Site size: 8.5 acres

Project size: 8,250 square feet

Program: Located along a ridgeline with sweeping mountain views, the design goals for the renovation of the house, designed by Ellie Brickham—the first female architect in Aspen—included: connecting the interior to the surrounding landscape; accommodating a flexible furniture plan, as well as specific artworks; and creating visual connections between distinct interior spaces.

Location: Aspen, Colorado

Solution: The design process consisted of remediating previous renovations and additions while maximizing existing spaces to accommodate a diverse collection of mixed-media art pieces. The interior is oriented along a central defining spine, where metal walls meet stone and evolve into glass as movement through the house progresses from public to private spaces. Strong indoor-outdoor connections are established with floor-to-ceiling glazed sliding doors. All existing wood-burning fireplaces were revived.

Construction and materials: The structure is glued laminated timber, with steel columns where needed.

Additional Information

Completion dateJune 2017

Gross square footage: 8,250 square feet



Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design
234 East Hopkins Ave
Aspen, Colorado 81611
(970) 544-9006 studio

Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design
1830 Blake Street
Suite 200
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 308-1373


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Sarah Broughton, AIA, Principal - Registered Architect
Sara Upton, AIA, Project Manager - Registered Architect
Will Otte, LEED AP, Project Architect
Mark Bever, AIA, LEED AP - Project Coordinator
Carol Cisco, LEED, ASID - Senior Interior Designer
Mallory Buck - Designer


Interior designer:

Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design



Civil Engineer – Schmueser Gordon Meyer
Structural Engineer – KL&A Structural Engineers
MEP Engineer – REG

General contractor:

Schlumberger Construction



Brent Moss Photography



Landscape: Bluegreen – Schematic Design Land Design 39 – Construction Administration

Lighting: 186 Lighting Design Group, Inc.

Planner: Davis Horn, Incorporated





Structural System

Steel and wood post and beam

Exterior Cladding

Masonry: Appalachian grey sandstone

Metal panels: Drexel metal panels/standing seam

Wood: Rift Sawn White Oak
Batu decking

Moisture barrier: Vaproshield SA

Curtain wall: Pacific Architectural Millwork – Wood curtain wall

Other cladding unique to this project: Custom plate steel banding of stone walls


Other: PTO


Wood frame: Pacific Architectural Millwork


Glass: Custom site-built interior windows
SolarBan 60


Entrances: Front door – custom split-faced door designed by R+B to align with stone coursing on interior and exterior

Metal doors: Flat panel

Wood doors: Flat panel

Sliding doors: Pacific Architectural Millwork

Special doors: Master Bed door – original front door from the Ellie Brickham design, handmade in Austria and repurposed to terminate the hallway axis
Custom jib doors in both plaster and oak designed to disappear in both open and closed positions
Custom guillotine fireplace door by Brandner Design


Locksets: Entry - Sun Valley Bronze
Interior passage and privacy - FSB
Interior pocket doors - Accurate
Custom doors – Accurate
Exterior swing doors – custom off-set handle

Pulls: Kitchen - Custom by Rowland+Broughton

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Custom by Benchcraft

Paints and stains: China white plaster
Bona – Naturale finish
Wall coverings: Christian Liaigre

Paneling: Custom rift white oak pattern ceilings

Solid surfacing: Quartz slab surfaces by Caesarstone
Pewter limestone by Materials Marketing
Maple butcherblock
Porto bianca limestone by Balentine

Floor and wall tile: Hakwood European oak flooring - overall
Lucian glass tile by Ann Sacks - Kids Baths
Jewel Argo tile by Caesar Ceramics - Guest Bath


Fixed seating: Custom by Benchcraft
Custom by Black Hound Design Company
Chairs: e15
Design Within Reach
Banquette by Black Hound Design Company
Tables: Cassina
Existing by Owner
Custom by Black Hound Design Company
Custom by Benchcraft
Upholstery: Aspen Upholstery
Other furniture: Hair on hide area rug – Balentine Collection
Montigo fireplaces
Prominence Furniture – Livingroom sofa
Outdoor furniture – Restoration Hardware


Interior ambient lighting: Wireflow chandelier by Vibia
Downlights: RSA
Litelab track light
Tasklighting: Paradigm LED – under cabinet lights
WAC - step lights
Exterior: B-K Lighting – brise soleil lighting
Hevi Lite Inc. – exterior path lighting
Modern Forms - sconces


Energy management or building automation system: Lutron shade system
Custom fabricated brise soliels