Classic lake house part of Steamboat tour
Catamount home featured at Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour
July 8, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Who needs a grand foyer when you have unfettered views of Lake Catamount and Mount Baldy beyond?
Eric and Andrea Wilson reached the conclusion that a large front door would only get in the way of their views of the private lake at the foot of Rabbit Ears Pass, about seven miles from Steamboat Springs.
"Our thought was that since we have such a beautiful view, we wanted visitors' eyes to be drawn outside of the house," Andrea Wilson said. "We put the front door on the side of the house so that every single room looks out on the lake. It just takes your breath away."
The European-style Wilson home is the last house on More Road before the Catamount dam, giving it uncommon privacy even for Lake Catamount, where it is tucked into the landscape.
The heart of the home is its center, flowing between the kitchen, the great room, the dining room and the cozy hearth room.
Interior finishes such as hand-plastered walls and stone give the home an Old World feel. The counter tops are made of easy-to-care-for tinted concrete.
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Like a classic lake house, the floors are of eastern white pine, and Rich Tucker, of Steamboat Springs, sourced reclaimed antique pine for the cabinets, which he built. The home was designed by Dale Hubbard and built by Gillespie Construction, with interior design by Nancy Pate Laird.
Wilson, whose family was in the furniture business in Denver for a century, said she wanted to get away from the typical look of homes in ski towns.
"I wanted a mountain home, but I didn't want the lodge look," she said.
The landscape design by Kathy Olson, of Lotus Designs in Steamboat, is notable for a sweeping stone staircase studded with beds of uncommonly bright flowers.
From the outdoor staircase, it's possible to look over the lawn to a private boat dock and the lake beyond.
The Wilsons have a pair of golden retrievers that spend much of their time in the lake. That makes the deluxe dog shower worth seeking out on the Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour.
To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com