words and photos by Scot Zimmerman
I concluded last week that there is always a place for classic design, and so this week, I get to repeat myself. The featured home is in the Park Meadows neighborhood in Park City. Both the architectural design and the interiors are by Park City’s Elliott Work Group (Tricia Janes, designer), and Brian Brassey completed the construction.
The material palette of wood, timber, and stone definitely connects the home to the mountain environment. Timber frame supports the high ceiling of the entry and living area, and in contrast to other rustic lodge homes with timber frame construction, the near Gothic uplifted angle and the generous windows over the entry make the space light and airy. Richly colored area rugs ground the height and support the orange, red, and green colors in the furnishings while tall cabinets balance the scale of the height of the room.
One of these cabinets opens to the Christmas tree room. Having just dedicated most of a day to placing a tree in a stand, retrieving the ornaments, and decorating it, this seems to me as a brilliant idea.
To deck the halls, one merely opens the doors and turns on the lights. Voila! Then, after the holiday, turn off the lights, say so long to the immaculately decorated artificial tree, and close the door. It silently waits in its dust-free enclosure for the next holiday.
The home’s design adjusts an open floor plan to allow for all the benefits of the connected space in terms of flow and light, while giving a strong identity to each of the areas. The kitchen has a lower ceiling than the adjacent living area with beams for a congruent timeless look. The same stone from the living room repeats in the range surround and hood. The granite makes an especially strong statement with its rich colors and the movement in the pattern to energize the space. A low counter separates the kitchen from the dining area and allows for passing through platters.
The dining room as viewed from the entry shows yet another beautiful ceiling treatment, this one barrel-vaulted with shiplap. Again, another area rug reiterates the warm colors. The dining room furnishings, as the furnishings in the living room, have been selected for comfort.
The hallway to the master has windows on one side for natural light, and a gallery for pieces of the owners’ art collection on the opposite side. The home is filled with distinctive pieces from their travels, and I found that the collected pen and ink architectural drawings displayed especially well as a collection.
This guest room, as well as the full guest suite above the garage with its own balcony raised a question in my mind: Why would anyone ever want to leave? Perhaps the homeowner’s don’t have pesky relatives like me.
I made these photos during the day with the exception of the exterior shot, which benefited from an evening shot to highlight the architectural detailing. The richness of the interior’s wood and colors stood up to the daylight and looked vibrant. Daytime shots also demonstrated the abundant natural light resulting from the home’s design.
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