The Martinez Family's Modern Mountain Turkey Coop

The Martinez Family's Modern Mountain Turkey Coop

Ashley Poskin
Jun 19, 2012


Name: Roman, Christine and Izzy Martinez
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Size: 2,600 square foot plus Studio
Years lived in: 15 years; Owned

Fifteen years ago, Roman and Christine Martinez had a vision: the 450 square foot turkey coop they had just purchased would one day be their multi-level, treehouse-style, dream home. The beautiful neighborhood and close proximity to shops, schools and the heart of downtown Boulder was the big draw.

After years of hard work, including 5 remodels (sleeping in a teepee in their back yard during one), Christine, Roman and daughter Izzy have crafted their ideal home. Filled with antiques and mid-century treasures, the home also showcases the residents' many talents, including beautifully written notes from Izzy, Christine's powerful and inspiring photography, and Roman's overall curated design.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic modern.

Inspiration: Books, music, art — wife has a little bit of hippy still going. Housekeeping inspired by JoAnn Willis.

Favorite Element: Roman: Yard and location. Christine: Wallpaper throughout the house and fresh flowers that seem to make the house come alive.

Biggest Challenge: The financial constraints. Having to create our dream over a 15 year period. 5 different major remodels, lots of structural limitations.

What Friends Say: Our sweet and wild friends Andrea and Cladius Jaeger say it looks and feels just like us. Reflects who we are: comfortable, playful, interesting.

Biggest Embarrassment: Christine dislikes the bathroom next to the kitchen.

Proudest DIY: Years of gardening, and watching the house evolve from a tiny 450 square foot [former] turkey coop into what it is now.

Biggest Indulgence: Furniture, books, art, and fresh flowers.

Best Advice: Buy the best you can afford.

Dream Sources: ABC Home NYC, Design Within Reach, Designers Guild, Independent Home Shops, Santa Fe

Resources of Note:









Thanks, Roman, Christine & Izzy!

(Images: Ashley Poskin)

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