This marks a long holiday weekend preceded by a new layer of fresh snow. Thinking about a long weekend, I would enjoy spending three days in this recently completed home in Promontory, and it would take that much time to fully explore and appreciate its thoughtful detailing, innovations, and custom pieces.
Shown above in the opening shot is the main living area, divided into three equally strong conversation settings. Back-to-back sofas break up one, where one grouping looks out to the snowy hills and the second clusters around the limestone surrounded fireplace. The third is at the far end. With glass on three sides, it’s like an elevated outdoor porch.
The dining room is on the opposite side of the oversized fireplace, and it connects with the kitchen, which is framed by a lower ceiling. The difference in height allows for a clerestory to fill the dining area with natural light. K Rocke Design is the interior designer (Kristen Rocke, Salt Lake City), and she worked closely with the architect, Lee Design Group, LLC (Ron Lee, Heber City) on many of the interesting innovations. Rocke took the lead on cabinet and fireplace design, as well. Custom homebuilder, McNulty Construction (Mike McNulty, Park City), built the home.
Artist and artisan-designed pieces add interest throughout. As an example, a ceramicist who also created some oversized pieces in the kitchen made the tableware. Kristen Rocke also owns the Glass House in Salt Lake, and in this role she has expanded her contacts with artists and makers of unique lines of accessories.
Glass railings and floating treads demonstrate how Ron Lee’s architecture works with K Rocke’s furnishings and art selections.
The overall visual impact of the kitchen is simplicity with planes of wood and white. This is where my need for three days to fully appreciate this home comes into play. The paired metal-framed glass glassware cabinets are ceiling-mounted and seem to float. In the center of the appliances along the cabinet wall, green stone lines a nook, the same stone that tops the center island. The stone on the island sharply bevels for a crisp finish. On the center island’s shelf are more pieces by the same ceramic artist.
Whether this space enclosed by frosted glass doors is a butler’s pantry, pantry, or both, it inspired awe from the photo team. With the double-doors open, from the kitchen one looks into the étagère, which is set with elegant serving pieces.
Again in the master bedroom, the large windows and clerestory above ensure maximum views and natural light. Several of K Rocke’s signatures are evident in this room: the combination of draperies and shades, and bedroom seating. The soft floor-to-ceiling draperies add elegance, filter light, and acoustically soften the room, and the blackout shades add maximum light control. The settee with paired chairs offer one conversation grouping, and on the opposite side of the fireplace is a small sitting room, as well. I see this working especially well in entertainment homes because it offers the hosts a private respite.
At the center of the master bath is a double-sided glass-enclosed shower where the clear glass becomes frosted with a flip of a switch.
The gathering room, tucked next to two guest suites on the upper floor, aims for comfort with oversized sofas and chairs in soft fabrics. Here the drapes are closed, but open to decks and views to a snowy hillside, and there are shades, as well. Unseen to the left of the frame is a large-screen TV with a game console.
On the lower floor is the bar, another gathering spot. The metal and glass shelves echo the design in the kitchen and add a sense of light transparency.
There is always a dialogue about the best time of day to photograph a home. With this design’s masterful handling of natural light, it was a joy to photograph it during the day. Utah’s incredible winter weather made for typical bluebird conditions to celebrate the natural beauty of the Promontory area with photos of a notable new home.
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