Category: Architecture

05 Jun

Re-building after the Flood

Architecture by shawn

cover_shotHome and Hood Magazine – Rebuilding after the flood. Huy Lam dug his shovel into the deep sand and continued to excavate the buried play-structure in what used to be his family’s back yard. Twenty feet away, the creek that used to be on one side of the house now flowed swiftly down the other. When the stream moved, it dumped hundreds of tons of sand and rock all over his property and it tore away a good chunk of the house.

“I’m not sure what comes next. It all depends on what the County decides to do with the creek”, Huy said between shovels.

For six months from the time of the flood, the County is allowing flood victims to bypass the daunting Site Plan Review process (as long as the re-constructed house is the same size as the original), but all new construction must still meet all local building codes. The green building codes are some of the most rigorous in the Country, and many of the older homes that were damaged will require a substantial upgrade to their envelope and mechanical systems in order to meet them.

The Lams have a long way to go before they can get back into their home: County reviews; navigating insurance and mortgage requirements; figuring out how to best rebuild with the insurance settlement; getting a building permit; re-building the house; moving back in; and perhaps most important of all, repairing the land that made them want to live in this beautiful, but (every 500 years) dangerous place in the first place.

We are currently assisting them to reconstruct their home to begin living after the flood.

20 May

Gunung Mas Ranch

cover_shotGunung Mas Ranch is just outside of Gold Hill. 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.

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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.