The nature of elegance

The nature of elegance

The nature of elegance

There are not enough letters in the word “spectacular” to describe WaterStone Ridge, an $11 million house that’s currently on the market in the foothills. Built into a series of rock outcroppings, the 8,900-square-foot house uses nature to create a sanctuary of uniqueness – both inside and out. The fact that the house is part […]

There are not enough letters in the word “spectacular” to describe WaterStone Ridge, an $11 million house that’s currently on the market in the foothills.

Built into a series of rock outcroppings, the 8,900-square-foot house uses nature to create a sanctuary of uniqueness – both inside and out.

The fact that the house is part of a community and the combination of distinctive features, location and one-of-a-kind materials sets WaterStone Ridge apart from most mountain homes.

The experience starts with a walkway that winds through a granite canyon and leads up to a custom-made stained-glass door. “Custom-made,” in fact, is actually the best descriptor for all the components that make up WaterStone Ridge.

A heightened sense of nature welcomes visitors into the house once they’ve stepped through the front door and into the atrium. The series of waterfalls flow for a total of 25 feet, creating a background sound that carries throughout the house. To keep the view interesting, the water falls into a pool that includes a custom-blown exotic glass flower.

The 900 square-foot atrium includes an indoor garden the creators of Disney World would envy. It utilizes vegetation and rocks from the site to blur the break between inside and out.

To add to the tribute to nature and the sensory stimulation, the atrium ceiling mimics a sky full of stars. Between the night sky scene and the waterfalls is a translucent floating staircase made of frosted Lucite that’s lit up like a full moon.

“The owners were very involved with the architect in building the house,´ said Barb Silverman, ºbroker associate with ReMax Alliance Boulder, who is listing the property. “They support a lot of nonprofit functions and wanted to be able to entertain up to 300 people.”

A wine cellar that holds 900 bottles easily assures that all those guests will have a broad selection of libations.

Although the seven-acre property embodies the feel of mountain living with panoramic views of Boulder, Denver and snowcapped mountains, it’s only minutes from downtown Boulder.

Silverman credits the owners with a love of unique quality materials to build in and build out the house into a work of art.

Reclaimed wood and railroad ties from Asia as well as bamboo kitchen cabinets exemplify that look and feel.

“Everything is hand-touched and custom made with things like ebony, walnut with birdseye maple, cherry, satinwood, and onyx,” Silverman said.

“And there are art hallways, hand-polished tiles and floating cabinets. Every knob is precisely designed and different.”

Unlike a lot of houses, WaterStone Ridge actually comes furnished because everything was specially made to fit each planned-out space. Two custom-made rugs from Nepal, for example, were designed to set a specific tone.

The dining room table is another exclusive in WaterStone Ridge. It’s made from sycamore and glass, outlined in ebony, and designed to seat 12.

“The house is a great place to display art,” Silverman said, adding that the security gate and alarm will keep the art safe from intruders.

“They’ve even built an art walk with sculptures from the lower-level walkout.”

WaterStone Ridge was created by Verbeck Design Studios Inc. in Boulder. The company credits the relationship between architect and client with the invention of innovative and artistic design features. Those range from the gourmet kitchen with custom blown light features to the colors, tiles and stones chosen.

“There are no square rooms,” Silverman said.

It’s that attention to motion that’s unhindered by corners that led to creating floating furniture such as a hutch to create a look of unbroken movement. “The continuous line of the baseboards opens up the space and creates areas of interest.”

Some of the baseboards are hand-made, etched and hammered copper.

“The house is more a work of art,” Silverman said.

“Someone who likes to entertain on a large scale or who’s looking for a training spot for their business are some of the people who are interested in this place.

“It’s got a real wow factor that makes a statement as well as provides a very comfortable place to live. It screams success.”