Colorado mountain house

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Colorado architect Renée del Gaudio and his wife purchased in 2008 in Boulder land with relocating there from Denver with their two small children.

Unfortunatelly one of the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history was ripping through their property in Boulder. Equally devastating was the loss of the mature forest of ponderosa pines and Douglas firs, including about 800 trees on the family’s four-and-a-half-acre plot.

With help from friends, del Gaudio and Wehner rehabilitated their property. Del Gaudio decided to orient the house in two stacked, cantilevered volumes with an elongated east-west access on top that takes advantage of the views and the south-facing sun.

The upper volume hosts living spaces that are light-filled and naturally ventilated, while shading and insulating the lower volume, where the three bedrooms are located. The two levels contain enough space and privacy.

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