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Elk Springs Case Study

Jan 10, 2024 | Residential Architectural Services

Location: Glenwood Springs, CO

Located just outside of Glenwood Springs, CO sits the Elk Springs residence. Nestled into the picturesque Colorado landscape, this 3,150 SF house was designed to take full advantage of views while providing comfortable living spaces to take them in. Including three bedrooms, a large open living space, office, and a walkout with additional living area, this residence features many areas to relax and enjoy the optimized views in comfort.

Clad in a combination of both horizontal and vertical wood siding, natural local stone, and corrugated metal, the house achieves a rustic yet modern appeal. The single sloping metal roofs are supported by exposed steel beams that extend throughout the home. Beneath these are extensive window systems that offer a glimpse into the structure of the home while showcasing the natural beauty surrounding it.

Client Brief

Client’s Needs and Preferences

Design Concept:

Inspiration, Themes, and Key Design Elements

  • Drawing Inspiration:  The breathtaking natural scenery surrounding the site.
  • Central Themes: The integration of rustic elements with modern design principles.
  • Key Design Elements: Horizontal and vertical wood siding, natural stone, corrugated metal, and single-sloping metal roofs supported by exposed steel beams.

Challenges & Solutions

Specific Obstacles Faced and How They Were Resolved:

  • Site Conditions: Designing the house to capture the sweeping views while integrating with the terrain.
  • Budgetary Constraints: Utilizing a mix of materials to balance cost without compromising on the design’s integrity.
  • Design Conflicts: Merging rustic elements with modern design in a cohesive manner.

Materials & Construction Methods

Description of Materials Used in Construction Techniques:

  • Durable and Sustainable Materials: Wood siding, natural local stone, corrugated metal, and steel beams.
  • Energy-Efficient Construction Practices:  Extensive window systems for natural lighting and energy efficiency.
  • High-Quality Craftsmanship:Precision in construction with a focus on detail and material integrity.

Results & Client Feedback

  • Realized Vision: The Elk Springs residence successfully embodies the client’s vision of a rustic-modern home.
  • Functional and Inviting Living Space: The home offers a perfect blend of private and communal spaces with a strong connection to the natural environment.
  • Positive Impact on Lifestyle: The design significantly enhances living quality, offering both comfort and scenic beauty.
  • Client Feedback: The client expressed high satisfaction with the final outcome, particularly praising the home’s unique blend of materials and the inviting living spaces.

Key Learnings

Insights Gained, Impact on Future Projects:

  • Importance of Client Collaboration: Continuous engagement with the client was crucial in achieving the desired outcome.
  • Balancing Aesthetics and Functionality: Achieving a blend of rustic charm with modern living requirements.
  • Adaptability to Changing Needs:  The design’s flexibility allows the home to adapt to various lifestyle needs and changes over time.

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