Challenge: Maximize views, maintain privacy and design a sustainable, energy efficient home.
- 4599 sq. ft. Living, 947 sq. ft. Garage
- Colorado Green-Built Certified
- Solar-Powered and Heat Pumps
- Featured in Luxe Magazine
Our client desired a contemporary-style home to reflect his personal aesthetic as well as incorporate the mountain vernacular of the area. Additionally, he sought an energy efficient design with healthy indoor air quality using sustainable building materials.
Large windows capturing the views of the distant lake and the La Plata Mountains, while maintaining energy efficiency and solar orientation is a difficult scenario. Alix Kogan and the Design-Build team approached the challenge with thoughtful site analysis and by designing a “canted wall of glass.” The triple pane canted windows are the focal point of the contemporary great room, framing Lake Nighthorse and the mountain panorama. Not only did Kogan Builders achieve an award–winning design featured in Mountain Living Magazine, but the function of the canted glass wall and extended roofline provides the perfect location for solar panels on the roof. The extended roof line was carefully engineered so that the overhang blocks the summer sun while allowing passive solar gain in the winter… energy efficiency at its best.
In order to achieve a Colorado Green-Built Certification, this home exceeds standard building codes. Using all ENERGY STAR rated appliances, low VOC finishes for better indoor air quality, on-demand hot water, an active solar photovoltaic system, this home achieved a FIVE STAR rating. The measurement on this home for energy savings (HERS) is 56, meaning this home performs better than 44% of the newer homes on the market and 90% better than homes built before 2006. The estimated utility savings over a year are $1500. The addition of solar photovoltaics means that most months the home is operating with a surplus, sending electricity back to the grid. Saving thousands in operation costs, the ROI for any additional upfront costs is quickly attained. Sustainable and stylish!