The Guest House

An Unique Level of Privacy

The freestanding Guest House here at the compound, known for many years as the "See Forever Cottage," is unique in that it's located on a separate subdivision road, with its own separate entrance, and with a separate address.  

The Main House is located at 100 Fox Farm Road, on a private drive shared with just one other home. The Guest house is located at 148 Sunset Circle on a quiet cul-de-sac shared by just two other homes, also on wooded acreage, and all owned by longtime locals.   Both luxury residences on Lot 47 enjoy true "end of the road" privacy, in addition to the unparalleled level of privacy between them as well.

In other words, the Guest House sits high on the hillside above the Main House, with the two residences connected only by a lit walkway through the forest.   The two separate building envelopes, at different elevations in the aspen forest on the hillside, provide maximum privacy between the two residences, and there's nothing else quite like it in this area of upscale homes on acreage.

As a result, occupants in the Main House are unaffected by the comings and goings of the occupants in the Guest House, and vice versa.    The two residences are no closer to each other than the neighbor's homes are to each other in the covenanted subdivision.

Guest House Amenities

The Guest House, exclusive of the attached garage, is nearly 1000 sq.ft. including the glass-walled sleeping loft, significantly larger than the 800 sq.ft. limit required today by local regulations.  It's been formally "grandfathered" by San Miguel County as to its size and specially permitted by the county to have a full kitchen and bath, and this is recorded in its chain of title.   In the tiled shower, a double-glazed window looks out at the San Sophia mountains towering over the historic Town of Telluride.

Like the Main House, the southwest-facing Window Wall offers commanding views of our "fourteener," 14,017 ft. Wilson Peak. This iconic mountain -- the mountain on the Coors can -- is the most photographed mountain in Colorado.

A freestanding woodstove -- one of three genuine woodburners on the compound -- adds genuine ambience to the Guest House.   In addition to the passive solar design elements that serve the Guest House so well, a high capacity natural gas furnace with electronic ignition provides backup heating as needed in winter, and warms the attached garage as well.

In the main living area, huge open beams are supported by columns of indigenous river rock, and this river rock harvested from the San Miguel River also trims the built-in couch system with its custom-made tapestry upholstery.  From within or without, the Guest House offers beautiful views of Wilson Peak and the aspen forest surrounding the residences on the compound.

In the large open master suite, a series of high-end operable Velux sky windows beckon the moon and stars at night.   The skylights are equipped with screens from the factory, and a simple, old-fashioned pole mechanism opens the skylights from inside the master suite during summer months if desired. 

A separate pantry complements the full kitchen, with plenty of storage for dishes, cutlery, spices, condiments, etc.  An antique armoire offers closet space for hanging clothes, and storage below for extra towels and pillows. The Guest House also features a private laundry and walk-in closet, with windows facing the garden.

A glassy atrium with flowering plants greets visitors yearround at the entry.  Special hand-carved doors imported from Michoacan in Western Mexico with custom iron hardware forged here in the U.S., including custom-designed arrowhead strap hinges, grace both the entry and the full bath.  This theme is then repeated on the attached garage, where the hand-carved Michoacan doors serve foot traffic to the garage with a passage door, and as barn-style attic doors above.  

An automatic overhead door for vehicles is sided in natural cedar with a transparent stain, to match the natural cedar siding on all the Guest House exteriors, which feature a two-tone finish of khaki and natural cedar for a retro-style, "Old Telluride" look.   Completing the picture is a wainscot on the view terrace of heavy-gauge "rusty roof panels" so popular today in Telluride, and facing much of the north side of the building, where the utilities are located.   This "rusty roof panel" theme, intended to invoke long-forgotten memories of Telluride's former life as a mining town, is repeated on the new roofs at the Guest House, surrounding the operable sky windows.  

These design themes repeat in the Main House, tying together both residences on the family compound with these unusual and distinctive custom touches.   At the Main House, the beautiful hand-carved Michoca'an doors can be found in the library/media room leading to the powder room and laundry, and on the mezzanine floor, for the closet in the office/bedroom, and at the walk-in "owners' closet" near the upper entry, keyed separately.  

Note:  The entry doors at the Main House are double-glazed glass doors, custom-designed for the property, framed in knotty alder, part of the two-story Window Wall in the Great Room.  

Another wainscot of heavy-gauge rusty roof panels surrounds diners in the formal dining room in the Main House, warmed by a cheery woodstove.   The rusty roof panel theme was continued with the construction of custom metal doors and a specially built skylight featuring the rusty roof panels framed in heavy angle iron -- all constucted and welded onsite by local artisans -- for the Spa Bath on the mezzanine floor in the Main House.

Just out the Guest House door, a flagstone view terrace looks out over Wilson Peak, the West Meadows to the southwest and west, and the San Sophia mountains to the north, above the Town of Telluride in the box canyon below.  

The Guest House also features an oversized two-car heated garage, attached, with built-in workbenches and plenty of built-in wooden storage racks.   The Guest House garage also features a good deal of additional storage in a vented and insulated attic, easily accessible from inside or outside the garage.   The garage is wired for both 120V and 220V AC, and features custom-built overhead racks for ladders and lumber as well.  In addition to the two half-height fridges in the Guest House, the garage comes equipped with a large refrigerator/freezer and a separate chest freezer for backstocking perishables, convenient for offloading from vehicles.

And surrounding the Guest House:  the family-friendly compound with no through subdivision traffic, where young children are always safe and secure.

Views, trees, privacy -- and all just around the corner from everything worth doing in Telluride.

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Solar Design Implementation

The Guest House was designed by renowned local architect Vern Burke, now in practice in Denver.   Vern designed a "Trombe" wall along the south side inside the southern Window Wall that absorbs the sun's energy throughout the day, and gives this back as heat at night.   The special Trombe" wall also provides privacy for the large open master suite, so despite the glassy exterior walls throughout the cozy cottage, no one can see into the master suite from outside.

If you look closely, you'll see a beautiful hand-painted mural of an aspen forest on the sunny side of the "Trombe" Wall by local artist Mary Duffy, long associated with Telluride Magazine.

The Guest House features ideal south and southwest exposures for the solar collector windows, all framed in natural cedar, with copper-clad operable windows just as in the Main House, and with the same Hunter Douglas "Duette" insulating blinds as sunshades, and to reduce heat loss at night.   The southwest Window Wall overlooks the view terrace, and features commanding views of our "fourteener," mighty Wilson Peak, at 14,017 ft. above sea level.

And just like the Main House, the Guest House is built into the hillside, a southwest-facing slope, invoking what Frank Lloyd Wright referred to as a house designed organically to be "of the hill, not on the hill."

A cheery woodstove, a real woodburning stove, in the living room, offers real old-style "cabin in the woods" ambience.   (The compound features three genuine woodburners:  a fireplace and rock hearth with a Heatilator in the Great Room at the Main House, a large woodstove in the Dining Room, and this smaller woodstove in the Guest House.)    The Guest House is also equipped with a state of the art, large capacity gas furnace with electronic ignition and automatic restart in the event of an interruption in power.

The masonry walls at the Guest House, inside and out, offer high thermal mass to absorb the sun's energy during the day, and give this back as heat at night.   The living room floors are carefully insulated from underneath to reduce temperature variations.  A heavily insulated "double" roof was installed above with the same goals, and then clad in heavy gauge "rusty roof panels" so popular in Telluride, invoking the mining era.

See Forever Cottage