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R+B’s Ridge House Aspen Project Named 2019’s Home of the Year by Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

ASPEN, CO — May 31, 2019 — Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design is proud to announce that our Ridge House project has been named 2019 Home of the Year by Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine. The cover story article, titled “Aspen Revival, Architect Sarah Broughton helps a globe-trotting family return a Colorado legacy property to its glory days,” appears in the June issue of the magazine.


In a “From the Editor” note, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles editor-in-chief, Kate Meyers, shares, “It’s an exponential pleasure to honor the work of Sarah Broughton of Rowland+Broughton – the architect and designer behind our Home of the Year – because she and her partner John Rowland are as wonderful as they are talented.”


About the accolade, R+B Principal Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCIDQ, shares, “We are so humbled and honored that this one-of-a-kind family home has been named 2019’s Home of the Year by Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, a publication we truly admire and respect. The efforts of the entire project team, along with the client’s generosity and collaborative participation, allowed us to create something truly unique. By addressing our mutual desire to retain historic elements essential to the character of the home, we were able to move forward with a design that is relevant to both its origins and the requirements of an active, modern lifestyle.”


About Ridge House – Set along a ridgeline amidst dramatic mountain views, 8,259 square foot Ridge House thoughtfully blends the old and new through the renovation of an existing 1960s structure. The home’s original architect, Ellie Brickham, was the first female architect in Aspen, and the legacy of the building was worthy of thoughtful modernization. To accomplish this, the R+B team maintained a delicate balance throughout the design process by cleaning up unsystematic renovations and additions that had been implemented over the years, while ensuring the home become thoroughly enjoyable for the contemporary client family.

The interior is oriented along a central defining spine, which encourages progression from public to private spaces. Carefully designed volumes with modern architecture and interspersed details, such as a wide range of furnishings, allow for a layering of history and a connection to the ranch-like character of the site. Strong indoor-outdoor congruence is granted with large floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors throughout the home. Additional goals for the home included utilizing new materials that would, like the original structure, patina and improve with age, and creating a strong indoor-outdoor connection.