All photos by Scot Zimmerman
A skilled industrial designer, Ramsey Madsen spends his workdays problem-solving with materials, colors, textures and angles to create furniture for some of the most design-conscious workspaces in the country. He and his wife Elizabeth found the perfect lot, and who better than Ramsey to understand the needs of his active family? He took on the challenge of designing the home and Living Home Construction + Design (Chris Towson) partnered with him to build it.
The street-side view in the opening shot shows how well the home fits into the family neighborhood in Park City.
The center of the home is transparent from the glass wall and back patio adjacent to where I am standing for this photo, to the glass at the front of the home. The open living area is a long rectangle. At the far end, the fan assembly serves as a lowered cloud ceiling over the kitchen island with the appliances built into the side walls along with generous storage. Closer is the dining area, and in the foreground, the living space. Note the continuation of the wooden ceiling through the space and continuing outside. Ramsey used Cumaru wood flooring on the inside ceiling to control costs and reduce maintenance, and Living Home perfectly matched the wood used outside.
Here is a more detailed view of the stone wall. The entry is to the right, and in the following shot of the entry, the stone bench is visible. In this shot, I sought to show you how the design melds the interior with exterior and the continuation of materials. The plank wooden floor, wooden ceiling, stone, and white wall all continue through to the outside.
Opposite the white wall is the entrance to the garage and a family mudroom with storage for gear and sports equipment along with coats and boots.
Returning to the living area, this view looks into the sitting area in the master suite. Wooden pocket doors can close this area off for greater privacy, and there are double pocket doors to the bedroom and to the bath from the sitting area. The metal sliding doors in the bookcase open to a television set.
Turning to look the opposite direction, a wide doorway leads to the two-story children’s wing and office.
Coming in a little closer, you can see the floating stairway and the windows that continue up to the second level.
Ramsey is a serious cook, and he designed the kitchen for how he likes to work. The cooktop has pan storage below and he positioned the ovens on the wall behind where I am standing. The pizza oven can be seen adjacent to the wooden-fronted refrigerator and surrounding cabinets. He kept cabinet hardware to a minimum. The double faucets in the log deep sink make for easier clean up, and he made certain he had a window.
The primary bath is spacious and continues the wood inside against the wall in the glass shower and on the vanity.
It is interesting to see a creative designer look at his family’s needs and come up with an innovative design. The master suite on the main floor anticipates a maturing family where the couple may close off the family wing and downsize into one level with everything they need. They can open up the adjacent double level and fully heat it when the grown children come to visit. I can see this home adapting to their lifestyle and serving their needs for many years to come.
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