On a pristine winter day in 2020, architect Scott Munn and his Boulder-based clients Allison and Finn Faldi walked the barren Winter Park lot that would soon become the site of a vacation home for the couple and their son. It didn’t take long for the trio to decide on the future dwelling’s focal point. “We walked through a meadow right up to the [Fraser] river,” Munn recalls, “and Finn was adamant about connecting whatever we built to that view.” The .18-acre lot was the first to be developed in the Roam subdivision—a new enclave situated close to town and the ski resort and bordered by the Arapaho National Forest—but despite the neighborhood context, Munn was tasked with designing a structure that feels like a remote mountain getaway.

It soon became apparent that the Faldis had a choice to make: opt for a traditional layout with gathering spaces on the first floor and bedrooms above or flip the script and fill the upper level—which offers views of James Peak and the river-cut meadow—with the main living spaces. Fueled by their desire for a home that would welcome family and friends, the Faldis chose the latter. “We wanted the most from our entertaining spaces,” Allison says. “We just wanted that feeling that we are sharing this place’s beauty with the people we’re hosting.”

With that in mind, Munn designed (and Bishop Built crafted) a four-bedroom home with an airy entry, two bunkrooms, a family recreation room, and a garage at ground level, and the rest of the rooms—including the primary bedroom suite—on the upper floor. An expansive deck connected to the great room provides a place to while away warm afternoons.

Walls of windows capture the lot’s impressive views, and interior designer Jennifer Rhode embraced the opportunity to balance those mountain vistas with the modern style Allison and Finn envisioned. “We zeroed in on the flooring right away,” the designer says. “It’s a white oak with some gray tones, and it guided a lot of our palette.” White walls and neutral furnishings leave room for colorful artwork, rugs, pillows, and linens. “We commissioned pieces by Boulder artists, one for each side of the fireplace, so you have these great visual moments, both outdoors and in the home,” Rhode adds. Although the interiors are decidedly modern, the designer wove in a few Western-inspired details to honor the mountain locale. An antler chandelier, inherited from Finn’s mom, hangs in the great room, and Pendleton foot blankets in vibrant patterns adorn the beds.

The light-filled open kitchen, designed by Chris Awadalla of Sanctuary Kitchen & Bath Design, holds one of the home’s most striking features: an enormous island topped with waterfall Caesarstone countertops. “It became the inspiration for the whole kitchen,” Allison notes. The crisp-white expanse, which seats seven people, pairs perfectly with the room’s matte-white and oak cabinets. During big gatherings, the kids often post up at the island while the adults gather in the nearby dining room, so there’s plenty of space for everyone.

And that’s what the Faldis love best about their mountain home. “I grew up on the East Coast, [where] people only use vacation homes between Labor Day and Memorial Day,” Finn says. “We visit this home all the time, and every inch of it gets used. There are people playing pool or pingpong [in the recreation room] and friends napping on the couches [in the great room]. In the summer, I go outside in the morning with my coffee to listen to the river. And we’re not on our phones because [the views are] so much more engaging than anything we can see on a screen.”

Design Pros

Architecture: MA Studios
Interior Design: Jennifer Rhode Design
Kitchen Design: Sanctuary Kitchen & Bath Design
Construction: Bishop Built

This article was originally published in 5280 Home June/July 2023.
Hilary Masell Oswald
Hilary Masell Oswald
As the former editor for two of 5280’s ancillary publications, Hilary Masell Oswald split her time between the vibrant design-and-architecture scene in the metro area for 5280 Home and the always-changing field of health for the annual 5280 Health.