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Colorado mountain home merges traditional log with modern style (sponsored)

by Jessica Smith | Brought to you by Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate

Abundant light and open space – these are the aspects that Paul and Vicki Siegert wanted to emphasize when designing their log home in Keystone. Built in 2000, the home still exudes these qualities today, from the first impression to the last.

The very first time the Siegerts visited the location of their future Keystone home, it was still just open space — they drove through a field to look over a selection of lots. The Rivers Golf Course, and the neighborhood around it, had yet to be built. Yet for the Siegerts, the choice was simple.

"I knew exactly where we wanted to go," says Paul, who planned to incorporate the layout of the lot into the house design.

Today, the lot sits on the edge of a cul-de-sac, with the golf course across the way to the front, and the backyard sloping down to a bike path, nature trails and the Snake River.

Blending tradition and modernity

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The largest room in the house is easily the living room, with vaulted ceilings and large windows facing the wooded backyard.

Unlike other traditional-looking log homes that display a rustic, darker brown color, these logs, with their custom stain, are nearly white. Cut from Englemann spruce, the logs were dried in a large kiln before construction, allowing them to fit tightly together without any chinking or gaps. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer, the logs keep in the heat and keep out the drafts.

The design of the home also veers away from the traditional rustic "mountain lodge" look in favor of a more contemporary, modern feel. This is reflected in the lightness of the wood and stone, as well as the stainless steel elements throughout. The living room features vaulted ceilings and log coffers supported by custom-built stainless steel brackets. This as an element the Siegerts insisted upon when the house was built, rather than the favored copper or brass options of the time.

The hardwood hickory floors and the Texas cork stone fireplace also complement the light, bright log color. With plenty of light streaming through the large windows, anyone in the home can appreciate the full benefit of Colorado's famed yearly 300 days of sun.

Room for all

If you can tear yourself away from the living room area, walk upstairs to the loft for the perfect office space — complete with a covered deck looking out onto trees and mountains for contemplative viewing — plus a suite-sized bedroom and bathroom.

Downstairs from the living room is the entertainment room, a large open space with a kitchen area, sauna and three bedrooms attached. Two of the bedrooms are suite-sized and the other is ideal for housing grandkids. All six of the Siegerts' grandchildren can attest to years of memories built in and around those rooms.

The house's fourth suite-sized bedroom is on the main level, just off the living room. The first level also includes the kitchen, dining area, butler's kitchen and garage access.

With all of this on the same level, the house is easily accessible for anyone with physical disabilities or handicaps. No stairs are required to enter the house from the front, or reach any of the above-mentioned areas, a feature which can sometimes be difficult to find, especially in the mountains.

Mountain living

Also accessible from the living room is another deck, offering views of the wooded back area, bike path, Snake River and mountains further on. It's Paul's favorite place in the summertime, he says.

The babbling of the river serves to mask nearby man-made sounds, such as the golf course or Highway 6 through Keystone.

The name Elk Crossing Road is indicative of the other types of neighbors one is likely to see in the Keystone neighborhood. The Siegerts have seen not only elk but moose, foxes, coyotes and once a very large, very curious bear.

The Siegerts say they chose Keystone because of its convenient location — close to Interstate 70 (but not too close), close to Keystone Resort (where all their grandchildren learned to ski) and close to nature.

Property Highlights

326 Elk Crossing Lane, Keystone

current listing price: $3,450,000

6 bedrooms

5.5 baths

6,547 square feet

3-car garage

Hot tub

Private sauna

Golf membership included

Matthew Dayton | 970-485-1167 | mdayton@slifersummit.com

Property Highlights

326 Elk Crossing Lane, Keystone

current listing price: $3,450,000

6 bedrooms

5.5 baths

6,547 square feet

3-car garage

Hot tub

Private sauna

Golf membership included

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