Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Eco-Friendly House that transcends time by architec Jim Logan

When I think about green houses I envision modern, less than 5 years old sustainable houses. But, when I stumble upon this house that is more than 18 years old my beliefs where challenged.

In 1990, architect Jim Logan and his wife, multimedia artist Sherry Wiggins, designed and built their home near Boulder, Colorado, they had very specific goals in mind. “We wanted a beautiful house that was energy-efficient, used few natural resources, and had a minimal impact on the earth,” Logan says. “It also was important that it had a strong connection to the outdoors.”

The result is a 1,800-square-foot home, located on a 100-acre former farmstead that has radiant heating, day lighting, thermal solar panels, and rammed-earth walls.

Vertical steel trusses echo the lines of the windows beyond and allow air and light to travel from the kitchen to the living-dining room. The barrel-vaulted ceiling is covered with galvanized metal and strips of spruce wood.

Sunshine floods through the kitchen's floor-to-ceiling, double low-e windows, playing off the room's lodge pole pine floors, maple cabinets, Douglas fir window frames, and buttery ceramic tile back-splash.

The front-yard patio was built with flagstone from a nearby quarry; the support posts of the garden pergola are black locust logs that came from elsewhere on the property.

To read more about the materials use through the house please go here.

So, did the house challenged your beliefs on what an Eco friendly house that was done almost 20 years ago is supposed to look like?

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