Snowmass Home Brings Edge to the Mountains

Snowmass Home Brings Edge to the Mountains


People tend to go either very modern or very rustic,” interior designer Yvonne Jacobs says of a ski-in-and-ski-out vacation house she designed for a family in Snowmass. “This was a study in how going in-between could work.” Her clients, a Chicago-area couple with four children, for whom she had designed several previous homes, including a 10,000-square-foot ski house in Beaver Creek, were looking to revise some of their previous ideals. “Everything we’d done before was very traditional, with lots of logs and red plaid,” the wife explains. “We wanted this to be more contemporary and really different.”

Even so, the house still needed to function as a calm and comfortable gathering place for the family, as well as the many guests who were often invited to stay, while offering plenty of private spaces. Architect John R. Cottle was up to the task. “The owners liked our concept of creating compounds,” explains Cottle, who, working with project architect John Schenck, split the structure into two parts connected by a glassy entrance and then broke down the scale of each portion with multiple roof forms. “We pushed for this to be a bit more singular but still have separate elements. Instead of being a big architectural statement, it’s straightforward and sophisticated.” 

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