Utah Style and Design

Photo Friday: Revving the Redo

February 17, 2017

Park City’s Deer Crest area is known for its views to the Jordanelle and beyond to the Uinta range.

Remodel balances a contemporary update with the original rustic character.

Today, updating means introducing cleaner lines and contemporary elements. A full remodel of a Deer Crest home by Park City’s Dressed Design illustrates this point. Beth Ann Shepherd and her team at Dressed Design accentuated the views and enhanced the outdoor living while balancing the original rustic design with salvaged wood against contemporary elements.

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The banquette and kitchenette in the downstairs family room demonstrate how Dressed Design combines rustic and contemporary. The white walls, mirror, metal windows and doors, pedestal table, and chandelier resonate contemporary, and the bright accent pillows echo this, but the vintage-designed stools, reclaimed lumber, dark distressed-wood cabinets and pendant lights contrast. Many of Park City’s earlier luxury homes celebrated Park City’s Old West mining history with rustic elements, and updates like this one blend in the past design.

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The hallway similarly features thin metal railings next to a pillar sheathed with reclaimed wood. The mirror surround has the appearance of ore.

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The living space is an open plan. From the living area, the view is to the kitchen and the indoor and outdoor connected dining areas. Beyond, the plan steps down to a family sitting area.

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The broad upper deck expands the living space with a seating area around a firepit and big circular dining table. Park City’s climate allows for and expanded season of pleasant outdoor living.

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A gallery on the street side of the home adjacent to the entry separates the views to the driveway from the main living space. For entertaining, it functions as a breakaway conversation area.

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Dressed Design has a reputation for innovating interesting bunkrooms.

As far as making the photographs, these photographs were made at the winter solstice during snow flurries. Consequently, the outdoor views midday didn’t add to the life of the home, which is centered around views. In this home, too, the lighting was part of the remodel and added to the glamor of the rooms. I prefer the dusk shots, as did Beth Ann Shepherd, despite the current preference evident in most home periodicals for daytime shots with the lights off. There are always exceptions to general rules.

— photos and words by: Scot Zimmerman

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