Craftsman hilltop home inspired by striking views of the Colorado Rockies


This craftsman hilltop home was custom designed by Vertical Arts Architecture, located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Before commissioning the team to build their home, the owners frequently hiked to the hilltop to enjoy picnics while soaking in the vast expanse of the valley and nearby Emerald Mountain. The home was positioned on the site to capitalize on the views. This resulted in a stunning, serene home pushed to the edge of the knoll that enjoys unimpeded panoramic views.

As you climb the 900-foot-long driveway and gain 80 feet of elevation you notice the home’s gentle arch shape that wraps the knoll. This became the inspiration for the sweeping rustic-style home that features floor-to-ceiling windows in all the main living spaces, marrying the rugged scenery with the home’s warm and welcoming interior.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Vertical Arts Architecture INTERIOR DESIGN Vertical Arts Architecture BUILDER JSM Builders SPA AquaVita Spas A/V & SMART HOME TECHNOLOGY Imagine Technology Services/Nexus Home Automation 


Outdoors, the team created dual outdoor spaces on both sides of the home off both the kitchen and the dining room. The primarily covered patio off the dining room houses outdoor dining space and a grill to take in the sweeping views. A smaller, sheltered patio is located right off the kitchen on the home leeward’s side to enjoy the weather—even on windy days.


Above: This entry has all the rustic mountain home feels. Iron lighting, custom reclaimed wood and steel door, stone feature wall, and generous windows! The flagstone floor carries seamlessly from inside to outside.


Above: Enjoy the views of winter from the comfort of your warm spot next to this epic fireplace. Grounding this space is an area rug from Shaver-Ramsey Fine Rugs.


Gorgeous stonework helps transition from the outdoors to the home’s interior such as the outdoor patio tile blending into the entry and kitchen. Inside, the windows in the main living space prominently feature a sweeping view of the valley while the fireplace anchors the room and bold trusswork that draws the eye up.


The wooden beams are traditionally rustic, but the silky palette of plaster walls gives a clean, warm and cozy feeling. In the main living space, an integrated entertainment/media cabinet blends into the wall and sits at an angle for optimal viewing. Nail heads are featured on furniture pieces to again blend modern and rustic. 


The interior design team integrated roller shades into window frames to provide the perks of curtains and blinds without bulky hardware that blocks the view.


What We Love: This craftsman hilltop home has a beautiful blend of natural materials, perfectly balancing the use of stone, wood, glass, and steel. Windows and doors can be opened throughout the home to bring in fresh mountain air breezes while inviting natural light and nature inside. We are really loving the rustic feel of this dwelling and the inviting living spaces that provides ever-changing views of the natural surroundings.

Tell Us: Would this be your idea of the ultimate mountain home? Let us know in the Comments, we enjoy reading your feedback!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of Colorado: Cozy A-Frame cabin in the woods breathes new life in Steamboat Springs and A magnificent home in perfect harmony with Colorado’s rugged mountains.


The kitchen intentionally omits upper cabinets to create a simple and elegant flow through the main gathering areas. Modern flat-paneled cabinetry made from reclaimed wood acts as an appliance wall for a streamlined and cohesive look.


The reclaimed oak bartop and breakfast bar offer casual dining spots with, yes, delightful views, and the formal dining room features soft colors juxtaposed against iron and bronze fixtures.


The private owner’s suite is located across a small bridge and is among the home’s most unique features. Attached to the rest of the house with a lovely foyer that serves as a waypoint with its own television, library, and double-sided fireplace, this space offers peace and privacy.


The bathroom’s intimate patio is perched on the edge of the hill and includes a hot tub. Both the tiramisu travertine pattern on the bedroom’s walls and the milky cream cabinets of the bathroom create an airy feeling that’s not overly rustic.


To round out the home, the office space also offers unrivaled views with windows on three sides of the room, and guests enjoy privacy in the two spare bedrooms on the lower level of this craftsman hilltop home.



TRADES: Decorative Light Fixtures: Tricia Hauan with The Light Center Insulation: Accurate Insulation Flooring: Advanced Hardwood Flooring Lumber: Alpine Lumber Well Pump: B&J Pump Garage Doors: Carriage House Doors Gypcrete: ColoradoCrete
Plumbing & Heating: Cross Mountain Plumbing & Heating Appliances: Ferguson Tile: Forefront Interiors Cabinets: Genesis Hospitality Corporation Countertops: Granitech Interior Doors, Cabinets: H2D Enterprises Electrical System: JCH Electric, Inc.
Shower Glass: Johnson Glass, Inc. Fireplaces: Mountain Home Stove & Fireplace Master Closet: Mountain Sky Closets Excavation: Nordic Excavating Carpet & Tile: Paramount Designs Exterior & Interior Stone: Rumos Masonry Gutters, Snow Bar: Sweet Peaks Seamless Gutter

PHOTOGRAPHER David Patterson Photography

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