When a tragic fire gutted his mid-rise condo, he switched gears, quickly bringing new life from the ashes. Prior to the fire Doug's approach to renovating his space was deliberate, meticulous, and methodical – piece by piece, year by year. Then everything changed.
A world traveler, Doug had carefully collected masterful pieces of art and furniture, and priceless found objects from all parts of the world. As he traveled and added to his collection, his home slowly evolved in a deliberate, life long home remodel.
Then fire swept through his home taking with it many items. To his relief, many were also able to be saved. Finding himself with a blank canvas he saw opportunity and started over, this time at an accelerated pace.
Now, with minimal white walls and adjustable spot lighting throughout, Doug's home has become his personal art gallery where he is both observer and curator. Treasures, old and new, are the strokes that give color, texture, and life to the space.
Blessed with grand views of the Wasatch Front and the Salt Lake Valley, he also took this opportunity to open up the whole space, redefining privacy and boundaries throughout. Where possible, walls and guardrails were removed, minimized, or substituted with transparent materials, such as glass. Mostly the space remains wide open, lending itself to exquisite views and free flowing living, but when privacy is required curtains can be drawn to divide spaces, softening both aesthetics and acoustics.
Looking back Doug sees the fire as both a tragedy and a blessing, but mostly a catalyst for a fresh start. Doug now lives in a brand new space, tailored specifically to his life style. Apparently clouds do have silver linings, even when they're clouds of smoke.
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living room - looking to wasatch mountains and salt lake city beyond
living room - looking west at dusk
breakfast table looking at the wasatch mountain range
breakfast table - looking toward living room