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Mountain Modern Issue
A MODERNIST TREEHOUSE Resolutely minimalist in style, a home in Winter Park, Colorado, turns its back on tradition to focus on its Rocky Mountain setting. Architecture by Michael P. Johnson Design Studio Interior Design by Ruth Hiller STEELING BEAUTY In creating a contemporary family retreat, architect Greg Faulkner uses a dynamic mix of weathering steel and glass to frame the forested High Sierra landscape. Architecture by Faulkner Architects Interior Design by Judy Weirick Interiors SANTA FE SOPHISTICATION An artist turned architect mixes cultures and styles to create a contemporary take on pueblo-style design. Architecture and Interior Design by Lifdom
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DESIGNER UPDATE The Mountain-Modern Mix Discover how top highcountry designers achieve the perfect mix of rustic and refined. Plus, create your own mountain-modern look with our top product picks.
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TREND REPORT Purple Reign From dusky violets to berry-kissed hues, purple promises to be a hot color in home décor this year. Our roundup of hot products will help you bring home the trend.
HOUSE OF THE MOMENT Combine sleek architecture, spaces made for entertaining, and glass walls that fold open to reveal major mountain scenery and you have Stratus House in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley.
ON THE COVER A mountain-modern dining space is sleek and refined, yet warm and livable. Architecture by Carney Logan Burke Architects. Interior design by Magni Design. Turn to page 30 for more. Photography by Matthew Millman
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ho says that modern design and mountain homes don’t mix? It’s true that for many people, the word “modern” conjures up images of chilly things made in factories, oversimplified forms and uncomfortable chairs. That kind of Modernism exists, but that’s not what the spaces featured in this issue are about. These homes incorporate elements of Modernism—manmade materials; simple, streamlined forms; a pared-down approach to ornamentation—with the things we love most about mountain homes: natural wood and stone; warm, earthy color palettes; and imperfect, organic lines. We call it mountain-modern design. It’s a flexible approach in which the manufactured and the natural happily coexist. It’s a sleek Barcelona chair pulled up to a coffee table made from a slab of tree trunk, the gnarled surface left in its natural state. It’s a panel of stainless steel inset on a wall of rugged stacked stone. The spaces on the pages that follow showcase mountain-modern’s surprising range. We begin at the truly modern end of the spectrum, with a Colorado home (on page 48) designed by architect Michael P. Johnson to capture views of the changing seasons. Johnson imagines his clients as painters who use furnishings and accessories to add color and texture to the white canvas he creates for them. I love how homeowner Ruth Hiller did just that, warming up the space with rich wood tones and bursts of vivid color—except for the bathrooms, which she bravely left completely unadorned. On the opposite end of the spectrum is a sophisticated Santa Fe retreat that is at once of-the-moment and respectful of the region’s history (page 66). Like most traditional Santa Fe homes, its stucco façade offers few clues about what awaits within. So it’s especially exciting to get a glimpse inside at designer Seth Anderson’s skillful mix of traditional and contemporary design elements. No matter your personal style, and even if you’ve decided that modern design isn’t for you, I encourage you to explore these spaces with an open mind. I think each one offers design ideas that are fresh and approachable, while demonstrating that a mountain-modern house can be a comfortable, inviting place that feels exactly right in the high country. Best wishes,
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Stone Walk the line between rugged and refined with dry-stack stone, which can be applied to almost any vertical surface, from an accent wall to a fireplace surround. Stainless Steel For a touch of polish, inset a panel in a stone wall, or try stainless-steel countertops or backsplash tile. Reclaimed Wood This sustainable material adds warmth and character to floors, ceilings and just about every surface in between.
Concrete There are countless applications for this industrial material, from flooring to walls to countertops. Stain it any color you like to warm up the look. Weathering Steel When allowed to rust and weather, this material takes on the warm colors and rich character of wood. Rammed Earth This structural wall system offers superior thermal and acoustic properties—and beautiful strata of color and texture.
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Lamps Originally created by the Toraja women of Suluwesi, Indonesia, to capture fish, these handwovenrattan forms now catch the light. Pod Light, tuckerrobbins.com
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Q: HOW DO YOU IMBUE MOUNTAIN-MODERN DESIGN WITH A SENSE OF PLACE?
The idea here is that we’re taking a deep understanding of history and interpreting it for modern use. We’re moving beyond the log cabin, but we’re still recalling it—and requiring people to think about history. There’s a rich texture with the stone, wood, steel and glass—I’ve refined my work to the point where I’m using mostly that palette. Those materials symbolize Colorado. The wood brackets [that serve as the fireplace mantel] fuse the exterior architecture with the interior. The only real separation between the interior and exterior is the glass walls. So the feeling psychologically is that you’re really one with nature. We’re trying to move architecture forward into the future with each project, while using natural materials and keeping things warm. It’s still refined, but it feels like home.
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TOMMY HEIN Tommy Hein Architects Telluride, CO 970-728-1220, tommyhein.com
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Q: MOUNTAIN-MODERN DESIGN IS, IN PART, ABOUT A CONNECTION TO THE LAND. GIVE US YOUR TAKE.
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Many people associate mountain design with a rustic look, and many people associate modern design with severe, oversimplified forms. To us, ‘mountain modern’ is basically a really well-thought-out connection to nature. If you’re designing in an extraordinary landscape— one that’s steep or rugged, or has major views—then the house can’t look too delicate; it needs to appear bold enough to withstand the relationship it has with nature. This space demonstrates the concept of ‘form follows function’ that’s found in Midcentury Modern design, but with a warm, human touch. The trusses, which are a blend of steel and wood, express the bold connection to nature, but not in the way a typical timber-framed house would. We softened it with the wood elements. The space isn’t too refined; it’s not too severe. >>
CHARLES CUNNIFFE Charles Cunniffe Architects Aspen, CO 970-925-5590, cunniffe.com ML | www.mountainliving.com 29
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Q: THE MOUNTAIN-MODERN MIX IS ALL ABOUT CONTRASTS: OLD WITH NEW, NATURAL WITH MANMADE, RUGGED WITH REFINED. TELL US ABOUT THE CONTRASTS IN PLAY HERE.
“ ERIN MARTIN Erin Martin Design St. Helena, CA 707-963-4141, erinmartindesign.com
the mountain modern mix Q: MOUNTAIN MODERN PULLS FROM BOTH MOUNTAIN DESIGN AND MODERN DESIGN. IS IT THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS?
If you look at a lot of the work that’s done in the West, it’s very heavy, dark and woody. One of our clients describes those buildings as living on the inside of a Mars bar, where you’ve got dark chocolate on the outside and lighter chocolate on the inside. It can be depressing. On the other end of the spectrum, you have the Bauhaus tradition, which is characterized by steel and glass and flat roofs, and there are certainly issues with making that kind of architecture work in the climatic zone of the Rocky Mountain West. Our clients like modern architecture, but they want it to blend into the landscape, which usually involves warming it up. Here, we achieve that warmth through the materials—the refined wood; the very dark, warm concrete floor; and the concrete wall, which has a stain on it that warms up the space and beats out the gray. ●
ERIC LOGAN Carney Logan Burke Architects Jackson, WY 307-733-4000, clbarchitects.com 30
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I think people are drawn to our designs because of the way we incorporate elements found in nature. We use natural materials— sometimes in their most raw form—and edit the design. Instead of layering on, it’s about keeping it extremely simple; letting the surfaces and elements provide the texture and warmth instead of gilding the lily. In this space, we were excited about using recycled materials—the walls are covered in old scaffolding board, and that history and age bring in a lot of texture and warmth. The photography depicts scenes from World War II, when the boys were coming home. The swing seat is something we designed ourselves with the help of a great metal artist; it just adds a bit of youthfulness to the space. And the concrete floors, unadorned by baseboards or trim, are more European in feel.
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Executive Committee Chad Griller, President Griller Construction Management, LLC New Castle to Silt Builder Member
David R. Fiore, Immediate Past President Western Peak, Inc. Basalt/Carbondale Developer Member
Peter Martin, Vice President Roaring Fork & Crystal River Valleys Peter Martin Insurance Associate Member
Tom Stevens, Vice President The Stevens Group I70 Colorado River Corridor Glenwood Springs Builder Member
Konnie Krahn-Prosence, Secretary-Treasurer Stewart Title Company Associate Member
Randell Johnson, President-Elect Neenan Archistruction Snowmass Builder Member
Directors of the Board John Baker, Director J.R. Baker Architects Rife to Mesa County Builder Member
Shawn Binion, L.S.I, Director BookCliff Services, Inc. Associate Member
Joe Carpenter, Director American National Bank Associate Member
Susan Horning, Director Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Associate Member
John Silich, Director Silich Construction, Inc. Aspen Builder Member Colorado Association of Home Builders – Chapter Delegates: David R. Fiore, Director | Konnie Krahn-Prosence, Director Randell Johnson, Director
National Association of Home Builders – Chapter Delegates: David R. Fiore, Director | Chad Griller, Alternate 2010 Outgoing Board Members: Paul Spencer, John Savage
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Executive Committee Kyle Hoiland, President Hearth and Home Outfitters / Home and the Range Bob Angel, Vice President Alpine Builders Hardware Jake Jacobson, Secretary/Treasurer The Gallegos Corporation
Directors of the Board Mike Bur k l Edwards Building Center Chris Davis l Alpine Insurance John Hill l BVD / Green Valley Homes Lori Mowder l CHC Mountain Structures Ken Pearson l Alpine Construction and Remodeling Jack Skjonsby l Bank of America Home Loans Trevor Theelke l Land Title Guarantee Company JR Whipple l RMJ Engineers Group
Colorado Association of Home Builders – Local Board Members Kyle Hoiland, Director | Ken Pearson, Director
Directory Alphabetical category listing of HBA members in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield Counties
Alpine Appliance Center
Big John’s Building & Home Center, Inc.
Eric Boylan PO Box 5919 l Avon, CO 81620 (970) 949-1199 www.alpineappliance.com
Lonnie Fisher PO Box 1119 | Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Home and Hearth Outfitters/ Home and the Range
(970) 945-1252 CARPET CLEANING AND RESTORATION
Brad Elliott 204 Park Ave. Unit 2F l Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-7620 K.H. Webb Architects, P.C. Samantha Bogash 710 W Lionshead Cir, Unit A l Vail, CO 81657
(970) 477-2990 www.khwebb.com
J.R. Baker Architects John R. Baker PO Box 938 | Carbondale, CO 81623
(970) 963-2305 Scott S. Turnipseed AIA Architects Scott Turnipseed PO Box 3388 | Eagle, CO 81631
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BVD / Green Valley Homes John Hill PO Box 5127 | Gypsum, CO 81637
PO Box 399 l Minturn, CO 81645
Tom Stevens 0155 Maroon Mesa Rd | Carbondale, CO 81623
www.steammaster.com CONCRETE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLY, LLC
(970) 876-5662 Edwards Building Center
Mike Burk PO Box 190 | Edwards, CO 81632
BUILDING PERFORMANCE CONTRACTORS
Fowler and Peth, Inc.
David Zilar PO Box 3891 l Eagle, CO 81631 (970) 376-7635
Todd Harker 1000 South Frontage Rd W. Ste 301 l Vail, CO 81657 (970) 476-4171
The Stevens Group Raj Manickam
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CPA’S & BUSINESS ADVISORS
Eide Bailly, LLP
www.eidebailly.com SteamMaster Restoration and Cleaning LLC, established in 1978 will be celebrating its 33rd anniversary in 2011. SteamMaster is a 24-hour Emergency Service Restoration and Specialty Cleaning company, serving the Central Colorado Rockies including the mountain communities of Vail, Breckenridge and Aspen.
Brent Gendreau 145 W Main St | Silt, CO 81652-9769
Jason Burkey PO Box 4870 | Eagle, CO 81631
B & B Excavating
Kyle Hoiland PO Box 5058 | Edwards, CO 81632
(970) 569-3916 ARCHITECTS
Matt Bunn 201 Main St. #304 | Carbondale, CO 81623 (970) 963-2223
High Country Consulting
Kyle Hoiland PO Box 5058 l Edwards, CO 81632
Brad Elliott Architect, Inc.
Grabil West, LLC
Paul Osborne 28485 Highway 6 & 24 | Rifle, CO 81650
Western Peak is a professional service, investment, and real estate development company. Contact David Fiore, President, to represent you with your needs in Aspen, Vail, or the Western Slope of Colorado on business or real estate matters. David R. Fiore 366 Horseshoe, Studio 1A | Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-0815 www.westernpeak.com
The Neenan Company
Paragon Technology Group
Boundaries Unlimited Inc.
Randell Johnson 2620 E Prospect Rd, Ste 100 l Fort Collins, CO 80525
Bruce Lewis 823 Blake Ave | Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Casey Wood 601 Rio Grande Place, Ste 101 Aspen, CO 81611
Bacon Drywall, Inc.
Superior Alarm & Electronics
Melissa Lott 215 N 12th Street | Carbondale, CO 81623
Michael Keyser PO Box 4910 l Edwards, CO 81632 (970) 328-2699
Superior Drywall, Inc.
Vail Electronics, Inc.
Mark Beagley PO Box 881 | Eagle, CO 81631
Don Anderson PO Box 3940 | Avon, CO 81620 (970) 827-9120
Steve Pawlak 5020 County Road 154 l Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7988 www.hpgeotech.com FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
Colorado Mountain College
Rick Johnson 0255 Sage Way | Aspen, CO 81611
Morning Star Elevator, LLC
Sean Paxson 16165 Cliffrock Ct Colorado Springs, CO 80921
J.R. Baker Architects
John R. Baker, NAHB Instructor PO Box 938 | Carbondale, CO 81623
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To get the right home, youâ€™ll need the right home loan. At Bank of America, we are committed to finding mortgage solutions that work for our customers. Let me help you find the home loan thatâ€™s right for you. Jack Skjonsby 105 Edwards Village Blvd PO Box 5027 | Edwards, CO 81632 (970) 569-3561
American National Bank â€“ Rifle
Alpine Mountain Builders, Inc.
Joe Carpenter 429 Railroad Ave | Rifle, CO 81650
Terry Scanlan PO Box 69 | Edwards, CO 81632
Bank of Colorado
Alpine Construction & Remodeling, Inc.
Clayton L Collier 901 Grand Avenue l Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Ken Pearson PO Box 8337 | Avon, CO 81620
Colorado Business Bank
Bear Creek Construction
Larry Cavanaugh PO Box 2826 | Edwards, CO 81632
Bruce Lipton PO Box 2324 l Basalt, CO 81621
Wells Fargo Business Banking
Beck Building Company, Inc.
Roaring Fork Valley 205 E Meadows Drive Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Frank Payne PO Box 4030 | Vail, CO 81658
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Black Dragon Development, LLC
Susan Horning 931 Grand Ave. | Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
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J. Crockett Farnell PO Box 579 l Crested Butte, CO 81224
Brad Foster PO Box 426 | Edwards, CO 81632
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C & B Development LLC The Residential Fire Sprinkler Experts. See our ad on page 16.
Jim Comerford PO Box 2342 | Edwards, CO 81632
274 Center Drive l Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
C & H Construction LLC
Richard Caples PO Box 341 | Avon, CO 8162
(970) 949-1502 FLOORING
Ruggs Benedict/Carpet One Roger Benedict PO Box 830 | Avon, CO 81620
Campbell Construction Pat Campbell PO Box 8609 | Avon, CO 81620
www.ruggsbenedict.com GENERAL CONTRACTORS
Adamâ€™s Rib Bruce Gray PO Box 659 | Eagle, CO 81631
(970) 328-2326 www.adamsribranch.com
Alliance Restoration Services, Inc.
CHC approaches each custom home, addition or remodel as a series of carefully crafted steps towards an integrated whole. We take pride in turning your dreams into reality.
Rob Faddick PO Box 109 | Eagle, CO 81631
Kevin and Lori Mowder
PO Box 3026 | Eagle, CO 81631
George Shaeffer Construction Company
Scott Cliver PO Box 333 l Edwards, CO 81632
Jon Stevenson PO Box 373 | Vail, CO 81658
Cohen Construction Inc
Geyer Construction LLC
Jeffrey Cohen PO Box 1889 | Edwards, CO 81632
(970) 926-3443 D.M. Neuman Construction Co. Jason Neuman PO Box 2317 l Glenwood Springs CO 81602 (970) 945-7502
David Lambert Construction, Inc. David Lambert PO Box 1727 | Basalt, CO 81621
Christy Geyer 245 River Ranch Road | Edwards, CO 81632 (970) 926-1344
Ric Heid PO Box 4909 l Edwards, CO 81632
Hoeft Builders West Inc specializes in many aspects of the construction industry. With a specific understanding of the customerâ€™s expectations and keeping up with the most recent building practices Hoeft Builders West stands behind a strong belief in the traditional general contracting method of construction. Custom Homes, General Contracting, Construction Management, Property Management and Design Build with a personal dedication to every customer that Hoeft Builders West conducts business with. See our ad on page 30
Avon, CO 81620 (970) 904-1959
Griller Construction Management, LLC Chad Griller 369 Faas Ranch Rd | New Castle, CO 81647
(970) 366-1174 Heid Custom Builders, Inc.
Evans Chaffee Construction Gro
Katie Vernon PO Box 8266 | Avon, CO 81620
Passero, Chris 204 Park Ave., Unit 1H l Basalt, CO 81621
Evergreen Development Stephen King PO Box 1870 | Edwards, CO 81632
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Hill Construction Inc. Gary Hill PO Box 1735 | Edwards, CO 81632
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Van Dieman, Inc.
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Peter Cope PO Box 1832 l Vail, CO 81658
Sage Concepts and Sage Green Framing/S.I.P.s
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(970) 963-7239 Jim Guida Construction, Inc. Jim Guida PO Box 760 | Vail, CO 81658
(970) 845-9100 Kalamunda Construction Mick Collins PO Box 2471 l Silverthorne, CO 80498
(970) 376-0360 McCord Construction, Inc. Tom McCord PO Box 4195 l Eagle, CO 81631
Jeff Sage PO Box 1560 | Avon, CO 81621
Venzor Construction, Inc. Patricio Venzor PO Box 73 | Eagle, CO 81631
Samelson Development Corporation
Warner Developments, Inc
Les Samelson PO Box 418 | Vail, CO 81658
Bob Warner PO Box 958 | Avon, CO 81620
Sawatch Land Company
William H. Baker Construction
Steve Croke PO Box 5355 | Vail, CO 81658
Bill Baker 210AABC-Suite MM | Aspen, CO 81611
Savage Land Company Inc.
Wynton Companies, LLC
John Savage | PO Box 1926 Rifle, CO 81650
John Purchase PO Box 3908 | Eagle, CO 81631
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Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.
Alpine Insurance Agency of Edwards, Inc.
Christa Andraos Calgary, AB
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Alpine Construction and Remodeling, Inc. Ken Pearson l (970) 926-1019
Glenwood Insurance Agency GRAPHIC DESIGN
Beck Building Company Forrest Watson l (970) 949-1800
CHC Mountain Structures
Peter J. Martin Insurance
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Peter Martin 40 Sunset Dr, Ste 10 | Basalt, CO 81621 Serving the Vail Valley and beyond since 1996. Comprehensive creative design services covering print collateral, website, online ads, e-newsletters and email campaigns, display advertising, magazines and much more.
George Shaeffer Construction Co. William Oâ€™Neill l (970) 845-5656
Sue Hibbs PO Box 4348 | Eagle, CO 81631
Colleen Hill 56 Edwards Village Blvd, Unit 114 l Edwards, CO 81632
Jim Guida Construction Jim Guida l (970) 845-9100
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Slifer Designs, Inc.
D.M. Neuman Construction Co. Jason Neuman l (970) 945-7502
J.R. Baker Architects John Baker l (970) 963-2305 Silich Construction, Inc. Jason Walker l (970) 920-2299 12
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American Furniture Warehouse
216 Main St, Suite C-100 | Edwards, CO 81632
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Mike Fergen PO Box 1042 | 1537 County Road 130 Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
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Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors Cherly Burns 2520 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 108 Glenwood Springs, CO 81602
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David Young (970) 328-2699
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Castleton Masonry Inc Chris Cook PO Box 915 | Eagle, CO 81631
SHC Nursery & Landscape Co. Mike Stevens PO Box 2049 | Eagle, CO 81631
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The Gallegos Corporation
Jake Jacobson PO Box 99 | Wolcott, CO 81655
Maryam S. E. Kling | LiteTouch, Inc. www.controlsplus.biz | www.litetouch.com Aspen, CO l (970) 405-7823
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Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability Matt Scherr PO Box 4923 | Vail, CO 81658
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Swanepoel Painting Inc Nick Swanepoel PO Box 1747 | Edwards, CO 81632
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Maximum Comfort Pool & Spa, Inc. Michael Charles PO Box 2670 | Vail, CO 81658
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Jeff Sokup PO Box 5653 | Eagle, CO 81631
Rick Rogers PO Box 2888 | Vail, CO 81658
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M2M HBA is pleased to announce that its good friend, Bob Peterson, was named Chair to the NAHB-Remodeling Council. Peterson has been active on this prestigious remodeling council for more than 12 years and a member of the Northern Colorado Home Builders Association and The Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB) for more than 18 years. As Chair, Peterson will lead more than 8,000 remodelers nationwide. The NAHB Remodeling Council will partake in a meeting in the fall of 2011 at Harvard Universityâ€™s Joint Housing Center for Housing Studies and economic forecast. For further information about the remodeling council and membership with M2M HBA contact Sue Hibbs, Executive Officer at (970) 328-2205. See page 28 for further information about Bob Peterson.
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A conference addressing sustainability trends in Colorado
For architects, builders, tradesmen, homeowners, local governments
Friday, December 2, 2011 Aspen Meadows Resort, Aspen, Colorado
N ATIONAL SPEAKER S l VE N DO R B O OTH S l I NT E R NAT I O NA L E X H I B I TO R S l R O U NDTA B L E DIS CUS S ION 17
Community-Based Solar: Finally, an Attractive Option for Homeowners, Businesses and Government In Aspen’s Roaring Fork Valley, the Clean Energy Collective could be leading the next solar revolution solar energy to the masses with a new community-based approach to commercial-scale solar farms. Based in Carbondale, Colo., the CEC claims to be the first communitybased solar integrating company in the country.
Mike Koshmrl Writer for Solar Today
ost investors in solar energy own their own home first, then research, shop around and financially plan for a residential photovoltaic (PV) purchase. A solar array is a reasonable purchase only if you’re in a sound financial position and own a sunny roof or yard. It doesn’t make sense if you rent your home or live in the shadow of a magnificent spruce. So it’s not seen as something for everybody. But what if someone were to remove all the obstructions and open up the market? Paul Spencer, the owner and founder of the Clean Energy Collective (CEC), is giving it a shot. “Eliminate [those factors] and you essentially go from a market of environmentalist homeowners, which might be a million people in America, to everybody that has a utility bill, which is 146 million,” he said. Spencer is looking to bring
Conceptually, a community-based “buy-in” model of solar farm is very simple. The CEC’s role as solar integrator is to negotiate the land lease terms (or buy land outright), select the technology, arrange for the installation and see the entire construction process through from start to finish. Once the farm is up and producing, its panels are sold, individually or in sections, to ratepayers at Holy Cross Energy, the primary local utility near Aspen, Colorado. Each purchaser then owns his or her own investment, along with the rights to any energy it produces. Payback is accomplished with renewable energy credits directly subtracted from the purchaser’s electric bill. In concept, Spencer says, this is “virtual net metering,” which, for billing purposes, is just like having solar on a rooftop. And what happens if a customer moves or falls upon hard times? As with any other piece of real estate, the customer can then sell the investment — at a markup, if the market warrants it—to any other Holy Cross ratepayer. The CEC takes care of all maintenance and insures the investment for 50 years. Customers are even granted visitation rights, and if they’re so inclined, can treat their solar panels to a sponge bath. It works just like having solar on your rooftop, except that it’s down the road in a field.
PROJECT ATTRACTS VARIETY OF CLIENTS
The population of the Roaring Fork Valley, generally well-off, active and interested in renewable energy with Aspen just up the road, has paid attention to the CEC, which has been extensively covered by the local newspapers. “Right now people are coming to us,” Spencer said in a late-July visit to the inaugural CEC solar farm. “And the beauty of it is that the majority are exactly the segment of people we were hoping to hit.” Spencer said the CEC is attracting people who are more financially restricted than the typical solar consumer. The average solar array in the valley getting rebates through Holy Cross Energy is between 5 and 6 kilowatts (kW) in size, he said. But the CEC is selling blocks of panels averaging around 2.5 kW. And there are even customers opting for a single 230watt panel at $725, the minimum allowable purchase. “We’re clearly attracting a lot of people who don’t have 15 or 20 grand to put a system on their house,” Spencer said. “Which is great because that was part of our goal: to really open up the market.” The other type of customer Spencer said he [pull out only: [The CEC] is attracting people who just don’t want to deal with putting an installation [of solar] on their house. “For example, I had an 82-year-old guy call two weeks ago who wanted to completely power his house with solar,” he said. “He’d been thinking about it a long time, but he said it just seemed too overwhelming.”
[The CEC] is attracting people who just don’t want to deal with putting an installation [of solar] on their house.” Gerry Kaplan fits that description. Kaplan had looked into adding solar panels when he built his house three years ago, but after doing a little research, he saw it just didn’t make sense. It looked too expensive, plus the layout of the house wasn’t quite right, he said. But after reading about the CEC this spring in the Vail Daily, Kaplan said he was quick to sign on. “I think it’s positively brilliant,” he said. “Maury [his wife] and I are actually buying 24 panels. We will actually own 24 panels. In my mind it’s a great investment. It will cut my [annual] electric bill down from $2,000 to about $1,000.” Kaplan decided he could afford to offset about half his energy use, which the CEC determined he could do with a 5.52-kW system. At $3.15 per watt, this cost him about $17,400. A proposal he received shows that the CEC estimates a payback period of just under 13 years and nearly $175,000 in lifetime savings. Both figures assume a 5 percent annual increase in energy costs, which is less than the national average, the CEC said. The proposal also estimated that a conventional residential 5.52-kW array would take 23.5 years to pay itself off. UTILITY ENDORSED PROGRAM
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter recently signed the solar gardens bill into law, allowing groups of 10 or more people to own a share in a solar array and reap the project’s incentives and electricity. But the new law actually has no bearing on the CEC because Holy Cross Energy is an exempted Touchstone Energy Cooperative utility. Holy Cross, which services most of the Roaring Fork Valley, supported the CEC’s vision at the urging of its members and board of directors, not because of a policy mandate. Chief Executive Del Worley explained that Holy Cross saw a CEC partnership as a no-brainer, in part because his company still has a ways to go to achieve its self-imposed renewable portfolio standard of 20 percent by 2015. “For a good number of our customers I think it’s a win, win, win,” Worley said. “It’s a good deal. When you consider all the factors, the economics are really no different than net metering residential installations, which we’re required to do by law.” Spencer made the remote metering process seamless for Holy Cross, he says. A former software developer, he devised a program he’s dubbed RemoteMeter to credit all of his investors’ bills from a single production meter. Applications are also available to tap into RemoteMeter from a home computer or smart phone. In Worley’s view, there are other benefits to the partnership as well. Holy Cross can now draw solar power from a central plant it knows is going to be maintained. And it also lands the utility a sizable number of renewable energy credits (RECs). If its rapid growth rate continues, the CEC could soon be satisfying a respectable percentage of Holy Cross En-
ergy’s total demand, which tops out at 250 megawatts (MW) in the wintertime, mostly due to ski resort load in Aspen and Vail. There are currently two CEC solar farms under construction, totaling about 1 MW, and another three in the works that will bring the total up to 5 MW. By mid-August, CEC had secured reservations totaling over 100 kW. The first 80-kW community solar site just went live on Aug. 18. NATIONAL MODEL POSSIBLE?
Spencer said that what the CEC is doing in the valley is important, but recognizes that, at this point, his business is still in the “proof of concept” stage. The big picture, in his mind: “How do you take 5 MW that you might do here and grow that to hundreds of megawatts nationally, and then gigawatts and terawatts? That’s really the vision.” There are really no other integrators in existence focusing on community-based solar, Spencer said. “We looked high and low because it’s easier to improve the wheel than to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “And we didn’t find anything.” But the time for community solar appears to have come. A number of states, including Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and now Colorado, have extended net-metering laws to community-based solar farms. In addition, utilities in both Utah and California have initiated their own community-based programs. And soon there figures to be a number of other community-based solar integrators, besides the CEC. Spencer said that the CEC has bundled its financial model, tax model, legal model and software supporting model into one and is now licensing it out to other companies around the United States. “They’re coming in from Colorado, but we’ve also probably had eight or 10 groups from other states approach us about wanting to take this model to California, wanting to take this model to Florida, to Massachusetts, to Utah, etc.,” he said. “That was part of my initial goal and vision, to create a vehicle that would allow large-scale ownership in renewable energy. To make it make sense and make it easy for everybody to be part of the solution. And then be able to roll that solution out to the masses.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was reprinted In whole or in part with permission of Solar Today, Copyright August 25, 2010, a publication of the Solar Energy Society. For further information about Solar Today contact its deputy editor, Seth Masia, at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ases.org. The CEC also has planned installations in Eagle County, Colorado near Vail.
Water Efficiency rules changing for builders and homeowners
Bruce L. Likoff, Esq. Holme Roberts & Owen LLP Denver, Colorado
n January 1, 2011, a new Colorado law goes into effect that requires builders to offer home buyers water efficiency options. The law does not require builders to change the design or construction of their standard home products. This “mandatory offer” law is similar to the solar options law that went into effect in August 2009. This article discusses the requirements of the new law, as well as some of the risks for builders and, accordingly, some potential conflicts home buyers may face. The new law applies to builders of single-family detached residences who enter into contracts on or after January 1, 2011. Builders of attached products are not covered, nor are builders of multi-family projects. Homes that are unoccupied and being used as sales inventory or model homes are expressly excluded from coverage of the new law. Builders are required to offer home buyers the opportunity to select one or more of three specified water-smart home options: (1) water efficient bathroom fixtures (toilets, faucets and showerheads); (2) dishwashers and/or clothes washers, and; (3) landscaping.
Builders are only required to offer dishwashers, clothes washers and landscaping if those items are installed or financed by the builder or are sold by the builder as upgrades. Many builders typically don’t install or sell dishwashers and clothes washers, so the new law will not require those builders to make an offer of those appliances. Even for builders who do offer dishwashers and/or clothes washers, the law requires only that the builder offer a model that is qualified pursuant to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program.
smart options selected by the home buyer. Equally important, builders will be able to treat water-smart upgrades the same as other upgrades, including charges for the upgrades and application of the builder’s requirements for advance deposits and deadlines for selection of upgrades.
Many builders do, however, install landscaping (in order to ensure a more attractive community) and will be required to offer water efficient landscaping. The new law provides that the mandatory offer applies to landscaping that “will be maintained by the home owner,” which suggests that it does not apply to landscaping that will be maintained by a homeowner’s association.
On January 1, 2011, a new Colorado law goes into effect that requires builders to offer home buyers water efficiency options.”
The new law is very specific about technical details of the options to be offered. Toilets that are offered must use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush. Lavatory faucets may not use more than 1.5 gallons per minute and showerheads may not use more than 2 gallons per minute. The details for landscaping that is offered are extensive and require compliance with best management practices contained in the publication Green Industry Best Management Practices (BMP) for the Conservation and Protection of Water Resources in Colorado, 3rd Edition and appendix (or later edition). The law describes 10 specific best practices, but applies the listed practices only to front yard landscaping. It is unclear if the drafters of the law intended not to apply these best practices to rear yard landscaping or simply assumed that builders rarely provide rear yard landscaping. Builders will still be able to select the contractors (e.g., plumbing contractors) that install any water-
What should builders do to comply with the new law? While the law does not contain any record keeping requirements, builders are advised to make the
required offer to home buyers in writing, in a form that is signed by the home buyer acknowledging that he/ she has received the required offer. Some builders will choose to document the offer in a separate addendum to the builder’s standard sales contract, while others will incorporate the offer into the provisions of their standard contract. Either way, builders should retain these records. Builders will also have to determine when to
…a marketing brochure that claims ‘50% reduction in water bills’ is an open invitation to a lawsuit.” make the offer. The new law provides flexibility in that regard by allowing the builder to make the offer “in accordance with the builder’s construction schedule for the residence.” In order to avoid the risk of delays in construction that might be caused by an indecisive buyer, many builders will make the offer at the time the sales contract is presented to the buyer. The law does not require that builders give buyers a minimum time period to consider their decision. As part of their marketing efforts to buyers, builders will have to decide how much emphasis, if any, to place on the availability of water-smart options. Some builders, particularly custom builders, may see the new law as a positive marketing opportunity. The law does not require any reporting to the state, nor is any state agency given power to monitor compliance with the law. What are the potential pitfalls for builders? The new law does not contain any penalties for failure to make the required offer. However, it is possible that home buyers and their attorneys will bring lawsuits if builders fail to make the required offers. Buyers suffering from
buyer’s remorse are likely to claim that the failure of the builder to make the required offer entitles the buyer to rescind the sales contract. Buyers might also claim damages from the builder, perhaps asserting that the market value of home is lower or that the water bills are higher than would be the case if water-smart devices had been installed. What should a home buyer do? To avoid costly litigation, home buyers can make sure they are offered these options before signing a contract with their builder. Find out if your builder is a professional member of their local building organization and if they have been taking continuing education classes. Professional builders are more likely to be familiar with current laws. Builders may also get into trouble if they make representations about water efficiency devices installed in the home. For example, a marketing brochure that claims “50% reduction in water bills” is an open invitation to a lawsuit. Even more general representations, such as “water-smart home,” may be a problem. Builders should include specific disclaimers in
their sales contracts regarding any water-smart options selected by the buyer. A professional builder will point their potential clients to resources to familiarize themselves with various alternatives. Builders will want to be sure that their plumbing suppliers are ready to supply water-smart devices. The same holds true for appliance installers, if they are employed. For builders that install or offer landscaping, close coordination with the builder’s preferred landscape designers and installers will be essential. Builders will also need to work with their attorneys to revise their sales documents and make sure they have included appropriate disclaimers concerning water efficiency devices. As with solar options, builders will find themselves on the front lines of educating consumers about water efficiency devices. Editor’s Note: Contact the local Home Builder Association chapter in your area to locate builders who subscribe to the professional standards of the National Association of Home Builders.
Commercial/Construction Lending Is There Money Available?
Joe Carpenter American National Bank Special Assets Group
he short answer to the above question is â€œyes, â€œ although the world of lending has changed. The primary source of funds in the past, portfolio lenders and the mortgage-backed securities market, has been rocked by the deterioration of credit quality and declines in collateral value, resulting in corresponding underwriting changes and a reduction in demand for these products. Banks are required to reserve capital for actual and potential loan losses, diverting funds that might otherwise be available for lending. Some regulators,
For well capitalized banks, the ability to lend on commercial transactions continues to exist and banks will be compelled to seek out lending opportunities in order to achieve desired earnings.â€? concerned with averting additional bank failures, have structured very aggressive guidance for the downgrade of loan risk ratings to banks within their jurisdiction. Though, clearly, not all regulatory agencies have been aligned with respect to the guidance provided, which has resulted in differences among banks in how maturing loans are restructured or if and/or how new loans are made.
In all cases, however, itâ€™s reasonable to expect loan underwriting and credit terms to be more stringent for the foreseeable future than it has been in the past. Likely changes in future deals may include enhanced sponsorship with greater investment by the borrower (more â€œskinâ€? in the game); stronger, more sustainable cash flow from the subject credit or from an independent source (less speculation); higher levels of liquidity, broader banking relationships, and greater scrutiny of the collateral, to name a few. For well capitalized banks, the ability to lend on commercial transactions continues to exist and banks will be compelled to seek out lending opportunities in order to achieve desired earnings. Where these deals come from and how they are structured in the brave new world, however, is likely to be different going forward than what borrowerâ€™s may have become accustomed to in the heydays of yesteryear. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joe Carpenter is a 30-year+ veteran of financial services marketing and management. Vice President with American National Bank in Rifle and Mountain to Mesa HBA board member, Joe specializes in commercial banking.
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David Fiore President, Western Peak, Inc.
he National Association of Home Builders Association (NAHB) voted unanimously to support a resolution sponsored by the Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB) regarding the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. The vote, taken at its Board of Directors meeting in New York City in the fall of 2010, took root from meetings between local officials in Aspen and Vail, the leadership of Mountain to Mesa Home Builders Association (M2M) and State Senator Gail Schwartz after the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a statement challenging the viability of the PACE programs. PACE programs are designed to bring financing tools to homeowners, encourage energy retrofits, and would create jobs for a largely displaced builder workforce. BACKGROUND
Earlier in 2010, Eagle County (home to Vail Ski Resort), Pitkin County (home to Aspen Skiing Company) and Gunnison County (Crested Butte Ski Area) joined together with the support of M2M and Eagle Valley Home Builders Association to establish Energy Smart Local Improvement Districts (LID) following Boulder County’s earlier lead. LIDs were established to provide a voluntary mechanism for residential property owners to obtain financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. Property owners receiving financing through the program were set to take responsibility to repay the loans via a special property tax assessment on the improved property. Garnering the support of M2M and CAHB, who generally are cautious about increased property taxes, is significant and was based on the fact that the program is voluntary with no financial impact on non-participants and is likely to create jobs for its members. PACE advocates, including M2M, were alarmed when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac alerted their sellerservicers on May 5, 2010, raising concerns about the lien priority of PACE initiated loans which they argued
Later in July, 2010, the Board of Directors of M2M directed the organization’s representatives on the CAHB Board of Directors — including M2M President David Fiore, Konnie Krahn-Prosence, and John Savage — to seek the support of CAHB to take their concern beyond the state of Colorado. CAHB responded with a unanimous show of support at its 2010 summer Board meeting putting forth a request for its NAHB Board Director and Colorado Representative, Skip Howes, to pursue a resolution by the NAHB Board of Directors seeking policy on the matter to allow NAHB to lobby Washington officials in support of the PACE programs. Fiore and Howes walked a resolution in support of PACE through more than eight NAHB committees at the New York meeting and secured unanimous support at all levels, including the full NAHB Board of Directors. Fiore also serves on the NAHB Board. The resolution resolved that NAHB work with Congress, financial regulatory agencies, including FHFA, state and local governments to resolve the perceived impediments to implement PACE programs. “The NAHB resolution gets our industry to the table to resolve conflicts raised by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” Fiore said. “The PACE program is a job creation bill and that is important to our members.” State Sen. Schwartz, one of the sponsors of the PACE bill in Colorado, issued a statement saying “I’m grateful the NAHB has shown such strong support of the PACE program. We have proven that Colorado is a national leader in clean energy. I am pleased to have had such strong partners in promoting innovative solutions for homeowners, which will also create jobs for Coloradans and bring down energy cost.” Tom Stevens, Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee for M2M stated that “Membership in local HBA is the grass roots step to making a difference in local, state, and federal matters confronting our industry in the ever-changing marketplace.” NAHB has been
serving its members in the housing industry and the public at large since 1942, and now has more than 235,000 member companies with 10 million employees. M2M continued the dialogue at the 2010 greenThink Symposium at the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Meadows Resort. The symposium brings local, state, and national industry experts and leaders together each year to tackle issues such as the PACE program. Randell Johnson, AIA, Chairman of greenThink and M2M PresidentElect stated, “Discussions at greenThink allows for a thoughtful shift in the business-government paradigm bringing forward innovative solutions for the future in building and development.” Johnson is Vice President of the Neenan Company headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo. HOW PACE CAN HELP YOU
This issue of Mountain Builder discusses the economic climate facing the building and housing industry. PACE is a mechanism that brings financing directly to property owners based on the strength of each local market rather than through traditional forms of financing. It is a welcome tool in light of the stressed financial market which has made it harder and harder for homeowners, builders and developers to tap credit markets. As reported in Mountain Builder 2010, Volume 1, Energy Efficiency (EE) upgrades such as replacement of inefficient windows, increased insulation, replacing heating and cooling systems, sealing air leaks, and other EE measures are all eligible for PACE funding. Renewable Energy (RE) improvements could include solar photovoltaic, solar thermal or other RE type improvements. As Dylan Hoffman (Pitkin County Energy Program
Colorado Representative Skip Howes, NAHB Chairman Bob Jones, and M2M HBA President, David Fiore at the NAHB Board of Directors meetings in New York City.
Senator Gail Schwartz looks on as Governor Ritter signs the PACE Bill. Manager), Yuri Kostic (Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for Eagle County), and Adam Palmer (an Environmental Policy Planner for Eagle County) all noted: Normally when you sell a property, the debt runs with ‘you’ and you have to pay off that debt at the time of sale. With PACE loans you need not pay off the obligation when the home is sold. The obligation can, but doesn’t have to be, assumed by the new owner. This type of flexibility allows for more costly RE improvements to be paid for over time reducing the annual cost and allowing homeowners to achieve an immediate savings to the home energy bills.
PACE programs were designed to bring financing tools to homeowners, encourage energy retrofits, and would create jobs for a largely displaced builder workforce.”
Take the two examples discussed at length in this issue of Mountain Builder: (1) Colorado’s new law mandating builders to offer Water Efficiency Options may have an alternative means of funding improvements such as water efficient bathroom fixtures, dishwashers and cloth dryers, and landscaping; and (2) homeowners who would like to take advantage of solar photovoltaic but may not be situated to take advantage of the sun or their HOA precludes such improvements can use PACE funds to join a community owned solar field as offered by Clean Energy Collective. The capital outlay that may otherwise discourage some buyers of EE/ RE improvements can be overcome with PACE program type funding. THE IMPERATIVE OF COOPERATION
The competing partisan interest of the Republicans and Democrats is sometimes daunting considering the financial pain many Americans are experiencing. It is refreshing to see bills like PACE merging environmental policy and our nation’s economic policy. Encourage your elected representatives’to reach across the aisle for this policy, it truly is an easy step and everyone wins!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David R. Fiore is the founder of Western Peak, Inc., an Aspen based professional service, investment, and real estate development company. David holds his JD from the University College of Law, BS from Southern IL University, Loyola University College of Law International Studies (Moscow, Russia; Budapest, Hungary). He is a former elected official in the Chicago Metropolitan area. David is a commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings and is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. He is President of M2M HBA; Director, CAHB, and Director on the National Association Home Builders BOD.
The New World of Short Sales is a tremendous buyers-market!
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wo of the buzz words sensationalized by the local and national media in the current economic climate are “foreclosure” and “short sales.” Unfortunately, it is a reality for many people nationwide. Although every market is unique, differing from state to state and county to county, nationally there have been more than 300,000 foreclosures filed per month over the past 12 months. If you fall into this category, continue reading, as there are a number of options available to you. On the flip side, it
For the purpose of this article, I will focus on preforeclosures or short sales. A short sale is when the proceeds from the sale of a property are not sufficient to pay the lien holder in full; i.e., the lien holder agrees to accept a payoff that is less than the amount owed for the loan. This difference (amount not paid to the lender) is called the deficiency. Colorado is a recourse state and the lender has the right to collect this deficiency even after a foreclosure.
offers a possible waiver of the deficiency; and the lender may pay most or all closing costs. The worst thing that a homeowner can do is nothing. From the Realtor’s perspective, short sales help to preserve home values for neighborhoods, assist sellers to move on with their lives, and assist buyers in finding a home for a favorable price. What are the potential concerns of a short sale? The
The Federal government has initiated numerous programs aimed at assisting the homeowner who is suffering a financial hardship.”
What are the advantages of short sales? From the lien holders perspective: It saves many costs associated with the foreclosure process; the property is taken off of their books sooner; the return on their investment is greater compared to the bank foreclosing on the property and marketing it for sale. From the seller’s perspective: A short sale helps them avoid foreclosure and potential bankruptcy; is a better alternative for future credit;
process can be lengthy and contain uncertainty that the amount offered to purchase the property will be approved by the lien holder. There are also potential tax consequences for a waiver of the deficiency, as the lender may file an IRS form 1099, and in turn, the seller must claim this on their taxes. The Federal Government has initiated numerous
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For the buyers, a short sale presents a significant buying opportunity for patient, flexible buyers that can navigate the uncertainties of the process.” eligible for HAMP but are unable to keep their homes. The HAFA program allows homeowners to receive a pre-approved sales price for the property; protects real estate commissions up to 6 percent, and requires the lender to release the homeowner from future liability of the debt. There is a cash incentives for the seller, who receives $3,000 for relocation assistance. The process can begin before loan payments are delinquent, and once enacted it automatically delays the foreclosure process for up to one year. Uniform reporting to credit agencies is a requirement. It is important to note not all lenders participate or loan types qualify for HAFA and that junior lien holders are not required to agree to the HAFA terms.
Sound complicated? It is a tedious process at best. The keys to a successful short sale: 1. Using a competent Realtor: A Realtor will guide you through the process of listing and selling your property. The Realtor’s commission is paid as an expense of sale by the lender. 2. Convincing the Lender of the fair market value of your property: The lender must be convinced that it will be receiving the current value of a property’s collateral without the additional time and expense of the foreclosure process. A Realtor is a good choice for establishing the fair market value. 3. Convincing the Lender of your financial hardship: The property owner must establish that he/she has little or no cash flow or assets and that a long term financial hardship exists. They must complete a financial statement supported by income tax returns, pay stubs and bank statements. 4. Negotiating with Junior Lien Holders: Junior lien holders must be convinced to voluntarily release all or most of their lien on the property to allow the short sale to be completed. 5. Convincing the Lender to approve the sale: The lender(s) must agree that the proceeds of the short sale are as much or more than will be realized through the foreclosure process. A Realtor will obtain the written approval from the lender, including any cancellation of debt. Note: cancelled debt may be taxable, however, taxes may be eliminated if you are insolvent or meet the requirements of the Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief Act. It is highly recommended that homeowners consult experts knowledgeable in the field, for example: a real estate attorney to know the legal ramifications of the many options available the homeowner (do I proceed with a short sale, a foreclosure, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, bankruptcy?); and an accountant to learn of the tax consequences; a Realtor to assist in selling your home. And know that Stewart Title has a team of Short Sale Specialists who work with your Realtor to gain approval from your lender. For the buyers, a short sale presents a significant buying opportunity for patient, flexible buyers that can navigate the uncertainties of the process. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Konnie Krahn-Prosence graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has resided in the Roaring Fork Valley for the past 24 years. She began working for Stewart Title in 2006; specializing for the past year in the distressed real estate market of short sales. Konnie is Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Mountain to Mesa Home Builders Association and is a Director on the Colorado Association of Home Builders Board of Directors.
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here is a sleeping giant in the residential construction industry and that giant is a very old and traditional piece of the building trade. The giant is remodeling and renovation. Many may ask why I and others call it a giant. As long as homes have been built, remodeling has existed, but it has only existed as a true professional industry for the past 20 years or so. The trade of professional remodeling is growing rapidly. In 2000, revenue produced by new housing
Even if new construction makes dramatic comebacks in the next couple of years, residential construction revenue is expected to be split 50/50 between new construction versus home remodels. All this makes sense if you consider the difficulty and cost in developing new land, issues such as water, and fact that America’s housing stock—even out here in the newer west—is getting older every year. If you think about it, fixing up an existing home makes a lot of sense. If you are a remodeler, a builder who is performing remodels, or if you are a consumer thinking about remodeling your home, there are many things to consider before taking on a remodel. CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
If you are a contractor who performs remodeling or are thinking of becoming one, you need to understand that remodeling is very different than new construction
in many ways. The challenges of working in a customer’s home while they are living in it and adhering to a schedule is one of the most important pieces of a remodel. Homeowners want and need to know when you will be done. Surveys show that the biggest complaint about remodelers is not getting done and out of their lives when promised. There are many reasons for that, but most of the time it can be related to a lack of planning and lack of really knowing what it takes to tear something apart to the correct level, tie it back together efficiently and end up with a product that is as nice as anything new, or even better. You can’t price a remodel the same as new construction; the risk is different and the factors to consider are huge. If you are a homeowner thinking about making a change in your home, you need to consider some important things. Just because a contractor is great at building new homes does not mean they are automatically equipped to perform a successful remodel. You need to make sure they are experienced at working around people in their homes, and that they will treat your home like it is their own. They need to Continued on Page 30
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Just because a contractor is great at building new homes does not mean they are automatically equipped to perform a successful remodel.” plan and organize to ensure things stay on schedule and move smoothly from start to finish.
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Someone once told me that it was impossible to schedule a completion date because it was a remodel. My comment was, “Tell a home owner you don’t know when you’ll finish their kitchen, when they can use their bathroom or when you’ll dry in their roof and you have big problems.”
In Aspen and Vail respectively, Mountain to Mesa Home Builders Association and Eagle Valley HBA are both extended chapters of the Colorado Association of Home Builders and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Local, state and the national chapters all offer many opportunities for professional education, but one sure mark of excellence a homeowner can count on is by checking to see if your builder is a member of the NAHB Remodelers Council. A builder/remodeler can be a member at large if their local HBA does not have a Remodelers Council, or belong to a local council which is affiliated with the NAHB remodeler program (NAHBR). NAHBR offers training and education to attain the “Certified Graduate Remodeler” certification, a result of taking many courses teaching the needed tools not only to perform successful remodeling but also to provide cost effective remodeling for the client while making a reasonable and respectable profit. Other opportunities too numerous to list here exist as well.
So, how does a contractor desiring to be a “professional remodeler” get there or how does a homeowner know they are working with a professional remodeler? Homeowners should go to the professional trade association at a local, state or national level; and contractors should join your local Home Builders Association, if they are not already members. By working with members of a professional trade association, homeowners can seek professionals who take advantage of the many educational and training opportunities that teach state-of-the-art remodeling methods and nuances. Such training helps train builders to be responsive to the needs of the homeowner so that they are professionally equipped to offer the necessary
How does a Homeowner/Consumer know whether they are actually getting a “professional remodeler” to
alter their home without risking their investment to un-needed issues? Certainly, you need to make sure the contractor is licensed, carries insurance to protect you and your home and has sufficient experience and systems to perform the work. The easiest way is to contact your local Home Builders Association and Remodelers Council. Members pledge to understand the real profession, abide by standards and ethics to be in business for the long term, thus being able to not only get your project completed, but to provide the project after-service as well. NAHBR membership is a sign that a builder is committed to the housing industry for the long term and truly care about your home and community and are required to be licensed and insured. Remodeling is a rapidly growing industry. Manufacturers have taken note as more and more consumers decide it is better to stay in their homes, neighborhoods and schools rather than to uproot their families and move. Many who are moving due to job or life changes are purchasing an existing home and remodeling it to be “their home” choosing neighborhoods with character, stability, and other life style choices.
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David M. McLain, Esq. Holme Roberts & Owen LLP By way of introduction, let me explain my background. I have spent the length of my legal carrier, spanning 12 years now, litigating construction defect claims, almost exclusively on behalf of developers, general contractors, and other construction professionals. During this time, I have seen a few “bad apples” among the building community, to deny that any exist would be incredulous. That said, most of the individuals and companies I have represented have tried to do the right thing,
may breach their fiduciary obligations to the HOA and, therefore, be individually liable for any and all repair costs.
Most of the construction defect litigation occurring in Colorado involves homeowners associations (HOA) as the claimants. Most of these cases begin in the following way: The individual homeowners express a concern to the HOA board regarding problems they are noticing in the community or there are discussions among the owners regarding what has happened in nearby communities or in other communities developed by the same builder.
The attorneys further explain that the board members can discharge their fiduciary obligations by hiring the firm, which will represent the association on a contingency fee basis, fronting all of the investigation costs. The contingency fee agreement is usually for 33.3 to 40 percent of the gross recovery, with the reimbursement of expenses coming out of the HOA’s take. While HOAs could previously take care of all needed repairs under this scenario, this may no longer be the case.
The property management company then calls the plaintiffs’ construction defect attorneys to visit the community, typically with their forensic experts. These experts investigate the community and develop a long list of “construction defects.”
Armed with this list, the plaintiffs’ attorneys explain to the board members that they have a fiduciary obligation to the HOA to investigate and repair any construction defects and that if they do not, the board members
Prior to 2003, a claimant in a construction defect suit that prevailed on its claim for breach of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act was entitled to treble damages, plus attorneys’ fees. Going back to the 1990’s and early 2000’s, HOA’s would cover the attorneys’ fees, expert fees, and litigation costs through an award of treble damages and prejudgment interest. In a hypothetical example, assume that a jury awarded an HOA Continued on Page 34
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$1 million as the necessary cost of repairing construction defects in a community. In such a case, the judge would treble that award to $3 million and would also award attorneysâ€™ fees against the builder. Additionally, prior to 2008, homeowners and HOAs typically received an award for prejudgment interest in the amount of 8% per year, compounded annually on the cost of repair. This ran from the date of closing through the date the claimant filed its statutory notice of claim, which precedes the initiation of a lawsuit by 75 days. In light of these potential damage awards, homeowners associations were typically able to force very lucrative settlements without the need to go to trial. In the above hypothetical, the HOA would typically demand $1.5 million, plus litigation and expert costs, to settle the case. The builder, knowing that the ultimate award against it may be 2-3 times higher, most of which would not be covered by insurance (as CGL policies do not cover CCPA awards), would then settle the case. This settlement amount would be sufficient to cover the litigation costs and the contingency fee for the plaintiffsâ€™ attorneys, leaving the HOA with $1 million to fix the $1 million worth of defects. In 2003, the Colorado legislature capped damages under the CCPA to $250,000, inclusive of attorneysâ€™ fees. In 2008, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that prejudgment interest was no longer recoverable in cases where the claimant is seeking the cost of future repairs. For builders now, there is very little incentive to settle cases for anything more than a reasonable cost of repair, plus some amount for the HOAs litigation costs. The problem with this in the typical scenario is that the HOA cannot afford to settle for this amount, and still have enough to pay of its attorneys, experts, litigation costs, and the actual repairs needed. If the same hypothetical case were today, the best the HOA could hope for would be the $1 million cost of repair, $250,000 under the CCPA, and litigation costs. After paying for the litigation costs, expertsâ€™ fees, and attorneysâ€™ fees, the HOA would be left with less than the $1 million necessary to fix the $1 million in defects. Clearly, this shortfall grows exponentially as the size of the repair cost increases. Assuming that the cost of repair is $10 million, the net take for the HOA would be approximately 55-60% of the amount needed to make repairs.
The problem for the HOA that does not have enough money to make repairs is that they must either perform a special assessment to make up the difference, or they must choose to not make certain repairs. If the decision is to not make certain repairs, the individual owners within the community will have to disclose that fact when they sell their homes, potentially decreasing the value of the home. OPTIONS UNDER TODAYâ€™S LAW
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In short, litigation should be the absolute last resort. I strongly encourage homeowners and homeowners associations that believe their home or community suffers from construction defects to call their builders. Obviously, the HOA will have to engage in an extraordinary
amount of due diligence to work through this situation to ensure that a builder properly investigates and repairs and problems. This can be done without hiring a plaintiffsâ€™ construction defect attorney on a contingency fee. I have seen situations in which an HOA has called me or one of my clients and said: â€œIf the builder hires a specific engineer to investigate, design, and oversee the repairs, we will not hire an attorney.â€? Builders, given this choice and assuming that the engineer selected is reputable, may very well go along with the proposal. The HOA would probably also want to engage an attorney familiar with Colorado law to ensure that it does not lose any rights to sue the builder, up to, and through the point when all needed repairs are properly completed. I have seen very few builders during my career that are unwilling to make it right. If you live in a home or in a community where the builder is not willing to make it right and refuses to stand behind its homes, there may be no choice but to engage a plaintiffsâ€™ construction de-
In short, litigation should be the absolute last resort. I strongly encourage homeowners and homeowners associations that believe their home or community suffers from construction defects to call their builders.â€? fect attorney to represent you. Given the difficulty of the situation presented above, however, this should absolutely be your last choice. If you do have to go down this road, I would take the time to have a candid conversation with the plaintiffsâ€™ attorney regarding his or her strategy for dealing with the problems set forth in this article. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David M. McLain is a founding member of Higgins, Hopkins, McLain & Roswell, LLC, a firm which specializes in construction defect and general civil litigation throughout Colorado. Mr. McLain received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University, graduating cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law. Mr. McLain is an AVÂŽ Preeminentâ„˘ Peer Review Rated attorney by MartindaleHubbell and is a regular speaker at seminars regarding construction defect litigation in Colorado. Mr. McLain can be reached by telephone at (303) 987-9813 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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This rustic eco-spa is inspired by the Sioux Indians’ hocoka, a sacred environment where nature’s restorative powers are summoned to restore the spirit and heal the body. This fragrant treatment delivers bigtime. After a full-body wrap with sage- and sweetgrass-laced mud, you’ll be smoothed with essential oil. The ritual of “smudging,” or sweeping of white sage and sweetgrass smoke, is performed for protection from negative energies. $170/90 minutes.
Settle into a lovely new spa suite— alone or with your significant other— for head-to-toe indulgence. After a hydrotherapy bath, impurities are purged with a mountain clay and crushed corn-flour face and body mask, followed by a soothing, evergreen oil-scented hot-stone massage. Steamy face and body compresses inspire a glow. $295/120-150 minutes.
After you’ve soaked, rain-showered and steamed in the Aqua Sanitas (healing waters) sanctuary, the Hydro room awaits. There, you’ll be gently exfoliated with wildflowers and seeds, then soaked in a rose-oil bath strewn with floating rose petals. Next comes a 70-minute Swedish massage with rose-geranium butter, a hot chamomile wrap and a final slather of body butter. $325/2 hours, 15 minutes.
KEY INGREDIENTS Braided sweetgrass, white sage. INSIDER TIP Make time for a pre-treatment foot soak in a pottery bowl from the Sundance Art Shack.
KEY INGREDIENTS aspen, pine and birch essential oils; Eagle County river stones; fir- and juniper-scented compresses. INSIDER TIP Stop in the spa shop for lotions and spa-wear for home.
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KEY INGREDIENTS rose oil, chamomile, rose-geranium body butter. INSIDER TIP Get gussied up with a post-treatment shampoo and style at the salon.
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SKIER’S SPORTS MASSAGE Vida Spa at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, B.C.
UTE SUNDANCE RITUAL The Spa at the Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass, Colorado
A eucalyptus steam preps your body and mind for 90 minutes of deep muscle massage with a Vigor Blend of essential oils that can be customized to your needs. After, a gift of Epsom bath salts is yours to take for further pampering at home. $220 CAD/90 minutes.
Inspired by the area’s native Ute Indians, whose sundance ceremony encouraged spiritual power, this luscious signature treatment includes a purifying hot-salt soak in a hydro-therapy infinity tub, a super-hydrating shea-butter wrap, a healing hand-and-foot treatment and a full-body massage—all in a shimmering glass tile-and-granite Vichy shower room. $340/120 minutes.
KEY INGREDIENTS oils including lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, marjoram and clove. INSIDER TIP Each treatment includes complimentary access to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel’s health club, a $35 savings.
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KEY INGREDIENTS vanilla, sandalwood, shea butter. INSIDER TIP Pre-treatment, sip a PURE INVENTIONS green-tea-andpeach elixir. After, Champagne and jasmine green tea-infused dark chocolates are the way to go.
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ALPINE GLOW The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah Say goodbye to skin suffering from the effects of high altitude and cold with this healing, hydrating treatment. Cocoon in heated blankets while your body steeps in a honeybee-propolis wrap. After that, a slick of high-altitude essential oils will help seal in moisture for a silky new you. $160/50 minutes. KEY INGREDIENTS peppermint oil, honeybee propolis, frankincense oil. INSIDER TIP For an extra boost, pick up a 90-percent pure oxygen canister by Oxygen Plus, sold at the spa’s retail store.
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Bighorn Lodge - A Jackson Hole Masterpiece
INCREDIBLE LOG HOME – INCREDIBLE VIEWS Surrounded on 3 sides by Grand Teton National Park on a decommissioned national park road, with dramatic views of Grand Teton, the 10,000 sf Bighorn Lodge is unquestionably the most impressive log structure in Jackson Hole and yet it is only minutes from world class restaurants, downtown shopping, the airport, the world class Jackson Hole Ski Resort, 4 world class golf courses, the elk refuge with 12,000 wintering elk and Yellowstone National Park. This Jackson Hole para-
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dise property is surrounded by the pristine 18,000,000 acre greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The park trails on the north side of the property are ideal for horse back riding, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and hiking along miles of open sage meadows into the heart of the National Park. The property is often visited by Elk, Moose, Pronghorn, Bison, and Mule Deer with over 1 mile of private access to Cutthroat Trout ﬂy ﬁshing on the Snake River. —$12,750,000
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE: Dexter Meadows Residence at C Lazy U Ranch Set among the alpine scenery in Grand County, Colorado, the Dexter Meadows residence at C Lazy U Ranch is a striking example of classic mountain architecture. Designed, constructed and finished with uncompromising quality, the home is a showpiece of good taste and smart design. Read on to learn more. The professionals at Distinctive Design Interiors are experts at creating spaces that reflect the personalities and lifestyles of their clients. Their client-oriented services allow customers to be as involved in the design process as they’d like, whether they’re creating a unique new style or just freshening up an existing room. The full-service firm offers concept-to-completion interior design; project coordination; space planning; finish, fixture, furnishing and lighting design; purchasing services; and professional staging and turnkey services. Customers can also shop the firm’s exclusive boutique collection, which features handselected pieces from talented artisans and small businesses. Visit
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Spare, rectilinear forms detailed in Glulam beams and stucco walls define the houseâ€™s entry level and upper floors. Cantilevered toward the trees, the open-plan top level combines cooking, dining and living areas, and opens out through sliding-glass doors to a deck with an aluminum-grating floor and tempered-glass railing.
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A Modernist Treehouse RESOLUTELY MINIMALIST IN STYLE, A HOME IN WINTER PARK, COLORADO, TURNS ITS BACK ON TRADITION TO FOCUS ON ITS ROCKY MOUNTAIN SETTING
THIS PAGE: Sparely detailed gray-oak cabinetry from Poliform, in combination with white Corian counters, serves as a frame for the custom kitchen backsplash of colored architectural glass by GlassKote. A 10-inch-high clerestory window pulls natural light into the cooking space, which is equipped with a Sub-Zero refrigerator, DCS cooktop, and Gaggenau oven.
ARCHITECTURE BY MICHAEL P. JOHNSON DESIGN STUDIO INTERIOR DESIGN BY RUTH HILLER
hen artist and designer Ruth Hiller bought a quarter-acre plot in Winter Park, Colorado, almost nine years ago, she decided she wanted a living space that felt more like the interior of her New York City loft than the area’s prevailing mountain lodges and log cabins. So she hired Michael P. Johnson of Cave Creek, Arizona, a modernist architect with more than half a century of experience designing eloquently minimalist spaces, to create a residence that defied tradition. MOUNTAIN LIVING: What inspired you to build a modern home in the mountains?
RUTH HILLER: I’m a minimalist and I’ve always wanted a modern
house. That’s the only kind I would ever build. MICHAEL P. JOHNSON: In fact, that’s the only kind of house that
should ever be built in the mountains. We shouldn’t be living in the past in silly copies of Swiss chalets or log cabins that have no place in our society. After all, most people today drive BMWs, not Model T Fords. ML: Tradition or modernity aside, was it important to you to maintain a sense of place? RH: It’s not very Colorado, I’ll tell you that! But Michael followed every
code, so when we went to the board to get the designs approved, they had to. MPJ: I think the house is very appropriate for where it stands.
THIS PAGE: Between the master bedrooms, a casual gathering spot is simply furnished with inexpensive red chairs purchased at Target and a set of wood-and-chromed-steel nesting tables. Radiant-heated Italian porcelain tiles cover the floor on the entire level. The abstract encaustic paintings are works by homeowner/designer Ruth Hiller. FACING PAGE: In one of the two entry-level master suites, a low platform bed hews to the minimalist aesthetic while maximizing the roomâ€™s spaciousness. Almost ceiling-high, the sliding-glass doors make it possible to step directly into the woods in clement weather. Originally designed in the 1950s, a Bertoia Side Chair from Knoll adds spare, stylish seating.
“DON’T GIVE IN TO YOUR FEELINGS WHEN YOU MAKE DESIGN CHOICES. BASE THEM ON KNOWLEDGE.” —ARCHITECT Michael P. Johnson
ML: It’s certainly a departure from a typical home in the area. What do your neighbors think? RH: One of them thought it was a blight on the landscape. But everyone
else likes it, and most say they never really liked modern homes before. One of the really cool things they like is that it feels like a treehouse. ML: How did you come up with the design? MPJ: I went with Ruth to view the site. There was an existing carpenter-
built 1950s California-style ranch house on a slope surrounded by aspens. I said, “Let’s carve the house away but save the foundation.” We used the basement for Ruth’s painting studio and a guest bedroom, put two master suites on the entry level, and then elevated the living, dining and kitchen space up into the trees, cantilevering it out toward a view of the creek. RH: The site is just a quarter of an acre, sloping with a huge drop-off
to the creek below. So Michael designed something for that particular piece of land. I didn’t even know I had a view until I was up on the second floor. ML: That deck looks translucent. What’s it made of? RH: The floor is aluminum grating, so the snow falls through. And there’s
a waist-high safety-glass railing.
ML: What was the vision behind the materials? MPJ: In all of my work, I try to strip things down to the simplest essence.
In my designs, I don’t celebrate and I don’t decorate—I just build a sound building. And the materials are dictated by the setting. RH: I look at a house as a neutral platform for art and furniture, so I stay with simple materials in neutral tones of white, black and gray. Michael suggested Glulam beams [engineered glued laminated timber], and we settled on white walls. Upstairs, I wanted a floor of black-stained 5-inch oak planks. Downstairs, the floors are Italian 18-inch gray porcelain tiles with radiant heat. ML: Within that “neutral platform,” you somehow manage to achieve interiors that feel full of life and color. How did you pull that off? RH: That’s how I work as a designer: Keep it super-simple, then add splashes
of color to make it interesting. I wanted something bright in the kitchen, for example, and orange is my favorite color, so we put in that kitchen backsplash of orange tempered glass. ML: And then there’s that vibrant furniture... RH: I was very specific about picking out things like those bright-orange chairs
and green couches. It felt like I must have looked at ten thousand couches! MPJ: Ruth passed all the furniture by me, but she has very good taste. ML: The staircase looks like a piece of sculpture. Tell us about it. MPJ: I built the stairs out of the same Glulam beams as the house, so that it
felt appropriate. It originally had a wall between the flights, but Ruth wanted to get rid of that. RH: I looked for railings forever, and finally put in a “wall” of vertical stain-
less-steel cable wires.
THIS PAGE: The unassuming main entrance leads to a wet area for skis and other outdoor equipment, and a casual living area. The same Glulam beams with which the house was built form the risers of the staircase, which is supported by a steel I-beam. Parallel strands of stainless-steel cable double as a sort of railing. FACING PAGE: Adjacent to each of the two master bedrooms, identical all-white baths feature square-cornered sinks and tubs from the Cube collection by Wetstyle. The wall-mounted toilets were designed by Philippe Starck for Duravit.
Suspended from the ceiling of the top floor, a steel Bathyscafocus log-burning fireplace by Focus swivels easily to turn a view of the flames toward wherever guests are gathered. “It also makes a nice division between the living and dining areas,” says the homeowner, “and in winter it really heats the whole room.” A vintage 1960s rosewood conference table designed by Florence Knoll serves as the dining table, and is illuminated by a pendant light of frosted, hand-blown glass from Flos. The Philippe Starckdesigned swiveling Ero|S| seats are from Kartell.
“PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO HAVE VIEWS FROM THEIR BEDROOMS. BUT HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU SPEND THERE? THAT’S WHY THE BEST VIEWS IN THIS HOUSE ARE IN THE LOFT-LIKE LIVING AREAS.” —HOMEOWNER Ruth Hiller
ML: The bathrooms seem to be the sparest spaces in the house. Why is that? RH: Everyone junks up their bathrooms with stuff.
I find simple bathrooms very peaceful, and that’s the way Michael designs them. MPJ: I like bathrooms to be large, and big tubs are
so relaxing. In fact, I pay as much attention to bathrooms as I do to living rooms. ML: With so much white and so many windows everywhere, does the house ever become too dazzling, like on a sunny, snowy day? RH: It can get pretty bright upstairs. That’s why
Michael installed translucent solar shades, which I can draw in the afternoon. MPJ: When you’re up there in that glass box, you’re
just experiencing the splendor of nature. It’s absolutely magnificent the way the seasons change, from lush green in summer to the aspens turning yellow in fall. ML: What’s your best piece of advice for readers who want to achieve similar effects? RH: First, hire a good modernist architect. Then,
spend your money on good-quality big pieces of furniture and finishes. MPJ: Hire someone who knows what they’re doing.
Look at their portfolio, because that’s what you’re going to get. ●
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IN CREATING A CONTEMPORARY FAMILY RETREAT, ARCHITECT
GREG FAULKNER USES A DYNAMIC MIX OF WEATHERING STEEL AND GLASS TO FRAME THE FORESTED HIGH SIERRA LANDSCAPE
“The wilderness is such a rich place,” says Northern California architect Greg Faulkner. “It’s not like building on an urban city block, where you’re creating from nothing. Here you have context—trees, slope to the site, boulders. You’re not just creating a building; you have to respond to the site without destroying it in the process.” That philosophy is central to Faulkner’s work, exemplified in a recent project completed for a family near Lake Tahoe. The contemporary five-bedroom house alternates between forms sheathed in rusted COR-TEN steel and transparent walls of glass to capture the landscape, the light and the Western experience. >> FACING PAGE: The front entry, located between the two wings of the house, is marked by floor-to-ceiling glass. Thermally broken aluminum frames, along with insulated, dualpane windows, keep the energy bills down while still allowing for maximum views to the outside. A Douglas fir overhang offers protection from the winter snow and summer sun. “We often get asked about using flat roofs in snow country, but we’ve found they perform better than sloped roofs,” says architect Greg Faulkner. “They don’t shed snow, so the snow acts as a form of insulation in the winter and then melts.”
STORY BY CAREN KURLANDER
PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANCE FOX
ARCHITECTURE BY FAULKNER ARCHITECTS INTERIOR DESIGN BY JUDY WEIRICK INTERIORS
MOUNTAIN LIVING: Did the clients have specific requests for you? GREG FAULKNER: They just asked for a modern house with a lot of light and something somewhat understated. A lot of these developments end up with super-sized houses, so this one—even at 4,300 square feet—was a little more modest. ML: Tell us how the site influenced your design. GF: When I first walked onto the property I could see through the trees to the Pacific Crest. I didn’t want to ruin that view with the house. ML: So how did you lay it out? GF: It’s basically an H-plan. The public wing is one rectangular box, and the private wing
with the bedrooms is on the other side. A glass connection space in the middle houses the kitchen and the entry. The two long legs of the H are rusted-steel boxes, and the space between them became the aperture to that view of the mountains to the west. ML: Why did you put the kitchen in the center of the H-plan? GF: We all know that everyone hangs out in the kitchen. So why not really make it the
middle of the energy? It serves as a bridge between the two steel rectangles, so that everyone passes through. It connects to as many pieces of the H as possible. ML: What drove the house’s contemporary design? GF: There was a fire in South Lake Tahoe two years ago, so we’re doing a lot to protect our houses from wildfires. That’s part of the reason we started with the metal cladding. But COR-TEN is designed to rust, and it has this rich, warm weathering character that feels alive, like wood. From a distance this house will resemble a wooden house so it won’t feel out of place, and yet there’s no maintenance; it’s very tough. ML: Was maintenance a consideration? GF: Yes. We try to be very sustainable with our work, and if you can build mainte-
nance out of a project, you save tons of money and chemicals and energy over the lifespan of a house, just by avoiding the every two- or three-year coating of oil [that a wood home requires]. ML: It looks like the materials palette— steel, concrete, glass— is virtually the same inside and out. GF: It’s one thing to see a lot of the outdoors, but if the environment you’re living in is
very different from the materials you’re seeing outside the window, then you can’t move to the outside in your mind. In a plan like this, you can [often] see parts of the wings that you’re not in. So if some of those materials come in [your field of vision] and your eye is also going out through the glass, then you’ve really blurred the line. It’s very freeing. >>
â€œIf you can combine all of the movement and have it intersect both vertically and laterally, then you really have great energy,â€? Faulkner says of the centrally located kitchen. A staircase, with custom perforated-steel panels and mesquite treads, links the one-story public wing with the twostory bedroom wing. Cabinets are made with eco-friendly ApplePly maple, and a freestanding concrete wall warms the space through radiant heat. 61
“I think some of the work we’re doing is more like abstract art than modernism. It’s a way of looking at building space without being confined to styles or rules.” — ARCHITECT Greg Faulkner
Large overhangs on the west-facing elevation reach out into the landscape, while expanses of glass bring the outdoors in. By laying out the house with the private and public areas on opposite ends, Faulkner was able to create flexible living spaces for extended family visits. An outdoor seating area offers a private spot to enjoy views of the adjacent Forest Service land. 63
The house’s interior design, by Judy Weirick Interiors, features clean-lined furnishings and tactile fabrics in muted hues to soften the architecture’s strong material palette. In the living room, walls of windows, structural steel beams and a board-form concrete fireplace are offset by an A. Rudin sofa and two armchairs covered with custom Kravet fabric. RIGHT: Faulkner framed the view with an additional layer by wrapping the front entry court and garage with a screen made from 10-inch steel plates standing in a domino-like line. “The only time you can see through them is when you’re perpendicular to them,” he says. “That’s when you can see the Pacific Crest through the house.”
ML: Why did you leave the structural steel exposed? GF: We always say that all the systems should contribute to the aesthetic. It’s more
honest and real to expose what you’re building with. It’s kind of like the old Arts and Crafts approach to architecture, but with a modern vocabulary. ML: These materials are very raw and rough. How do you keep the house feeling comfortable? GF: We think of the people and the furnishings and the objects from their lives as
a necessary layer to the environment. ML: So the interior design complements the architecture? GF: It tempers it. The interior designer, Judy Weirick, really did a good job of
creating something that is sympathetic to the architecture. She used lots of toneon-tone colors and not too much contrast, with soft leathers and soft rugs. ML: Tell us about the asymmetrical pattern of the window grids. GF: If you look at the landscape, it’s not a series of straight lines in a grid. It’s very additive. Plant colonies overlap and are organic and collage-like. That’s the way our glazing is laid out as well. It brings some of the behavior of the landscape into the architecture. ML: Why do you feel contemporary architecture is a good fit for this setting? GF: One big reason is you can see through the middle of this house. By framing the
landscape with a lot of glazing, you actually bring the environment in. I think modernism gives you more tools to use; you’re not hemmed in by pitched roofs and traditional moves. You can really build something that’s connected to the land. ●
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Santa Fe Sophistication AN ARTIST TURNED RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER CREATES A CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON TRADITIONAL PUEBLO STYLE
ABOVE: For the library, designer Seth Anderson created a contemporary fireplace with a custom steel screen. “The library is a really comforting smaller space,” he says. “The floors are raised and the ceilings are lower. Big fat beams give it a ‘down-under’ feel.” FACING PAGE: The artwork that hangs over the living room fireplace—called “Summoning the Storm” by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison—is an “expansive piece with a lot of negative space, and that’s what’s going on in the house, too,” Anderson says. The chairs are by Holly Hunt and Cameron Collection, and the nesting tables are by Barbara Barry.
STORY BY ELISABETH A. SULLIVAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SETH ANDERSON
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN BY LIFDOM
he house that Seth Anderson, owner of Santa Fe-based design firm Lifdom, created for his family stands at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, on the edge of the Tesuque Valley just outside Santa Fe. Like the town, it’s a study in contrasts between old and new; a place where cultures have merged to influence its design. Tapping his experience as a furnituremaker, textile designer and contemporary artist, Anderson orchestrated the home’s blend of traditional pueblo architecture and contemporary lines, Old World finishes and of-themoment furnishings, and native pottery and modern art, to create an environment with a true sense of place.
MOUNTAIN LIVING: This home seems to be a softer, more contemporary take on pueblo style. SETH ANDERSON: New Mexico offers an interesting mix of opposing elements and cultures, and I tried to achieve similar contrasts in this house. I incorporated clean, hard-edged, contemporary lines with elements that are very soft, textural and that have a sense of age. Some rooms are very open and expansive, and others are more private and intimate. ML: The home’s façade appears almost fortress-like. Why did you decide to incorporate that element of traditional pueblo architecture?
BELOW: Anderson modeled his home after an amphitheater, with breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains serving as the star attraction. “To take advantage of the incredible views, I created an expansive, stage-like platform from which to view them,” he explains. “Two large square openings frame the scene, and a curved ceiling line adds a sense of theater.”
SA: This homesite is rather unique in that it has a backdrop of piñon trees and junipers. The house, which is configured almost like an amphitheater, is nestled into the side of that backdrop. It has three layers—a front patio, a main living space and a back patio—and it opens up to a wide expanse off to the north. ML: It looks like the oversized storefront windows help to create transitions between those layers.
ML: Tell us about the black-and-white color palette you selected. Was it difficult to avoid the rusty oranges and sandy browns that are so pervasive in Santa Fe design? SA: I understand why that earthy color palette is such an integral part of the local vernacular, but sometimes it can get a little muddy. In this case, some of those colors were coming in from the outside already, and I wanted to create an environment that feels more fresh and pristine. >>
SA: I like the graphicness of them, and their ability to expand the
living spaces in a simple, contemporary way.
“Creating art is a meandering process. I may have an end result in mind, but sometimes the artwork ends up different from that. The same thing can happen with a house. You might have an original idea that evolves throughout the design process. It’s almost like a puzzle: The first piece leads to the next piece and the piece after that.” —RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER Seth Anderson
ABOVE: To offset the library’s more traditional touches—including a pair of antique leather club chairs from France, an Oriental rug and crown molding—Anderson hung a graphic Ellsworth Kelly painting over the couch. FACING PAGE: “In the kitchen, I used a lot of artificial and natural light—recessed cans, track lighting, pendants, under-cabinet lighting and accent lighting, in combination with three oversized skylights—to create a space that’s as airy and functional as possible,” Anderson says.
ML: The kitchen really seems to exemplify that freshness you were after. SA: I wanted the kitchen to have a dramatic but comforting effect because we’re in there so much. There are three large skylights that run the length of the room, so the space is filled with light, which I
love. I used a dark ebony finish on the cherry cabinets; the color ties in with the room’s black accents, but you can still see a little bit of the wood grain. When the light hits, it has a reddish hue. This technique of using variations of black adds texture, depth and a feeling of comfort to the room. >>
“Designing this home’s interiors was an experimental process. You bring pieces in and take pieces out, and sometimes you just know when something fits.” —RESIDENTIAL DESIGNER
ABOVE, RIGHT: Large skylights illuminate the master bathroom’s black-and-white finishes, which “have a femininity to them,” says Anderson. A crystal chandelier crowns the clean-lined space. “It’s a dressier bathroom, and I wanted something a bit more elegant in there,” he adds. The painting over the tub, seen in the mirror’s reflection, is by Donald Sultan.
ML: How did you choose furnishings to complement this contemporary color palette? SA: The architecture is rather understated and I wanted the fur-
nishings to convey that same feeling. But they also had to be very comfortable and luxurious—and kid-friendly. In the den, where the kids play, I used an outdoor fabric that’s hard to mess up. In the master bedroom, I wanted to create a comforting, simplified space. There are more low-lying elements in there and the fabrics are a bit softer—some silk and cashmere and linen. ML: The library seems to skew more traditional. Is that crown molding we see on the bookcases?
SA: This space was a hidden gem in the house. I began with a few
traditional elements: a pair of club chairs that I purchased in Paris and an Oriental rug. Then I decided to go in the opposite direction and incorporate the Ellsworth Kelly, a very clean and minimal piece of art. ML: What is the secret to incorporating such disparate style elements to create a home that so naturally fits its setting? SA: I try to let things kind of flow. Let certain things be dictated to you and you’ll be surprised by the outcome. Your surroundings, the movement of the sun, what’s happening with the trees, what you already own and enjoy, how you live: those are the things that ultimately create a home for you. ●
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THIS PAGE: To create a serene setting in the master bedroom, Anderson incorporated silk, cashmere and linen. The bed linens are by Dea; the bedside lamp is by Ralph Lauren. FACING PAGE, LEFT: Furniture with a lower profileâ€”such as an antique Mexican chestâ€”lends a restful feel to the bedroom. The black side table is by Christian Liaigre, and the sculpture is by Alvaro de la Cruz.
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From dusky violets to berry-kissed hues, purple promises to be a hot color in home décor this year. Here, we share five of our favorite takes on the trend
brown base and hint of smoky violet, this rich hue plays well with wood finishes, leathers, linens and other textiles. Benjamin Moore Vintage Wine 2116-20 paint (shown in VOC-free Natura paint), at benjaminmoore.com
Chair No shrinking violets here! Bold purple upholstery and a blacklacquered beechwood base meet at a row of chromed-nickel studs for one sassy seat. Single Katie Chair, from the Visionnaire Collection, at nellavetrina.com
Vases We envision these handblown glass vases cradling great bunches of fragrant paperwhites, or perhaps just one big, bold bloom. Amethyst vases, at Moda Antica, 303-733-9003
Tile Choose one—or all
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Mirror At last, a mirror to reflect your personality (and fearless style). A lacquer finish gives the handcrafted resin frame—painted an unexpected purple hue— a high-gloss finish. Purple BaroqueStyle Mirror, at neimanmarcus.com
three—of these pretty purple tiles to dress up your bathroom or backsplash. From top: Tantrum tile in Moondance by Sonoma Tilemakers; Field tile in color no. 1011 by Mercury Mosaics; and M5 field tile in Charlotte by Rookwood Pottery. All available at Decorative Materials, decorativematerials.com
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CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL JULY 2-4, 2011 | DENVER www.cherryarts.org
TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER 2011 | TELLURIDE, COLORADO www.telluridefilmfestival.org
VAIL MOUNTAIN SCHOOL HOME TOUR SEPTEMBER 2011 | VAIL, COLORADO www.vms.edu
CODY HIGH STYLE SEPTEMBER 21-24, 2011 | CODY, WYOMING www.bbhc.org/events/codyhighstyle
WESTERN DESIGN CONFERENCE SEPTEMBER 8-11, 2011 | JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING www.westerndesignconference.com
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ml | house of the moment LOCATION Carbondale, Colorado LISTING PRICE $3.995 million LISTING BROKER Erik Berg, Morris & Fyrwald, Sotheby’s International Realty, Aspen, 970-925-6060, aspenskihomes.com
House of the Moment
PHOTO BY GREG WATTS; COURTESY MORRIS & FYRWALD, SOTHEBY’S INTL. REALTY
IRRESISTIBLE DETAILS Stratus House, rooted along a ridgeline on 11 tucked-away acres above the Roaring Fork Valley, is all sleek lines and modern cool. The 5,240-square-foot home with five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths is the prize of a well-rounded design team: architect Glenn Rappaport articulated its strong, clean lines out of steel and wood; Witte Associates designed a smart, whole-home lighting system by Lutron; and Shannon Murphy Landscape Architects tied structure to surroundings with a thoughtful landscape design. But perhaps most awe-inspiring is the way the home breathes. With the help of two accordion-like glass walls by NanaWall, the home’s midsection opens on both sides to the outdoors— making perfectly framed art out of the peaks beyond. Roomy spaces for entertaining and a glass-encased dining area will make guests happy, and art lovers will appreciate the ample gallery space for displaying a collection. Other perks include in-floor radiant heat, a Viking grill built into the south deck, and a kitchen equipped with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances.
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