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South Fork, Colorado
Standing 12,500 feet above sea level, this Fishing Cottage is a profound expression of its site. Overlooking the Continental Divide, the house with a base of indigenous stone material seems to be an outcropping of the natural rock which surrounds it. It is literally cradled in the Rocky Mountains. The vertical design elements of the grand windows exuberantly let in the views and mirrors the vertical forest of trees from which it borrows the natural material of its structure. The interior of the home is centered around a long, rectangular, 16-foot-tall great room that is anchored into the mountainside on one side by a heavy stone fireplace and extends to the outdoors on the opposite side. The open space flows out to a balcony that wraps around the interior space and harmoniously integrates with the vistas beyond. Above it, all the bedrooms and sleeping lofts provide retreat among the treetops and top off the upper level of the house which grows in culmination from the lowest level, the garage, the natural roots of the home.