Developer David Josfan scrapped two sets of plans before settling on a final design for a nearly finished luxury home in Catamount Ranch.
The hitch was the driveway: To accommodate homebuyers from mild climates, he didn't want steep drop offs on either side of the road leading up to the house.
No matter that the driveway, covered in antiqued pavers and lined with a defined border, is heated.
But comfort and flow -- apparent in the home's casual layout and open feel -- are among the most important traits Josfan strives for when building high-end homes.
"We want the house to be very comfortable, playful. ... We want people to kick off their shoes anywhere and be comfortable," said Josfan, the owner of MJB Construction of Steamboat Springs.
Future owners of the home will have more than 7,500 square feet of space in which to kick off their shoes, and, when landscaping is complete, they will step out onto a lush lawn from either of the home's two levels without setting foot on a stair or deck.
The home, flanked by aspens and a seasonal stream, is on a 6.2-acre lot along the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed championship golf course. The lot is one of 25 properties at Catamount Ranch.
A premier membership to the Catamount Ranch and Club -- including the golf course and recreational opportunities at the 530-acre private Lake Catamount -- will be available to the owner.
Stephan Baden of RE/MAX Steamboat is listing the property at $5.2 million. It will be complete in about three weeks, he said.
"It's just amazing, the scale and the quality of workmanship," Baden said.
Among the rustic yet elegant details in the home are hand-hewed log siding, moss rock applied in a "hump and bump" pattern, quartersawn oak floors and professional faux finishes on interior walls.
Massive "character logs" from forests in Colorado and Wyoming also accent the home.
There are five bedrooms -- each with a walk-in closet -- and 6 1/2 bathrooms in the house, as well as an octagonal great room, study, entertainment area and a 900-square-foot space appropriate for a variety of purposes, including a workout room, Baden said.
The master suite, on the main level, is almost 1,000 square feet and features a stone steam shower, stone fireplace and a private covered deck.
The kitchen is chock full of appliances and has a wine cabinet as well as a sink with a tap for instant boiling water.
True to the home's comfortable feel, the rooms connect freely so that people "know what's behind a door before they open it," Josfan said, noting that there is only one hallway and one set of stairs in the home.
"It's not ostentatious," Baden said. "When you walk in, it doesn't feel like a museum."
Designed for open living and entertaining, the home features more than 1,800 square feet of covered patio with an automatic snowmelt system. The main patio envelopes half the house and features a wood-burning fireplace with a built-in stainless steel barbeque.
Although the house is on the edge of a golf course, it's slightly nestled into a hillside with berms to protect residents' privacy.
Architect Shelley Pastachack, formerly of Steamboat Springs, designed the home.
Between 25 and 30 subcontractors contributed their expertise to the property, Josfan said.
Among those, Albertini Construction was responsible for the framing and siding; Spiegel & Son Inc. did the painting and Native Eco-Systems Inc. did the landscaping.
The heating and cooling system, comprised of forced air and in-floor hot water radiant heat, an extensive snowmelt system and central air conditioning, is probably one of the most advanced in a residential home in Steamboat, Josfan said. The system also has centralized humidification and air filtration units. It was installed by JDW Inc.
While some affluent buyers choose to build their homes, spec homes are attractive options for those who may not know exactly what they want or aren't prepared for the decisions involved in designing and constructing a home, Baden said.
"It's a lot of work to build a home of this magnitude from 1,000 miles away," he said.
With 27 years experience building spec homes, Josfan has nearly perfected the art of planning a unique home that appeals to a variety of people.
For each home, Josfan has a comprehensive checklist of standards -- such as stair height and ceiling height -- that must be met to ensure a home is comfortable and appealing to a wide-range of buyers.
He said the best compliment is when the guy sweeping the floor and a wealthy company executive say they could live in one of Josfan's homes.
"Then you really know you've hit the market where you want," Josfan said.
For more information about the property or to schedule a showing, call Baden at 879-5100, ext. 23, or 846-8575.
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