The Jordanelle Resevoir in Utah is a popular lake for fishing, boating, and water sports. “It is nestled in the mountains fairly high up in elevation compared to most of the neighborhoods in Utah,” the designers of House of Jade Interiors tell us. It’s here that the pair, Erin and Kirsten, found their latest design project: a new construction home for empty nesters. “Our clients wanted a home to use as a gathering place for their children and grandchildren,” the explain. “They were wanting a space that had an open floor plan and really played up the incredible views. There are extra bedrooms when family comes to visit as well as many common gathering spaces.”

The first major design element? Hand-hewn and metal beams in the great room. “These beams set the stage for the mountain home while combining rustic with modern,” the designers say. As for design challenges, they were careful to select the right paint colors. “There are so many windows in the home and so much natural light, that many paint colors pulled differently in her home than any other homes that we have done. We had to do lots of sampling to make sure that we had just the right colors in all forms of light and times of day.”

The project took about two years to complete, much to the delight of the homeowner. “She was very involved in the design process, and she absolutely loves her Mountain home!” The pair tells us more in the slideshow.