Lodgepole Retreat by Arch11

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High up 9000 feet above sea level of Colorado a quaint cabin braces itself for the gusts of wind that shoot off surrounding 13,000 ft. peaks at near-hurricane speeds. Hovering above a tremendous 30 acres of open fields the 2,200 sq. ft. contemporary build sits surrounded by undisturbed alpine forests. Named the Lodgepole Retreat, it was positioned to grab incredible views of the Rocky Mountains, opening its floor plan to the three sides of windows. Vulnerable not only to the wind but also to the frigid temperatures, designers at Arch11 had to be diligent to implement sustainable solutions for the clients who desired the home not only to be net- zero but also maintenance free.  Among those include the following: energy model was net-zero energy use, high performance, triple-pane glazing 10 kw solar array, solar thermal system, electric boiler with ceramic storage for radiant heat system, natural ventilation, large overhangs for shading, concrete with fly-ash content, FSC-certified lumber, formaldehyde free cabinets, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting.

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Allison

Allison

Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she’s taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it’s a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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