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How home builder Michael Payne created a celestial dwelling that’s down-to-earth

When home builder Michael Payne of Monarch Builders started crafting a spec home in Colorado Golf Club, he wanted to inspire the same sense of awe and reverence he infuses into the churches he’s built over the years.

“I had this vision for a home that was breathtaking and comfortable, and that stayed true to this beautifully wooded setting,” says Payne.

Known for constructing homes that are in sync with the natural topography of its existing lot, Payne worked with Karen Keating of TKP Architects to create a woodland retreat that is at once celestial and tactile. Using exquisite, unexpected materials throughout, the team created a light-infused oasis that pays respect to its majestic pine forest setting in a way that’s both enchanted and grounding.

While custom woodwork of rich knotty alder and reclaimed barn wood doors feel rich and enduring, features like the floating wood-and-steel staircase and the use of angled glass feel airy and pristine. Anchored by random-width hickory hardwood and natural stone tile flooring throughout, one feels they’ve somehow stepped into an ethereal oasis for the ages.