Four years ago, Deborah Davis decided she wanted a home in Steamboat Springs, but she didn't have time to design and build it.
Instead, she bought a new Montana Log home near the base of Sleeping Giant and set to work making it her own.
Davis' personal touches have transformed the simple, Western-style home into a series of warm living spaces with classic flair.
"I call this exquisite rustic," said Realtor Scott Campbell, pointing to features including antique iron and nickel-plated gas stoves and a copper-topped circular bar with cowhide trim.
Campbell, a broker at Century 21 Ski Town Associates, recently listed Davis' home.
The home sits on one of six lots in Sleeping Giant Estates off Routt County Road 44A. The 35-acre lot backs up to rolling aspen- and brush-covered hills leading to Sleeping Giant. Three sides of the property access public land.
The main home, which has about 4,400 square feet of living space, takes advantage of expansive Yampa Valley views with tall, rectangular windows that peer out from a large great room with vaulted ceilings.
Log beams and posts, distinct with knots and patterns, give the home's interior a log cabin feel.
Storage space was important to Davis, who had hickory cabinets and shelves built throughout the four-bedroom home.
A large built-in cabinet unit in the gourmet kitchen stores equipment and produce and also serves as a display case and bench. Other kitchen finishes and amenities include granite slab countertops, a Wolf range and copper detailing.
Nearby, a charming powder room features a French-made stainless steel Victorian sink and a pull-chain toilet.
The master bedroom, also on the main floor, has large windows framing Sleeping Giant as well as a roomy bathroom with large shower area with two showerheads, Jacuzzi tub and antique gas stove.
Davis had a spiral staircase built from the master bedroom into a downstairs bedroom for an extra large walk-in closet and laundry area.
Entertaining is ideal in the recreation room, which has a large built-in shelf unit and complete bar with refrigerator, sink, wine cooler and ice maker.
The historical motif continues in a nearby bedroom, which features an antique claw-foot Slipper tub in the bathroom.
From the main floor, a log step staircase leads to a balcony overlooking the great room. Bedrooms sit on either side of the balcony. The bedrooms, which have full bathrooms, could be made into suites with areas for a washer and dryer or coffee nook.
Outside, the home has a covered wraparound deck and covered boardwalk that leads to a three-car, detached garage. A large bedroom/studio above the garage adds about 600 square feet of living space to the home.
Horses are allowed on the lot, and a well provides more than 15 gallons of water a minute.
The Davis home is being offered at $2,350,000. For more information, call Campbell at 879-2333, ext. 310.
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