The Ward Cabin: A Refreshing Mountain Retreat
A modern cabin tucked alongside a remote alpine lake, this home functions as a refreshing weekend getaway. Built on one-and-a-half acres at 9,000-foot elevation in the Rockies, this Boulder County home is a direct result of the collaboration between Arch11 and Hammerwell Incorporated. The home was designed to feel intimate yet still be able to comfortably accommodate extra guests.
Built on a Foundation
With a desire to have a retreat nestled into the landscape and reflect old Colorado mountain living yet still embrace modern sensibilities and conveniences, the owners were sure they wanted anything but a “monument.” They desired a simple, cozy getaway with a flexible layout so they could invite another couple to join them for a weekend and not feel cramped.
The living area is open with pieces of exposed structure and southern views. Poured concrete floors with an applied stain and wax create simple, low-maintenance natural flooring that provides a functional mass for distributing the radiant heat. A small loft is accessed by a stairway and serves as a place to curl up with a book and view the Continental Divide with its ever-changing weather patterns. Green building is exemplified by the use of cement board for gable-end siding, honed stone countertops, reclaimed wood flooring, wool carpet, composite decking, dead-standing logs and steel roof panels.
Perched on the edge of a ridge, dwellers are treated with stunning views of the lake below. Using a hybrid of traditional log construction coupled with cost-effective wood frame, the perimeter walls are mostly constructed of 12” diameter, hand-hewn logs. All of the lumber used was either sustainably harvested or recycled. Large expanses of glass help weave the old and new together. Exceptional indoor air quality was achieved by ensuring all materials in the home are VOC-free. The final rust-colored palette of the corrugated steel roof is still a work-in-progress of Mother Nature. And smart house features allow the owners to control the lighting and radiant heating system remotely as well as monitor security.
Private or Public
The floor plan accommodates a secluded master bedroom and bathroom at one end of the cabin. An office/den overlooks the living room, but can be isolated by sliding barn doors to quickly convert the office into a private guest bedroom for the occasional visitor. One of the best features of the cabin is the visual connection between all the public spaces while still keeping them functionally discrete.