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river retreat: a river running through it



reclaiming history: what was old becomes new



taking the LEED: simple green



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w e lc o m e A sense of place. We all want our home to reflect where we live. When surrounded by the beauty of this valley, it only seems fair to pay homage to it on the inside and outside. The homes we feature in this issue of the Peak Magazine give tribute to the area in their own unique ways. Seth Mensing writes about the Western Slope’s first LEED gold-rated residence, right here in Crested Butte. The house sits on the edge of technology and sustainability. It’s a small home, big on craftsmanship and cutting-edge green building techniques. The home is not only a net-zero home, as Seth points out, it’s “a singular work of art.” I was lucky enough to be invited to a home on the Gunnison River that exudes family fun. It’s a retreat for extended family and friends to visit for a Colorado vacation. The home’s craftsmanship is to the highest level. And sustainability was also on the minds of the homeowners. They use geothermal energy, a practice they hope to see grow in the area.

The third home tour in this issue is a story of bringing a Crested Butte original back to life. Writer Alissa Johnson tells the tale of a homeowners’ quest to celebrate the history of town by restoring it, one building at a time. No one knew what they would find underneath the asphalt shingles on the exterior of the house. But it would be a promising surprise. The homes we feature each tell their own story, but all share the beauty and character of the valley. It’s a story of preservation, a story of modern efficiency and a story of creating a place for generations to create new memories. Enjoy.

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elcome to Chateaux Relaxo,” says the sign in the kitchen of Barbie and Greg Clariday’s home on the Gunnison River. And that sign says it all. The Claridays built a river retreat for their family and friends to come to… and relax. “We have a big family, a lot of friends and we wanted a gathering place, a big open space where we can entertain,” explains Barbie. “We wanted a place to relax, a place to share with others.” Houston-based designer Gail Lyons of Marketing Designs, who has specialized in architectural interior design for 35 years, designed the home. Barbie and Lyons work often together, as Barbie owns her own interiors store, Oohs and Aahs, in the Houston area. The two women make an incredible team, as the space is designed flawlessly. “The house is unexpected. It’s unique,” says Barbie. “We didn’t want what everybody had. We didn’t copy anybody’s else’s house.”

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It’s a house that mixes the timber framing of Colorado and the welcoming feel of Texas comfort. Barn wood, large timbers and reclaimed walnut floors deliver the feeling of rustic elegance to the home. Pair that with the natural stone and softhued walls and you get a perfect combination. The home has a natural touch that is achieved with the mix of textures. “Our goal was to create a very livable, very practical house with rich textures, rich color tones to reflect what’s outside,” explains designer Gail Lyons. “We wanted it to blend with nature, be real open and at the same time have intimate areas,” she says.

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One of the first intimate areas you encounter in the home is the foyer with stone walls, a special touch, says Barbie, that Pike Builders’ brothers Paul and Steve brought to the project. There is no ceiling to the entry room, giving you a view to the reclaimed timbers above. The room lets you know from the minute that you walk in that this house is distinctive. “That was a real challenge, to make sure it came across right,” Lyons says of the foyer, “but it did.” The large kitchen is welcoming with its warm tones on the custom cabinetry, all done by John Welch of Colorado Custom Cabinetry. A spacious island allows a multitude of guests to gather. The dining table is actually three separate tables. This way, Barbie says, they can accommodate whatever type of gathering they’re having. If it’s game night, then there can be three tables to play.

“From the very beginning,” says Lyons, “this has been a house for a lot of people. That was a major element when designing. It wasn’t going to be a house to just look at and not function. It’s a people house.” The kitchen reflects that design philosophy. The kitchen is roomy enough for multiple people to cook in and plenty of room to entertain. Adjacent to the dining table in the open floor plan is a bar area. A standout piece is the custom island that soars to the ceiling. But Lyons again kept it open at the top. “We didn’t want to close off the beam work and volume in the room, but we still wanted an intimate atmosphere.” The island is a gorgeous rustic red that draws the eye in. Next to the island is a custom built-in wine rack, which adds texture and warmth against a stone wall. The living room just invites you in with its comfortable furniture in red and brown tones. The fireplace is covered in the same stone on the walls in the entryway. You can just imagine yourself lounging in the sofa, looking up at the reclaimed timbers above.


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One of the highlights while building this house, says Paul Pike, was sitting out by the river for lunch, watching the action go by. The master bedroom has its own patio with a river view. That’s just one of its many features. The master suite is a place to retreat in total comfort. There’s a mix of textures on the walls, a warm plaster-looking patina on many walls, then reclaimed barn wood on the walls in a sitting area. To create a seamless transition, the bathroom is a continuation of the color palette. A poundedcopper tub sits below a Western-style glass lighting fixture. And behind the tub is a painting of the area’s aspen trees. Upstairs is a sitting area where you can watch some TV or work at a desk; the kids can play games. It’s an open view down to the kitchen, meaning it’s also a bird’s-eye view of the timber framing; you feel as though you can reach out and touch the beams. It’s a chance to notice the great craftsmanship of the framework. A hallway leads to the kids’ quarters, or as Barbie named it, “Camp Clariday.” There are eight custom-built bunk beds, creating a deluxe camp. A hand-painted mural on the wall reveals a forest and critters. Then there’s an enormous stuffed animal bear, which stands to greet you as you enter the room. On the floor are big furry rugs. The Clariday grandkids absolutely love this room, Barbie says. The Claridays have built this home for every generation of their family. They kept the future in mind when they thought about the efficiency of the house, as well, using geothermal energy to heat their home. Water is pumped from 25 feet below the surface of a pond on their property. Pike Builders put down 3,600 feet of one-inch coils below the pond. The 50-degree water underground is heated to 120 degrees on outtake. This water heats the home and fulfills their domestic hot water needs. From the energy efficiency to the smart home concept to the incredible craftsmanship, the Claridays couldn’t be happier with their home on the river. “It’s warm, welcoming and eclectic,” Barbie says, “and I loved the whole process of building it.”

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Her advice for those building their own dream home: “Take your time, appreciate craftsmanship, and trust your builder. Because we trusted the Pikes so much, there were so many things they took to the next level. The craftsmanship is what we love about this house. The difference is in the detail.” emaIl: Info@Inghamart.Com Web: Inghamart.Com

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he original house at the corner of First and Maroon was a handhewn log cabin, not much bigger than an apartment living room. In fact, these days, it is a living room. Weathered wooden trim around the windows and beams across the ceiling frame bright, white walls, and a leather couch and reading chairs encircle a wood-burning stove. It has the classic feel of an old ranch, yet it is somehow modern at the same time. Standing in this gracious and inviting space, it is hard to imagine that it was ever home to miners—as many as 13 at a time, according to homeowner Nora Murray. “The original house had a little stove and a little spiral staircase,” she says. “It was built on a foundation made of rubble and insulated with newspapers. They had to get these houses up fast, before winter.” Nora and her husband, Scott, didn’t know much about the house’s history when they bought the property. They live in Chicago but have been vacationing in Crested Butte for years. They own and rent out the companion dwelling and refurbished church next door, and now spend their visits in a newly renovated home just up the street. They just wanted to see something nice happen on that corner of the neighborhood. The house was covered in board-on-board siding, and while they suspected that the front building was historic, a 1970s addition on the back was not well built.

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“We love this town and want to help improve it,” Nora says. So when the owners of 102 Maroon approached them about buying (Nora and Scott had inquired about making an offer a year or two earlier, to no avail), the Murrays asked Johnny Biggers of Crested Butte Builders to help with the renovation. They had worked with him before, and they love his talent for being resourceful—transforming Nora’s latest finds into functional, modern pieces, like an antique copper basin he turned into a sink for another house. But they also appreciate the history they share. “Working with Johnny really became a friendship. We enjoyed that relationship, and it’s one of the reasons we took this project on,” Nora says. Together, they peeled back the layers of the existing house to see what lay underneath. And under the vertical wood siding and a layer of asphalt shingles and then a layer of boards, they found hand-hewn logs with chinking of mud, cement and rocks.

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They already knew the house was historic. Known as the Volk House because it was once inhabited by the Volk family, it is one of more than 250 primary buildings and more than 200 outbuildings that tell a story about Crested Butte’s coal mining days. But it wasn’t until that moment, peeling back the layers of history literally piled up on top of the original structure, that they realized just how special the Volk House was. Johnny and the Murrays contacted Molly Minneman, design review and historic preservation coordinator for the town of Crested Butte right away. She acted as liaison to the Board of Zoning and Architectural Review (BOZAR) for the project. “The owners as well as the contractor Johnny Biggers came to us and said we know this is a historical building in front, and we want to uncover it,” Molly says. “Once they did, they really fell in love with the building. They hold themselves to a higher standard as far as rehabbing buildings.”

Preserving old structures, according to Molly, does more than provide a sense of character to Crested Butte’s community. It preserves the history of the town, which was declared a National Historic District in 1974. “Each historic building adds information about how this town was lived in during the mining era,” Molly says. “Almost all are some sort of wood frame building, constructed out of old-growth wood, especially those built in the late 19th and early 20th century.” The many layers of an old building can be read like a blueprint— elements like the siding, the wavy glass, the window trim and the placement of doors all tell a story about Crested Butte’s past. One of the main tenets guiding historic preservation is to balance the preservation of that past while allowing homeowners to create a livable space. “The application that Johnny brought forward [to BOZAR] was to uncover the front historic portion and renovate the [the 1970s addition] so these folks could have a full basement, which they have, and then living space on the first floor,“ Molly says. 2011 | | 19

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It sounds simple, but the renovation process—begun in the summer of 2007 and finished in the fall of 2008—was anything but that. Johnny and his team demolished the addition in back and then worked with Vogy’s House Moving to hoist the original log structure onto steal cribbing. Johnny’s crew and dirt workers then excavated under the house to make room for a basement, put in a drainage system and pour concrete footings and a new foundation that would allow the house to live on for years. “The original cabin was sitting on rocks, and over time that type of foundation disintegrates into the ground, so we can use modern techniques to attach a new foundation,” Johnny says. The goal in historic preservation is to maintain how and why the building was built by reinforcing the old product. Inside the house, that meant leaving the original rafters in the roof but reinforcing them with new wood. And when it came time to cut interior walls, each one had to be cut individually to fit the original structure. The other unique aspect of restoring historic buildings is that new features cannot detract from the historic story. Adding windows or doors on the front of the house, where they will be visible from the street, can disrupt the original way the house was used. But in the case of the Volk House, Johnny and his crew uncovered two doors and a window that had been framed in from the outside. Working with Brad Crosby, a member of Johnny’s crew who specializes in drafting and design, and under consultation with architect Dan Murphy, Johnny and the Murrays were able to add the features back into the design of the house, while also adding a new entrance on the side that worked better for the interior layout. It’s a complex process that requires attention to detail. “The architect and the engineer have to work together to make sure it’s going to stand,” Johnny says. “It’s completely new architecture. The building is a foot deeper but no taller. We got rid of the ’70s frame structure in back, but kept that footprint. And discovering the beautiful structure in front allowed us to make that other building look old with reclaimed wood and some new wood made to look old.” The result is a home that from the street looks for all intents and purposes like a late 19th-century or early 20th-century cabin, invoking all of the familiar words we use to describe what once was: quaint, charming, historic. But inside, the house is anything but small or old.

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A wrought iron spiral staircase anchors the front room to the rest of the house: a modern eat-in kitchen on the main floor, two bedrooms under a peaked roof upstairs, and a spacious refinished basement. Modern flare accents weathered beams, like a liquid metal kitchen counter the color of copper that Johnny had poured and then sent to Denver to be given more of a distressed look. Upstairs, guests can lie in the comfort of their beds and look out at Mt. Crested Butte, perfectly framed by skylights. In the basement, light pours into the bedroom and family room from a recessed entryway with floor-to-ceiling windows. It feels homey and comfortable, with four and a half bathrooms, room for six to eight people to sleep comfortably, and furnishings and decorations picked out by Nora herself. The Murrays and Johnny struck that perfect balance between preservation and expansion. “Any building projects that involve working on existing buildings, historical or non-historical, take a certain amount of skills and craftsmanship,” Molly says. “And with some contractors, like Johnny Biggers, you find these craftsmen that can take a construction project to that next level that’s required of historic building, and that’s not everyone’s bailiwick. Some like new construction and energy efficiency, but folks that get into historic buildings really enjoy the character. They are preserving a lot of embodied energy, especially when you have all those logs that are hand-hewn.”

No one knows for sure who first cut the logs for the Volk House. Its exact origins are hard to pinpoint. According to Molly, Crested Butte was a community based on an oral history. Little was written down, so most historic information comes from houses associated with notable people whose relatives still remain in the area. “Whoever was associated with this house didn’t have a lot of information regarding its origin,” Molly says. “[As part of a historical survey conducted for Crested Butte,] the cultural information found was from a 1920 United States census. John Volk was a coal miner who lived here and came from Austria or Slovenia, but we know more about him than the building.

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“The mystery,” she continued, “is did it come from Irwin, or was it built on site here? It could have come down from Irwin because it was a silver town. They were looking for silver and the market dropped out of the silver market. After that people left. There was no reason, so far in the West Elks where winters are horrific, to stay. If you can’t get silver, why are you going to stay? Irwin became a ghost town over night, so the house easily could have been brought down somehow. The great thing about the miners, they didn’t let anything go to waste.”

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It’s the story that makes the most sense to Johnny, who imagines a family disassembled the home log by log and brought it down by horse and wagon. “The logs didn’t fit perfectly,” Johnny says, “which makes me think it’s possible it came from Irwin. It’s likely to remain a mystery—one that adds to the mystique and old-time quality of the home.

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“It really has become a gem, going from a ho hum building to really uncovering a gem,” Molly says. “What Johnny Biggers as well as the Murrays did with it really made it into such a beautiful building representative of the historic character and simple architecture that a lot of us enjoy here. Not high Victorian, it’s western Victorian—simple lines and openings, and yet at the same time, each has its own special character.”

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The net-zero McCormick Ranch house is Western Slope’s first LEED gold-rated residence and stays true to local architectural heritage As the valley south of town starts to rise out of the Slate River bottom toward Crested Butte Mountain, there’s a house that fades into the twilight. By night, by design, it has all but vanished. But when the sun comes up and shines on Doug Hosier’s McCormick Ranch home, the potential for doing more with less becomes clear.

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The worn look of a century-old miner’s cabin belies the fact that this house, finished last year, sits on the cutting edge of technology and sustainability. Space is maximized, from the roof, which supports 280 square feet of solar thermal panels and a 5.1kW solar array, to the way the house is situated on the lot. The result is a net-zero home that produces as much power as it consumes. “Step number one to building a sustainable house is to keep it small,” builder Todd Carroll of Sopris Builders says. So while the property’s covenants allow for up to 7,500 square feet of floor space, Hosier has no intention of taking the property anywhere near the limit.

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Instead, he commissioned something to suit his needs: a 1,500-square-foot house and a 1,000-square-foot garage that would be the envy of most gear-loving folk. When Hosier bought the property at McCormack Ranch, his life was different from what it is today. His daughter was still at home. She’s since graduated from college. So the plan he had in place changed, too. “I realized I didn’t need the house I thought I was going to build here,” he says. His intention to build the house in a low-impact manner stayed the same, however, and he enlisted the help of Carroll to put his ideas to paper, and eventually onto the property itself. The plan that unfolded took its architectural cues from the past, with shed roofs to protect walkways and hinged windows and screens that swing out, just like an old cabin. But the draft dodgers and dusty windowsills were replaced with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), triple-paned windows and a myriad of measures that earned the house the distinction of being the Western Slope’s first Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) goldrated residence. To achieve what Hosier set out to do, the entire house was engineered, from the structural shell to the mechanical systems that really give the house its net-zero status. Carroll says when the need arose to have engineers involved in the building process, they turned to August Hasz, P.E. and the team at Crested Buttebased Resource Engineering Group (REG). Hasz and several others at REG worked sporadically for over a year on the project and weighed the benefits of different systems before coming up with the right combination for Hosier’s house. First, Hasz says, they tried to use as little material as possible by tweaking the building envelope and orientation. Then the goal was to try to reduce the home’s energy use once the house was in operation. “That was the first and most important part of mechanical system,” Hasz says. “We had to maximize that before going to heating, and maximize [heating] before going to efficiency.” In putting the house’s plans up against the LEED standard, Hosier says he just wanted to build the house the right way. He wasn’t concerned with the time it would take to recoup the investment with energy the PV panels generate. “I tried to build a beautiful thing. I didn’t build it as a speculative venture,” he says. “I built it because I’ve always wanted to do something like this. I had the opportunity and I think the value is here—with the land and the location as most of the value—and then making responsible choices about what to put here.” It took time to make those choices and once the decisions about design and materials were made, it took over a year and a half to turn the vision into livable, workable space.

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“Ideally this is about being a super-low-impact house, being ecologically responsible and being architecturally responsible as well, so it looks like it belongs in the valley,” Hosier says. But it’s the time-consuming detail, from design to the finish work, that makes the house one of a kind. Even the exterior of the house, which is sided in reclaimed wood, was milled to join edge-to-edge with a ship-lap, so when the wood inevitably shrunk after being put up none of the material under the siding would be exposed.

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Freshly cut edges are unavoidable and unsightly when working to make reclaimed siding look uniform. “Finding reclaimed wood that matches perfectly with the materials needed to build a house just isn’t realistic,” Carroll admits. So where he and his crew encountered exposed cut edges, they blended the look with a treatment that involved burning each with a torch and then brushing them with a wire brush so they didn’t look freshly cut. “One of the cool things was that Doug really appreciated all of this detail work and gave us the green light to spend the time needed for each detail,” Carroll says. The attention to every detail was extended to the metal hardware that is visible around the house. Every sheet of roofing, nut, bolt and washer was sprayed with saltwater, giving all exposed metal a patina. “We just got a little garden sprayer and put a bunch of rock salt in there and laid the stuff around the whole lot, sprayed it, let it sit for a few days and then put it up.”

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It’s just one of the details that sets the house apart and each was labor intensive. But for Hosier, the investment in time and money is as much for his own benefit as it is for the benefit of anyone who looks out across the valley floor. “Saying you own it is semantics. You don’t own it, you caretake it for a little while and then you pass it on to someone else. I take pleasure in thinking of it that way.” “Doug really wanted something that performed well on every level and the LEED process really gave us a tool to make sure all the components of the home met that standard,” Andris Zobs, director of the Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE), who walked the project through the LEED review, says. “That way we were able to make sure every aspect of the home meets high environmental standards, from energy to materials.” Those decisions started with the design, which Hosier worked with Carroll and architect Betty Nickel (who is also Hosier’s mother) on to make the home’s adjacencies and positioning on the lot work to create the perfect weekend escape, within walking distance of town. Improving the function of the PV and solar thermal panels, the house’s widest side faces south, to catch most of the day’s sun and increase the interior’s solar heat gain. The roof is set at 45 degrees to maximize its exposure to the sun. The height and depth of the surrounding shed roof allow the lower, winter sun to find its way inside, while blocking the summer sun. “There are a lot of extremely talented craftsmen in here in the valley and it was great to get some of them involved with this project like Kent Preston, Bryan Shea, Dave Scheefer, David Tredway and Ben Eaton,” Carroll says. And Hosier fully appreciated their skills. The wood that was left over from the beam work and frame construction was fashioned into furniture for the interior. Every countertop, even the kitchen windowsill, is made locally from soap stone; the trim is cherry that glows against the sage and tan walls. Every subtle detail was created for the house by a local craftsman, making it a singular work of art. “That is kind of amazing in this little valley,” Hosier says. “We’ve got all these specialists in these different areas to work together and do something a little out of their comfort zone, which can be half-aggravating and half-fun, and some of them chose to give it a shot. Even the siding was like a fine wood-working project.”

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Despite the detail, the house maintains simple lines and modest colors of American Clay wall covering that blend the interior of the house with the surrounding sagebrush. The simplicity belies the technology and engineering that work behind the scenes. There’s a solar thermal and 5.1 kW photovoltaic array on the roof, and the miles of piping and wires that support them, engineered specifically for Hosier’s energy needs. State-of-the-art ultra-tight building techniques and materials cut the home’s energy use down even further. The super-efficient kitchen appliances are from the highest end of the market; benches are made from leftover beam wood and a network of systems can be monitored and controlled with an iPhone app—all encased in a subtle and sophisticated shell that is the realization of an ideal. It’s a half-time house that creates power when Hosier isn’t there and welcomes him when he can be.

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estled at the base of a snow-packed mountain, surrounded by a swaying cluster of aspens and evergreens, is a grand cabin—maybe yours. The interior is elegantly finished with rustic timber, a baroque palette and natural stone floors. The large fireplace provides a cozy area to sit and enjoy the wintry mountain-scape through an expansive window wall. This house elicits the emotional properties of a “get-away:” serene, private and luxurious.

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Thermal house: This image was taken with a thermal camera. Red areas signify heat loss from the house due to poor insulation and air leakage.

The perfect house! Or is it? While it may be a fine abode to the unsuspecting eye, a closer inspection would reveal an array of underlying weaknesses. High carbon monoxide levels, bone-chilling drafts, rooms that never quite get warm, rooms that are always too hot. Many homes, expensive and otherwise, have health, comfort and durability issues. Having your home assessed for these issues can make you a better homeowner and the home a better place to live. The most critical problem is the presence of any hazardous elements in your home, such as carbon monoxide, natural gas leakages and radon. These elements can be identified with the proper detectors. Installing solutions to these issues can make your home a more healthy and safe place for you, your family and guests. Air flowing through your home also poses a series of problems. Essentially, you end up paying to heat the outdoors, while inviting uncomfortable drafts into your living space. Just remember: “air out is air in.” If warm conditioned air is leaving the home, cold air that needs heating is coming in. Low insulation levels are another familiar weakness, leaving your home to face winter weather in the equivalent of a sweatshirt, instead of a proper down coat. Upgrading insulation gives your house a fighting chance.

These are only a handful of the many issues commonly found during energy assessments. These threats don’t discriminate: they affect historic structures and newly constructed buildings, small cabins and mansions alike. Get started with a qualified Energy Smart Home Assessment: Step one is to contact the Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE) and sign up for the Energy Smart Program. The Home Energy Advisor will provide you with free consulting to schedule a low-cost assessment with a local expert analyst. If you’re out of town, the advisor can coordinate with your caretaker, tenants or property management company. Step two is taking action. Making your home healthier, quieter, more comfortable and less expensive to heat is easy with Energy Smart. The Home Energy Advisor will walk you through this simple process, find rebates to cash in on and connect you with local expert contractors. Homeowners Kristina and Nick Herrin signed up to upgrade their “cold, old and outdated” home. “We’ve definitely noticed a big difference around doors,” said Kristina. “I feel very connected with the resources I need.” Kristina would “absolutely” recommend the Energy Smart Program to other Gunnison Valley homeowners.

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In the meantime, here are a few tips for reducing your home’s energy usage and start saving costs.

Power down.

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Would you leave your car running for days at a time when not in use? Powering down your house when you’re away for more than a few hours is the most important thing you can do to reduce energy. Power strips. Install a few power strips for areas with multiple plug loads (e.g. entertainment systems). Some power strips even come with a remote so they can be hidden but still easily controlled.

Phantom loads.

Think about how many devices stay plugged in 24/7! Just because you aren’t using your TV, phone charger or microwave it doesn’t mean they’re not still secretly operating. Unplug chargers and TVs (or switch off power strips) to nip electrical activity in the bud.

Heating systems.

Empty homes need only minimal amounts of heat to ensure pipes don’t freeze. If you’re gone for more than 24 hours, turn down your system to between 50 and 55 degrees. Water heaters should be turned off. Whole-home ventilation systems can also be powered down.

Outdoor systems.

If you have hot tubs or outdoor melt or heating systems (e.g. for garages, driveways, etc.), be sure they’re off when not necessary.

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You can’t always see your home’s holes and cracks, but you sure can feel them. Hire an Energy Smart qualified contractor to air-seal your home with caulk, spray foam and weather stripping. This is inexpensive work and will pay off quickly in energy savings and comfort! Some common spots where the cold comes in: windows, joints, outlets, switches and can lights.


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t’s an icon on Elk Avenue, the bright red Grubstake Building at the corner of Third and Elk. For well more than one hundred years, the Grubstake Building has been an anchor for the town, complete with its own character and stories of the characters inside. The original structure housed a bank, a meat market and a news office, according to an 1886 Sanborn map. But in 1890 a widespread fire destroyed the entire building. After the fire, three individual but adjoining buildings were erected. In the 1930s a big over-roof was built over all three for protection. In 1960 the separate buildings effectively became one. Looking up at the building you can see the words “Bank” and “Drugs” signifying some the earliest, most notable businesses that took up residence. Molly Minneman, the town’s Historic Preservation Coordinator notes that having Crested Butte’s first bank in the Grubstake Building “was really a validation that Crested Butte was financially viable and here to stay.” The locally owned bank inside the Grubstake Building was a sign of Crested Butte’s standing as a new town. According to George Sibley’s Crested Butte Primer, “One of the central institutions in any town is its bank. The bank of Crested Butte dated from the earliest days of the town, opening August 9, 1880–a month after the incorporation of the town.”

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1980s Grubstake.

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For decades, next to the bank in the middle section of the building there was a drugstore as well. At one time in the 1920s the last section of the building became a mortuary; before that it served as a space for the post office. In 1958, according to Sibley’s Primer, Bill Whalen sold the three buildings he had put under one room in the early 1930s to Phil and Lillian Hyslop, who proceeded to remodel the three and turn them into one building. In 1961, the Hyslops opened the building as the Grubstake Restaurant, the name that sticks today. The restaurant and building went through numerous owners in the next four decades. Sandra Cortner first came to Crested Butte in 1964. Her family rented the Bishop House, now the Dogwood, right behind the Grubstake Building. She remembers going to the Grubstake Restaurant for meals with her family. And since their house was so close, she would run from the restaurant home to check on her sleeping baby brother. “It was a down-home kind of place, very small-town kind of café,” she explains. But her favorite memory of the building is the Miss Grubstake contest in 1980, when she took the title. Cortner remembers the ad that then-restaurant owner Judy Naumburg placed in the local newspapers: “Enter the Ms. Grubstake Contest. Swimsuit, Evening Gown, and Talent Categories. Judges’ Questions. Win Fame, Fortune and $150 Cash!”

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She continues, “So many people have enjoyed that building over time… it keeps that corner looking very vibrant. It has a lot of character.” Its architectural style is vernacular. “It worked for the town of Crested Butte,” explains Minneman, “but it doesn’t mimic any other style.” Its three bays, false front, and gabled roof with the parapet of today make this building truly unique. If you look closely at the building you will see beautiful corbels and frieze at the top of the parapet. “That detail and delineation tell us that this was a building that was important, that they poured money into,” says Minneman. This building was given more embellishment than many of the buildings of early Crested Butte. All of these details make the Grubstake Building one of Crested Butte’s icons. | 970.641.3520 2011 | | 33

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ohn Ingham took a big leap of faith in 1996 the day he decided to give up his life as an optometrist and begin a new life as a professional painter. Today he is a highly acclaimed landscape and portrait artist, based in Crested Butte. He first started painting as a hobby in 1983. After a trip to Santa Fe, visiting galleries, he realized that he too could paint. “Interestingly, I’ve always been a do-it-yourselfer,” he says. “I said to myself, ‘I can do that.’ So I got home, went to Gunnison, bought some paint and supplies.” And the rest is history. Ingham was self-taught for most of those years. Then several years ago landscape painter Jay Moore in the Front Range agreed to serve as his mentor, and Ingham also began working under famous Western landscape artist Scott Christensen in Idaho. Learning from a master, Ingham realized that a painting has to be perfect before it’s finished, and that may take years. Now, “No one gets to see a painting until I’m absolutely positive that I’m happy with it,” he explains.

For his landscape paintings, which range from river scenes to aspen groves, Ingham begins outside. His outdoor work includes studying the scene, or a tree, or a mountain he wants to put on canvas. “When you get an idea that is good enough, then you want to get in the studio and begin painting,” he says. Ingham begins by composing the painting, which he believes is the most important thing in oil painting. “If you get the composition right, you can mess around until it’s just right. But if you don’t get the composition right at the beginning, it will only ever be so-so,” he says.


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Then Ingham begins to paint. “It can be the hardest thing to figure out,” he says. “You’ve got to go by feel. If this painting needs some light in the right-hand corner, then you put some light down there.” But he says the beauty of oil painting is you can make some really lucky mistakes—many times this happens by taking a chance. “You have to be able to ruin a piece by taking a risk to make it the best thing you’ve ever done,” he says. Ingham also believes painting is problem-solving, the first problem being how you choose to compose it. “Then once you get into the painting,” he explains, “you try to figure out what it needs. Should I add this? Should I remove that?” It’s the constant problem-solving, the constant thinking that drives Ingham to paint. “The most fulfilling thing about it is that you are obsessed by it. Painting becomes part of your existence,” he says.

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Early in Ingham’s painting career he was working hard to get better and be accepted as a painter. But after time an artist wants to reach the next level. “Artists will reach a level where they are going to get as good as they can get, but I hope I’m not there yet,” says the 65-year-old painter. “I’m constantly growing.” He began showing his paintings in the old Timberline Restaurant before opening his own gallery on Third Street. He paints in his studio on Elk Ave. in the Zinc Building and hopes more people will come visit while he works. The critiques total strangers share with him are invaluable. “They’ll ask, ‘Is that tree finished?’ Then I guess not,” he laughs.

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Painting in his gallery with visitors helped Ingham realize that he had made it to an indescribable level of painting. “I would be sitting there painting and someone would come in. We would start talking and I would keep painting. And I started to paint intuitively. It was amazing. I realized I should be painting instinctively all the time because that’s the highest level to get to.”


Another level Ingham hopes to get to is becoming a teacher himself. “You may know how to do something instinctively, but then you have to explain it,” he says about teaching. His plan is to take on a few students at a time for several days. “A painter can gain a lot of knowledge from sharing his own knowledge.”


As for now, Ingham is enjoying his career, enjoying aging, and enjoying growing and improving as an artist. His landscapes and portraits are based in realism, but he has been pushing himself lately to see how much impressionism he can add, while still staying realistic. “With painting, or art of any kind, you never retire from it,” he says from his winter home in Moab. “That’s one of the big, wonderful pluses, being so into something as you get older—it’s the real beauty.” Ingham’s gallery is located at 403 Third Street.

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Guy Icon, Inc. 970.901.9243 P.O. 165 , Crested Butte

Art on the Rocks Mary Tuck Enterprises 970.349.5917 Crested Butte John Ingham Inc. 970.275.4434 403 3rd Street, Crested Butte

Bedding Casa Bella 970.349.6380 321 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte

High Mountain Concepts 970.349.5261 P.O. Box 2751, Crested Butte J Olsen Construction Inc. Joey Olsen 970.349.1582 P.O. Box 5091, Mt. Crested Butte



Miller Custom Homes, LLC 970.209.4392 P.O. Box 1944, Crested Butte Office for Resource Efficiency (ORE) 970.641.7682 202 E. Georgia Ave., Gunnison Realty Solutions, Inc. 970.349.6366 P.O. Box 2419, Crested Butte Sleightholm Workshop Design + Build 970.590.1185 909 Seneca Drive, Gunnison



Electronics Electronic Solutions 970.349.7700 423 Belleview Avenue Crested Butte chris.electronicsolutions@gmail. com GL Computer Service 970.641.4051 123 W. Tomichi Ave., Gunnison

Financial Services Crested Butte Bank 970.349.0170 116 6th Street, Crested Butte

Sloan Construction 970.641.0450 7776 Hwy 135, Gunnison

Crested Butte Savings & Loan 970.349.7207 501 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte

Sopris Builders Todd Carroll 970.209.9253

Sarah Baskfield Liberty Home Loans 970.349.0400 202 Elk Ave. #1, Crested Butte

Building Supplies

Flooring & Floor Coverings

Mountain Colors 970.349.9200 301 Belleview Avenue Crested Butte Western Lumber, Inc. 970.641.1819 601 West Highway 50, Gunnison

Catering The Land and the Lamb Personal Chef Service Dana Zobs, Chef/Owner 970.275.2817

CLEANING Five Star Cleaning 970.901.3333 PO Box 3404, Crested Butte

Electrical Engineering Solar Bear Electric, Inc. 970.349.6473/970.349.7161 P.O. Box 2419, Crested Butte

Artisan Rug Gallery 970.349.0116 311 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte Hi-Country Carpet & Tile 970.641.3373 111 South Tenth St., Gunnison Mountain Surfaces 970.641.4712 115 South 14th St., Gunnison Quick Draw Carpet Cleaning 970.641.4247 106 S. Taylor, Suite #1, Gunnison

Furniture Design & Sales At Home In Crested Butte 970.349.5359 319 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte






Back at the Ranch 970.641.0727 100 Spencer Ave., Gunnison www.backattheranchfurniture. com

Interior Design

Boom-a-rang 970.641.3115 221-225 N. Main, Gunnison

Ansley Interiors 970,349.6822 970.209.7252

John’s Upholstery 970.642.1180 517 Cedar Lane, Elizabeth, CO 80107

Interior Visions 970.349.5352 313 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte www.interiorvisionscrestedbutte. com

Red Mountain Logworks 970.349.7340 21293 Hwy 135, Crested Butte

Laura Mikesell Designs, LLC 970.349.6531 P.O. Box 2676, Crested Butte

Studio West 970.349.7550 115 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte

Garage Doors Blackjack Garage Door, LLC Certified Raynor Dealer 970.275.8929 P.O. Box 4107, Crested Butte

HARDWARE True Value 970.349.5305 607 6th Street, Crested Butte

Home Security HVM 970.349.7400 310 Belleview Avenue Crested Butte

Hot Tub & Spa Services Diamond Blue Pool & Spa Mark and Liz Sawyer 970.349.6202 329 Belleview Avenue, Crested Butte

INSURANCE The Insurance Center Diane Markowitz 970.349.1144 318 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte

Amy Favour, ASID 970.901.1662 PO Box 4051, Crested Butte

Land & Home Sales Benson Sotheby’s International Realty 970.349.6653/800.249.6653 433 Sixth Street, Crested Butte Channing Boucher Broker Associate Benson Sotheby’s International Realty 970.596.3228 433 Sixth Street, Crested Butte



Maggie Dethloff Red Lady Realty Inc. 970.209.7880 Rachael Baskfield Coldwell Banker 970.596.4423 401 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte Red Lady Realty Inc. 970.349.5007 215 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte Sam Lumb Red Lady Realty Inc. 970.275.2448 Wilder on the Taylor 970.641.4545 6337 County Rd. 742, Almont

Landscape Architecture & Design Alpengardener 970.349.0252 193 Gillaspey Ave., Crested Butte South

Chris Kopf Coldwell Banker 970.209.5405 401 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte

Alpine Landscapes Reflect Your Nature 970.209.8335 Skyland, Crested Butte

Corey Dwan Benson Sotheby’s International Realty 970.596.3219 433 Sixth Street, Crested Butte

Rocky Mountain Trees 970.349.6361 305 Buckley Dr., Riverland Industrial Park, Crested Butte

Doug Kroft Red Lady Realty Inc. 970.209.0373 215 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte

San Juan Stone Company 970.626.5624 179 Lidell Dr., Ridgway

Gary Huresky, GRI Benson Sotheby’s International Realty 970.209.2421 433 Sixth Street, Crested Butte www.mycrestedbutterealestate. com

Spring Creek Landscape Company 970.209.4918 523 Riverland Dr., Unit C Riverland springcreeklandscape@yahoo. com



Metal Works Blackstar Ironworks 970.275.8460 321 Red Lady Avenue Crested Butte Get Bent Blacksmithing 970.275.5085 P.O. Box 2184, Crested Butte John Murphy Inc. dba Vagabond Forge 970.596.7842 738 Riverland Dr., Crested Butte

PAINTING Altitude Painting | Jay Prentiss 970.349.1119 PO Box 3601, Crested Butte

Property Management & Concerige Services Castle Peak Property Management 970.274.1547 P.O. Box 2981, Crested Butte Custom Property Management 970.209.9614 523 Riverland Drive, Unit 1A Crested Butte

Utilities Gunnison County Electric Association 970.641.3520 116 6th Street, Ste. 202, Crested Butte

Window Installation and Cleaning Clear View Window Washing 970.596.8103 P.O. Box 5398, Mt. Crested Butte

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