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Let It Snow

This Crested Butte house blends a mining-era look with smart design to create the perfect high-country, low-temp retreat.


While the rest of the country bemoans the coming of winter, Coloradans can’t wait for the white stuff; ski towns, especially, base everything around it. Take this 2,500-square-foot vacation retreat set against a backdrop of open space in Crested Butte. It’s an “upside-down house,” meaning the living room and kitchen are on the second floor. The bedrooms are on the first level, where snow drifts just might creep up over the windows—a perfect scenario for sleeping in, but not so much for making breakfast. “It’s nice to have the living area up on the second level so it gets better sun,” says Bill Coburn, president of the eponymous integrated architecture and construction firm that designed and built the home. The exterior fuses rustic materials that play on the area’s mining heritage—board and batten siding, chinked boards, and metal roofing—with a clean, light aesthetic to create a cozy gathering spot. Bring on the snow days.

Winter in Colorado


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