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    Default At home in the trees


    Katrin Bellinger and Christoph Henkel fell in love with the Colorado ghost town of Dunton Hot Springs and recruited their longtime friend Annabelle Selldorf to design a grandly vertical family retreat for them.


    The couple’s art collection includes a silver sculpture by Not Vital, displayed in the living room. Carini Lang carpet.


    The dining area opens to commanding views.


    Selldorf’s choices for the kitchen design were influenced by her experiences cooking with Henkel. Terry Evans’s photograph Field Museum, Swan, 1891 hangs over the sink. Wolf range and hood, at Abt.com.



    Plans of the first two levels of the five-story house.


    Selldorf installed shutters and board-and-batten siding of reclaimed barn wood on the exterior to achieve shadows. “It’s immensely rewarding when the spatial moves you’ve thought about turn out the way you imagined or better,” she says.


    The master bedroom.


    The roof deck has unobstructed vistas of Dolores Peak, looming in the northeast. Selldorf was commissioned to design a house that would, above all, provide the family with privacy. Although it’s “a frivolous thought,” she says with a laugh, “I’ve always suspected they were doing it for me because of my deep appreciation of the place.”

    At Home in the Trees: Homes: architecturaldigest.com

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    The views are lovely. Interesting.
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    I'll give the couple and the architect credit for doing something daring. The verticality plays off the trees really nicely.

    I find it odd that the text says privacy was a primary goal. The place is like a fishbowl with all the windows, and it is not nestled into anything. It sticks up from the land in a totally exposed way. I assume they have enough acreage to ensure privacy?
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    I guess they must have bought a lot of land

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    It's interesting, but I don't know if I'd want to live there.

    I don't like a lot of large windows in rooms that I consider "private," like the master bedroom. I would be scared to do anything with my husband there knowing that anyone could be watching through the window.

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    It's silly. Interesting? yes, but comfy? No! I wouldn't want to live there.
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    The view is amazing. The inside of the house is shitty and doesn't match the surroundings.

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    It will cost a fortune to heat.

    My SIL lives in the area, and the homes are rather spaced so you won't have to worry about peeping toms.

    I like the dark wood.
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    I love the wrapped fish platter in the kitchen ... so grotesque and funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southernbelle View Post
    I don't like a lot of large windows in rooms that I consider "private," like the master bedroom. I would be scared to do anything with my husband there knowing that anyone could be watching through the window.
    Doesn't look like there are any neighbors, so who cares? Who's going to look, raccoons?

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    It will cost a fortune to heat.
    first thing I thought! the views are awesome, tho.

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    great setting but the architecture really isn't my style and neither is the décor. i do love the kitchen though.
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    Very nice but in a place like that I wouldn't totally feel comfortable without a 'fallout' type shelter below I can escape to, like a panic room. Plus I'd want all the windows bullet and explosion proof as well as the structure. And .50 caliber guns mounted all around, with plenty more arsenal of weaponry inside too.

    You never know in that kind of a relatively isolated area, could be lots of survivalist kooks as well as wild animals and other nefarious characters.

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    ^^^^
    huh?
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    Celeb, are you serious? I can't tell.

    Survivalists don't take it out on their neighbors. Kooks are everywhere, city and country alike. Wild animals--predators like bears, lions--tend to stay away from humans; on average, people are much more dangerous to them than they are to us.
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    I grew up watching movies like friday the 13th, as well as killer bear movies and the like. And who can forget deliverance, sorry me is paranoid like that.

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