Refined Ranch

COLONA, CO

1996

4,000 sq ft.

The house needed to display an honesty of materials and express pride of place. At Centennial the mudroom grew into a fairly grand but nevertheless durable place of transition. The kitchen is the undeniable heart of the house, but, following contemporary fashion, it stands in open relationship to the great room. Separate wings flank this large soaring space and contain a dining room, an office, a sitting room and bedrooms. The house's most impressive feature is its timber frame construction which was raised in six days and in another six, the roof and wall panels. The timbers were salvaged from the Long Bell Sawmill in Longview, Washington, which went up in the 1920s.