Family Ski Lodge
Drawing inspiration from the grand lodges of the American West and the rich tradition of our National Park Service architectural heritage, this mountain home harkens back to a simpler time. Like many of its predecessors, a primary goal was to “build in harmony with nature”. Rustic exterior materials exhibit character and charm of an old lodge and provide an important connection with the home’s heavily wooded surroundings.
Spirit Center Pavilion
Originally conceived as a body/mind/spirit center to facilitate focused introspection and meditation as well as providing a unique gathering place for friends and family, this free-standing pavilion is situated on an aspen covered hillside next to a rustic, but elegant, mountain residence originally built in 1997. With a high-performance thermal envelope which only requires 50% of the energy of a typical structure built to current building codes, the “Spirit Center” achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of the project’s broad range of sustainable design features.
Timber Springs Estate
Inspired by lodges and fishing camps of the Adirondacks, this mountain estate is situated on a large acreage bordered by a mountain stream and tall pines. In addition to the 4-bedroom residence and attached 3-car garage, this project also included design of a bridge spanning across the spring-fed creek, as well as an extensive naturalistic water feature complete with waterfalls and a series of ponds cascading down from the upper hillside back down into the creek below.
Hand-Crafted Log Cabin
With a majority of views from this building site directed towards the surrounding densely wooded old-growth aspen forest, our clients expressed their desire to take full advantage of these views in order to emphasize privacy and a sense of truly being in the wilderness. Scale and form of the residence are sensitively designed in relation to natural contours of the land, and the composition of small, simple forms joined together is reminiscent of traditional and indigenous buildings found in the Rocky Mountain West.
Traditional Colorado Ranch
Situated atop a mountain ridgeline, this single-family residence embodies many architectural design characteristics found in traditional Colorado ranch houses and outbuildings. Unlike these historical precedents, however, this modern residence is surrounded by an energy efficient thermal envelope and utilizes resource efficient materials. This home earned distinction as the first Energy Star certified luxury home in Eagle County, Colorado in 2002.
Mountain Retreat + Guest Cabin
Intended to fulfill one family’s dream of having their own log cabin in the Colorado Rockies, this home incorporates similar architectural character as found in the rustic, historic lodges of the Mountain West. A few years following completion of the original residence, our clients asked us to design a small guest cabin adjacent to the main residence to accommodate their growing family which now includes grandchildren.
Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley
Twelve 2-story duplex residences feature 1,200 SF of interior space with three upstairs bedrooms above main level living spaces. Although layout of interior spaces is virtually identical for all units – to promote cost savings and easily replicable construction – a variety of roof forms and truss configurations promotes diversity in exterior appearance and richness of architectural character within the neighborhood. These new prototype homes have been designed to meet LEED Gold certification and include rooftop solar panels to minimize electric bills for Habitat homeowners.
This summertime mountain retreat is a synthesis of rugged timber-frame craftsmanship and the refined elegance of “Santa Fe Style” interiors. Distinctive architectural character is found throughout the home with reclaimed heart pine timbers, salvaged from a former rope factory originally built in the 1800s. In addition to traditional structural post-and-beam elements, timbers have also been milled to create beautiful heart pine ceiling boards, flooring, and interior door/window trim throughout the home.