HGTV Dream Home 2007: Winter Park, CO
The same trusses that are inside the master bedroom flow right outside to the roof over the deck and the indoor-outdoor spaces become one.Architect John Dengler
This HGTV Dream Home features traditional mountain style architecture with a wide open floor plan, four covered balconies and plenty of windows for enjoying the incredible mountain views.
An outdoor enthusiast's delight, this home was made for all seasons, however, ski-in ski-out priveledges to renowned Winter Park ski resort makes this home's location for winter ski season especially ideal.
One: Skier's Paradise
"We typically get between 300 to 400 inches of snow a year," Dennis R. Saffell, owner of New Frontier Construction, says. The Bridger's Cache development, where HGTV Dream Home 2007 is located, is at the base of the Mary Jane / Winter Park / Vasquez ski mountain, at about 9,100 feet above sea level. Dennis says residents of the 20-unit community can literally strap on their skis and head out the front door, catch a lift to the top of the slopes and then ski back to the house when they're done.
Two: Year-Round Outdoor Activities
The Winter Park area offers year-round outdoor activities. "In the summer, we're the mountain bike capitol of the United States, with over 600 miles of designated trails. It's a great summer resort," Dennis says. There's also more water in Winter Park than any other county in Colorado. Three major lakes form the headwaters of several rivers, including the Colorado River. And of course there's golf, with four courses located in the Winter Park area.
Four: Secluded But Still Close
Sure you're isolated, but also within a short drive to the 20th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Dennis says Winter Park is the closest major ski resort to Denver. "It's just 68 miles to Denver, but in its own protected world. It's close to a major metropolitan area, but very secluded," he says.
Five: Amazing Views
The front rooms of HGTV Dream Home 2007 all feature views of the Berthoud Pass on the Continental Divide. Berthoud Pass is an 11,315-foot mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains, and it's a popular destination for backcountry skiers because of its abundance of challenging terrain and plentiful snowfall.
The rustic style home is designed to complement its setting, using large wooden timbers and cultured stone meant to simulate stone native to the area. Warm neutral colors and wood tones in the floor, furniture and vaulted ceilings bring the outdoors inside and evoke a warm and cozy mountain lodge feel.
Not only is the interior design warm and inviting, but a hydronic in-floor heating system radiates warmth from below and is perfect for those snowy Colorado winters.