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January 15, 2009
Boulder, Colorado, straddles a dynamic geographical border where miles of Rocky Mountains descend into flat plains that stretch all the way to the Appalachians. With four picture-perfect seasons and more sunny days per year than Miami, the little university town has become a big draw for young families seeking an idyllic place to raise their kids. Read Full Article
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  Architect Rob Pyatt's box-shaped addition is the modern kid on the block, with distinctive corrugated-metal and wide-plank cladding. Behind the facade, uncommon materials share a common story with the neighborhood: Of design decisions driven by a desire to keep the next generation—and the planet—healthy and safe.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Architect Rob Pyatt's box-shaped addition is the modern kid on the block, with distinctive corrugated-metal and wide-plank cladding. Behind the facade, uncommon materials share a common story with the neighborhood: Of design decisions driven by a desire to keep the next generation—and the planet—healthy and safe.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  In the kitchen, a window over the stovetop lets daylight in, framing the front yard while keeping the neighboring house out of the picture.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    In the kitchen, a window over the stovetop lets daylight in, framing the front yard while keeping the neighboring house out of the picture.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  To detail to the kitchen cabinetry and shelving, plywood sheets were turned on their sides to expose multi-toned striations.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    To detail to the kitchen cabinetry and shelving, plywood sheets were turned on their sides to expose multi-toned striations.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Kahn's painting studio is attached to the original garage.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Kahn's painting studio is attached to the original garage.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Pyatt's office is the sparest room in the house, with the straw panels "left raw to give a sense of the monolithic nature of those walls," according to Pyatt.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Pyatt's office is the sparest room in the house, with the straw panels "left raw to give a sense of the monolithic nature of those walls," according to Pyatt.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The home's heat comes from a highly efficient wood-burning stove from Rais. Though wood burning is banned in Boulder, the sealed firebox can be used year-round, with combustion technology so effective it's said to release less carbon dioxide than decomposing wood. After logs burn down to embers, the stove continues to radiate heat for hours, reducing the amount of kindling required to keep the place warm.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The home's heat comes from a highly efficient wood-burning stove from Rais. Though wood burning is banned in Boulder, the sealed firebox can be used year-round, with combustion technology so effective it's said to release less carbon dioxide than decomposing wood. After logs burn down to embers, the stove continues to radiate heat for hours, reducing the amount of kindling required to keep the place warm.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  The Pyatt/Kahn family's 1940s cottage hadn't seen significant updates in its six decades.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    The Pyatt/Kahn family's 1940s cottage hadn't seen significant updates in its six decades.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Walking in the front door it's hard to miss the square chunk of compressed-straw paneling—a building material-cum-sculpture that allows visitors to see what the house is made from. Kahn's paintings hang throughout the house, and several of the rugs are her original designs.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Walking in the front door it's hard to miss the square chunk of compressed-straw paneling—a building material-cum-sculpture that allows visitors to see what the house is made from. Kahn's paintings hang throughout the house, and several of the rugs are her original designs.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Out back, the paved patio serves as the family's main dining room. Though occasionally snow and cold keep them inside, family dinners can often be enjoyed outdoors.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    Out back, the paved patio serves as the family's main dining room. Though occasionally snow and cold keep them inside, family dinners can often be enjoyed outdoors.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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