Artisan Builders has created this rustic ranch retreat located along a dirt road on the way to Alta Lakes, just outside of Telluride, Colorado. Completely surrounded by nature, this compound consists of five separate structures constructed in a mountain rustic theme. The use us reclaimed materials brings forth textures, depth, and history to each of the buildings.
Reclaimed wood from barns and century-old warehouses were selected and sourced from various areas of the country making each building on the property unique. All the wood on the interior and exterior of the buildings were reclaimed except for the dimensional lumber that was used in the framing. This project is an example of a green building at its finest, as it is completely off the grid and utilizes a 4 kW solar system to power all five structures on the property.
125 pallets of local stone were sourced from a hillside about a half-mile outside of Telluride. The 6-7” thick stone was a mixture of surface stone and stone that was pulled from the ground for use in multiple single-family homes. The stone was laid in a dry stack look with very tight lines. The look and feel of the stone were used on many of the buildings and give a sense of grounding to the structures.
The cabin originated in Ohio and was built in 1865 out of white oak logs with dovetail corners. Once the cabin was dismantled it was brought to the site and set on a concrete slab on grade ready for hydronic tubing. A bump-out was built for the bathroom, while two extra courses of logs were added at the top of the walls, in order to gain enough height to fit in a loft as a sleeping area.
The loft covers much of the living space but opens up to reveal the gable ceiling above the living room seating area, lending a sense of space to the main gathering area. The staircase to access the loft is a traditional stair up to the landing and then moves to a custom spiral stair, designed of metal and wood. With a footprint of only 800 square feet, there are details and textures at every turn.
What We Love: This beautiful compound is the perfect place to gather with family and friends and be surrounded by the beauty of nature. The magnificent mountain landscape provides the ultimate backdrop to this Colorado escape, with reclaimed materials and unique details throughout. We are loving the overall concept of this retreat, with multiple structures to provide different needs and the incredible water features that make this property one-of-a-kind.
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Out of an original Ice House in the town of Telluride, which stored blocks of ice during the summer months before there were mechanical refrigerating systems, came a hand-powered elevator. This elevator ended up finding its way into a three-story timber-framed horse barn that sits at the center of the rustic ranch retreat.
This luxury ranch incorporates a massive courtyard for entertaining which includes a stunning water feature. The courtyard is surrounded by a studio, utility building, and a three-story horse barn. The water feature utilizes water from a small stream that was piped in from Gold Creek.
Although the creek was on the property, it was located in the far corner about 1/4 mile from the main building area. The water is brought through the forest via a 10” pipe at a 1% elevation. This allows for a steady flow of water to be utilized for the water feature. As the water makes its way to a pond centered on the property, it encourages fish to live and thrive there.
In the end, the water overflows out of the pond, through an outlet tube, heading back to the creek where it once came from at a lower elevation, and in the process, creating a magical wetland area for the local wildlife to inhabit.
Above: There is a studio right next to a water feature in the courtyard.
Photos: Courtesy of Artisan Builders