Trends in contemporary mountain homes
When you think of the traditional mountain home, visions of rustic enclaves filled with wood burning fireplaces and families gathered around the hearth come to mind. While that sounds cozy on a snowy day, in the last decade, the Vail Valley has truly transformed the classic alpine home into an innovative, architectural work of art that is both breathtaking and comfortable for everyday living.
The Vail Valley’s contemporary mountain designs welcome the alpine alfresco lifestyle, while at the same time provide sun-kissed views, comfort, and warmth. I recently caught up with architectural, designing duo Kyle Webb of Webb of K.H. Webb Architects in Vail and Cindy Rinfret of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Rinfret, Ltd., who worked together before on a Wyoming ranch. One, in particular, 107 Rockledge Road, a ski in/ski out home in Vail, is currently on the market. For this home, Webb and Rinfret brought pioneering construction and interior design options to create soaring ceilings, big, bold lighting and breathtaking views to add drama and glamour to the relaxed and artfully designed spaces. 107 Rockledge Road is just waiting for another family to enjoy its luxury.
“This architectural project began as a remodel of one of the original homes of Vail, which was built in 1962,” said Webb. “Our firm re-sited the home to get better views, while still keeping some of the memory of the original home. The result is a mix of rustic luxury and mountain-modern style, and full of one-of-a-kind handmade fixtures and furnishings from local craftsmen.”
The 10,000-square-foot Shaeffer/Hyde built home is tucked into the mountains in Vail and is a majestic mix of rustic luxury and mountain-modern style. Ahead of his time, Webb incorporated unique materials such as zinc roofing, European windows, and cedar siding to create a contemporary style that never ages. Webb also used oxidized COR-TEN steel, which gives 107 Rockledge Road a unique look with a naturally oxidizing finish that forms a protective coating, slowing the rate of future corrosion.