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Where the Heart Is

BY Amiee White Beazley | May 1, 2018 | Feature Features National

An aging Snowmass home is reimagined for a growing family and new generation.
The naturally inspired palette includes European white oak floors and a stainless steel art piece by Mark Cesark.

They thought it was time to say goodbye to Snowmass. When Rozanne and Billy Rosenthel from Fort Worth, Texas, took a look at the house they built and moved into in December of 1997 and considered their growing family of adult children, spouses and grandchildren, they couldn’t see a way to stay in their beloved ski-in/ski-out property. In their minds, they had grown beyond their current property, going as far as to secure a piece of land in Aspen on which to build from scratch.

Yet, their hearts remained in the home where they had raised children and created countless memories, and they didn’t want to leave. That’s when they reached out to interior designer Robyn Scott of Robyn Scott Interiors. “We looked at a complete, top-to-bottom renovation,” Scott explains. “I shared the idea of moving the kitchen to the center of the home which hooked them on the idea.”

In many ways, a complete remodel is more difficult than a blank slate, says Scott, but relishing in the challenge, her goal was to see the space anew and surprise her clients with the possibilities.

To collaborate on developing a vision, Scott brought in architects Robert G. Sinclair, principal at RGS Architecture and Alison Foto Agley, formerly with RGS. Early in the process, the three gathered at the existing dining room table and reimagined the space, creating a sketch that would reorient the living room, kitchen, entry and garage; add a bunk bedroom and an outdoor dining room; and replace the windows, roof and siding, requiring bringing almost the entirety of the old house down to its studs.

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