If you're thinking about building a new green home or remodeling your current home to be more green, then check out these helpful tips and tricks from our featured article in Boulder Home and Garden Magazine here.
Scott Rodwin and the Agora Project team have been featured in the latest edition of Boulder County Home and Garden Magazine, pick up a copy or check out the article here. For more information about the project visit
Check out the latest edition of the 5280 Home magazine. Scott Rodwin and other professionals have been featured giving homeowners some tips to make their homes more energy efficient.
The Family Learning Center is one of Boulder’s most valuable and least known service organizations. Founded by Brenda Lyle 34 years ago, FLC has provided 14,000 of Boulder County’s low-income, culturally diverse children and families with lifelong learning tools for self-sufficiency and success. We teamed up with Blue Spruce Construction to provide probono services for FLC’s new Health and Wellness Education Center. This essential space will enable them to provide expanded early childhood physical fitness classrooms, space for food preservation (canning food from their community garden), distributing donated organic food, clothing, and for a variety of wellness education programs. We are in the middle of construction and FLC is fundraising to complete the interiors. Please consider helping this extremely worthwhile group today with a tax-deducible contribution.
The design of this green, warm, modern mountain home was inspired by the way one ascends the challenging sloping site. Enter through the covered front entry and walk into a beautiful tiled foyer. Follow the sculptural hickory stair as it winds its way up to the airy center of the home. It lands dramatically at the grand fireplace in a way that feels like you’re entering a beautiful treehouse for grownups. In front of you, the great room’s wall of glass opens to a large floating covered deck and expansive views of the Boulder plains. The sunny, open floor plan and double French doors connect the gourmet kitchen, dining room, and great room to both the front and the back of the house, where a large flagstone patio is terraced into the landscaped hillside. The stair continues above the great room to a floating walkway that delivers you to two flanking bedrooms. The main floor master bedroom has a walk-in closet, a 5-piece bath, and a private balcony.
“We couldn’t be happier with our new home designed by Rodwin Architecture and built by Skycastle Construction. The team was able to give us everything we asked for. We wholeheartedly would recommend Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle to anyone looking to design a spectacular, high quality home.” - Rob and Nancy, owners
Don’t miss this popular 2 hour seminar taught by Scott Rodwin and Kirsten Snobeck through the Boulder Area Realtor 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, new energy 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.
Kirsten Snobeck, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP has been with Rodwin Architecture for over 8 years and is the lead designer and Project Manager on many of our projects. Kirsten has a creative, responsible and inquisitive nature, a keen eye for details and a rigorous commitment to quality from start to finish. She has shared her deep knowledge of local codes by co-teaching our “Understanding the Rules for Building in Boulder” to hundreds of realtors over the last 4 years. Kirsten has a passion for and expertise in historic preservation and sustainability and has spearheaded our work on numerous noteworthy local buildings including the Whittier Elementary School and the LEED Platinum Farmhouse. She has just been recognized by BizWest Magazine as one of their 40 Under 40 “best and brightest emerging leaders” in Colorado. Finally, we are doubly pleased to announce that she has also been named our first ever Senior Associate.
We’re proud to announce that Kirsten Snobeck was awarded “Associate of the Year” by AIA Colorado North for 2015. Her exemplary design skills coupled with her historic preservation and sustainability service to the profession and the public distinguished her among her peers. Additionally, Scott Chaired AIA Colorado’s Honor Award Jury this year and was recognized by the AIA for “Community Service by an Architect” for his work helping to create CGBG’s Boulder Green Home Tour.
Principal Scott Rodwin has been an artist pretty much his whole life. Now you can see some of his work at three free public shows in November:
- Rembrandt Yard – 17 of Scott’s modern abstract paintings in a two man show. Opening reception Wed., Nov. 11th, 1301 Spruce St, Boulder CO.
- Art by Architects show – Artwork by 13 Colorado Architects. Opening reception Thurs. Nov. 5th, 5-8pm; @ U. of Colorado, College of Architecture, 1250, 14th Street, Denver, 2nd flr. Gallery. Proceeds benefit the AIA Architectural Education Foundation scholarship program.
- Vilona Art Gallery - “Small Works Juried Art Show” featuring 3 of Scott’s beautiful translucent Italian alabaster sculptures among 200 works by 63 local artists, Opening reception Nov. 6th, 6-8pm. 1815 Pearl St, Boulder CO.
Art makes a great Christmas/Hanukah gift!
For those of you who live in Boulder, here is a quick voting guide. Please feel free to forward it around. I get involved in local politics and planning policy because it has dramatic impacts on all our lives. My main criteria for these recommendations are environmental and social responsibility.Please vote NO on ballot issue #300 & 301. They have deceptively innocuous and reasonable sounding names, but their impacts will be quite negative.300 – Neighborhood right to vote – divides Boulder into 60+ neighborhoods, all of which are interested in keeping “unwanted” projects in someone else’s backyard – it allows just 10% of any neighborhood to force an expensive vote on any proposed upzoning. The delay, expense and uncertainty it adds will in effect kill all affordable housing projects forever (including co-ops and cohousing).301 – Development shall pay its own way – It already does. Boulder already has some of the highest development fees in the region. Proponents claim that developers will simply reduce their profits to pay for the extra fees, but in reality we know that all costs flow through to the end purchaser/renter, making the cost of living in Boulder even higher. Additionally, independent reviewers of the proposal agree that the vague language of this ballot will stop all development in its tracks (potentially for years) as the fee formulas are hashed out in courts.Both 300& 301 will have the direct impact on cutting off supply of housing, which will accelerate already skyrocketing prices. If you care about affordable housing, please vote NO on 300 & 301.Lastly, Sierra Club, the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and every other national planning organization in the country agree that concentrating new development in currently developed areas is the preferred location because:
- Reduces urban sprawl and the habitat destruction that comes with it.
- Promotes the use of alternative modes of transit.
- Reduces the size and energy consumption of dwelling units and the carbon footprint per capital associated with each dwelling unit.
So if you care about the environment, please vote no on 300 & 301.
There are five open seats on City Council this year. The folks I am voting for and supporting are:
Bob Yates — Former Chairman of Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. He's an all around great guy and community member. He's a former exec turned non-profit leader.
Aaron Brockett — Already a strong, independent voice of reason on the Planning Board, focused on land use, Open Space, the arts, and transportation. He is a dad, lives in the Holiday neighborhood, is a balanced and reasoned voice on Planning Board. He is amazing.
Jan Burton — Jan is an intelligent and kind person who listens well. She brings refreshing perspective as a long-time tech executive, now focused on creative housing solutions and inclusive leadership.
Bill Rigler — A young, strong voice from a former international aid expert turned Naropa executive, with an emphasis on encouraging our entrepreneurial economy.
Tim Plass — An independent voice on Council for restraint and moderation, and a leader on economic policy and land use.
If you’re interested in learning more about these folks you can see their answers to Open Boulder’s questionnaire (and those of all the candidates) here: http://openboulder.org
Don’t miss this popular 2 hour seminar taught by Scott Rodwin and Kirsten Snobeck through the Boulder Area Realtor 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, energy 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 typically sells out so reserve your spot today.
Resilient home design has always been important, yet more frequent and severe weather events give homeowners a reason to strengthen their defenses at home. To find out more, look into this article from Time to Build featuring tips from Scott Rodwin about what you can do to protect your own home or business.
Farmhouse recently made waves in the press with Boulder Lifestyles' publication of our LEED Platinum home! Read more to find out about our client's vision for their home, and how Scott Rodwin and the team was able to make it a reality.
Rodwin Architecture's Farmhouse is now featured in the LEED Directory. Certified LEED Platinum and Rodwin's first proven regenerative home. Check out the link below for more details!
Your front door can say a lot about your home. Check out this article from our friends over at Home & Garden magazine about Scott's approach to front door design and how a little transparency can go a long way.
Anything that can be reused is worth knowing about in our eyes. Reclaimed, Recycled, & Salvaged Wood is a great article by Joyanna Laughlin that breaks down the ins and outs of wood supply and how to best re-use one of our planet's most sustainable materials.