Colorado Contemporary 12

The Artisan Shop Uses Unique Materials in a Modern Home

Designed with reverence for the large open spaces and the panoramic Front Range views it looks out on; this Boulder County home is an embodiment of the openness and brightness of the expansive Colorado sky. Using unique natural materials to create focal points throughout and bind the house together with a consistent aesthetic, this build expertly balances craftsmanship with a modern strategic design.

“The Colorado Contemporary style focuses on large spaces with clean lines, striking details, and a variety of natural wood finishes,” says Brian Phillips, co-owner and president of the home’s developer, New Leaf Properties.

The entire home adheres to this open, airy feel, and is rooted in artfully created features. From rich cabinetry to exposed fir beams throughout, the home features over 15 rooms full of custom, one-of-a-kind elements created by local design/build/custom cabinetry firm, The Artisan Shop.

“We wanted to use materials that would complement the beauty of the mountain views around the house,” says Kami Dybdahl, a designer with The Artisan Shop and lead kitchen designer on this project. “The vertical grain match walnut veneer cabinetry throughout instantly gave the whole house a warm, inviting feel while maintaining a clean, modern look.”

Walking into the home, guests are immersed in a spacious great room and kitchen area with 16-foot sliding glass doors looking out onto the foothills. Each material in the space complements the others and works to enhance and add points of interest to the open floorplan. Neutral walls and white oak floors allow the cabinetry, posts and beams to shine. The glass staircase railings further the airiness of the space. The fireplace surround, formed by a single piece of blue-gray concrete, is both warm and modern. Similarly, unique materials are used to great effect throughout the home, from the floating master bathroom vanity to the custom master closet designed by Dybdahl.

The kitchen in particular showcases thoughtful design with functionality and openness. The vertical grain of the cabinetry is softened by the long grain walnut butcher block waterfall top, which doubles as an eye-catching, artistic piece and a seating area. The design makes full use of the kitchen’s footprint, with custom pull out drawers and corner drawers, and creatively eliminates any distracting hardware on the cabinetry on either side of the custom hood by utilizing touch-activation servo technology.

Open shelving also features prominently both in the kitchen and library areas. According to Dybdahl, open shelving gives the opportunity for personalization by the homeowner, providing an exposed space for signature items or art pieces. Open shelving can also be strategically placed to lighten corners and, in this case, allow for unobstructed mountain views.

A culmination of carefully selected materials, masterful custom details, and strategic design, this modern build boasts all the warmth of home with outstanding views of Boulder’s landscape.