Whole House over $500,000

Charles Cunniffe Architects, Aspen, Colo.
Project location: Aspen, Colo.
Sq. ft. before: 5,075
Sq. ft. after: 5,075
Project cost: $2,500,000

The Fullerton Residence in Aspen, Colo. is set on the banks of a scenic river in downtown Aspen. The original structure was built in the late 1980s and greatly reflected the architectural style of that time. When the family purchased the home as their primary residence, they set out to achieve a modern yet organic design style to update their home and to push the design standards in the neighborhood.

To maintain the contemporary, organic feel from the interior spaces to the exterior, the architect designed the outside façade to reflect a thoughtful architectural design. The redesigned exterior of the house was clad in clear vertical tight grain cedar siding and embellished with steel and patina accents. The nonsensical exterior forms were removed and the home’s entryway drastically updated.

Zen-like applications of concrete and wood enabled the architect to design a very contemporary space, yet maintain the warmth for this family’s primary residence. In the initial design phase the clients feared that utilizing a great deal of concrete would create a cold and stark, museum-like feel. To juxtapose the formed concrete, a combination of vertical grain figured anigre, horizontal zebra and melamine wood cabinetry, ceiling, floors and walls were designed to warm the space. The lighter tone of the wood greatly lent to this desired warmth.

Every square inch of the residence was structurally and/or cosmetically redesigned. The closed-off kitchen was expanded to create an open flow into the public spaces. The master suite and bathroom were also integrated and redefined to add an open feel to the space. The home was literally reduced to its shell and reconfigured to take advantage of the most natural light possible and maximize the view potential.

Products specified:

Bath fixtures: Kallista, Toto
Hardware: Ultra Hardware
Kitchen appliances: Sub-Zero, Thermador, Gheng
Windows: Point Five.

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