Life Among the Mountains


Lodgepole Retreat, near Allenspark, Colorado


Photos by Raul Garcia
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A Modern Cabin

The couple who owned this property enjoyed a 1960s-era two bedroom stone cabin for years, spending weekends skiing and hiking with their kids. But to accommodate their now grown children and their new families, it was time to get bigger—and more contemporary.




Stepping Up
The living space is set off above the ground on a concrete base to heighten the experience of floating above the meadow—a 30 acre space punctuated with high alpine forests and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains surrounding the site.



Great Glass
Floor to ceiling glass provides a nearly cinematic experience, offering 180-degree views of the mountains and trees. The glass-enclosed great room gives the sense of living outdoors, with herds of elk regularly being sighted in the adjacent meadow.




Communal Kitchen
The open concept kitchen opens to a dining space and the living room, which helps the entire area feel like a cohesive whole, with everyone freely able to converse and enjoy each other’s company whether they’re cooking, dining, or just relaxing.



Comfort in Construction
The cabin is constructed with sustainable features for a near net zero energy use and rugged design to stand up to strong winds from the nearby mountains. Triple-paned glazing, in-floor radiant heat, LED lighting, and a rooftop photovoltaic power array ensure the cabin is comfortable and kind on the environment.




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