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Step Inside a Great Room That is Truly Grand

A spellbinding setting deserves a venue that does it justice. Inside and out, this great room offers a festival for the senses. Here are five ideas to take away from this stunning space.

Photography by James Ray Spahn

Home by Architect Marc Hogan and Builder Apex Mountain Homes




  1. An artful blend of hand-peeled Douglas fir and pine comprise the room’s logs, posts and trusses.

  2. Reclaimed barnwood is the source of the flooring’s drastic variation in color and texture, and it’s a choice that’s both environmentally considerate and creates instant history.

  3. Large, floor-to-ceiling panels of clear glass frame the monolithic Colorado red rocks that lie just outside.  In fact the room is specifically designed to emphasize the home’s natural surroundings.

  4. Local flagstone encases the fireplace and extends to an accent wall. A niche above the firebox and mantel sets the stage for artistic touches.

  5. Not only does the drywall’s terra cotta tone blend perfectly with the logs’ stain shade, it brings the color of the regions’ famed rock formations right into the room.


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