Beauty to Be­hold

In Vail, Colorado, log struc­tures are quite com­mon. But this com­pletely cus­tom­ized dream log home stands apart from the crowd.

Log Home Living - - BRANCHING OUT - Story by Brooke Fishel photography by Heidi Long

Sim­ply­log Colorado, home call­ing cus­tom-in Vail,this or the de­sign/built build doesn’t pro­cessdo it jus­tice. From the stains spe­cially cre­ated for the home’s in­te­rior and ex­te­rior wood to the del­i­cate care taken to bring out the full beauty of the logs, this is a true show­piece down to the small­est de­tail.

With their land pur­chased and an ini­tial draft of the floor plan sketched, Adam and Ana Bersin con­tacted Brad Neu of Kal­ispell Mon­tana Log Homes to be­gin the process of build­ing their dream home. Brad brought Gabe But­ler of Mon­tana Log Homes of Colorado and de­signer Jake Henry of Jake’s Draft­ing Ser­vice onto the project.

“We started with the ini­tial plan and through dis­cus­sions with Adam, we were able to come up with a floor plan and con­cep­tual el­e­va­tions that met his vi­sion of build­ing a ‘big cabin in the woods,’” Jake ex­plains.

The re­sult is High­cliffe Lodge, a stun­ning five-bed­room, 4 1/2 bath home lo­cated just min­utes from the heart of Vail Vil­lage and the area’s world-fa­mous ski slopes.

Adam knew ex­actly what he wanted and was very much a part of the de­sign process. “He pro­vided a lot of in­put and ideas that worked great for the home,” said Kent Olsen with Spe­cialty Wood­works Co. who did much of the wood­work, in­clud­ing the kitchen cab­i­nets, in­te­rior and ex­te­rior doors and the en­tire trim pack­age in the house.

The metic­u­lous care taken through­out the process started with the stand­ing-dead lodge­pole pine logs used to con­struct the shell. The logs — 16 inches in di­am­e­ter on av­er­age —

were hand-treated with an Os­born buff­ing brush to cre­ate a smooth, nat­u­ral fin­ish with­out peel­ing or mar­ring the wood fibers. “Ev­ery log was han­dled with kid gloves so that the nat­u­ral beauty of the wood wouldn’t be com­pro­mised,” ex­plains Brad.

Adam and Kent then ex­per­i­mented with cus­tom-crafted stains for the ex­te­rior logs un­til the per­fect color was achieved — a mix of raw um­ber and wa­ter.

The um­ber color was con­tin­ued in­side but mixed with an oil-based wip­ing stain for the an­tiqued white oak cab­i­nets in the kitchen. A darker gun­metal stain with a crackle and worm-track fin­ish was cre­ated for the kitchen is­land and hand­made hutch. Brazil­ian quartzite coun­ter­tops, La Terre Deco tile from Exquisite Sur­faces and a cus­tom-built iron stove hood by Craig May from Dragon Forge Ltd. com­plete the pol­ished look.

Craig’s hand-forged art also can be found in other ar­eas of the house, in­clud­ing the rail­ings, front door hard­ware and fire­place doors in the great room, as well as in the pow­der room’s metal coun­ter­tops and the bar on the lower level.

The at­ten­tion to de­tail is also ev­i­dent in the bath­rooms, fea­tur­ing fix­tures from Kal­lista’s “One Col­lec­tion” in a gun­metal fin­ish, antique terra cotta hexagon tiles on the floor and hand­made Pratt & Lar­son tiles in dif­fer­ent col­ors and tex­tures for each room.

The home’s per­son­al­ity and beauty con­tinue with treated French oak floor­ing on the main level chang­ing to buffed lime­stone floor-

ing and real-stone ve­neer walls on the lower level with a wet bar tucked be­neath the stairs and framed by char­ac­ter posts sourced from the Steam­boat Springs area.

And for the movie lover, there is also a state-of-the-art cinema room with 4K pro­jec­tor, 11.1 ATMOS sound sys­tem and re­clin­ing leather seat­ing for five.

The home may be just min­utes from the ameni­ties of bustling Vail Vil­lage but once you see all this home has to of­fer, there re­ally is no need to leave … ex­cept to maybe hit those slopes.

Bald Moun­tain and Gore Range pro­vide a stun­ning back­drop to this five-bed­room, 4 1/2 bath home.

ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT: The fix­tures for all of the bath­rooms were se­lected from Kal­lista’s “One Col­lec­tion” in the gun­metal fin­ish. Adam wanted to keep the look con­sis­tent through­out the en­tire home, but made each room unique by chang­ing up the sink styles. • The shower’s var­ie­gated green hand­made tile boasts whim­si­cal re­liefs rang­ing from trees to moose to tur­tles. • The mas­ter bath fea­tures a copper Ja­panese-style soak­ing tub that’s ex­cep­tion­ally deep for to­tal-body sub­mer­sion. • The wood­work’s rich shade of brown al­lows the cool whites and grays of the stone coun­ter­top and the creamy-beige tex­tured walls to stand out. Il­lu­mi­nated by can­dle sconces, the com­bi­na­tion is at once mas­cu­line and fem­i­nine.

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