@example.com | www.steamboatmtg.com
Steamboat Springs, CO | (970) 870-9625 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dobellcontracting.com
Kinser Insurance Agency
Drury Construction Inc.
1495 Pine Grove Rd, Ste 201A Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-879-1330 | www.kinserinsurance.com
Providing Quality Mountain Building Experiences for New Homes, Additions, and Renovations in Steamboat Springs 970.846.4882 | email@example.com druryconstructioninc.com
2034 Snow Bowl Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-879-7529 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.fox-construction.com
HLCC Construction Company 2667 Copper Ridge Cir., #2 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-879-6831 email@example.com www.hlccconstruction.com
JSM Builders 970.871.4899 | 675 Snapdragon Way Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 | www.jsmbuilders.com
SODA MOUNTAIN CONSTRUCTION + DESIGN Steamboat Springs, CO | 970-846-0699 www.sodamountaincarpentry.com
container with a loose fitting lid that will allow air in the bin. Fill the bin with a bedding material of shredded newspapers, then add a pint of peat moss or garden soil. Moisten the bedding with water until damp but not wet. Worms need air, moisture, warmth, food and darkness. Add red wiggler worms, not the earthworms found outdoors. To feed your worms, add only raw fruit and vegetable scraps. Stay away from meats, oils and dairy products.
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EXTERIOR & INTERIOR WOOD PROTECTION
Stuart Arc Cameron Stuart DESIGN-BUILD ARCHITECT GENERAL CONTRACTOR P.970.819.2159 | www.stuartarc.com
Vargas Construction PO Box 772621, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 970-846-5022 Vargasconstructionofsteamboat@gmail.com CONSTRUCTION (CONCRETE, DRYWALL, FRAMING, INSULATION, METAL WORK, ROOFING, WELDING & FABRICATION)
Accurate Insulation 2252 Colex Drive, Grand Junction, CO 81505 970-241-8871 | www.accurate-insulation.net
Flying Z Painting 970-439-0002 | Steamboat Springs, CO david@flyingZpainting.com | Flyingzpainting.com
Revelation Roofing Full-Service Roofing | 2659 Jacob Circle, Unit 1 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-846-4385 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.revelationroofing.com DRAFTING & ENGINEERS
Anthem Structural Engineers 430 Yampa Street, Suite K Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 anthemstructural.com | (970) 300-3338 email@example.com
Northwestern Supplies, Inc.
LAWN, GARDEN, & HOLIDAY LIGHTING
Aqua Vita Spas
(970) 879-9235 | www.northwesternsupplies.com Better Millwork for Better Builders
970-879-1707 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.brightsidesolarinc.com
WINDOWS. DOORS. HARDWARE. MOULDINGS
ENVIRONMENTALLY-CONSCIOUS BUILDING & MAINTENANCE
Sales, Maintenance, Repair 1815 Central Park Drive | Steamboat Springs, CO 970-879-4390 | email@example.com
Surroundings, Inc. Colorado Building Performance Energy Efficiency for Retrofits and New Construction Dan LeBlanc | 970-439-8606 CObuildingperformance@gmail.com Building Green since 1998 HOME FINISHES (CABINETS, FLOORING, COUNTERTOPS, DOORS, PLUMBING, FIREPLACE/STOVES, GLASS, GRANITE/MARBLE, LIGHTING, TILE, WINDOWS)
Alpine Design Kitchens 685 Marketplace Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 970-879-6962 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fedewa Custom Works The only full service custom cabinet and millwork shop in the Yampa Valley. 1794 Kamar Plaza, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 email@example.com | 970-879-1174 www.fedewacustomworks.com
Ferguson Selection Center and Plumbing Supply 2831 Elk River Rd., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-879-2599 | www.ferguson.com
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | 970-870-6699 www.steamboatglass.com
Steamboat Springs, CO 970.879.5112 | www.littlehornengineering.com
Grasso Glass & Stone
Wilder Engineering, LLC
2520 Copper Ridge Dr c4, Steamboat Springs, CO (970) 846-5784
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1890 Loggers Lane #G | Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-870-8701 | email@example.com
Tricia Hauan with The Light Center 26 years of experience lighting Steamboat Tricia@Lightcenterinc.com | 970-846-3471
Full-Service Nursery and Landscaping 35975 Hwy 40, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 (970) 879-9795 | firstname.lastname@example.org snowcountrynursery.com REALTORS & TITLE COMPANIES
Zola European Windows 1169 Hilltop Pkwy #201, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 303-578-0001 | email@example.com www.zolawindows.com HOME MAINTENANCE, REPAIR, STORAGE, & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Circle 4R Property Management 970-846-1622 | firstname.lastname@example.org 1559 Conestoga Circle | www.circle4R.com INTERIOR DESIGN, HOME INGS, & DECOR
SNOW COUNTRY NURSERY
Mountain Mattress 1880 Loggers Lane #B, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-879-8116 | email@example.com www.mountainmattress.com
Eidt Petis Team Matt Eidt & Geoff Petis | Colorado Group Realty 970.819.0827 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.OwntheBoat.com
Land Title Guarantee Company Melissa Gibson | 255 Anglers Drive, Suite B Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 970-870-2822 | email@example.com | www.ltgc.com
Lisa Olson | Broker Associate Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty O: 970.875.0555 | M: 970.846.0713 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.LisaOlson.com | Our Mission: To be Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor for Life UTILITIES (PLUMBING, HEATING, & ELECTRIC)
Yampa Valley Electric Association RUMOR DESIGN + REDESIGN 345 Lincoln Ave, Suite 102 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 | 970.819.9721 rumordesigns.com
Steamboat & Craig Offices: Local Phone: 970-879-1160 Toll Free: 1-888-873-9832
Experts making old wood look new again!
KITCHEN & BATH
Thurston Kitchen and Bath Steamboat Springs, CO | 970-879-9222 thurstonkitchenandbath.com
FREE INSPECTION & ESTIMATE Joe Redfern | 970-846-1622 | Steamboat Springs | Colorado www.westernwoodprotection.com WWW.HOMELINKMAG.COM | WINTER 2021 | 91
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