Homeowners Envision Future Family Retreat in Colorado

Homeowners Envision Future Family Retreat in Colorado


An Austin couple had been splitting their time between their Texas home and a condo in Aspen, when they decided to get a bit more settled into their Colorado life. “The beauty, the skiing and the summers of hiking and biking with our kids and future grandkids drew us to the Aspen area,” says the wife. So they found a plot of land near the Aspen Highlands ski area and hired architect David Johnston, husband-and-wife design team Barbara and Richard Mullen, and builder Ken Janckila to create the perfect family retreat.

The couple wanted the architecture—both inside and out—to have a timeless feel. “They wanted the look of a mountain house and for it to have a sense of place,” says Johnston, who came up with a linear structure to work within the narrow site. “The house fits into the hillside very naturally, and decks allow for each room to experience not only mountain views, but the site itself.”

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