Our clients found a dated 1970’s ranch backing to Open Space in one of Boulder’s best neighborhoods. We took the existing structure down to the foundations and then created the modern home that they had been dreaming of. Wedge has 5300 sf. of soaring light-filled space with an open floor plan and huge views of the Flatirons. Enter through a show-stopping custom pivot front door and you are greeted by a suspended sculptural metal stair leading up to the master suite. The bedroom has a private deck supported by a canted steel column that leans into the foothills and provides shade on the western face. The home’s modest stained wood and stone façade hides a wedge-shaped glass box in the back and a large social deck that cascades out to the Japanese garden and backyard. Inside, we used minimalist details, carefully designed lighting and beautiful materials to create a sophisticated contemporary palette. The gourmet kitchen, dining room, and great room all are linked by a double sided fireplace, and open directly to the mountain view and the deck through a wall of glass and over sized sliding doors.The generous mudroom helps the owners keep the house clutter free and provides convenient access to both the garage and back-yard. It’s an efficient HERS 22 home (78% less energy than Code) with 7kWh of discretely placed solar panels and a ground source heat pump.
Don’t miss this popular 2 hour seminar taught by Scott Rodwin and Kirsten Snobeck through the Boulder Area Realtors Assoc. (BARA). Want to know what you are allowed to do with a property? We answer the common questions: “How big can I build?”, “Can I build here?” “How much does it cost?” and a hundred more of the most frequently asked property owner/buyer questions. This information-packed class includes an overview of Historic Landmark designation, floodplain, the latest green building codes, the Compatible Development Ordinance, and the County Site Plan Review process. Boulder has some of the strictest and most complex regulations in the Country. Come get informed (and if you’re a BARA member, it’s free and you get 2 Continuing Ed credits). This workshop often sells out so reserve your spot today. Register here.
KGNU’s Nicole Cheng spoke with Frank Wetenkamp, a co-owner of Living Craft design, and Scott Rodwin, with Sky Castle Construction and Rodwin architecture about how the green home industry could help in reducing our environmental problems.
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We are honored to announce that Kirsten Snobeck, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP has been promoted to Principal at Rodwin Architecture. She is the first employee to ever become a Principal and it is a testament to her 10 years of dedicated and distinguished work at our firm. She has contributed to most of the projects that have come out of our office and was a lead designer on some of our best and most sustainable homes (including LEED Platinum and “regenerative” homes). She had a key role on both the Columbine and Whittier Elementary Schools, served on Boulder’s Historic Landmark Board and has a passion for architectural preservation and green building. For the last 7 years she has co-taught our signature seminar, “Understanding the Rules for Building in Boulder” to 700 local realtors, and has helped guide countless property owners and buyers through the complex Boulder process. In 2015, AIA Colorado North Chapter awarded her “Associate of the Year” and in 2016 she was named one of “Boulder Valley’s 40 Under 40”, recognizing her incredible talent and her contributions to excellent architectural design in Boulder County.
We helped the clients find a beautiful lot in North Boulder, then crafted this modern 3300 s.f. house to be their dream home. The clients asked for a warm, modern style home, with an open floor plan that connected to the outdoors and took full advantage of the rare lot. We sited and engineered the house for optimal passive solar design, while simultaneously capturing unobstructed panoramic views of the Flatirons from both levels. The home’s simple, clean lines reflect their unpretentious, easy-going character. The gourmet kitchen, dining and Great room are flooded with sunshine from the 9ft high ceilings and walls of glass. A gracious covered west porch flows seamlessly out from the Great room through a giant bank of sliding doors, creating a fantastic opportunity for indoor/outdoor living. The porch has solid cedar columns and Beetle-kill wood on the ceiling to create a warm feeling.
On the ground floor, walk past the front hall to reach a guest suite and a rec room that is divided between a small media room for the boys and a north facing painting studio. Follow the stair to the second floor where you’ll immediately be presented with a stunning view from the open study and balcony. All the bedrooms get a south facing mountain view and the master has its own private balcony.
The owners wanted the house to be as green as possible, and the house has tiny energy and water bills as well as a healthy indoor air environment. It features solar photovoltaic panels, Energy Star fiberglass windows, foam insulation, LED lights, Watersense plumbing fixtures, a 96% efficient furnace & zero-VOC finishes.
Whittier Elementary is one of the oldest public schools in Colorado and was in desperate need of a major remodel and addition. We helped give this 43,760 s.f. public K-5 elementary school a new, contemporary 1,000 sf. entry and administrative wing addition that includes daylight through a large, angled skylight as well as a secure entry to enhance safety. Project Managers Kirsten Snobeck and Fernando Gonzalez in our office led a full exterior historic renovation including masonry restoration and repair, historic window rehabilitation and accurate reproductions, and restoring original historic elements and trim work. Interior renovations included rearrangement of existing spaces to provide an additional classroom and administrative offices, shared work spaces, and 21st century learning spaces such as a future maker space and breakout spaces around the school. The school was able to dramatically improve its energy efficiency and thermal comfort with comprehensive mechanical system upgrades, new lighting, and wall and roof envelope upgrades, such as insulation and double-pane windows. Landscape design included a new home for the schools farm-to-table program. Lastly, the school also enhanced its ADA-accessibility with the addition of handicapped accessible bathrooms. (Assoc. Architect – Rodwin Architecture; Architect of Record- HPA)
Ten years ago this book asked the question
“In this time of environmental crisis, how can we live right now?”
Its central idea seems more relevant and critical today than ever. Scott Rodwin was invited to contribute an essay
on behalf of architects to this thoughtful anthology. In it, he talks about how we create truly sustainable communities and he highlights the encouraging realities of green building. Other featured writers include Paul Hawken, Howard Zinn, Alice Walker and Barbara Kingsolver.
"This compelling and inspirational anthology raises a chorus of voices in defense of the earth.
Hope Beneath Our Feet
addresses the environmental problems plaguing our planet and the myriad forms of action each of us can take."
--Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and activist
We are proud to be a sponsor of the 3rd Boulder Green Home Tour, Saturday, September 30th, from 10am-4pm. Jocelyn in our office has been helping to organize the event hosted by the Colorado Green Building Guild. The tour showcases some of Boulder’s best new custom green homes, plus a tiny home and the Nyland and Washington Village Cohousing communities. Grab your tickets, and come get an inside look at these fantastic homes. Our Principal Scott Rodwin will be giving a pre-tour “Green Building 101” lecture and Q&A on Sept. 14th (5:30-7:30pm). The tour is donating 10% of its proceeds to Flatirons Habitat for Humanity. And don’t miss the kick-ass after-party open to all at The Southern Sun on the 30th from 3:30-5:30 pm. Check out the website for details and we’ll see you there!
Meet Kirsten Snobeck, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP. 10 years ago we were incredibly fortunate to have her join our staff. She is our Senior Associate and has contributed to most of the projects that have come out of our office over the last decade. She was the lead designer on some of our best and most sustainable homes (including LEED Platinum and “regenerative” homes) and had a key role on both the Columbine and Whittier Elementary Schools. She served on Boulder’s Historic Landmark Board and has a passion for architectural preservation. For the last 7 years she has co-taught our signature seminar, “Understanding the Rules for Building in Boulder” to 700 local realtors, and has helped guide countless property owners and buyers through the complex Boulder process. In 2015, AIA Colorado North Chapter awarded her “Associate of the Year” and in 2016 she was named one of “Boulder Valley’s 40 Under 40”, recognizing her incredible talent and her contributions to excellent architectural design in Boulder County.
If you’ve never been to Open Studios, it’s one of the best things in Boulder. 120 of our local artists (including Scott Rodwin) open their studios to the public. Meet the artists, learn about their creative process, and support our local arts scene by buying directly from the artist. The event is Oct. 7-8 & 14-15 from noon-6pm. and go on an art treasure hunt. You can get a preview of all the artists at the Opening Reception reception Friday, Oct. 6th – 6-8pm.
Principal Scott Rodwin was recently presented with the award for ‘Community Service by an Architect’, by AIA Colorado North Chapter for his work co-founding the successful Boulder Green Home Tour, an event of the Colorado Green Building Guild that raised money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. Check out http://www.bouldergreenhometour.org/ and be sure to go on the next tour this fall.
For the 4th year in a row, we have been awarded Best of Houzz for Service based on our clients’ reviews of their experience with us. We work our butts off to help our clients create a home that exceeds their expectations. Check out our Houzz.com page to see an interview with our Principal Scott on how he got inspired to be an architect, and read our 3 Secrets to “Designing a Distinctly Colorado Custom Home”. If you are dreaming about creating your own home someday, start a free Houzz page of your own where you can browse hundreds of thousands of beautiful images and save them to your own folder.
The Family Learning Center is one of Boulder’s most valuable and least well known non-profits. Over the last 34 year FLC has supported thousands of Boulder’s under-served children and families with essential programs like cooking classes (including vegetables grown in their garden!), community health screenings, physical fitness, arts classes, community meeting rooms and a safe after-school social space.
In the summer of 2015, we were contacted by FLC booster & Chamber of Commerce President, John Tayer. He asked us to help FLC; the Center had been working with a Denver Architect and contractor, and things hadn’t gone well. The project had collapsed and they were at risk of losing the major grants from the City of Boulder that would enable them to build a desperately needed 1500 s.f. multi-purpose Health & Wellness Education Center. Principal Scott Rodwin and Project Manager Jose Fernando Gonzalez redesigned the building from scratch to dramatically reduce the budget while simultaneously improving the view, the passive solar orientation, and the natural light into existing building. We then asked our friend Sandy Weeks, President of Blue Spruce Construction, to partner with us in offering pro bono services to get the project back on track. Other community members including FLC Board Members, CCM construction, Melton Construction and Rotary Club contributed significantly to the project. It was amazing to see how the community all pulled together to make this building a reality. We were recently honored to attend the Grand Opening of the new Center.
One of the particularly fun details of the project was the creation of FLC’s new donor wall (recognizing supporters). Typically, donor walls are created by engraving donor’s names onto bricks or plaques, but these are expensive and often uninspired. Dan Brannon in our office designed and fabricated a laser-cut “giving tree” made from plywood. The leaves represent individual donors and can continue to fill the wall for years to come. FLC still needs your help. Click here to donate. Please help this little tree to grow.
Don’t miss this popular 2 hour seminar taught by Scott Rodwin and Kirsten Snobeck through the Boulder Area Realtors Assoc. (BARA). Want to know what you are allowed to do with a property? We answer the common questions: “How big can I build?”, “Can I build here?” “How much does it cost?” and a hundred more of the most frequently asked property owner/buyer questions. This information-packed class includes an overview of Historic Landmark designation, floodplain, the latest green building codes, The Compatible Development Ordinance, and the County Site Plan Review process. Boulder has some of the strictest and most complex regulations in the Country. Come get informed (and if you’re a BARA member, it’s free and you get 2 Continuing Ed credits). This workshop often sells out so reserve your spot today.
Check out our featured article in Boulder Lifestyle!
Happy New Year from all of us here at Rodwin Architecture + Skycastle Construction! It’s been a wonderful year of creating extraordinary new custom green homes, schools, and businesses. Here’s to an even brighter 2017!
Our first “Regenerative” home, Farmhouse was on last year’s green home tour. It produces more energy than it consumes which means that the owners get a big check from Xcel every month (and free energy for their EV car). Farmhouse achieved a HERS negative-8 rating, Energy Star v.3.0 and a LEED Platinum Certification. It’s sunny, open, functional floorplan connects on all sides to the permaculture landscape for true indoor/outdoor living, and embodies the owners’ desire to tread lightly on the earth. Detailed wood craftsmanship throughout the home reflects the owner’s love of Mission style furniture. The home was elegantly tailored to the owners’ needs while simultaneously achieving an extraordinary level of sustainability. See it featured in Inhabitat.com