10 Lake Home Design Ideas

This house, situated on 11 acres, has four distinct elements great room, master suite, guest wing, and art studio unified by sweeping sculptural copper roofs.

The house is modern in concept but features traditional materials suited to the mountain environment. Walls are stone and thick wood, accented at points by structural tree-trunk columns anchored with steel. The windows and window walls are steel frames painted rust red. Stone chimneys rise like funnels from the copper roofs.

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The great room is a rectilinear barn-shaped building with soaring, vaulted, open-truss ceilings. An expansive 50-foot-long by 12-foot-high window faces Telluride’s two dominant mountain peaks.

The great room’s barrel-vaulted roof is echoed in the master suite, which is accessed by a flat-roofed hallway. The master suite is thus visually connected to the rest of the house but functionally separate from the main living spaces.

The guest wing is similarly separate, allowing the house to operate as a smaller unit when there are no guests. This wing has a long roof that sweeps to a low point of just six feet above the ground. Its curved shape relates to the driveway and leads to the motor court beyond.

This single-family house on a 50- by 150-foot city lot is organized around a central two-story entry hall, lit from above by a skylight and activated by a sculptural staircase.

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