Category: Architecture

17 Mar

Gunung Mas Ranch

Gunung Mas Ranch, just outside of Gold Hill, is coming along beautifully and will be completed by Skycastle Homes in July 2013. The 3795 s.f. contemporary mountain style home features 360 degree views over the Switzerland Trail and Indian Peaks Wilderness. A passive solar design, photovoltaic array, excellent windows and insulation, a high-efficiency mechanical system (including an ERV), combine to create an energy-efficient HERS 40 home (uses 60% less energy than allowed by code). We worked carefully to incorporate the existing historic features on this mountain ranch, framing remnants of existing quartz walls in a landscaped courtyard, and restoring and Landmarking the original homestead. The new home includes an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, large outdoor decks, and rustic yet contemporary finishes.

 

 

 

 

 

03 Mar

Stanley Residence

Our clients moved in to this modest off-grid Near-Net Zero Energy home in starkly beautiful Cotopaxi, CO.  Solar PV, solar hot water and a robust insulation package combined to achieve a HERS 5 (95% less energy than allowed by code) rating.  The low-profile, low-maintenance, and simple geometry of the envelope were characteristics specifically chosen to meet the Owner’s requirements for economy, sustainability, simplicity and durability.  {read-more}

 

 

 

 

 

03 Mar

BARA(Boulder Area Realtor Association)

We have had a very positive and long-standing relationship with Boulder Area Realtors, which recently culminated in our complete remodel of their new association headquarters.  We provided full design/build services for their10,000s.f. building.  BARA sought to dramatically transform the dysfunctional and dated existing building into one that was professional, inviting, and green.  It had to accurately express their brand, support their mission, and do it cost-effectively and quickly.   {read more…}

 

 

 

 

 

01 Dec

Energy Efficiency article – Boulder County Home & Garden

As the cold weather settles in, we would like to share this article we wrote for BCH&G.  In it we offer our Top 10 tips for how to improve the energy-efficiency and thermal comfort of your home.

Standing seam metal roofs, tan stucco walls, wood columns, and natural stone accents blend in to the mountain site, covered in wild grasses, moss-covered boulders, and tall ponderosa pines. Except for the landscape, hardscape, front door and exterior patio railings, the outside of the home is now complete.

 

 

 

 

 

14 Jun

Skycastle + Rodwin Architecture – Design [Build] Green

In case you didn’t know it, we not only design homes, but often build them too.   Skycastle Homes (est.’d 2001) is our in-house construction arm; we are licensed general contractors, specializing in custom green homes here in Boulder.  The design/build process has proven to be a great benefit for our clients, allowing us to infuse our projects with a very high level of design integrity from concept to completion; the ability to predict, control and track costs with unusual precision; and to reduce the total time it takes to complete a project.