A Couple Finds Adventure In A Roaring Fork Valley Home


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The contemporary abode is clad with durable siding by James Hardie Building Products and has a galvanized standing-seam metal roof from Red Eagle Roofing. The grounds were designed by landscape architect Gyles Thornely and installed by Rocky Mountain Gardens.

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For a sprawling 50-acre ranch property near Carbondale, residential designer Dana Ellis created a simple farmhouse-inspired home with a trailing floor plan. Elka chairs by Bernhardt stand in the entry, which is marked by black-framed windows by Kolbe Windows & Doors. The artwork is by Nicholas Ward.

farmhouse living room fireplace neutral

In the living room, custom cabinets by BenchCraft Custom Woodwork flank the fireplace, which features a surround fabricated by Suarez Masonry. The owners selected sofas and chairs by Lee Industries from Cathers Home and hung artwork by Tomas Lasansky on the wall.

farmhouse open kitchen dining area...

Ellis designed the layout to have an open kitchen and dining area, which is centered on a wood table the husband built with one of the couple's sons. Reclaimed-wood ceiling beams lend warmth to the space and reflect the DuChateau floors from Aspen Carpet Services.

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Ellis kept the structure's roofline the same throughout but compressed the dining space to make room for the outdoor deck. The ceiling fixtures above the dining table are West Elm's Bubble Glass Jar pendants.

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French doors by Kolbe Windows & Doors connect the dining area to a covered deck. The alfresco space features woven furnishings by Patio Renaissance.

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The master suite features an open wet zone, which encompasses a Badeloft tub paired with a Brizo tub filler. Tile by Zero Design--Sabbia in Gobi Grey on a wall and a Pietra mosaic in Asian Grey lining the floor beneath the tub--defines the calm space.

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In a guest bedroom, a Crate & Barrel rug anchors a Bento bed by Stylus; the husband and the couple's sons fashioned the rustic side table from a red elm tree. The windows are by Kolbe Windows & Doors.

Ahand-dug stream feeds the 50-acre ranch in the Roaring Fork Valley region of Colorado, where a couple commissioned architect Dana Ellis to design their new abode.

“My clients wanted an intimate home that felt warm with a tinge of rustic,” Ellis says. “They especially liked the idea of using natural materials.”

A big change from their previous home in Iowa, the homeowners desired a farmhouse-inspired ranch that complements the bucolic landscape.

A mix of light-hued walls and simple oak flooring tie the spaces of the meandering layout together, while black-painted pine windows introduce contrast and frame the south-facing views.

Nearly every room has access to a covered porch that overlooks the pasture, including the master suite, which is open to a sleek soaker tub and shower housed in a wet zone defined by porcelain wall tile and a mosaic tile floor.

“This house creates a sense of calm,” the husband explains. “We can’t imagine it being any better.”