After a wildfire razed her family's property in Boulder, Colorado, architect Renée del Gaudio chose to use the disaster as an opportunity to build a new home that is as sustainable as it is resilient. “The new house’s facade had to be 100 percent fire-resistant," says del Gaudio, "so I took that cue from mining buildings and chose corrugated metal for the exterior.”
This prefab jewelbox near Granite Falls, Washington rests on a 14-by-31-foot concrete foundation bolted to an existing rock. The site was tricky to build on, but the view of nearby mountains and waterfalls was worth it.
At a renovated 1970s lodge perched high the Alps, built-in bunks, benches, and storage save precious space. The result is a quintessentially cozy mountain home.
The design team behind this family ski retreat near Lake Tahoe reviewed 20 years of snowfall data to find an average that would dictate the height of the house’s base. They also extended the roof to protect both the front entrance and the deck from accumulation.
The home office at this mountainside home in southwestern Colorado overlooks the snow-capped San Juan Mountains in the distance.