Perched on a picturesque knoll in Larkspur, Colorado is the primary residence on the Tazi Ranch property. Since we started this project in 2011, the owners and our design team have given attention to every detail, and it shows. One of the unique aspects of this project are the elements in the main residence that reflect the home owners’ Moroccan background. The home design followed some traditional Moroccan design concepts, such as a central courtyard, a colonnade, as well as most of the home being on one level. The home includes flat roofs, exposed steel beams, stone walls and extensive views through its floor-to-ceiling windows. The courtyard features steel panels that were specially designed and cut with a traditional Moroccan pattern. The exterior of the home has a variety of materials including: rusted patina metal panels, stucco, stone veneer and steel accents.
The inside is as well imagined as the exterior, boasting an exquisite kitchen and living room with luxurious living quarters and ample room for visitors to the ranch. Incorporating the Moroccan theme with the interior finishing as well, the dining room ceiling has custom Moroccan tiles. The exterior materials like stone and steel are also brought inside, giving the entire home a nice continuity between inside and out. The home is unique and modern, yet comfortable. The client was careful to choose authentic, real materials in every aspect of the home including plastered walls, travertine flooring and reclaimed wood.
On a second area of the ranch, the owners wanted a barn, indoor riding arena, a guest cottage and a bunk house, a branch manager facility and the necessary support buildings for raising and working out their horses. The four buildings of the Equestrian Facility total over 25,000 square ft. The design of these buildings is both simple and unique. Rather than designing a typical barn and arena, the client wanted modern elements and steel accents that complement the main house and stay true to the client’s design style.
Some of our favorite parts about the Tazi Ranch project are the architectural details like the large, modern windows and exposed steel beams. We love the connections, the exposed bolts, and the way the steel interacts with a lot of the various finishes, such as the clean stucco walls, the rusted metal panels and the stone veneer. The project will be concluding in the next few months so stay tuned for a blog post featuring the finished project!