CONTEMPORIST: A Sunken Living Room Creates A Distinct Sense Of Place In This Colorado Home

Architecture and interior design firm Rowland + Broughton, has designed the renovation of a family house in Aspen, Colorado.

The home’s original architect, Ellie Brickham, built this home in 1968. The renovation aimed to thoughtfully blend the old and new, the indoor and outdoor, and the public and private spaces.

Architecture and interior design firm Rowland + Broughton, has designed the modern renovation of a family house in Aspen, Colorado. #StoneWalls #ModernHouse #ModernArchitecture

The large front door creates a dramatic entrance and contrasts the exterior staggered, remnant stone walls that are aligned with interior walls that run in a single direction, allowing light and landscape to slip past.

This large front door creates a dramatic entrance and contrasts the exterior staggered, remnant stone walls that are aligned with interior walls that run in a single direction, allowing light and landscape to slip past. #ModernFrontDoors #StoneWallExterior #StoneFacade

The front doors open to the living room, that’s stepped down slightly. Large windows immediately provide uninterrupted views of the mountain landscape, while the furniture is focused on the wood-burning fireplace.

This modern living room is stepped down slightly from the entryway and kitchen. Large windows immediately provide uninterrupted views of the mountain landscape, while the furniture is focused on the wood-burning fireplace. #LivingRoom #SunkenLivingRoom #Fireplace #Windows

A large black-framed glass pocket door opens and connects the living room with the exterior of the property.

A large black-framed glass pocket door opens connects the living room with the exterior of this modern house. #Doors #PocketDoor

From this view, it’s easy to see that the entire length of the house has been designed with an abundance of windows.

The entire length of this modern house has been designed with an abundance of windows. Spiral stairs at one end lead up to a rooftop deck. #ModernHouse #HouseDesign #ModernArchitecture

Adjacent to the living room is the kitchen and a breakfast area. In the kitchen, there’s minimalist black cabinets that have been combined wood details, like the large wood island countertop.

In this modern open plan breakfast nook and kitchen, there's a fireplace and minimalist black cabinets that have been combined wood details, like the large wood island countertop. #ModernKitchen #Fireplace #BlackKitchenCabinets

The main dining room complements the kitchen island, with a black table base and wood tabletop, black chairs, and minimalist black lighting.

This modern dining room has contrasting elements, like a black table base and wood table top, black chairs furnishings and white walls. #DiningRoom #ModernDiningRoom

A hallway running the length of the house has wood-framed doors that provide access to the various other areas of the house.

A hallway running the length of this house has wood framed doors that provide access to the various other areas of the house. #ModernHallway #WoodFloors

There’s a room dedicated to reading and playing, with a comfortable couch and shelving that runs the length of the room.

This modern room's dedicated to reading and playing, with a comfortable couch and shelving that runs the length of the room. #ModernReadingRoom #ModernPlayRoom #ModernHomeLibrary

In the family room, there’s a large couch and dark walls, creating the ideal environment for movie night.

In this modern family room, there's a large couch and dark walls, creating the ideal environment for movie night. #FamilyRoom #InteriorDesign #ModernMovieRoom

In a children’s bedroom, a row of shelving lines the wall and merges with a desk, while a sliding glass door opens to a balcony.

In this modern children's bedroom, a row of shelving lines the wall and merges with a desk, while a sliding glass door opens to a balcony.  #ChildrensBedroom #KidsBedroom #Shelving

In the children’s bathroom, light grey tiles cover the wall, while a wood vanity has hidden lighting beneath it to create a soft glow.

In this modern bathroom, light grey tiles cover the wall, while a wood vanity has hidden lighting beneath it to create a soft glow. #ModernBathroom #BathroomDesign #GreyTiles

In the master suite that’s located at the end of the hallway, there’s another wood-burning fireplace, all of which were original to the house.

This modern master suite has a fireplace and blackout blinds that are recessed into the ceiling. #BlackoutBlinds #Fireplace

In the en-suite master bathroom, a wood vanity sits below a full wall mirror that reflects the light from the window, while the fireplace adds warmth and a sense of relaxation to the space.

In this modern en-suite master bathroom, a wood vanity sits below a full wall mirror that reflects the light from the window, while the fireplace adds warmth and a sense of relaxation to the space. #MasterBathroom #BathroomDesign #WoodVanity #Fireplace
Photography by Brent Moss | Architect: Rowland + Broughton

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