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Phantom Canyon Ranch / Livermore, Colo.

Phantom Canyon Ranch / Livermore, Colo.

  • Nestled inside the Phantom Canyon Nature Preserve in Livermore, Colo., the LEED-Gold home offers unobstructed, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. No existing trees or boulders were disturbed during construction.

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    Nestled inside the Phantom Canyon Nature Preserve in Livermore, Colo., the LEED-Gold home offers unobstructed, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. No existing trees or boulders were disturbed during construction.

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    Nestled inside the Phantom Canyon Nature Preserve in Livermore, Colo., the LEED-Gold home offers unobstructed, panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. No existing trees or boulders were disturbed during construction.

  • Deep roof overhangs and ultra-efficient windows help to control heat gain.

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    Deep roof overhangs and ultra-efficient windows help to control heat gain.

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    Deep roof overhangs and ultra-efficient windows help to control heat gain.

  • The judges were wowed by the craftsmanship of the homes soaring timber frame construction.

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    The judges were wowed by the craftsmanship of the homes soaring timber frame construction.

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    The judges were wowed by the craftsmanship of the home’s soaring timber frame construction.

  • The large kitchen features energy-saving appliances.

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    The large kitchen features energy-saving appliances.

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    The large kitchen features energy-saving appliances.

  • Indoor air quality is optimized by a range of products including natural finishing oil for the timber frames, Terrastain concrete finish for the floors, zero-VOC Benjamin Moore paints, water-based stains, and a passive radon mitigation system.

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    Indoor air quality is optimized by a range of products including natural finishing oil for the timber frames, Terrastain concrete finish for the floors, zero-VOC Benjamin Moore paints, water-based stains, and a passive radon mitigation system.

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    Indoor air quality is optimized by a range of products including natural finishing oil for the timber frames, Terrastain concrete finish for the floors, zero-VOC Benjamin Moore paints, water-based stains, and a passive radon mitigation system.

  • Bathroom faucets were fit with low-flow aerators.

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    Bathroom faucets were fit with low-flow aerators.

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    Bathroom faucets were fit with low-flow aerators.

  • The solar array provides domestic hot water and battery backup.

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    The solar array provides domestic hot water and battery backup.

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    The solar array provides domestic hot water and battery backup.

  • The rustic home appears to nestle into the surrounding landscape. All disturbed areas were reseeded with native grasses.

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    The rustic home appears to nestle into the surrounding landscape. All disturbed areas were reseeded with native grasses.

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    The rustic home appears to nestle into the surrounding landscape. All disturbed areas were reseeded with native grasses.

 

This house in Colorado’s Phantom Canyon Nature Preserve was designed to celebrate the beauty of its gorgeous natural setting.

Built without disturbing any existing trees or boulders and oriented to efficiently control and utilize the sun’s warmth and light, the house relies on plentiful ultra-efficient windows to facilitate daylighting and views but reduce heat gain. Thermal mass materials such as the stained concrete floors help temper interior comfort throughout the year while deep roof overhangs provide cooling shade during the summer. A discreetly positioned solar thermal system captures solar energy to provide 100% of the home’s hot water and meet 80% of the in-floor radiant heating requirements. In addition, a 680-watt grid-tied PV array keeps the home’s OutBack SmartRE backup battery system charged.

To minimize runoff and facilitate stormwater infiltration, MQ Architecture & Design chose concrete pavers for the patios and gravel for parking surfaces and walkways. Gravel swales, revegetated native grasses and flowers, and locally sourced boulder walls provide further stormwater control. Even the exterior lighting was designed to minimize the home’s environmental footprint by pointing downward to reduce light pollution.

The careful siting of this home impressed the judges so much, they said it appears to be part of the landscape. They also were wowed by the beautifully crafted timber frame/SIPs hybrid construction and the home’s many locally sourced materials, including beetle-kill pine flooring, reclaimed concrete tile roofing, locally quarried stone siding, and flagstone and tile countertops.