This Colorado residence is located on three quarters of a section just north of Simla, Colorado. Arid hills, dotted with pine and cut by arroyo, rise above prime pasture land. The long driveway begins at a cattle grate and winds for more than three quarters of a mile crossing washes and prairie until it rises steeply, circumnavigating the first hill onto a second. The house looks as if it has been here for generations. Facing southeast, its stone base and piers give way to weathered cedar plank siding. Protecting it all is a rusted corrugated steel roof that flashes red-brown in the sun, its deep, protective overhangs carried by heavy timber trusses and knee braces.
The outsized front door sits just beyond a stand of aspens in the shadow of a broad front porch. Inside, weathered beam and plank ceilings rise to ten feet. Directly opposite the door a long art wall separates the entry from the great room. Warmed by the large stone fireplace at one end and the 48” kitchen range at the other, this is the family’s gathering place. At its center, there is seating for eight around a live edge table. At each end is a patio. A wall of glass offers 180 degree views through the pines and of the cattle on the pasture below. In the distance is Pike’s Peak. Hickory shaker cabinets with zinc countertops and paneled doors in knotty Alder are burnished to perfection and set off by white walls and a large format concrete tile floor.
The master bedroom, clad in horizontal weathered wood planks and rusted plate steel, looks east to the morning sun, The king bed is surrounded by three walls of windows and a breakfast patio facing southeast. At its back is a walk-in closet and master bath with a 6 foot soaking tub, large shower and private toilet room.
Opposite the master suite, raw steel stringers supporting thick plank treads switch back under a 30 inch blackened steel sphere chandelier to the lower level. There, two junior suites and a bunk room for grandkids open out to a patio carved into the hillside with the same views as the main level.