By Michelle Venus

Perched above Warren Lake, this home’s sweeping, expansive views of the foothills fringing one of Fort Collins’ most desirable neighborhoods is just one of its spectacular features. Take note—this house is chockablock with original touches that make it extraordinary and unique.

It starts before you even set foot inside. Swinging double gates of deep rich wood compliment the native field stone facade and open into a private courtyard with an arched ceiling, that acts as another room three seasons out of the year. Designed by Denver landscape architectural firm R Design, the courtyard is serene and peaceful with a water feature that masks street sounds. It’s an elegant transition into the home. A dramatic, soaring 20-foot vaulted ceiling graces the entry tower foyer.

This home makes a statement right off the bat.

Soothing and peaceful colors and uncluttered surfaces bathe this house in zen. Native stone accents are found throughout, in columns and fireplace (two interior, one exterior) surrounds, that pay homage to the natural vistas viewed through two 14-foot sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows in the common areas. The doors are outfitted with retractable screens, letting cool lake breezes waft in on balmy evenings. Outside is the lanai, complete with sitting areas perfect for intimate conversations and a fireplace to warm up the not-so-balmy nights.

Built by Splittgerber Professional Builders in 2011, the 4,331 square foot home (with 1,347 unfinished additional square feet on the lower level) has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. “The owners were very involved in every aspect of designing the house,” says Emily Splittgerber, marketing director for the firm. “The entire process was collaborative, and they had a hand in choosing everything from the exterior finish to the smallest details throughout the house.” And it shows: nothing was overlooked when crafting this home.


Left: Magic hour bathes the courtyard in a twilight glow. Right: The curved ceiling of the covered walkway is a grace note.


In addition to a custom, contemporary gourmet kitchen, the house boasts a formal dining room that flows from the kitchen and living room, an exercise room, study, library, television room and game room. An attached 936-square-foot, three-car garage completes the package.

If the courtyard and lanai are the crown jewels of the house, the second-floor master suite certainly adds sparkle to the setting. It opens out onto the lanai with floor-to-ceiling doors that provide thrilling views of Warren Lake. Painted in warm neutral colors, it’s tranquil and serene. Sunsets spill into the room, filling it with a warm glow. The master bath is an oasis. Like the rest of the house, it has native stone accents and the sleek, clean lines of the custom cabinetry give it a spa sensibility. A large, curved glass steam shower puts the aaaaaaah in this spa.


When the doors open onto the lanai, outdoor and indoor spaces become one, making this home even more spacious.


The master bedroom is thoughtfully designed, with tranquility as a top note.


The custom, contemporary gourmet kitchen flows into the formal dining room.


The coved ceiling brings subtle lighting to the living room, and the fireplace adds to the glow.


Downstairs, the lower level is a second entertainment center. The television room is warm and cozy with sofas that hug you as soon as you sink into them. The large-screen television offers up a theater-like experience and is the central feature of a beautiful, built in entertainment system. Lighted dishes on either side highlight the owners’ collection of Asian-inspired pottery and art glass pieces. Under the stairs is a private little nook, perfect for curling up with a favorite book and a glass of wine. A custom wet bar is the finishing touch. It, too, is clean-lined and elegant.

A fine eye for detail and a master touch in design make this house more than a home. It’s a place that offers respite and beauty, elegance and drama. Truly, this is a dream house that culminated into perfection.


Michelle Venus is a writer and social media manager based in Fort Collins. To comment on this article, send an email to