Archive for Custom vacation home

Elk Point project finished and sold

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2014 by michaelfgallagher

While most people think of more traditional mountain themes for their vacation homes, there’s a growing interest in a cleaner more contemporary aesthetic. This works very well with large of expanses of glass that show the great views and fewer details to distract from the natural beauty that surrounds. This recently completed project in Breckenridge demonstrates this concept very well. The home feels very much like a mountain home, but with much more contemporary lines, simple detailing and fantastic indoor-outdoor relationship.

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This home was recently completed and sold. It sits on an incredible site in Breckenridge, Colorado with fantastic views of Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Ten Mile Range. It’s called Elk Point because of the frequent visits by a local elk heard.

You can see more photos on my website http://www.MichaelGallagher.com

 

Peak 8 Penthouse recieves more publicity

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by michaelfgallagher

My project near the Breckenridge Ski Resort has been featured in Denver Life Magazine in October. Here’s the link if you’d like to see the article: http://denverlifemagazine.com/2014/10/room-with-a-view/

Thanks to the homeowners for their help. Great clients make great projects possible!

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Elk Point sweeps the Summit County Parade of Homes awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2014 by michaelfgallagher

Thanks to  the Summit County Parade of Homes for awarding five out of the seven available awards to the home I designed. Thanks to the builder Double Diamond Property and Construction and the homeowner for making this possible. If you’d like to see this contemporary mountain home, the Parade continues Sunday September 21st as well as Saturday and Sunday September 26th and 27th. Admission proceeds benefit the Summit Foundation.

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Summit County Parade of Homes entry

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2014 by michaelfgallagher

Once again, one of my designs has been selected for the Summit County Parade of Homes tour September 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 in Summit County Colorado. Please stop by and visit. Proceeds of the Parade benefit the Summit Foundation.

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The home is a more contemporary home than what you usually see in this area. It has a very refreshing aesthetic while still clearly within the mountain vernacular.

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Work is just finishing up so the home will be ready for the Parade.

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The Master Bedroom flows right out to an “outdoor room” with its own fireplace and great views.

 

Michael F Gallagher, Architect      Breckenridge, Colorado          http://www.MichaelGallagher.com

 

Details in The Bennett Residence

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2014 by michaelfgallagher

Now that the Bennett Residence is finished, I’d like to show you some of my favorite details.

The first detail is the HISTORIC PHOTO MURALS on the walls of the Bowling Alley.

Breckenridge, Colorado started out as a mining town and this custom vacation home, overlooking Breckenridge Ski Area, actually sits over some abandoned mine shafts. The owners wished to celebrate this heritage in the lower level game area of the home. This part of the home has trim and detailing that reflects a more rustic feel with general references to mining. In the Bowling Alley I suggested that we use large photo murals to create interest on the large wall expanses. We chose these photos because the owner was especially interested in the dredge boats that had worked the Blue and Swan Rivers. This was a  rather unique approach to extracting gold and the boats were interesting technology. They destroyed the natural riverbed, but in more recent times the Town of Breckenridge has restored the Blue River where it passes through town.

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Details: Roofing transition

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 31, 2013 by michaelfgallagher

The Bennett Residence, nearing completion in Breckenridge, Colorado, has a two-pitch roof inspired by Adirondack tradition. The roofing material also changes at this pitch change. The eaves have standing-seam copper roofing to better deal with the icy conditions at this high altitude  (9,820 feet above sea level). The main roof is a slate-like composite material. This type of roofing transition is not uncommon, but the flashing usually comes from under the upper roofing material and then has to slope “up” (relatively) to get over the standing seams. This creates a “hump” that interferes with snow and water shedding. In this case I detailed the roof deck with an offset so that the flashing can lay flat over the standing seams. The effect is a much cleaner look and more effective flashing.

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This large custom vacation home near the Breckenridge Ski Resort required many special details with this level of thoughtfulness. The Rocky Mountains of Colorado present a wonderful playground but also a very demanding climate.

Michael F Gallagher, Architect