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This Aspen Ski Chalet Went From Boring to Alpine Chic

Inside a renovation success story in Colorado

If there's any criticism of ski country design, it's likely that the same tired clichés play out again and again. Antler chandeliers, bulky furniture, and a penchant for all things brown make the ski chalets of yesterday boring and uninspired.


Luckily, a new wave of architects and designers are breaking the mold. In honor of Renovation Week, we've discovered one ski home that's been transformed from a blah mountain lodge to an inviting and modern retreat. It's all thanks to the work of one of the hottest architecture firms in ski country, Rowland + Broughton, whose ever-growing portfolio is earning a well-deserved reputation for inventive alpine design.

In Aspen, Colorado, clients Eduardo and Beatriz Gonzalez hired Rowland + Broughton to update their 5,177-square-foot mountain home. Characterized as "moody" and with a "lodge-style interior," the Gonzalez's home was stuck in the designs of yesteryear, relying on a dated, heavy-handed alpine look.

Teaming up with interior designer John Bossard, the architects at Rowland + Broughton transformed the space into a "modern, bright, family-friendly mountain retreat." A full interior remodel included a new elevator, house-wide audio visual system, media room, bunk room, new millwork, furniture, fixtures, and a completely redesigned kitchen.

Gone went the old brown and beige color palette; serene creams, grays, and even bright splashes of red breathed fresh air into the space and contrasted well with the home's dark woods. New lighting made a substantial difference, allowing rooms to feel light and airy instead of weighed down and heavy. All of the home's bathrooms were redone and even the outdoor spaces received an overhaul to take adventure of the views of Aspen Mountain.

The renovation took a tired ski chalet and brought it into the 21st century. Check out the full gallery below.

All before images courtesy of Rowland + Broughton. All after images courtesy of Brent Moss Photography.

Aspen, CO 81611, USA

Aspen, CO 81611, USA