Maynard Kline has been to all the resort towns in Colorado and seen all the high-end houses. But most of them failed to meet his standards for an ideal home.
The corporate-developer-turned-private-builder got tired of building homes that were just like the others. Now he builds spec homes that he says are unique.
When describing the 8,700-square-foot castlelike house he is building atop Buffalo Pass in the Tatanka Trail subdivision, he uses words such as permanent, stout and timeless. Features both common and uncommon to high-end Steamboat construction appear in Kline's combination of mountain home and manor home with church influences.
"When looking at this house, you have to find the difference between a house and a world-class structure," said Kline, who is the architect, developer and builder. "I wanted to push that envelope. My whole philosophy in construction is to raise the bar."
When driving up the driveway, the future owner of the $3.9 million home will be able to drive around a rock wall and under a covered entryway to the garage.
The front door leads directly to the great room, which is reminiscent of a cathedral with a pair of colonnades bracing enormous arches that hold up the 30-foot ceiling. A huge stone fireplace with a mantle at least 9 feet off the floor serves as the room's focal point.
"It's big, but when you step back, you see it fits the room nicely," Kline said.
Most elements of the house were built on site, with the exception of the roof trusses, the colonnades in the great room and the covered entryway outside.
The colonnades are made from steel and concrete to hold the roof. The roof, which took about six months to frame, is built with heavy timbers and more than 30,000 pounds of structural steel, Kline said.
"The way this house is built, people could see it built 1,000 years ago," Kline said.
Kline began drawing sketches for the house three years ago, and he began construction a few months later. Kline and four to five other people, including Kline's brothers Steve and Paul, built the home.
"I have it all in my head what I'm going to do," Kline said. "Others just wouldn't understand how to build a house like I want with this one. It's real technical construction."
The house has four bedrooms on the top floor, one of which Kline says may be more appropriate as a study or nursery because a secret stairway hidden behind its wall leads downstairs to the master bedroom.
Like all the bedrooms, the master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling. The master bedroom also has an attached smaller room with a fireplace and a state-of-the-art master bathroom.
Each bedroom has its own private, covered deck with rock floors.
The house has a large mudroom between the entryway and garage. Kline said with the house being a half mile from the Dry Lake recreation area, he wanted a large mudroom where family and friends could come in and kick off their boots and clothes without being cramped and without bringing snow or mud into the rest of the house.
The house has five full bathrooms and a large guest suite or possible studio space above the garage. It also has a 1,500-square-foot basement that will remain unfinished until the future buyer chooses what he or she wants there.
On one side of the great room is the kitchen and breakfast area, and on the other side, a parlor with built-in shelves that can be used as a library or media room.
The house is being offered by Pam Vanatta, of Prudential Steamboat Realty, who can be reached at 879-8100.
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