It was 12 years ago when Scott Jaffa, owner and principal architect at Jaffa Group, stood on a knoll on Iron Mountain and marveled at a pristine mountain view that stretched for miles. Overhead, a clear azure sky crowned the scene. His clients had just purchased the Park City-area property, and they joined Jaffa on the mountainside as the three of them visualized what would ultimately become the couple’s dream home.
Photos by Andy Cunningham
Once the owners were ready to build, Jaffa made their vision a reality. To capture the expansive views, Jaffa set the home on the steep property to fit the topography. “Rather than cutting into the ground, we offset three rectangles so the design respected the site,” he says. “The house faces incredible views up canyon, to Iron Mountain and down valley to the Uintas.”
Surrounded by a heavily wooded landscape, outdoor living spaces feature prominently in the 6,600-square-foot home with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half baths. Dramatic contemporary architecture lends itself to wide windows, an open floor plan and site-inspired features. The great room actually cantilevers over an adjacent stream. “You can hear the stream running in the spring and summer,” Jaffa says.
Each of the three-story home’s levels is designated to specific functions. The bottom level hosts the motor court, mud room, gym, video conference room and foyer. The second floor splits into two sections. The first hosts a great room composed of a kitchen, dining area, living room and an indoor/outdoor wine bar. The second contains three guest rooms and the laundry area. The home’s top level features private living spaces that include the primary bedroom, bathroom and offices.
A steel staircase extends from the foyer to the great room which opens immediately to spectacular views on one side and a stone fireplace on the other. The fireplace begins in the foyer, and the stairs wrap around it in the great room above. There, articulated ceilings differ in height to delineate the dining room and kitchen areas.
Trestlewood weathered oak insets in the ceilings echo the barnwood featured on the kitchen island, fostering a cohesive look and feel.
Throughout, a compelling blend of customized rustic and modern design elements channel the serenity of the surrounding environment. “The homeowner’s favorite color is blue, so we added blue tones and organic textures to add warmth and depth to the contemporary design,” Jaffa explains.
The architect finessed each and every detail. In the living room, for example, Jaffa color-matched the owner’s favorite indigo dishes and used the hue to paint a custom chandelier fashioned from naturally shed elk antlers with tips dipped in gold.
To infuse the interior with natural character and warmth, he flowed 6-inch, euro-cut wire-brushed oak floors throughout. “Spaces with so many textures and sheens take a lot of finesse,” says Jaffa. “This home feels put together.”
As it climbs its spectacular site, the mountain home channels the majesty of the rugged setting and the ever-changing hues of the sky, top to bottom, inside and out.
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