Black Birch Modern | Modernized Traditional Lodge

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We’re seeing more and more modern architectural adaptations of older buildings every day. Re-decorating and updating the interior is easy, but redefining a house inside out demands a lot of time and effort. The project called the Black Birch Modern was completed in 2013 in Aspen, Colorado, and the work done consisted of both interior decoration and exterior remodeling. The project was awarded the prestigious 2014 IIDA MERIT Award in the Residential “Live” category.

The Black Birch Modern project’s goal was to modernize a 6,400 square feet traditional lodge but to preserve its iconic gable forms. Needless to say, the adaptation was severe as it demanded a new floor plan, lighting plan, and new, custom-made furniture. The floor plan was renewed to give the person walking on around the house a sense of compression and release. The gable ends remained in place neatly incorporated with glass that allows natural light to enter the space.

Black Birch Modern exterior, front view.

The Black Birch Modern features a smooth transition from the outside to the inside thanks to the integrated reclaimed barn wood

Black Birch Modern living room with a fireplace.

The iconic gable forms are preserved and perfectly combined with glass to provide enough natural light and a nice view

The lodge exterior has a specific texture and form that adds a sense of restraint that’s perfectly complemented with modern Italian furniture and fixtures on the inside. The interior enriched with hand-made artisan furniture and natural materials gives an entirely new dimension to space. To make the crossing between the exterior and the interior smoother, the team integrated reclaimed barn wood into the house. The first level of Black Birch Modern consists of open spaces including the living room, dining room, kitchen and the alfresco living areas that you can simply flow through.

Black Birch Modern interior, kitchen

The interior of the house is designed to complement the restraint texture and form featured in the house exterior

Black Birch Modern master bathroom with stainless steel tub.

The master bath offers a spa-like experience with a beautiful view of the Aspen trees

The team in charge of this remodeling consisted of John Rowland and Amanda Christianson. The areas they worked on included entryway, kitchen, living room, specialty room, dining room, bedroom and bath. The work done includes architectural adaptation and interior design to make the house more modern and suitable for one family to live in. The space we would especially emphasize as the oasis of the house is the spa-like master bath. This room has stone floors, stainless steel Japanese tub to soak in and enjoy the view of the surrounding aspen trees. [via]

Black Birch Modern bedroom.

On the inside, the hand-made artisan furniture and natural materials make the space truly enjoyable to be in

Check out the video below for a close look:

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