The home’s exterior features clear, vertical-grain cedar, stucco siding, and steel-wrapped columns and roof. Contemporary landscaping incorporates native grasses around the perimeter of the house and in gravel beds. And a live green roof creates a visual connection between the house and its surroundings—also serving as a good insulator in all seasons. 

 

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One of Park City’s biggest draws is its wild spaces. But with the housing boom, Utah faces a challenge: preserving that natural beauty and sense of wide-open space while accommodating a growing population. One option for residents vying for a bit of elbow room is the Preserve. The luxury 1,700-acre mountain community, located just north of historic Bitner Ranch, was founded on the principle of protecting open spaces and embracing the area’s wildlife and natural beauty.

That pristine environment was exactly what a couple of urban transplants wanted. “When we moved from New York City, we did a total 180 from city life,” the homeowner explains. So, the family built a contemporary home on an 11-acre site in the midst of the Preserve’s undulating fields, surrounded by striking views of the Uinta and Wasatch Mountain Ranges. 

A blue wallpaper sticker by Keith Haring and a painting by Ludwig Sander add vibrant pops of color to the kitchen, where high-gloss white lacquer cabinets, a crisp white Caesarstone island, and uniform design create a decidedly contemporary feel. Cherner wood stools and white oak hardwood floors add organic warmth. 

 

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An open floor plan with expansive windows frames those panoramic views, providing glimpses of the seasonally changing landscape. “Natural light is important, so we wanted as many windows as possible,” she says. This 6,900-square-foot house features six and a half bathrooms and six bedrooms; the main rooms all have windows facing the views. Befitting Park City’s active lifestyle and residents’ enthusiasm for the outdoors, the home also has a swimming pool, heated deck, and gym. 

This cozy master bedroom features a roll-top desk with Lucite sides by Vladimir Kagan, a chair by Jens Risom, a Sol LeWitt print, and a limestone fireplace and dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (not pictured).

 

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“Originally, I wanted a very modern home, essentially a box with a flat roof,” she says. But the Preserve has very strict architectural rules. That’s where architect Costantino Grandjacquet had to get creative. “The clients wanted as contemporary a house as possible,” he says. “Our challenge was trying to bridge the gap between a contemporary home and the homeowner association’s guidelines. We did that by using the allowed roof forms (gables and sheds) in conjunction with live green roofs.” The result is an L-shape house. “Tino was clever,” says the homeowner. “The first-level roof is flat, and the second level features a green roof with native grasses that wraps around the top of the house.” 

The Preserve’s homesites average 10 acres. That buffer coupled with building envelopes and fencing limitations—as well as 450 acres of designated open space—ensure that more than 90 percent of space surrounding the homes inside the community remains natural to protect the large deer, elk, and moose populations. Eleven miles of trails, including the popular Flying Dog, also meander through the landscape. “The open space to the south of the house is a migration path for herds of elk,” says Grandjacquet. “In order to clearly define the built environment from the undisturbed landscape, we deliberately created an exterior stone retaining wall that runs the length of the house. This plinth also helped define the outdoor areas, such as the firepit and pool patios.”

The white oak staircase features glass sides; each step is lit from underneath. Moooi light fixtures illuminate the front foyer.

 

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In addition, he designed an office suspended in air on four columns. “It’s like a room on stilts or a box sitting up in the air,” explains builder Chad Flinders. “It floats off the front of the house, at the second-floor level with a suspended glass hallway and floor lights.”  

Building materials helped spin the exterior of the home to a more contemporary vernacular. “We used clear, vertical-grain cedar along with metal and stone,” says Grandjacquet. “In addition, we used a dark stucco to achieve a look similar to concrete, which is not allowed in the guidelines.” 

The dining room features a sideboard credenza by Vladimir Kagan topped with a Yoshitomo Nara sculpture and a photograph by Jörg Sasse. An Achille Castiglioni light fixture illuminates the Jonathan Adler dining room table.

 

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We wanted a design that related to the natural slope of the site while maximizing the pristine views of the Park City mountain range.

— Architect Costantino Grandjacquet

 

The swimming pool is deliberately small so it can be heated year-round, also functioning as a hot tub. A bench, built into the pool, offers a quiet space to enjoy the mountain views. The surrounding  cement deck and al fresco fireplace enhance the outdoor living spaces. 

 

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Inside, the homeowner designed spaces with a crisp, clean palette. “I kept all the walls white and added soothing gray fabrics as accents,” she says. “Modern white walls are the perfect backdrop to showcase art with vibrant pops of color.” Midcentury modern furniture, stunning light fixtures, and an array of modern art—most collected from New York City auctions and galleries—give the home flair.

Inside and out, this home pushes the limits of architectural creativity—working in harmony with the environment while playing within the bounds of the Preserve’s guidelines. As a result, this home pays homage to its unspoiled, natural setting with a decidedly contemporary nod toward the future. 

Different ceiling heights delineate spaces that are part of a larger whole. For example, the floor is lowered and the ceiling is raised in the living room. The bright space is adorned by a gray sofa sectional, cork top coffee table by Paul Frankl, and midcentury modern chairs by Peter Hvidt.

 

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Sources

Architect
Costantino Grandjacquet Architects
435.655.381

Contractor
Chad Flinders Construction
Park City
435.640.2740
chadflindersconstruction@gmail.com 
Note: Tom Olsen was also a contractor on this project. 

Interior designer
JC Luxe Interiors
917.478.2716 

Exterior elements

Cedar exterior
BMC
117 S 1600 West, Orem
801.224.0541

Desert Skys Siding Company
6214 Parkridge Dr, Park City
801.979.8209 

Live green roof
Grounds Maintenance Services
435.640.1116

Pendleton Design Management
Sandy
801.453.0067

Swimming pool
Dolphin Pools & Spas
4678 S Highland Dr, 
Salt Lake City
801.277.8700

Windows
Sierra Pacific Windows
4212 N Forestdale Dr, Park City
801.973.7170

Interior elements

Caesarstone countertops
Foremost Interiors 
3365 S 300 West, 
Salt Lake City
801.506.0512

Fireplace
Hearth & Home Distributors of Utah
973 E 2100 South, 
Salt Lake City
801.486.8452

Kitchen cabinets
Acorn Woodworking
1207 Whileaway Road, Park City
435.615.6657

Staircase
Foremost Interiors and Tanner Glass & Hardware
4490 N Forestdale Dr, Ste 203, Park City
435.565.6115

White oak floors
DuChateau, Foremost Interiors

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