VIEW FROM POND Click for larger image.
VIEW FROM ROAD Click for larger image.
INTERIOR Click for larger image.
INTERIOR 2 Click for larger image.
BROCHURE PHOTO Click for larger image.
CONCEPT SKETCH Click for larger image.
LOCATION:      Red School Ranch - Jefferson County, CO

SIZE:                 Main level          3162 sf
                          Upper level        3062 sf
                          Garage                 936 sf

DATE:               1995



  • Mountain meadow in a serene valley west of Golden, CO.
  • Nestled into the existing hillside to reduce wind exposure and articulated to fit the natural contours.
  • 360 deg views of pasture land and nearby surrounding mountains.
  • Excellent solar exposure.
  • Views and access to an adjacent site pond.
  • Existing homestead ranch out-buildings remained.
  •  A unique compilation of indigenous “Mountain Ranch Rustic” elements dictated by the interior architecture.
  •  Materials: Stone, wood and metal roof.
  • Generously sized open layout.
  • Views and sunlight throughout.
  • Only primary living spaces were included - redundant spaces eliminated.
  • Dramatic overlooks between levels.
  • Soaring ceiling lines.
  • Rustic exposed timber framing.
  • Light induction cupola allows direct sunlight into the rear of the building.
  • Large, open kitchen is open to and communicates with dining and living spaces.
  • Effectively zoned for living, sleeping, working and entertaining.
  • Efficiently laid out for ease of use.
 Energy Consciousness - Sustainability
  • Large passive solar collection openings.
  • Large thermal mass exposure.
  • Thermal chimney elements.
  • Efficient in-floor radiant heating system.
  • Extensive use of indigenous stone.
  • Exposed heavy timber construction.
  • Durable, lightweight, fire-resistant metal roofing w/extreme longevity.