This home tucked in the hills of Northern Utah was created in 1995 to balance the husband’s love of contemporary style and the wife’s love for much more of a cottage look. Salt Lake City architect Warren Lloyd of Lloyd Architects utilized cedar shingles and aluminum roofing to strike a balance and give the exterior a warm and organic design that will blend with its surroundings. About a decade later, the clients called on him and interior designer Susan Taggart to redesign the house, a project which included a gorgeous brand new kitchen and living space. “The trick was to incorporate modern elements in warmer and more comfortable colors and fabrics,” Taggart says.
The house in Logan, Utah is perched on a hillside with views of rolling hills, a profound valley, and thick scrub oak forests. Its dramatic sloping roofline echoes the curves of this hillside. Because of this roofline, most of the ceilings in the house are sloped, creating a massive variety in ceiling height throughout the house. “The sense of spatial compression is a really powerful tool,” says Lloyd.
“We thought of this house as connected pavilions,” says Lloyd. “There are two bungalow-sized forms which are pulled apart, with an arced living space connecting them.” Each bungalow is about 26′ x 40′. Together they hold the house’s five bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.
Outdoor living areas flow easily from the interior the house. There’s a clear view to the outside throughout — when entering the home, the outside terraces on the opposite side of the house are visible.
Because the house was built on a steep incline, Lloyd and his team used terracing to make walls and garden spaces. This outdoor terrace is paved with concrete in a stamped cobblestone pattern.
When Lloyd first built this house, the clients requested he put a laundry room next to the kitchen, and he put one in which this little family room is currently. Through time, the owner realized her family members and friends loved to collect in the kitchen, and the laundry room was stifling that space. When they did the remodel, Lloyd moved the laundry room to another area.
Lloyd and Taggart utilized quite a few special ceiling treatments, such as the woven plywood with a cherrywood finish above the family room in this shot. Split-face Travertine tile has been implemented to the wall behind the TV, contrasting the polished appearance of the plywood ceiling treatment and the cherry-stained bamboo flooring.
Coffee tables: Zanotta Ambo tables
The kitchen became much more contemporary, as the wife’s tastes had changed considerably since the house was brand new. Stainless steel appliances, vivid colors, and bold lighting all create a contemporary look in warm hues.
The actual jaw-dropper is the custom made dining table, created by a local company called 3-Form. The base is stainless steel, and the shirt is made from pressed glass.
Countertops: Lemon Grass granite
Island: Straight grain mahogany with stainless steel banding
Backsplash: Walker Zanger
The kitchen cabinetry is straight-grain mahogany, with some cabinet doors and doors in back-painted glass. The pure orange tint in the mahogany contrasts perfectly with the kitchen’s lime green accents and dark cherry hardwood flooring.
Pendants: Tobias Grau Sea pendant
Chairs: Montis Spica Chair
Interior designer Susan Taggart chose comfortable furnishings with modern lines. Engineered wood, textiles, and colors balance the appearance. “Often people think that contemporary is cold and uncomfortable, but it does not need to be the case in any respect,” says Taggart.
Lighting: Flos Fuscia pendants
The tilted ceiling in the living room is a great illustration of how the sloped roof transforms the sense of a space. The cast concrete fireplace reaches to the Douglas fir rafters, making a gorgeous intersection of contrasting materials.
Interior colour: Benjamin Moore Timothy Straw
While the traces of this house make for a daring design, Lloyd and Taggart chose a comparatively simple palette of materials, colors and products. Lighting was kept understated to prevent from disrupting the flow of the space. Sconces, recessed lighting, and a few pendants dominate the lighting scheme.
The ceiling screen in the master bedroom is a customized piece from local artisans, faux finished with silver foliage. Light from the outside goes through the piece to light the master bedroom. “It almost resembles a Turkish tent,” says Lloyd.
Bed framework: B&B Italia
Bedding: Bella Notte custom bedding
The glass tiles in the master bath were carefully selected in the exact same sage green which echoes throughout the house, and Taggart installed sconces along the sides of the mirrors instead of overhead lighting to get a more flattering glow. More of the eco-resin out of 3-Form could be viewed here in a few of the organically inspired patterns.
Flooring: Walker Zanger Porcelain tile
Wall tile: Walker Zanger 1×1 glass mosaic tile
Cabinets: Green Onyx
Sconces: Leucos Diana sconces
The extremely low ceiling on the upper-level bridge is another illustration of the drama created by the house’s sloping roofline. The custom made railings are made from steel and a structured bamboo eco-resin panel out of 3-Form.
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