A tree-houselike bathroom addition in Aspen
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Originally designed and owned by architect Sam Caudill, whose projects include Aspen’s library, art museum, and airport, the Aspen Residence is located on 4.52 acres in Pitkin County, Colorado. The 1960s house had fallen into disrepair when Caudill sold it to the current owners in 2000.
The owners hired Reno Smith Architects to design two new wings to accommodate their growing family: the bedroom/garage wing to the north, and the spa wing sited to overlook the nearby creek to the west and a pond to the south that is used year-round for geothermal heating and cooling. “The shape of the plan was influenced by the existing site features,” explains project architect Scott Smith, AIA.
The spa wing, connected to the original house by a glass breezeway, includes a yoga studio and a second master bedroom and bath. The bath features a large skylight, freestanding tub, steam shower for two, and back-to-back sinks divided by a floating, two-sided mirror that reflects river views. According to interior designer Lynni Hutton, the bathroom’s color palette “plays down the interior materials,” allowing the room to blend seamlessly with the treetops outside.
Architect: Reno Smith Architects
Engineers: Kaup Engineering; Burggraaf & Associates
Interior designer: Lynni Hutton
General contractor: Western Divide Construction—Shane Homberg
Pella (windows); Artistic Tile (wall tile); Conrad (shades); Ann Sacks (tub); Walker Zanger (countertop); LBL