Strawbale Getaway | Crestone, Colorado

This strawbale home was designed to relate to the surrounding environment and serve as a welcoming retreat for friends and family. The multinational owners, wanted to uphold the inherent character of the majestic site – located at the cusp of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the San Luis Valley floor – throughout the process and in the final result. Designed to merge into its natural setting and link occupants with the outdoors, this modern Colorado home was also constructed to be energy efficient, sustainable and green in all aspects of the process.

  • The longitudinal layout and low profile design harmonizes with the surrounding environment and allows natural light to reach all interior spaces
  • Hydronic solar panels, and passive solar techniques including a heat storing sand bed, supply over 80% of the energy
  • The use of strawbale reduced the amount of wood framing needed for construction and provides a high level of insulation
  • Natural features and vegetation on site were protected throughout the construction process, restored, or incorporated in the design
  • The steady pace of the project allowed for the owners, family and friends to collaborate and be involved throughout the process

Today, the modern home draws friends, family and guests in from across the world as a place of retreat, and gathering – to slow down, relax and connect to nature.

Consultants and Collaborators:

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Modern Primitive Design
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: The Ascent Group
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: TEEG, Inc.
PHOTOGRAPHER: David Lauer Photography

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