• This house was redesigned and rebuilt after the original was destroyed in the Fourmile Fire of 2010. It's form and timber structure are reminiscent of a barn with rusted steel and cement board siding. This is one of a series of designs that are inspired by iconic and indigenous Colorado mining and agricultural forms. All of its exterior materials are very durable and fireproof, including the deck, which evidence shows is the most vulnerable part of a mountain house from wildfire.

  • The new orientation of the house is situated for maximum solar exposure for the 3.4 kW photo-voltaic array as well as to capture sweeping views out over Sunshine Canyon. The house in the background of this photo is also an Arcadea design.

  • The entry features a frosted glass roof and combines with the mudroom from the garage. The mudroom is a very practical feature for mountain living.

  • The interior timber frame conveys the informal feeling of a barn, as well, but with spectacular mountain views. The breakfast nook features a built in banquette for informal meals and entertaining.

  • The fireplace is a synthesis of rusted steel with a contemporary form. The floors are made from recycled beech. The thermal mass, radiant floors, passive solar design, and structural insulated panels, all contribute to very low energy use for this home.

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This house was redesigned and rebuilt after the Fourmile Fire of 2010. It’s form and timber structure are reminiscent of a barn with rusted steel and cement board siding that echoes a log base. This is one of a series of our designs inspired by iconic and indigenous Colorado mining and agricultural forms. Its exterior materials are very durable and fireproof, including the deck, which evidence shows is the most vulnerable part of a mountain house from wildfire.

The new orientation of the house is situated for maximum solar exposure for the 3.4 kW photo-voltaic array as well as to capture sweeping views out over Sunshine Canyon. By digging the garage into the steep hillside, the drive turnaround provides for a comfortable entry approach and easy vehicle turnaround.

  • Date April 11, 2017
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