What started as a yurt-inspired vacation home became a one-of-a-kind project. When it came time to name the property, the owners chose a tongue-in-cheek homage to summer camp: Lake Weedunno. The result of this ambitious design includes a home anchored with yurts, a barn, boat dock, campgrounds with hookups and more. 

This one-of-a-kind project was the collaboration between the homeowners’ big vision, Vail architect Rick Dominick, a unique site and Beck Building Company.  Dominick suggested a variety of structures to accommodate the homeowners’ unique vision for the site. His plan would make it durable, kid friendly and welcoming for their friends and family.  The area often sees temperatures well into the hundreds during the summer. It also experiences high winds all year long, so taking that all into consideration was a big task.

A Technical Challenge

The owners looked to Beck Building Company to get the technical, complicated building job done. The largest yurt includes the living and dining spaces and is surrounded by windows with views of a private lake. The second yurt features the master bedroom in a more private setting at the back of the home. This secluded getaway is complete with an outdoor shower just steps away from its patio doors. A third yurt includes a bunk room for the children tucked back in a protected courtyard and offers the kind of privacy-yet-accessibility perfect for families.

The cathedral-shaped steel beams outline the open plan of the main house, which includes a kitchen, upstairs loft, bathrooms, and hallways that connect all of the yurt structures. Built with energy efficiency in mind, the home uses materials as efficiently and naturally as possible. The central concrete structure serves as a thermal mass to keep the home cool in summer and warm in winter. 

The nature-inspired landscaping features a combination of artificial turf and xeriscaping. Not only does this cut down on maintenance and energy costs, but it allows this home to incorporate the natural landscape of the Western Slope.

Featured in Dwell, read an in-depth profile of this yurt-inspired vacation home, Lake Weedunno.