Crafting a Home 5

Creative innovation and collaboration result in a stunning homecoming for a pair of returning Buffs.

When it came time to find their dream home, Jim and Suzanne knew exactly where they wanted to go: back to their roots. The CU alums, who currently live in California, have meticulously maintained their connection to Boulder, routinely bringing their family back to ski, fish and, of course, go to Buffs’ games. Though they have called California home for many years, they’ve always known that, ultimately, Boulder was where they wanted to be.

When the couple began planning their move back to Boulder, they searched for almost two years before finding Trailhead, a development nestled at the base of Mount Sanitas, just a short walk from Pearl Street. They loved the location, but their newly purchased lot came with limitations: the property was smaller than they had anticipated buying, and came with building guidelines specific to the development. Their challenge lay in finding a way to build the home they’d been dreaming of—a welcoming, spacious retreat for family and friends—within those guidelines.

Jim and Suzanne brought in TreeLine Homes, led by Contractor Derek Guarascio and Project Manager Candice McGuire, to build the house, and Interior Designer Kristin Keifer, a close family friend, to consult. The group tweaked architectural elements where they could and added their unique touches. One distinct example of their innovation is a blued-steel staircase with floating walnut treads, Jim’s favorite part of the home, which functions as both a beautiful addition to the home’s interior and a fundamental piece of its architecture. Another inventive feature came to about after Guarascio got creative with a steel support beam in the basement—essential, but not aesthetically appealing—and turned it into the anchor for a stunning glass-walled wine cellar. Other notable elements include a downstairs living room that morphs into a screening room, a stone patio that features an Argentinian barbecue and a NanaWall—a German-style wall of folding glass panels—which opens up the front of the house to provide unhindered access to the front porch and garden.

Keifer selected pieces for the home’s interior carefully, wanting the beauty of the architecture to speak for itself. She pulled inspiration from Jim’s contemporary style and Suzanne’s traditional style, blending the two seamlessly while simultaneously imbuing the home with a European charm. She sought to create simple, clean lines, avoiding trends and instead focusing on creating a look that was timeless and refined. Calcutta gold marble countertops, center-cut white oak floors and hand-painted Tabarka tiles (Suzanne’s favorite) are striking examples of how Keifer brought her vision to life.

Jim and Suzanne’s warm, contemporary alpine home is a feat of creative ingenuity; TreeLine’s innovative designs, Keifer’s inspired style, and Jim and Suzanne’s trust and passion for the project culminated in a gorgeous home, perfectly suited for the couple’s return to the Flatirons.