Anne had gained 14 years of experience with local design fi ms before founding her own studio. “I’d always wanted to have my own business, but the lodge was our first huge project,” she remembers. “I put my whole heart into everything I do and knew it would totally consume me.” Months of planning and near-daily discussions ensued, as she assessed the objectives of her “very detail-oriented” clients. “They wanted the lodge to be an inviting place for family, friends and business associates – elegant, rustic, luxurious, with nothing ‘standard’ and everything ‘perfect.’” Faced with that challenge, Anne’s personal goal was “to make this the most amazing space ever.” The original architectural layout was adjusted for better traffi fl w and a more convenient use of space. Exterior/interior color schematics were established, the custom craftsmen selected, and for the next 2-1/2 years, every single material and component was specified and scrutini ed by both Anne and her clients. A classic recreation of Colorado styling, the exterior is a rustic blend of natural field tone and brick, with James Hardie board-and-batten siding and DaVinci fibe glass shake shingles for easy maintenance. To ensure authenticity, Anne hand-drew the garage doors, shutters and doors to simulate the reclaimed wood from the site’s former buildings. Inside, banks of windows capitalize on the lodge’s breathtaking views, and the rustic theme – elemental woods, dry-stacked fields one and wrought-iron accents – is totally consistent throughout the 18 rooms, nine baths and fi e fi eplaces. Subtle variations, however, give each space its own unique character. Virtually all of the cabinetry and floo ing is knotty alder, chosen for its ability to accept a stain of almost any color, in this case a “nutmeg” hue. The cabinets, columns and additional woodwork refle t the meticulous custom craftsmanship of Das Holz Haus, and the floors were selected at Boardwalk Hardwood. The owners also wanted “no shiny finishe ,” so all of the solid surfaces – from countertops to hardware and the travertine tiles in the baths and laundry – are textured, suede-finished or brushed for a muted, matte quality. STLOUISHOMESMAG.COM
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