The Krumme Residence Project is an addition and remodel to an existing cabin. Located on a 40-acre parcel of scenic mountain land, one unusual fact about this project is that the original residence had never received a Certificate of Occupancy (CO). It had not been inhabited for the four years following the completion of the original log cabin. One of numerous reasons for the lack of a CO was the two-car garage on southeast side of the existing cabin. Above the garage, a large, flat-roof deck had significant leaking and other structural problems.
The Krumme family purchased the residence, and immediately consulted TW Beck for possible remedies and steps necessary to gain a CO. There were numerous architectural, corrective, scenic and client-preference issues addressed in preparing a solution for the Krumme family. First, the client wanted to expand the functionality of the purchased home. But they also wanted to use the existing structure to the greatest extent possible. The Krummes have two fully-grown children and their grandparents who would visit and stay at the new residence during vacations. Other family members and visitors would be accommodated as well. The Krummes wanted to offer warm hospitality for family and visitors, but they also wanted sleeping quarters that would provide owner privacy as physically removed from guests as possible.
To address the client’s visitor goals, and to mitigate the structural problems inherent in the original cabin, T.W. Beck recommended replacement of the existing garage with two new bedrooms, and designing a new great room above those bedrooms. For the owner’s goals of restful privacy, Beck proposed a new master bedroom solution. The beauty of the home site was naturally enhanced by several unique rock outcroppings to the east of the cabin. T.W. Beck proposed inclusion of these in the new plan as well. One of the inspired uses of the rock structures was to design an indoor, private waterfall for the owners. Once agreed upon, a design was prepared that incorporated the rock outcroppings in the exterior deck for a hot tub. The south side rock structure is incorporated into the master bedroom design.
Again, numerous issues complicated the design process. First, extending the existing home, building the private master bedroom complex incorporating the rock outcroppings would exceed square footage goals for the Krummes new home. In addition, a large portion of mountain rock physically separated the cabin from the area for the proposed master bedroom suite. There was also an intervening rainwater and snowmelt drainage area. Finally, new regulations prohibited construction of a separate building to house the master bedroom suite. Therefore, the new master bedroom suite had to connect to the main residence.
The solution prepared by the architect was to build an attractive covered bridge that connected the existing residence with the new master bedroom. The architect responded to the client’s desire to have a sitting area and an office area as part of their private owner’s retreat in the master bedroom. A lovely upper loft area was designed to accomplish these goals.
The owner retreat setting is significantly enhanced by the creation of an indoor waterfall that cascades over the natural rock outcroppings. It provides the soothing sound of falling waters for the master bedroom and office complex.
The Krummes enjoy wonderful views out their southwest windows that overlook the majestic mountains surrounding the Estes Valley when not enjoying their own private indoor waterfall. The main great room accommodates and welcomes their family and visitors. Guest bedrooms accommodate their many family and friends. T.W. Beck’s vision and expertise enabled the Krummes to strike a life balance in the stunning setting they chose for their remodeled home.