Located in the east end of town, this property is part of a historic lot split. The proposed house is to be squeezed between the original historic house and an adjacent lot. This constraint, as well as a twenty five foot height restriction, posed serious challenges for the design of the home. However, the result is a simple, low impact and efficient plan.
Placed in a grove of aspen trees, the design creates a connection to the environment around it. The main living spaces of the residence are located on the upper floor with a south-facing deck. Deep overhangs on the south side protect the interiors from sun during the summer months, but allow sun to heat the dark floors during the winter months This deck is then connected to a roof deck via a spiral staircase. These spaces address the landscape and allow the residents to enjoy the limited long distance views of the nearby mountains. The house also incorporates multiple sustainable features. The narrow cross section of the house allows for easy cross ventilation + cooling. This house also benefits from high efficiency appliances , plumbing fixtures + lighting fixtures. Engineered flooring incorporates recycled wood products + minimizes amount of new wood required. Radiant heat was incorporated throughout the house. Finally high performance, low-e glazing help increase the efficiency of the house. Naturals materials were incorporated whenever possible.