Kick Back And Relax At This Lakeside Retreat Amid The Rockies


contemporary colorado home exterior

A contemporary take on a mountain dwelling makes for a classic Colorado home.

steel, walnut and concrete entry

Architect Tim Hagman used a palette of steel, walnut and concrete in the entry. The materials are used indoors and out to tie the spaces together. A hand-blown glass chandelier designed by John Pomp brings a hint of glamour to the streamlined space.

living room with abstract art...

In the living room, an abstract family portrait is the focal point over the fireplace. The custom sectional upholstered in a neutral Perennials fabric creates a cozy seating area around the fire. An armchair covered in a charcoal-hued Kneedler-Fauchere fabric and pillows in a range of blues offer hints of cool color to the quiet palette.

living room with beams and...

The mood for the living room is comfortable and inviting, and its central location means the entire family often gathers in this space. The sectional, which sits on a rug from Floor Coverings by CPA, is positioned to enjoy the fireplace or the view.

window seat in family room

A low-profile window seat in the family room, designed by Associates III Interior Design, provides the perfect perch to enjoy the home's spectacular view. Carmen chairs and an Aria game table by Room & Board are at home in the room's color palette of orange, fiery reds and cool grays.

dining room table with bronze...

In the dining room, a table crafted by Millcreek Furniture features a bronze inset. The dining chairs are by The Tac Room. The drum pendants overhead are by Arturo Alvarez.

kitchen with honed granite and...

The kitchen melds with the family's recreation area, making for fun after-dinner game nights. In the kitchen, counter stools by Millcreek Furniture line up to a countertop with honed granite from The Stone Collection. The Endless Straight light fixture is by Roll & Hill.

outdoor dining table and chairs...

The house is parallel to the shoreline to ensure that all spaces have a front-row seat to the lake. A dining table and chairs from Design Within Reach offer lakeside alfresco dining.

fitness studio exterior

The family's fitness studio is connected to the main house via a light-filled hall lined with windows.

master bedroom with mti tub...

In one of the master bathrooms, an MTI tub has a view to the landscape that inspired the home's architecture. The white Caesarstone countertop sourced at The Stone Collection is warmed by a walnut accent wall and vanity. Floating shelves were added for storage and display.

master bedroom with walnut platform...

Hints of blue in one of the master suites reflect the lake's cool depths. A rich mix of textures and finishes--a custom walnut platform bed and cantilevered bedside tables, a gunmetal swing-arm sconce by Holly Hunt, RH linens and an armchair covered in suede by Edelman Leather--provide visual interest.

Extraordinary settings sometimes require extraordinary restraint. Case in point: A contemporary home sited in the abundant natural beauty and sweeping views of Breckenridge, Colorado. This dwelling lives up to the landscape not with extravagance, but with streamlined simplicity.

Its occupants, a family drawn to the area by their love of nature and passion for outdoor activities, craved not just a vacation home for themselves, but a generous, open plan retreat that feels equally welcoming for close friends and extended family. And, although they wanted something appropriate to the location, they imagined a house that was slightly unexpected.

After settling on a lakeside setting, the family reached out to designers Rachel Hoback and Michaela Rodgers and architect Tim Hagman. Their design directive: Create a mountain getaway challenging the traditional aesthetic of a lake house, while remaining respectful to the site studded with towering pines. “We wanted to ensure that the house had a connection to its environment,” says Hagman. “This isn’t just a contemporary white box. It feels at home here.”

Materials like rough-hewn timber, logs and stones were jettisoned in favor of concrete, smooth walnut wood and industrial steel beams, yet the team always deferred to what drew the family here to begin with–the allure of the raw terrain. Balancing the powerful framework, the home eschews extraneous details and color, opting instead for hushed palettes and simple silhouettes that minimize distractions from the high-impact surroundings. “This house is right on a lake and has amazing views of the mountains,” Rodgers says. “It was specifically designed around that scenery. We incorporated straightforward natural materials inside. Nothing too flashy or colorful was used.”

In fact, it was discouraged. To put guests at ease, furnishings and fabrics are informal and inviting and are almost demure in nature. Graciously scaled sectionals upholstered in earthy, heavy-weave fabrics are quietly luxurious. Subtle accents of color–teal blues, reds and oranges–mirror the deepest hues of the nearby lake and the sunsets reflected on its still surface.

However, eschewing any hint of flamboyance is not to say that the opportunity for the occasional visual punch was ignored. Bold elements serve as design exclamation points throughout the house, such as the large-scale, concrete-clad fireplace surrounds in the living room and downstairs family room that are bookended by walnut shelves, with the warm tones of the wood softening the concrete’s hard edges.

It’s just one of the areas where opposites are used to heighten the design. “Contrast was very important here,” Hoback notes. “We incorporated a mix of materials–some warm, some cold, some heavy, some light. Contrast not only provides balance, but it creates focal points–and the mix of materials feels very natural here.”

In the kitchen, the juxtaposition of materials continues, with the local, natural beauty front and center in the form of warm woods and white-painted cabinets; concrete floors and Basaltina countertops. An undulating vein cut in the tile backsplash provides a hint of polished pattern. And, of course, an overscale island means both meal prep and meals become a family affair.

Formal and informal also find equilibrium here. Just off the kitchen, a cozy family room provides a casual counterpoint to the living room’s more sedate lines. Streamlined silhouettes in the form of a well-used window seat and low-slung table and club chairs create a zone built to encourage game nights and storytelling. The view–possibly the best in the house–finds no distractions but is, instead, embraced by the autumnal palette and wealth of glowing wood that seems to almost to be lit from within. “The driving force behind the design was really this family’s desire for comfortable spaces that still feel current,” Hoback says. “It’s welcoming and family friendly and is built to bring people together.”

Private spaces, including two master suites, four bedrooms and a bunk room that sleeps 10, reinforce the inviting nature that sets the tone throughout the house. Design details–wood-panel walls, leather benches and cantilevered bedside tables–provide an uncluttered sophistication personalized with touches alluding to the gracious family that spends time here. Colorful blankets from their home in Mexico’s Oaxaca region inspire earthy palettes. Vintage skis, skates, snowshoes and ski maps reference a passion for this place and the outdoor activities that drew this family here in the first place. All signal a love affair with Colorado and a desire to share the traditions that make this a true home away from home. “The lifestyle in the mountains is relaxed and informal–never flashy,” Hagman says. “This house embraces that; it encourages downtime simply spent with family.”