In Basalt, Colo., a former railroad town, stands a home that’s a seamless melding of past and present.
Concrete walks from the original property were broken up and remade into flagstone-style patios and walkways that encourage drainage.
When lit from below at night, the Lexan sunshades on the south porch help the south gable become an outside lantern.
The owners planted native grasses and kept all but two of the trees from the orchard that once stood on the property.
At the north elevation, architect John Cottle stuck a gabled roof on two stories and then superimposed a curved roof and galvanized steel façade for the adjoining single story, calling to mind both the private houses and smelting kilns of Old Town Basalt.
With a main orientation to the south, almost 50 percent of the living space gets direct solar gain. The bedroom’s brick wall helps buffer the intense southwestern sun.
The house framing and ceiling beams are all made of glulam. The support to the left is resawn, whitewashed glulam. Floors are engineered walnut.
Energy smarts abound here: An energy recovery ventilator conditions the space, and an evacuated tube solar panel provides almost 70 percent of the hot water. On the flat roof are solar panels.