Modern Design With A Mountain Vibe Makes For A Stunning Loch Lloyd Home
This newly constructed Loch Lloyd beauty was named HBA's "Pick of the Parade" Spring of 2018
Photography: Nate Sheets
A little spark can flame into something big. For one couple, a lodge fireplace in Colorado became the inspiration for a gorgeous home in Loch Lloyd. A home so stunning, it was named the Pick of the Parade in the recent Parade of Homes produced by the Home Builders Association.
The owners knew the center of the 4,700-square-foot home had to be a fireplace. A big one. The open fireplace on the main floor features a six-ton piece of slate from Texas. The stone’s rich, earthy tones are offset by a sleek hood that the homeowner says, “anchors the home while giving it a mountain-modern feel.”
Builder Bryan Cecil of Cecil & Ray notes, “The weight of the fireplaces required extra steel during construction. In fact, we brought in a crane during the framing stage to put the slabs in place.”
The “mountain-modern” theme is evident on the walls as well. Ribbons of the fireplace hood material (hot-rolled steel bands) wind through distressed and faux-finished pine. When coupled with floor-to-ceiling windows, the overall effect is both rustic and chic.
Open kitchen concept
In the large, open kitchen, the “fauxed” pine and steel bands on the walls are paired with white marble countertops and backsplashes for a clean, sleek look. Kenny’s Tile sourced the luxurious marble through an exclusive relationship with a Brazilian quarry. High-end appliances, a walk-in pantry and an adjoining wet-bar make the kitchen the perfect marriage of modern design meets mountain panache.
Lower level wet bar
A floating staircase descends from the upper floor to a lower level complete with a media and entertainment room and another spectacular fireplace. and a wet bar complete with a panel of inset TVs like those found in a sports bar. With its walls of windows revealing a travertine-paver-covered patio with a wooded vista, the downstairs wet bar was designed to take advantage of the view and bring the outdoors in. “But,” notes the homeowner, “we needed a wow moment.” The wow comes from mirrored tile on the walls and ceiling that makes the room feel like the “coolest, hippest place.”
Continuing the “modern” part of the mountain-modern theme, the home is 100 percent smart. The house takes voice commands. “Light the fireplace. Set the temperature in the living room at 72. Heat the patio pavers. Play my favorite tunes.” With 156 speakers and Amazon’s Alexa woven into the fiber of the home, it’s easy to control anything from the LED lights beneath the lip of the fireplace slabs to the locks on the front door. “The features and functions on this house are something special,” says the homeowner. And, if the owners don’t feel like talking, the house can also be controlled by cellphone or an iPad.
The home’s color scheme throughout is subtly elegant. From the soft greyish beige of the walls to the creamy expanse of marble in the kitchen, the overall effect is sumptuous and soothing. Taking that look to the next level is the master suite on the main level. With its vaulted ceiling, inviting window seat and faux-finished pine walls the master gives off the vibe of living the luxe mountain life. The bathroom, though, is all luxe. Calacatta gold marble purchased in Italy covers the bathroom walls in a herringbone pattern. The effect is unique and chic.
“High-end finishes are what we do,” says Cecil. “The lighting in this home — the ambiance — everything from the LED lights to the gas fixtures on the patio, it’s something special. The owner’s vision for this home and the way it turned out, it’s spectacular.”
What started with a fireplace in Colorado ended with a show-stopping home that makes a lasting visual impression.