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Birch Road Off-the Grid House in Crestone, Colorado by David Jay Weiner, Architect, P.C.
September 22nd, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: David Jay Weiner, Architect, P.C.
Designed for a couple as a weekend house and eventual retirement home, this house sits in the high desert of the San Luis Valley (elev. +8,500 ft.) with exceptional views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Sand Dunes National Monument to the Southeast. The area is known for its serenity and environmental uniqueness. The house has been designed to not only respond to that environment, but also to take advantage of the unique spirituality of the site.
The house is oriented toward the mountain views on a six-acre site sloping to the East, and includes two study areas, an open great room living/ dining area, a kitchen with a built-in breakfast nook, master bedroom suite, a home gym and guest bedroom. An upstairs sitting area is situated to capture the views and open to the living area below. Large areas of glass are used to frame the views, allow for passive solar orientation, and blur the distinction between inside and outside. The property is remote and located off-the-grid, and having more than 300 sun days a year, the 3,300 sq. ft. house is powered by a solar photovoltaic system. The site has been left undisturbed as much possible.