The owners of this home, a young couple expecting their first child, didn't want to sacrifice style for substance. They wanted a sleek contemporary design, yet needed a home that could meet the demands of a growing family. The solution? An open floor plan with the kitchen strategically placed in the center, allowing it to flow into the two-story main hallway, living room, nearby built-in office space and informal dining nook. In addition, the kitchen's sink area opens to the stairwell below, adding to the spacious feel of the home.

Judy Gubner and Colleen Johnson of In-Site Design Group created an inviting décor of ochre-colored walls, faux pear and walnut cabinetry and bamboo flooring. Low-voltage recessed and pendant lighting provides softness, while stainless steel appliances, a diffused-glass cabinet and a metal island with a granite top add a metropolitan feel to this Colorado mountain home.

A small area behind the dual refrigerators, located near the formal dining room, features a wet bar and a butler's panty for added ease.

 

Photo insert: This contemporary kitchen incorporates environmentally sensitive materials such as faux wood cabinetry by SieMatic and bamboo flooring. Dakota Jackson chairs.

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