The River Cabin

A cabin in the Rockies shows how quality design can lead to years of comfort.

The River Cabin
A cabin in the Rockies shows how quality design can lead to years of comfort. Like a lot of outdoor enthusiasts, Dave and Michele had a vision for their family. It included horseback riding across open fields and trout fishing in a river just a few steps from the back door of a cabin in the Rockies. Problem was, there weren't many real estate prospects. Kitchen AreaThen Dave joined a real estate venture on a 10,500-acre ranch in Colorado. Each partner owns a minimum of 35 acres of ranch property; however, each has only a 5-acre building envelope. Beyond that, there are open-space easements ensuring the land remains beautiful and breathtaking. Horses graze, wildlife roams, and families hike and ride horses, cross-country ski, snowshoe and swim and fish in the river.

Cabin Design

They had the land; now they needed a shelter they'd call The River Cabin. Dave contacted Alpine Log Homes of Victor, Montana, and Ken Harkias of Trends West in Edwards. With the basic layout and design done, the couple turned to Jeff Terrell at RMT Architects for his input. Porch and Exterior View of HomeMichele also met with Mary Miller, an interior design associate with RMT. "Mary gave the cabin a comfortable, warm feeling," Michele says. The cabin's 2,400 square feet feel larger, thanks to immense windows with 360-degree views.

Efficient, Cozy Rooms

Michele and Dave's great room is the home's visual core, as it merges with an open U-shaped kitchen, and a dining nook surrounded by a glass wall offering views of the Red Cliffs in the distance. Two bedroom wings flank the great room. The master wing has an office/den, as well as the couple's spacious bedroom and bath. The opposite wing has the children's bedroom, a guest room and a bath. Dining Room

Garage Design

"Old homesteads in Colorado didn't have garages; they had barns," Ken says. The building is made to look authentic with the use of weathered-gray barn boards, sliding doors and even a hayloft door. In the short time Michele, Dave and their children have lived in The River Cabin, they've shared many memories and are instituting some new family traditions. Upon their arrival at the cabin each time, there is a ceremonious jump in the river—winter or summer.Family Room with Hearth