Program: Building on a vast landscape with views of the Rocky Mountains and Long’s Peak, the architects designed a house that takes advantage of the unique site–which includes a wetland with a stream and a lake surrounded by an alfalfa field–while reinterpreting traditional materials and agrarian forms.
Location: Berthoud, Colorado
Solution: The house is organized around a sunrise court to the east that gazes upon the lake and a sunset court to the west that takes advantage of mountain views. The private master suite contains a meditation space overlooking the lake, while the evening court includes an outdoor grill for sundown activities and dining. Roof planes undulate to allow clerestory light into the intimately scaled spaces below. A long stone wall links indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as public and private ones, making a cohesive whole.
Construction and materials: Wood paneling and natural stones clad this wood-framed house, which is topped by a sloping, corrugated metal roof. Wood floors and stairs add warmth to the interiors.
Completion date: June 2014
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Principal in charge/Designer: Brad Tomecek
Architect of record: Brad Tomecek
Engineers: Studio NYL
General contractor: Tim Krueger
Photographer: Tomecek Studio Architecture, 303-955-0562
Landscape: Lindgren Landscape Inc.
Lighting: Steve Haworth/Light Center Ft. Collins
Masonry: Natural White Moss Stone/Colorado Sandstone
Wood: Old growth vertical grain Douglas Fir
Moisture barrier: Tyvek
Metal: Berridge Corrugated Metal Roofing
Wood frame: Kolbe & Kolbe
Metal doors: Copper Front Door, Point Five Ft. Collins
Wood doors: Four Seasons, Custom Doors, Ft. Collins
Sliding doors: Kolbe & Kolbe
Resilient flooring: Walnut
Raised flooring: Kitchen ceiling - Open Grain Oak Flooring stained black
Special interior finishes unique to this project: Kitchen ceiling: Open Grain Oak Flooring stained black; Fireplace surround: Aspen White Granite