The client desired a minimally furnished home, both functional and elegant, for a family weekend ski retreat. The project required a fireplace as both a focal point and to provide supplemental comfort.

Looking through the glass window-walls and across the roof decks to spectacular views, it’s easy to understand why this contemporary mountain home is called the Penthouse.

The exterior features a combination of rock, wood, stucco and steel that lets the custom architecture stand out. Detailing is sophisticated and distinctive – blending natural elements with steel and glass, enhancing the contemporary architecture while still appearing at home in the mountains.

There are two master suites, boys’ and girls’ bunk rooms and an additional guest room. A craftsman wine cellar on the first floor and an additional living room on the second floor with ski-in access to nearby hills make this home functional and spacious. All levels are accessed by a stunning staircase and an elevator.

The lighting design is bold and fashionable, featuring fixtures by acclaimed designers Ingo Maurer and Jeremy Cole.

A highlight of the home is the great room on the third floor. Warm, neutral colors echo the natural surroundings and lend softness to balance the clean, modern lines. An eye-catching hearth was desired as a dramatic focal point, and the LUX gas fireplace by Heat & Glo served perfectly as the striking showpiece the room needed.

Donna McAlear, the interior designer for the project, explains her vision. “We designed the overall stone veneer fireplace mass so that it visually and physically wraps from inside the open-plan living room wall around to the exterior deck. The fireplace mass is a dominant and central architectural feature that’s key to the open-plan living, dining and kitchen space.

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Museum curator-turned-design consultant, Donna Grace McAlear takes a strategic approach to interior design, combining a breadth of influences from her rich career as a fine art curator with a highly developed aesthetic.

Her international curatorial work and travel through North America, Europe, Australia and Asia produced a two-decade record developing, designing and presenting exhibitions of fine art. This privileged career has instilled Donna Grace with an exacting ability to seamlessly and authentically define interior architectural environments. 




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