Murtha Residence




Murtha Residence, Shop, & Barn
Blue Valley Ranch  (35 Acre Site)
Routt County, Colorado


This unique residence, shop, and barn are the first phase in the client’s long-term plans for site improvements that include a larger residence and garage.

Before hiring us, the owners camped on the site in their teepee to get a feel for their site’s environment and climate conditions. We worked with the owners to use this information to establish the locations of the initial home and the additions that will follow in the future. With the owners, we designed the initial residence to contain a great room with kitchen, dining, and sitting areas that adjoin a deck with views to the north. To the south, there is a large covered porch that serves the south entry hall, the bedroom and bath. A ship’s ladder offers access to a 12 foot wide loft space that spans the width of the building at the upper level. The lower level contains the mechanical room, a shop and vehicle storage area, a tack and feed room, and three horse stalls that connect to outside corrals. This level can be accessed by an interior stair from the residence, or by exterior doors.