Rocky Mountain Ranch

Modern Windows for Sleek Estate in Independence Pass, Colorado

by Marcus Dodson, editor & publisher

The Continental Divide manifests a mountainous natural beauty spanning the length of North America.  In the United States, there are various passes throughout the Great Divide, with each route offering dreamlike views and allowing visitors to experience some of the world’s most inspiring natural beauty.  Along the Continental Divide lies Independence Pass, Colorado, which is a Rocky Mountain byway that was once part of a stage coach route.  Discovery of this route stems back to 1806 after glacial action and erosion made way for a high mountain passage.

         At first, this area was utilized for activities like hunting, silver mining, and the eventual construction of inns and rest stops.  Times have changed, however.  The areas surrounding Independence Pass are now a spectacle in their own right, boasting some of the most superb examples of high-end estates and ranches in the country.  Many of these modern estates and ranches feature sleek lines, manicured gardens, and iconic views.  One of them, a luxury residential ranch, recently underwent renovations to include even more Hope’s® hot-rolled windows and doors.

All photos courtesy of Francis Dzikowski Photography

         This estate was equipped with its first installation of Hope’s windows 21 years ago.  The owners loved the final product, the contemporary aesthetic, and the product durability that stands up to the elements year after year.  The ranch’s occupancy patterns dictated the Hope’s installations to be completed in three phases.  In 2014, the first phase of renovations began.  Each consecutive year, construction resumed to install a number of different Hope’s products. 

         The owners fell in love with the existing Hope’s windows in the home.  So with each new phase of renovations, architect Monique Agnew, AIA/LEED® AP, Principal of Monique Agnew Architecture, San Francisco, California, specified an increased number of Hope’s solid hot-rolled steel windows and doors throughout the ranch.  This most recent installation, which took up the first six months of 2016, aimed to create a stunning new family entrance.  It leads to a dynamic, contemporary hall that connects to the other parts of the home.  “Prior to this renovation, the hallway area was very dark, so I redesigned it with sliding Hope’s doors instead of solid walls.  This allows light to pass through the glass, into the hall, and make a small space appear larger,” said Agnew.

         Functional spaces were added throughout the new hall including a coffee station, day kitchen, and closets.  To get as much light as possible into the day kitchen, glass cabinets were precisely engineered and attached to the interior of a Hope’s solid hot-rolled steel window.  In the same glazing style as the hall doors, these cabinets provide a matching aesthetic.  The window acts as the wall itself, allowing natural light through and illuminating the room.  For this phase of the renovation, the 375 sq.ft. space was equipped with 60’ of 9′ 6″ tall solid hot-rolled steel sliding and swing doors with sidelight windows as well as a 9′ x 6′ solid hot-rolled steel fixed kitchen window.

         “The remodeled entryway and hall now have a very sleek and modern appearance.  The residents are enjoying the added benefits of a well-lit, inviting area,” said Agnew.  “I am so pleased with the end result.  I have heard nothing but great things from the owners regarding the renovation and the numerous Hope’s installations.”

         Because of previous Hope’s renovations at this location, it was important to ensure a consistent design throughout.  Hope’s, with their ability to produce unlimited shapes, sizes, finishes, and profiles, was able to accommodate the architect’s vision.

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