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SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCES

From passive solar layouts to low embodied materials, these single-family spaces are all about the comforts of home with a natural touch.

Single Family Home in Arvada built with EcoBlox

Aravada, CO

This Single Family Home in Arvada has been a very thought-out home for the last 2 years.  Lisa, the owner of Colorado Earth (a company the sells compressed earth blocks as a building material is finally building her own home.

 

Built with #EcoBlox, clay and lime plasters, recycled windows, and even recycled roof tile this is a dream come true for Lisa. A highly energy efficient home that has designed with a rocket mass stove, southern exposure, and bovedas (brick vaults and arches), we are excited to see this come to fruition soon! 

Cliff House, HI

Tucked away along the coast of Maui the 'Cliff House' sits in all its glory.  

I was blessed to be able to help design such a beautiful space with 360 views of east Maui, custom windows and doors, and a stunning cliff-side shower. 

The custom details in this home, the open concept, and its stunning surroundings make this one of my favorite projects.

Tropical Custom Home on cliff with custom details, outdoor cliff shower, and open concept concept make this a true paradise
A dream custom cottage in maui design-build novel small home open concept tradtional timber framing

Maui Hale, HI

This was my first design-build project on the East Side of Maui.  I designed and built the project myself and learned a lot along the way.  The 3 story novel cottage sits in the bedrock overlooking the coast beyond. 

The cottage uses big timbers, terraced foundations, and recycled tile throughout the interior.  It also sits tucked behind the cliffside to protect it from the prevailing trade winds. 

Although it still sits unfinished, someday someone can will claim this little piece of paradise as their own. 

Erie, CO

In this sketch of the Taylor Residence, I've captured the essence of a home that's meant to be a quiet haven amid the ever-moving world. As I drew each line, I considered how the home sits perfectly with the land, reflecting its history and beauty.

 

Designing this has been a journey of changes and pauses, appreciating moments of stillness when everything just fits. It's a privilege to design such a special place for a family that treasures their land and envisions this as their forever home.

Taylor Residence
Architectural Rendering of a Farmhouse in South Dakota Black and white facade

Ft. Pierre, SD

This was a large single family home in South Dakota.  The client wanted a modern farmhouse style and some pretty unique roof systems. Even though some clients may not share the same aesthetic as I do or the HOA also has another opinion, I still enjoy the creative process! Adding touches of masonry always helps and I think it turned out!

I loved that the client appreciated the low window sills. All the sills on the first floor are quite low at 2 feet. They say in 'A Pattern Language' that this helps us stay more connected to the outdoors and nature. I couldn't agree more with a low sill!

Questa, NM

Just another slice of Michaels's Dreamscape! This vision was so exciting pushing the boundaries of traditional building and envisioning a fusion of both Pueblo Revival and Japanese styles of architecture.

 

Rendering is always so magical because the photorealism can make us feel as though its already happened! Its amazing whats possible when we can actually see what our dreams look like on paper! 

Pueblo Revival Custom Home in New Mexico made with adobe bricks and sustainably sourced lumber. Wabi Sabi and Japenese influenced architecture for a desert climate

FULL CONSTRUCTION SETS

LongmontCO

This was the remodel of a home built in the 1990s.  I transformed the design into a timeless Alpine Manor Style.

Remodel of a 90s suburban home into a classy and contemporary alpine manor style
small sustainable and eco friendly cottage and custom home with passive solar made with faswall and passive solar design plaster and solar panels to south

Rollinsville, CO

This charming mountain cabin may be small, but it's packed with sustainable features! Designed for a young couple, the cabin boasts a strong thermal envelope and a wall system that sequesters carbon, making it incredibly energy-efficient.

 

The south-facing roof pitch is perfect for solar installation, and all windows and doors were recycled from another building project, giving this home a small carbon footprint.

 

Built into a steep mountain slope with Faswall walls, an eco-friendly, and DIY type of wall system.  This cozy cabin truly feels like it grew out of the earth!

MarkstadWI

You may be surprised by some of the sustainable design choices made in this project despite its traditional appearance...

This home is still work in progress for a homestead in Wisconsin. Staying reverent to the local and traditional architecture was a key concern in this design. Milwaukee, WI is known as the 'cream city' due to the lighter colors of the local brick. Using regional raw materials not only spares your carbon footprint, but adds an air of continuity throughout a community.

The longer side of this building faces south with most of its utility spaces to the north. Overhangs were achieved on most of the south-facing windows where possible while maintaining the traditional aesthetic. Luckily, the site has large shade trees to the west, so we did not need to worry about overhangs on the western windows.

Traditional Custom Guest House with cream city brick, southern exposure, and classical details

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Sustainable Eco Home made with Compressed Earth Blocks in Colorado

Estes Park, CO

This cabin project was for a couple who wanted a place to bring their grandchildren out into the mountains. The design intention was to be built with #EcoBlox.

 

Being on a southern slope we were able to maximize southern exposure with adequate roof overhangs to protect from the summer sun. There was room to be playful with the exterior patios and decks so I added some battered walls and columns to break up the massing.

Ft. Collins,CO

This was a small #Ecoblox project.  It was  a backyard studio for a jeweler. With less than 200 sf we designed with southern exposure, CEBs, recycled windows and doors, and a pueblo revival aesthetic.

Pueblo Revival Style Small Jewelery Studio in Colorado made with compressed earth blocks
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