The Steamboat Look, Reimagined

The Steamboat Look, Reimagined

How does Vertical Arts “bridge the gap between old and new in creative ways that take full advantage of the views and culture of Steamboat?” That’s a question best answered by an article in Vail Daily titled “The Steamboat Look, Reimagined,” in which one of Vertical Arts’ modern homes was prominently featured.

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According to a quote by Vertical Arts’ own Brent Vanderbosch, the biggest underlying principle we take into account when designing a home “is the environment … it’s about taking advantage of this beautiful place we all live in.”

For this particular project, Vertical Arts not only incorporated elements of sustainability into the design, we did so with contemporary flavor, a trend we are seeing many homeowners in Steamboat take advantage of, whether it’s bamboo floors, tile, glass or metal and wire.

These homeowners, though, were thinking big. They wanted an “opening up of glass while having a tie to context and regionalism. They used the history and story of place with contemporary ideas.”

Can a home be unique, sustainable and mod at the same time? Yes, Indeed. Here’s how this project accomplished all three:

* Using reclaimed barn wood on the exterior, as well as on the floors of the house

* “Steel was chosen not only for its ability to weather into the setting, but also because southern exposures under the harsh mountain sun can wreak havoc on wood.”

* “By using Cor-ten steel, designed to decay over time, browns and reds will enhance the metal, allowing the house to further blend in with the surroundings.”

* “Two commercial-style glass garage doors lead out from the great room. Opened or closed, they bring in views of the habitat around them. In social situations, this allows a nice, organic flow from outside to inside.”


Want to know more? Check out the fantastically written article by Dagny McKinley in Vail Daily. Want to see more of this house? Check out our image gallery.

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