This stunning 4,000 square foot eco-friendly home is perched quietly on Elkins Meadow in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Designed with sustainability at the core of the project the residence was designed by architect Robert Hawkins in collaboration with Jeff Gerber of Gerber Berend Design Build. The clients were committed to building a house with a sustainable carbon footprint for their family of four. The home is a haven of elegant design, both warm and visually intriguing that sits quietly upon the land.
Here is a description from the architects, “modern, low-pitched living roofs cascade with natural topography. Their terraced construction elevates the landscaping, offering intimate views of surprise and delight from each room and providing a connective fabric between the private master bedroom and the gabled communal living space. On the exterior, reclaimed mixed hardwood siding makes a subtle counterpoint to the rough texture of natural stone on the chimney and garage. The web of succulent sedum growing on the living roof further softens the union of wood and stone.”
Pylons repurposed from a railroad bridge create the home’s exposed structural timber frame. A delicate wall of glass reveals mountainous views of wilderness, which structural timbers emerge enough to shade the main living space from the afternoon sun. Continuing to minimize the home’s footprint, photovoltaic panels line the roof to supply electricity, solar thermal and geo-exchange energy provides the home’s high-tech mechanical infrastructure.
“Sleek modern finishes of glass tile, exposed steel and modern casework elegantly round out the Reeds’ diverse architectural preferences. The smart modern edge adds a clean contrast to surrounding rustic wood textures and natural Colorado fieldstone.” The builder of this gorgeous home was Mike Roberts of Habitat Construction and Design, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Photos: David Patterson