Project Description

We added two bedrooms and a bathroom to give more flexibility to this vacation home


Many of our jobs are for repeat clients, and this project is an example of just that.  A previous client of ours (we designed their primary home) asked us to see how they could add two additional bedrooms and a bathroom to their vacation home in Breckenridge, CO.  Of course, we jumped at the chance to visit one of the best ski resorts in the nation and to help our clients solve some problems with their home.

Along with the additional bedrooms and bath, they wanted to remodel and enlarge the daylight basement bathroom. Along with the family/media room, the basement also contained a bunk room for the kids to sleep. The existing small adjacent bathroom made it difficult for more than one kid to get ready at one time. Considering the bunk room sleeps up to 6 kids (and sometimes more) we were given the challenge to design a bathroom that could accommodate multiple kids at once.

The existing upper level of the home contained two existing bedrooms with their own en-suite bathrooms. A bridge over a large great room provided access to these bedrooms.  The logical location of the new bedrooms was over the existing master bedroom and bathroom since this location could also be accessed from the bridge.  This provided a generous total of 4 bedrooms upstairs plus 2 private baths and one new shared bathroom.  In adding on over the master suite, a vaulted ceiling within the existing master bedroom and bathroom had to be removed. In its place, we designed a ceiling of tongue and groove pine framed in pine logs (picking up on existing details in the house). We installed a new window above the door to the deck so the owner could see the stars at night.

In a vacation home bathrooms are one of the most important spaces because people tend to get ready around the same time. The key to designing these two new bathrooms was figuring out how multiple people could use the space at once.  To accomplish this, we started by locating the toilet in its own separate room accessed through a lockable door. Then we figured out how someone can shower at the same time.  In the upper level bath, we cantilevered a bay off the side of the house to create a generous showering space with glass enclosure.  This allowed the shower space to have a beautiful view to the woods and mountains.  Installing an etched glass door between the sink area allows for light to filter through the spaces.  In the basement bathroom, there wasn’t enough space to create a separate showering room, so we installed an etched glass door with a lock, made the shower compartment a bit larger than normal, and installed hooks inside the shower for a robe and towels.  This allows a kid to use the shower while another can use the toilet and two others can use the sinks.  Both vanities are designed to accommodate traveling guests with shelves for toiletry bags, extra linens, etc.  We chose materials, fixtures, and finishes for both bathrooms to not deviate too far from existing finishes, but provide an updated and modern, yet rustic look.

Project Info & Tips

  • Choosing quality materials in a harsh environment like this is key to making a long-lasting structure.
  • Sometimes an addition wants to stand out from the house, other times it wants to blend in. This was a case where blending in made more sense.
  • We completed the project long distance, making one site visit at the beginning of the project. We reviewed weekly photos of the work taken by the property manager
  • It helps to have a good contractor when the Owner and Architect are not located near the project site!
  • To learn more, see our article on Second Story Additions
  • Level of Design Services: Full Services
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