“People who build their own home tend to be very courageos.”

Tom Kundig (1954-)


Good architecture is in the details. At 302 N. Aspen Street our goal was to create a residence that enhanced the historical and unique aesthetic character of Telluride. Site specific architecture that relates to its immediate context is the hallmark of special projects. We believe that 302 N Aspen Street is a project that qualifies as exemplary.

Our first priority was to move the historical rated shed to the proper position on the lot. The decision was mutually made with town to move the shed to the SW corner of this flag lot. This simple but exhaustive process created a beautiful new streetscape to North Aspen. By reusing the shed for a contemporary program, we added greatly to the owners program and to the town’s unique shed architecture.

New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.

The existing primary house had good bones, but was extremely dated with materials that were not characteristic of the historic landmark district. We changed the house completely by removing all exterior siding and river rock masonry. The team decided to employ three different window and door trim styles that are consistent with historical houses found in town. The stone on the house was chose after seven different mock-ups with Aplin Masonry. All windows, doors, trim, siding, railings, flashing, fascia, soffits, and roofing were replaced with new materials. The primary house was basically rebuilt stick by stick. A unique strategy implemented on this project was the replacement of the structural system. Without removing the roof, the team installed new steel channels on the existing roof rafters. This allowed the upstairs of the house to be opened up into the new living quarters. This painstaking process was delivered by Bone Construction, and is an analogous of the œship in the bottle. By reversing the floor plan, and putting the kitchen and dining upstairs “ we were able to capture unprecedented views to the ski area. Thus the window package facing south became the up-most of importance. By adding a shed dormer to south, we were able to optimize the upstairs living program. If you study the before and after photos you will see that the window & door trim played a huge role in the transformation. The fenestration will continue to add character to the town for many years.

Differentiating new and old has been accomplished with the large white main house contrasting the old dark brown shed. The goal was always to create a unique piece of architecture that would stand the test of time. It is my personal hope that 100 years from now, the town will recognize the importance of this structure and what I call Telluride’s second boom time. North Aspen Street and the Jed Wiebe Trail are important characteristics of Telluride. The Queen of Aspen adds to the beautiful and unified whole that attracts visitors and locals alike.

Sincerely, Luke Trujillo AIA