7 Sweet Retreats for the Soul


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better time than the present to pamper yourself with the same care and kindness that you shower on those you love the most. We’ve rounded up 7 sweet retreats where you can relax, recharge, and practice a little self-love.


1. Sunny Sanctuary

This sunny sanctuary provides the perfect spot to curl up in a comfy chair and log a new entry in your journal.


The tufted bench is a great place to kick off shoes before soaking up some revitalizing vitamin D from the Colorado sun.


Large sliding glass doors make for easy access to fresh air and the outdoor deck beyond.

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2. Cedar Sauna

What better way to escape and unwind than in a sauna that feels airy and therapeutic.


The glass walls and bright tile in the adjacent steam shower keep the sauna open and bright.


The perfectly mitered corners and satisfying lines of the woodwork make for a calming and inviting sauna experience.

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3. Reading Nook

With a built-in window seat and library shelves, this reading nook is the perfect place to lose yourself in a good book.

With floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, there’s no mistaking the purpose of this reader’s retreat.


The windows flood the space with natural light during the day, and the oscillating ceiling fan keeps the space cool in the summer.

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4. Zen Garden

The Zen principles of balance and contemplation were used to guide this whole-house remodel, including its calming rock garden and backyard oasis.


The upper deck provides custom screens for privacy and a canopy for protection from the sun. The lower cedar deck is the perfect place to practice yoga.


A stone bridge leads to a tranquil destination – a soothing Japanese water fountain in a quiet corner.


In this Zen garden, one can sit in meditation next to the stone buddha sculpture …


… or rake the rock garden gravel into smooth patterns as an exercise in mindfulness.

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5. Away Room

An away room is a cozy, often closed-door retreat set away from the hustle and bustle of a busy household.


It encourages rest and relaxation, and creates a quiet escape from overstimulation. Our clients love spending time in this room, often curled up watching television or reading a book on the comfy couch.

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6. Private Terrace

Private outdoor retreats, like the second-floor terrace above, are extremely popular getaway spaces.

To ensure privacy, the only access to the elevated deck is through the bifold doors in the master bedroom suite.

By day, this private terrace is a great place to rejuvenate the mind while taking in the view.


By night, our clients can enjoy the stars, a cozy fire, and their beloved bronze bear sculpture.

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7. Workout Retreat

Sometimes self care requires a little sweat.  In downtown Loveland, HighCraft designed and built a 980-s.f. carriage house over a garage that doubles as a home gym.


The finished garage is also heated and well lit – both key components to creating a getaway space you will actually use.

For homeowners D and Bev, recharging often means enjoying a solid workout together, but this home gym is also a great place to go if one of them needs some time to themselves.

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Whether you’re ready to start drafting plans for your custom home or want to reimagine the space you have with a remodel, HighCraft’s experienced design-build team is here to help with projects large and small. Contact HighCraft with questions or to schedule a free consultation.