Remodeled Lakeside Home Turns Into Modern Retreat

Taking a 2008 move-in ready home from dark and heavy to a look reminiscent of summer camp with crisp, natural palettes and a fresh modern feel was no easy task, but our architecture and interior design team was up for the challenge. 

The home overlooks Steamboat Springs’ Lake Catamount, a key selling point, but had a hodgepodge of mismatched finishes and completely missed the boat when it came to taking advantage of lakeside views. While the exteriors could remain mostly intact, our team knew the interiors called for a full makeover. 

“On our very first visit to the home, we could see the potential, but it really needed work to create a brighter interior and open it up to the lake,” says the homeowner.

front elevation lake home at sunset

The home’s new raised roof and skybridge allow for much more natural light in all of the main living spaces

Revamping the Interior Architecture

To start, we opened up the interiors to connect the house to the lake. The architecture team immediately brightened up the entry space by raising the roof (literally!) and adding a skybridge element with abundant natural light, creating see-through vistas from the front door to the lake. We also completely replanned the first floor with large changes to the kitchen, mudroom, laundry room and pantry to better utilize space. A wall of windows was added in the living room to optimize views of the lake by rotating the kitchen 90 degrees. We also finished a screened-in-porch to add to the square footage of the home.

“We redid the back window wall to capture lake views, but also to pull in as much light as possible,” says Partner Sarah Tiedeken O’Brien.

Living Room View With Full Lake View

Adding in a wall of windows to the living room and rotating the kitchen opened up wall-to-wall lakeside views to Lake Catamount.

Along the way, we discovered the dining room had an incomplete foundation, causing it to sink away from the home and allowing water intrusion. Our multi-discipline team jumped into action to address the issue and enhance the room at the same time, resulting in a dining room that sits sturdily on a proper foundation and capitalizes on views.

Detailed Interior Design

Inside, the owners were looking for a family-friendly home that had a summer-camp, lake-house feel. The redesign juxtaposes clean, simple, high-end finishes with whimsical and playful furniture that doesn’t shy away from patterns and color. Youthful, eclectic elements accessorize the main living spaces, including a 70s, mid-century influence embodied by elements such as the ombre velvet kitchen booth and walnut table. Smooth leather is paired with funky modern styles and tactile details using woven materials and hammered metal to create a handmade vibe in each space.

kitchen nook with curved bench and table

A 70s, mid-century influence is embodied in this ombre velvet breakfast nook and walnut table, pairing smooth leather and funky modern styles.

In the kitchen, we modernized the dreary, original look by layering in textures with stainless-steel appliances, handmade terracotta tile backsplashes, smoky glass with walnut cabinetry and island and burnished brass stools. To complete the look, the Twenty1Five team fabricated our design – a seven-foot custom dining table with a resin river in the middle which serves as an art piece itself alongside the light fixture and surrounded by plum leather chairs. It’s now one of the homeowners’ favorite places in the house, alongside the breakfast nook where they get their day started with coffee and enjoy the amazing transformation and ever-changing views of the lake they now get to experience day in and day out.


wooden kitchen table looking into kitchen

Quickly becoming one of the owners’ favorite areas, the seven-foot custom dining table features a resin river in the middle and funky plum leather chairs to continue the mid-century modern theme.

Upstairs, the team created a more beautiful guest suite by creating an expanded bathroom with upgraded finishes. We incorporated the same youthful lake house style with woven plaid and leather in various pops of color, avoiding tone-on-tone neutrals and instead opting for muddy blues and greens, and rich orange and caramels. The earthy colors feel cozy, yet similarly fun.


blue and white bunk bed room

The upstairs bunk room features a youthful lake house, yet summer camp, vibe with woven plaid in muddy blues and greens.

The home also features unique tile elements that are sure to catch your eye. A herringbone pattern ombre tile covers all four walls in the recreation room bathroom and is paired with a stainless steel vanity. A stunning custom mosaic of a family member wake surfing on Lake Catamount drives home the personalized mountain lakeside, yet modern, style.


Custom Shower Mosaic

Leaning in to unique tile elements throughout the home, a custom mosaic tile feature in an upstairs bathroom showcases a family members wake surfing on Lake Catamount

The home now fully encapsulates what the owners had been searching for all along – a modern, lakeside retreat where this Colorado-based family can make a home in the mountains for any season. This remodeled home was recently featured in Mountain Living.