Carole Post designed this four-story Aspen vacation home for an active family of five based in Chicago. As the clients were eager to entertain family
and friends at the mountain home throughout the year, one of the biggest
challenges of the project was to create sleeping accommodations for up to 12 people
at any given time. Keeping the
casual outdoor lifestyle in mind, Post created a
space that makes guests feel comfortable and at home. 93
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At its entry, the home’s first level features a home office, guest rooms and a sauna. Cabinetry off the foyer conceals refrigerator drawers that hold beverages and snacks for guests to grab on the way out to a hike or ski run.
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The home features an elevator as well as a central staircase between all four floors. A sky lit atrium at the second level elevator stairwell infuses natural light into the home. Post used white oak that is wire brushed and glazed for the stairwell and elevator surround, interior doors and built in
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The second level features an open plan that encompasses a living room, kitchen, dining room, formal powder room as well as two outdoor decks.
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Post defined rooms and expressed structure in the home with exposed oak beams in the ceiling and skylights, as seen here in the transition from living room to dining room.
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A spacious dining room table that can comfortably seat up to 12 people is essential when entertaining large groups.
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Solid wood planks wrap horizontally around the powder room walls and are gradually spaced to allow natural light to spill through from a light well.
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The kitchen design integrates seating for eight around a very generously sized island. A comfortable built in sofa along a window wall allows overflow seating for larger gatherings.
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The master suite and a secluded rooftop deck are located on the third level. The master bedroom features a custom cabinet with a floated makeup table, closed storage and blanket bar.
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Custom vanities fabricated in England are the focal point of the master bathroom, which is clad in square milk tesserae glass tiles. Teak appears throughout the bath, used for the basins in the vanity, the bath surround and the bench surface in the tub and steam shower. The mirror above the vanity, which is also framed in teak, conceals extra wall storage.