This home was originally a miner’s cabin built in Aspen in the 1880’s. In order to preserve the cabin it needed to be moved off of its existing foundation and placed on a new concrete foundation with a new basement level. While doing so we discovered plenty of interesting structural details in the original house. The new part of the building was intended to look like a barn or carriage house with false doors to break up the façade. This design received a Preservation Honor Award from the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission.
The new portion of the house was meant to pay homage to carriage houses. The door shown is decorative and the windows open up to the stairwell. Shutters by owner.
The interior of the "False Door" on the street elevation. The windows bring light into the stairwell going to the office loft.
The original design concept showing a clear separation between the historic structure and the new architecture.
The original cabin being moved onto its new concrete foundation.
An original structural detail. Yes, those are chains hanging from a 2x4 holding up individual rafters. My all time favorite existing condition.
The Master bath
The Living/Dining area was located in the original structure.
The Kitchen was also located in the existing Miner's Cabin. The windows facing east give this room great light.
The Entry elevation showing the original Miner's Cabin. The shutters were added by a subsequent owner.,
One of the bedrooms in the new basement. Large lightwells and high ceilings help this room to feel light and comfortable