Modern Residential

Getting Close

We are still working out the details on what we can afford on the landscape, so in the mean time, here are some “nearly finished photos” to tide you over.

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Boulder Solar Home Tour

Boulder is known for it’s tenacious commitment to sustainability at all levels. From government all the way down to the single family house, recycling, energy conservation, etc. is paramount. We were excited when the flyer came via e-mail that they hold a solar and green home tour each year. However, after asking around, we were forewarned that even though the technologies used might be highly advanced, we should not count on any great modern design being a part of it! Luckily, the first house we hit was done by a cool Boulder Firm called Vast. Using SIPS and a solar water panel heating system combined with great space layout and design, this kept us intrigued for the better part of an hour. The other three houses were “design challenged” and not particularly inspirational.

Boulder Solar and Green Home Tour Site: Center for Resource Conservation

The Dwell Factor

Anybody involved with modern residential is probably going to know about Dwell magazine. The magazine is a great inspiration to us, although so many of the homes they feature are way out of our league. We still fight over who gets the read the issue first.

Dwell has included modern prefab design in numerous issues. The idea has been around for a very long time (and had many fits and starts), but to their credit, what they spearheaded has really taken off. We both find modern prefab very intriguing, and we’ve pursued it as a viable alternative to a custom site built home. We met Charlie Lazor (FlatPak) and others from Empyream and discovered that a prefab house costs around $250-300 SF. And since I am an architect, naturally I really wanted to design the home :-)