The Main House: Sculpted from the Elements

"In organic achitecture, we use nothing applied which tends to eliminate the true character of what is beneath, or which may become a substitute for whatever that may be.  Wood is wood, concrete is concrete, stone is stone.  We like to have whatever we choose to use demonstrate the beauty of its own character, as itself." Frank Lloyd Wright, "The Natural House," Times Mirror/New American Library, 1954.

The unique, diamond-shaped Main House was designed by renowned local architect Doug Reinhardt.  This unusual loft-style, post and beam, "Mountain Modern" home features walls of windows comprising the first two stories that form the top three sides of the diamond to the south, southeast, and southwest, with the point of the diamond built into the south-facing slope.

Frank Lloyd Wright referred to this kind of natural or "organic" architecture as designing a home to be "of the hill, not on the hill."  This explains why both the Main House and the Guest House were built into the south-facing slope.  In doing so, two masters were served:  classic passive solar design, and textbook organic architecture, for homes that seem to pour out of the hillside -- as if they grew there -- rather than trying to dominate the hillside with the houses.

What appears as you approach the house from below is a three-story timber-framed glass house with natural rough-sawn cedar siding.   A multi-tiered deck of solid heart redwood, nearly eight hundred square feet, wraps entirely around the Window Walls.   A series of copper-clad operable windows offers cross-ventilation for the Great Room.

Inside the Main House, visitors are struck by the unusual use of architecturally exposed concrete infused with indigenous river rock for the main interior walls.   These unique walls are designed to absorb the sun's energy during the day, and give it back as heat at night.

The Great Room features 30 ft. ceilings, but unlike many newer homes, warm air rises to heat the bedrooms on the upper floors, rather than being trapped in vaulted ceilings that are just for show.  In winter months, the unusually open floorplan allows collected solar heat to circulate freely through all three floors by natural convection.

At night, the first impression as one approaches the house, for a gathering of friends, for instance, is particularly striking;  i.e., to see pools of light through the southwest Window Walls coming from the central open kitchen and from the various coves off the Great Room.

The Main House offers 4 comfortable bedrooms and two full baths, plus a powder room off the library. The master suite features both a tiled standing shower and an oversized jetted soaking tub, all wrapped in redwood.  A Spa Bath on the mezzanine floor features a family-sized sauna, double shower, and steam bath.

The large, open public spaces in the Great Room are perfectly balanced by the more intimate private spaces above, in the office and bedrooms on the mezzanine level, and in the Master Suite on the upper floor.   The Master Suite is comprised of three adjoining rooms en suite -- the master bath, a dressing room, and the master bedroom with spectacular views year-round of our "fourteener," Wilson Peak, at 14,017 ft.   Wilson Peak was known by Native Americans as "Shandoka," or "storm gatherer."   One glance at mighty Shandoka and you know what the weather will be like.

The Main House comprises over 2400 sq.ft., plus its decks and upper terrace, in addition to nearly a thousand square feet in the Guest House on the private enclave.

The Spa Bath

A spectacular Spa Bath with passive infloor heating is hidden in the heart of the house, on the mezzanine level, easily accessible from the floors above or below through the office/bedroom or the guest bedroom on the middle or mezzanine floor.  The architecturally exposed concrete walls infused with indigenous river rock create the tactile feeling of bathing in a cave or grotto, safe and protected from the outside world.

The Spa Bath walls are all crafted of solid heart redwood, like the Master Bath above.   Featured is a beautiful family-sized sauna, and a huge dual shower and steam bath with Euro glass walls and double doors, and his/her built-in benches, all custom crafted onsite of tumbled marble travertine in reds and rusts to match the redwood.   A large custom-designed soaking tub is part of the double shower/steamer, allowing bathers to enjoy a soak, a shower, and a steam -- all at once if you like -- and to luxuriate while unwinding in a secret world of tumbled marble and glass.  The fixtures are all top of the line HansGrohe® and Kohler® in brushed nickel, including an exclusive "Laminar" wall mount bath filler by Kohler which fills the custom marble tub, like a fountain, without protruding into the tub or shower.  

An elegant lighted remote switch for the steam bath from Mr. Steam® is mounted on the redwood surround walls of the jetted tub in the master bath above, so someone in the master suite can easily warm up the steam bath below with the touch of a button, from the vanity area, or from inside the jetted soaking tub

From the custom tumbled marble tub in the Spa Bath, a bather can look out at Wilson Peak through the two-story southwest Window Wall.   What a perfect spot for an apres-ski soak!

A beautiful family-sized sauna made of redwood is tucked away in the Spa Bath on the mezzanine floor, adjacent to the double shower/steamer.  It's a great place to relax, and unwind -- particularly after a challenging day of skiing, hiking, or biking.   

Special custom doors were created for both entrances to the Spa Bath out of the "rusty roof panels" so popular in Telluride today, with heavy gauge angle-iron frames.   A matching "mineshaft" skylight with walls of the same rusty roof panels and custom-built angle iron frames brings natural light in to the Spa Bath from directly above.  Finally, a custom-designed cruciform glass panel of triple-bevelled glass caps the skylight from above, visible from below when the occupant looks up through the skylight at the clear blue sky above. 

Strategically placed skylights such as the mineshaft skylight in the Spa Bath, and the series of large operable skylights in the large open Master Suite at the Guest House, flood interior spaces with natural light.   In the Spa Bath at the Main House, this is a perfect example of the benefits of passive solar design.  Throughout the day when the sun is overhead, there's no instinct to reach for the lightswitch as you enter the Spa Bath.   It's already fully illuminated by the skylight, and by the floor-to-ceiling corner windows in the V-shaped chalice in the architecturally exposed concrete walls, which were mixed with river rock and poured in place onsite.

The total effect is completely unique:  a secret world of luxury where you can relax and rejuvenate with the hydrotherapy of the double steamer/shower/soaking tub, or enjoy the deep relaxation only a sauna bath can offer.  Why not try both?  A sauna, followed by a steam shower, just like you might do at a country club or hotel spa, is just the ticket after a ski day, or after hiking or biking in the beautiful wilderness surrounding Telluride in every direction.

Woodburners

The Main House features two real woodburners, in addition to the woodstove in the Guest House.   In the main seating area in the Great Room, with its unobstructable views of mighty Wilson Peak, a fireplace is built into a huge rock hearth, with a Heatilator® below to warm your feet.   Frank Lloyd Wright favored a fireplace in a rock hearth in the houses he designed to evoke a primitive fire in a cave.  The fireplace is equipped with special dampers and glass doors to eliminate cold air infiltration in winter when not in use.

In the dining room, a large Schrader® woodstove reflects its warmth off the wainscot of custom-built "rusty roof panels" so popular in Telluride to recall the mining era.   Firewood is plentiful on the property, from the aspen forest surrounding the residences that renews itself every year.

Where trees are plentiful, passive solar design typically includes the use of real woodburners to recycle trees by burning them as firewood.  This is particularly appropriate at this very special private compound, where most of the firewood is harvested as "standing dead" or "deadfall" from the heavily forested lot and the surrounding greenspace forest.  

From a passive solar design standpoint, burning firewood recycles by converting these trees that grew as a result of photosynthesis from the sun, and now allows them to complete their life cycle by returning their stored energy to us as heat to warm out houses, while giving us the primal pleasure of a fire.   And, of course, every time the occupants heat the residences at the compound with these genuine woodburners, the need for supplemental energy is reduced or eliminated.   As most people know, space heating (as opposed to, say, water heating, or running electrical appliances, etc.) is typically the biggest energy drain and utility cost in a home.

Local authorities in the Telluride region no longer issue woodburner permits -- not in the Town of Telluride, nor in the Mountain Village, nor in the unincorporated county near Telluride.  As a result, real woodburners are highly prized by locals for a real old-fashioned "mountain experience."  Anyone building today in the Town of Telluride, or in the unincorporated county anywhere near Telluride, is not permitted to install a genuine woodburner.

Combined with other passive solar design elements, both residences at the compound can be heated in winter without supplemental heat from the forced air furnaces.  In a power outtage in winter, both residences can be heated with their woodstoves.   At minimum, the need for supplemental heating throughout the winter is significantly reduced with the use of the woodburners.   And, of course, burning firewood is traditionally part of the enjoyment of owning a mountain home.

The Mountain Village still permits "permit trading" of existing permits between homeowners with woodburners and new home builders.  Accordingly, builders in the Mountain Village pay up to $100,000 each for existing woodburning permits in this secondary market, as part of a permit trading or "permit swapping" program pioneered in the U.S. by the Town of Telluride back in the 1970s.   But the Town of Telluride no longer allows this within its borders.  Moreover, anyone selling an existing home with one or more woodburners in the Town of Telluride cannot transfer that right to you as a new owner, per Town of Telluride regulations, in order to retire most of the woodburning permits over time in the box canyon where the historic Town of Telluride is located.

But in the unincorporated county near Telluride, an area including the Telluride Ski Ranches, woodburning permits are still a transferable right.   So the current owner and any successor in interest of the private compound at 100 Fox Farm Road and their guests or invitees will continue to enjoy all the pleasures of having a fire in the fireplace in the living room, or in the woodstove in the dining room.   And everyone staying at the Guest House, the renowned See Forever Cottage on Sunset Circle, can also sit back and enjoy their own fire in the woodstove in the main seating area, as they look out over 14,017 ft. Wilson Peak.

The Master Suite

In referring to his own home in Architectural Digest, screen actor and director Robert Redford described his preference for balancing the large open spaces of a Great Room below with more intimate bedroom and study spaces above.  Local architect Doug Reinhardt achieved this perfectly in his design for the Main House.

The Master Suite occupies the whole top floor, above the open mezzanine level, two stories above the main floor in the Great Room.   It's comprised of three adjoining rooms:  the bedroom, the dressing room, and the master bath.

The dressing room doubles as a private bedroom as needed.  Over the years, this is where a new baby slept, close to its parents or grandparents.   The dressing room also makes a perfect spot to read or watch TV before retiring at night, or upon rising in the morning.  It features beautiful views of the aspen forest surrounding the home, and clerestory windows that bathe the room in moonlight at night.

The master bath features a tiled standing shower with dual shower heads, and an oversized jetted soaking tub with a handheld shower.  This is the perfect place to relax an unwind, looking out at the upper terrace, the Guest House on the hillside above, and the beautiful grounds around the house.  A carefully designed series of upper windows tracks the moon at night as it rises in the master bath, and then these upper windows follow the moon in its peaceful arc through the sky in the master bedroom.  

Mornings are beautiful in the master bath, where the sun rising in the eastern sky near the Guest House on the hillside above fills the master bathroom in the Main House with natural morning light.   A custom designed light table adjoining the vanity brings natural light into the Spa Bath below like a skylight throughout the day.  A special blue remote control switch on the redwood tub surround lights up when you press it to signify that you've started the steam shower in the Spa Bath below.

The oversized jetted tub features its own inline (tankless) gas heating system, so you can have as much hot water as you like, whenever you like, without tapping into the main hot water system servicing the showers, dishwasher, etc. throughout the Main House.

The walls throughout the master suite are solid heart redwood, with plenty of closet space, built-in shelving, and full length mirrors in the bedroom and dressing room.

The floors in the master bath are tumbled marble travertine in reds and rusts, to match the Spa Bath below.

The master bedroom features custom redwood built-ins designed to accommodate the satellite surround sound DVD/DVR system, along with books and objets d'art.   A picture window looks out unobstructably at mighty Wilson Peak, yearround, high above the treeline.    This close connection makes Wilson Peak the first thing one sees upon rising.   During the ski season, one fills with anticipation seeing all the snow on "the Wilsons."   Hand-carved redwood doors on the his and hers closets in the master bedroom feature custom-designed images of the Wilsons on the right, and of Sunshine mountain just to the south of Wilson Peak, on the left.

14,017 Wilson Peak was named "Shendoka" or "storm gatherer" by the Native Americans who first settled here. True to its name, the Main House occupants can easily tell from anywhere in the house what the weather is going to be like by simply looking out at the weather on Wilson Peak.   A winter storm gathering there means: "we're next!"   Clear skies over the Wilsons means its time for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, etc.

A Flexible Floorplan of Movable Walls

Another Wrightian design element of the Main House was employing sliding screen walls on the upper floors, above the Great Room.  These "movable walls" serve perfectly as sunscreens and privacy screens on the 2nd and 3rd floors, in the private spaces of the loft-style house, to balance the unusual openness of living in a glass house.   The unusually open floorplan allows collected solar heat to circulate freely through all three floors, via natural convection.  The open floorplan also creates a sense of freedom, openness, and connectedness throughout the home not experienced in more conventional houses -- something modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright referred to as "interior spaciousness."

Wright had been inspired by the sliding screen walls he found in Japanese folk houses while building the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.  In adapting the concept for America, Wright replaced the rice paper screens with glass and metal, or sailcloth and wood, to create entire walls designed to move kinetically within a home; thus, "a flexible floorplan of movable walls."  

"In this new house, the wall was beginning to go as an impediment to outside light and air and beauty... My sense of 'wall' was no longer the side of a box.  It was enclosure of space affording protection against storm or heat only when needed.   But it was also to bring the outside world into the house and let the inside of the house go outside.  In this sense I was working away at the wall as a wall and bringing it toward the function of a screen, a means of opening up space which, as control of building materials improved, would finally permit the free use of the whole space without affecting the soundness of the structure...  The house became more free as space and more livable too.  Interior spaciousness had begun to dawn."  Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House, Times Mirror/New American Library, 1954.

When an entire wall of a bedroom slides away here at the Main House -- with commanding views connecting the occupants to iconic Wilson Peak at 14,017 ft. -- the room itself changes, the whole mood changes, all at the whim of the occupants.  

Thus a flexible floorplan is achieved on the second and third floors of the Main House, i.e., the mezzanine floor and the upper master suite floor, easily changeable with the time of day, changing weather, the seasons, or when guests arrive.  

Moonlight Through the Walls

At night, the unusual translucence of the canvas screens in the bedrooms allows moonlight to gently pour into the house -- not just through the windows, but through the walls themselves.   This isn't obvious when viewing the Main House during the day.   But the effect at night is nothing short of remarkable.  And the effect is even more pronounced in winter months, when the grounds surrounding the house are covered in snow, reflecting the moonlight from the ground up.   The result is quite unlike living in any other house.

The Floating Staircase

A hallmark of mid-century modernism, the floating staircase in the Great Room connecting the main floor to the mezzanine, and then the mezzanine to the upper floor Master Suite, is nothing short of an engineering marvel.   Every builder or architect who ever visited this "Mountain Modern" home has remarked about this stunning centerpiece to the design of the loft-style Main House.

The floating staircase begins with a brise soleil, literally, a "sun break" that protects the cook in the kitchen from the late afternoon sun.   The term was coined by Swiss architect Le Corbusier, a pioneer of passive solar design, when he discovered that a passive solar dwelling would benefit greatly from masonry interior walls, behind which temperatures would be considerably lower, naturally.  Here at the Main House, the architecturally exposed concrete base of the staircase forms the rock-solid foundation for the floating staircase above, between the second and third floors.   The base of the staircase serves double duty by providing a good deal of additional counter space and lower cabinet storage for the kitchen.  Another "brise soleil" separates the main seating area in the Great Room from the library.

The Primitive Geometry of Circles, Angles and Lines

Frank Lloyd Wright described what he said "got into" all modern architecture;  i.e., "a primitive geometry of circles, angles and lines."

Local architect Doug Reinhardt was informed by this theme in designing the Main House over thirty years ago.   He needed a way to create high thermal mass with interior walls of architecturally exposed concrete, infused onsite with indigenous river rock -- but without overwhelming the occupants.    

His solution was a brilliant one, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright himself.   He would triangulate the walls and flying buttresses so virtually none of the interior walls were actually squares or rectangles, but rather were typically revealed as large triangles, a theme he would continue with many of the upper windows in the house as well, both interiorly and exteriorly.  

Throughout, he would create see-throughs, pass-throughs, and walk-throughs -- allowing the occupants to pass easily through the massive concrete walls in the fortress-like building, all based on a simple circular form.

Frank Lloyd Wright, himself a pioneer of passive solar design, and inventor of what came to be known as the "Great Room" in a modern floorplan, favored concrete walls, for many reasons beyond their high thermal mass, which could absorb the sun's energy during the day, thus cooling a house like a "heat sink," and then giving the energy back at night as heat.   They were also favored by Wright as being fire-proof, and pest-proof, and stronger than almost any other material. 

In the library off the Great Room, for example, a perfect circle offers a see-through to Wilson Peak, and the sky, and the beautiful grounds outside the house.

In the kitchen, the brise-soleil or "sun break" forming the base of the floating staircase has a large pass-through, formed of a circle, stretched horizontally around the corner.

And in the sumptuous Spa Bath on the mezzanine floor, perfect circles are stretched vertically to create matching walk-throughs for both entrances.  

The Spa Bath also features two very large triangles - back to back - cut through the corner, forming the basis of a striking V-shaped floor-to-ceiling corner chalice that frames two large window panels, creating a lantern-like effect from below at night with the lights from the Spa Bath.

While the original window panels in the Spa Bath were stained glass, they could, as a practical matter, be fashioned of any glass favored by the owners over time.  The design imperative was in the V-shaped chalice frame formed by the architecturally exposed concrete walls, poured on site, and mixed with indigenous river rock for texture, color, and strength.

A "Solar System" Home

Armed with a federal grant to design a passive solar model home, local architect Doug Reinhardt encompassed everything known about passive solar design into what many have described over the years as nothing less than a work of art.  

In his original design for the Main House, the architect paid homage to Frank Lloyd Wright, a pioneer of passive solar design, in a series of fundamental decisions concerning the overall design of the house.  This included building the home around a central "Great Room," a term coined by Wright, with "coves" radiating outward from the central space to form cozier spaces for the living room, library, kitchen, and dining room.  

In winter months, warm air heated by the sun rises to heat the bedrooms on the upper floors, rather than being wasted in vaulted ceilings going nowhere, as found in so many homes today.   In the Main House, warm air is created not only by the sun through the solar collector windows, but by two real woodburners -- the beautiful rock fireplace in the living room with a hidden Heatilator built into the rocks, and by a large Schrader woodstove in the dining room, which can easily warm the whole house on its own.   As a backup for cold winter nights, a high capacity forced air furnace was installed in the utility room when the house was first built, to avoid dependence entirely on the home's solar systems and woodburners.

Reusing Heat Three-Dimensionally

The main woodstove in the dining room not only heats most of the first floor, but the architect cleverly reused the heat heading up the chimney rather than wasting it by building a stainless steel triple-wall chimney exteriorly, for safety on the roof, while strategically utilizing a single-wall chimney system on the first and second floors within the home to distribute and re-distribute heat throughout the building.   

On the second or mezzanine floor, the chimney "daylights" after passing through the floor from the first level, and emerges from a beautiful built-in red oak table connected to built-in red oak seating near the owner's closet, adjacent to the bedrooms on the mezzanine.   This unusual built-in table is finished in the same striking tumbled marble travertine in 2" mosaics, in reds and rusts, matching the nearby Spa Bath on the mezzanine floor just a few steps away.

So as the chimney passes from the second to the third floor, before exiting the building through the roof, it first heats the mezzanine, with no additional energy required.   This unique sort of "three dimensional" thinking on the part of the architect fully uses, and often reuses, any heat being generated in the home.   Check it out.   And feel free to ask us for more information about the ways in which the home benefits from the architect's three-dimensional, multi-level, passive solar design elements for this totally one-of-a-kind home.

Natural Cooling

In summer months, the copper-clad awning windows located throughout the Window Walls in the Great Room work in conjunction with the high thermal mass of the architecturally exposed concrete walls, the rock hearth, etc., and with the brise-soleils or "sun breaks" in the Great Room.   The awning windows take advantage of convective air currents and allow plenty of natural ventilation as warm air rises to the top of the building, where large "wing windows" in the Master Suite on the upper floor allow the air to escape outside.   Tall ceilings, as in the Great Room at the Main House, produce a "stack effect" by inducing air movement as warm air is drawn out through the high windows.

Working in conjunction with the oversized wing windows, the clerestory windows in the dressing room/bedroom in the master suite not only bring desirable natural light into the apex of the house, but include an operable window that can remain open all summer, night and day, allowing any remaining warm air to escape.  Thus throughout the summer months, the airflow through the awning windows on the first floor travels upward and then out the operable windows on the third floor, utilizing what's known as the "Venturi" effect.  

With no air conditioning required, and no active mechanical systems required for heating or cooling, the entire house is blissfully quiet, and naturally maintained at a very comfortable temperature yearround, with the desired temperature adjustable by the occupants by simply opening or closing windows, shades, etc. as needed.  During warmer summer months, a table fan can be used here and there, and that's all that's needed.   Both luxury residences are remarkably sunny and warm in winter, and stay remarkably cool in summer.

Read more about passive solar design implementation in the residences at the compound right here on this website, on the Passive Solar Design page.

Additional Amenities

The Entry Doors

The beautiful double doors at the main entry to the Main House were custom-designed and built for the Main House.  These are insulating double-glazed glass doors, framed in knotty alder.  These glass entry doors are part of the solar collector system of the two-story Window Walls in the Great Room, and the knotty alder offers a contrast to the rough sawn cedar siding framing the Window Walls on the south, southwest, and western sides of the house, and the solid heart redwood wraparound deck.   The custom hardware and hinges on the entry doors are oil-rubbed bronze.

Copper Windows

Both the Main House and the Guest House feature custom-designed copper-clad windows made in Canada. These copper-clad awning windows in the Main House allow airflow to create a "Venturi" effect in summer months as cool air is drawn into the house from outside, mixes with warmer air inside, and then rises, like in a chimney, using natural convection to flow upward and exit the house through the 3rd story windows in the bedroom, dressing room, and bath in the Master Suite.  When open, awning windows shed water, allowing them to remain open in summer months, even during a rainstorm.

Uniquely Open Kitchen/Formal Dining Room

The unusually open kitchen is strategically located in the center of the Great Room, and is perfect for anything from preparing intimate meals to cooking for large groups of family or friends.   The open kitchen floorplan was cleverly designed to create a uniquely circular flow, perfect for entertaining.   And there's plenty of counter space, and plenty of storage in the solid red oak upper and lower built-ins, in the kitchen and in the two adjoining pantries.   

A large hexagonal built-in tiled "breakfast bar" table offers plenty of room for casual dining in the kitchen, and the formal dining room with a massive dining room set that seats eight comfortably is just off the kitchen, in its own cozy cove, and features a genuine Schrader woodstove that makes an evening meal a special event.  

Throughout, the Great Room offers spectacular views of Wilson Peak, and the beautiful grounds and forest surrounding the house.   Sunsets are particularly compelling in the kitchen or dining room with the perfect southwest exposure framed by the Window Walls.

Pantries

The Main House features two pantries:  a butler's pantry, and a temperature controlled food pantry.  The butler's pantry is set up for mixing drinks, with plenty of upper and lower cabinet storage for glassware, blenders, etc.   All the built-in cabinets in the kitchen, library and pantries are custom crafted from solid "old growth" red oak.

The food pantry is reached through the butler's pantry, and is naturally temperature controlled.  Due to the benefits of the home's passive solar design, the exterior temperature on the outside wall of the food pantry is a steady 45 degrees year-round.   Inside, the food pantry is always pleasantly cool, even in summer -- a perfect place for storage of wines, chocolates, nuts, etc. , or just about anything that should be stored cool and dry, but doesn't require refrigeration.

Home Theatre

Hi Def Flatscreen/Blu-Ray/Satellite TV/Video Streaming/Music System

Both residences feature independent Dish TV satellite systems, surround sound, and CD/DVD players, including dozens of commercial-free music stations from Dish, plus a state of the art Sony Blu-Ray system in the Main House.   The Main House includes a dual DVR system (digital video recorders) featuring the latest technology for "time shifting" regularly scheduled programming.   In the Main House, you can set the system to digitally record anything you like, and play it back whenever you like, in either the Media Room on the main floor, or in the master suite above.   You can also begin watching a film or other program in the library on the main floor, and continue later in the master suite.

In the Main House, the main floor Library/Media Room features a Bose surround sound system installed in a solid "old growth" red oak built-in cabinet system, designed by the architect to hide most of the wiring required for the audio/video components, while providing plenty of storage for books, CDs, DVDs, etc.  

The lower cabinets also provide a perfect place to hide the large Bose subwoofer.  This multi-media system features a large Sony Hi Def Flatscreen TV, Sony Blu-Ray player (plays CDs and DVDs too), the dual DVR satellite receiver, etc.   These devices easily communicate with each other, and turn each other on/off as needed, automatically. Featured also in this high definition home theatre system is state of the art wireless WiFi video streaming, so you can easily download a film from NetFlix, amazon, Apple, etc., directly to the Blu-Ray player and play it back in high definition on the Sony flatscreen and Bose surround sound system.

The upper master suite features its own Sony 5-channel surround sound home theater system with hidden subwoofer.  There is an additional Sony surround sound home theater system with subwoofer in the Guest House, for CDs, DVDs, and a separate Dish TV satellite system.

Home Office

The Main House features a terrific home office setup with red oak built-ins in one of the two bedrooms on the mezzanine floor serviced by the Spa Bath.   The home office at the Main House features commanding views of 14,017 ft. Wilson Peak, and the beautiful grounds in front of the house, and the surrounding aspen forest.

The home office features a high-speed DSL phone line, currently used not only for internet service and WiFi throughout the house, but for a dedicated fax machine as well.  There are two separate phone lines feeding the Main House, plus a separate phone line at the Guest House with its own WiFi system, all billed together in a discounted package from Qwest, formerly U.S. West.

The central WiFi systems in both residences allow the use of laptops or handheld devices throughout the two homes, and anywhere outside in the compound.   One can easily catch up on emails or "surf the 'net" on the wraparound redwood deck at the Main House, or on the flagstone upper terrace, where there's a full-sized custom outdoor dining table with six chairs and cushions.

Laundry

The laundry room features a new set of state of the art LG front-loaders in candy apple red.  The washer uses far less water than conventional clothes washers.   And the special matching dryer is one of LG's European-style non-venting, steam-based dryers.   Your clothes are gently steamed dry, and the steam is then converted to water, which flows through a simple rubber tube and down the drain for the washer.

There is no venting of moist air to the outside at all.  Simple, efficient, high capacity, low energy.

Owner's Closet

A large walk-in Owner's Closet is located near the upper entry on the mezzanine floor, with one side for full length coats and clothes, and the other, a double pole system.   A separately keyed lock allows the spacious Owner's Closet to be utilized by an absentee owner if the house is rented out.

Utility Room

The utility room is conveniently tucked away behind the laundry room.   The laundry room itself features portable closet systems for hanging clothes going to and from the  LG front-loading washer and dryer.   The utility room houses the main water heater, and the supplemental heat system featuring a high capacity forced air furnace with a whole house humidifier. The steam unit for the Spa Bath above is readily accessible for service.

Hand-Carved Custom Doors from Michoacan, Mexico

The beautiful hand-carved door to the Owner's Closet on the mezzanine floor matches custom double doors for the hidden closet in the home office/bedroom also on the mezzanine, and the custom door to the powder room, laundry room, and utility room off the library on the main floor in the Great Room.  

At the Guest House, the same unique hand-carved doors are used at the entry, and for the full bath, and on the attached garage for the passage door, and for the matching double doors to the upper attic storage.  

These ultra high-end custom doors feature specially designed and custom-made iron "strap hinges" in the shape of arrowheads, specified by the current owner of the property.   These totally unique doors were specifically made for the residences at this private compound in Michoacan, Mexico, and they never fail to be noticed by visitors.

Like the architecturally exposed concrete walls mixed with indigenous river rock found throughout the Main House, the Michoacan doors are very tactile.   You can't help but to reach out and touch them, and run your hand over them, to get their feel.

"Family-Friendly" Private Compound

Both the Main House and the Guest House offer a "family-friendly" outdoor environment on the grounds surrounding both houses in this private enclave.   In addition, there is no through subdivision traffic on either the private drive leading to the Main House, or on the quiet cul-de-sac on Sunset Circle at the Guest House, our See Forever Cottage.   Parents and grandparents can relax and enjoy themselves, knowing that young children are safe and secure throughout the compound.

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