This retreat was designed for a Boulder family who was passionate about outdoor living and a relaxed, informal family life. The couple had an exceptional, acre-sized lot with exceptional trees and landscape so the central concept was to make it feel like you were living in a park - that is breakdown the typical conception of a backyard into a more integrated approach with indoors and outdoors co-existing. To achieve this and to plan for the future, the home was designed on a single level with two "bars": one for living, one for sleeping with a courtyard between. A glass entry links these two spaces. The house is designed on a single level to promote multi-generational living and heighten the integration of inside and out. A very simple and natural palette was used that included concrete floors and walls, wood, and glass. A pool and studio are separated from the house by a rolling lawn that creates the integrated feeling of inside and outside. Extensive sustainable features include active and passive solar, natural ventilation and super-insulation. The home celebrates the delight of the natural world and simple pleasures.

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Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, Metal Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, and House Building Type. A view of the parklike retreat from the backyard pool shows how the glass-enclosed entryway connects the living and sleeping areas. Photo  of Boulder Retreat

A view of the parklike retreat from the backyard pool shows how the glass-enclosed entryway connects the living and sleeping areas.

Modern home with Outdoor, Hanging Lighting, Trees, Back Yard, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Shrubs. "The architecture enhances and reinforces this weaving together of inside and outside," says the firm. "The large lift and slide doors open to allow a single corner column to feel outside." Photo 2 of Boulder Retreat

"The architecture enhances and reinforces this weaving together of inside and outside," says the firm. "The large lift and slide doors open to allow a single corner column to feel outside."

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Shrubs, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, and Small Patio, Porch, Deck. "Passive cooling became another key sustainable strategy—an evaporative cooler was used in lieu of air conditioning, which works well with the open plan and desire to keep doors open," says the firm. "This uses significantly less energy than air conditioning and works well in the dry climate of Colorado." Photo 3 of Boulder Retreat

"Passive cooling became another key sustainable strategy—an evaporative cooler was used in lieu of air conditioning, which works well with the open plan and desire to keep doors open," says the firm. "This uses significantly less energy than air conditioning and works well in the dry climate of Colorado."

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, House Building Type, Concrete Siding Material, Shed RoofLine, Flat RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. As night falls, the home lights up like a lantern, enhancing the warm glow of the wood ceiling. Immense clerestory windows and glass sliders connect the home to the outdoors. Photo 4 of Boulder Retreat

As night falls, the home lights up like a lantern, enhancing the warm glow of the wood ceiling. Immense clerestory windows and glass sliders connect the home to the outdoors.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Gardens, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Wood Fences, Wall, Grass, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. "The patios, yard, and pool were all designed to support an active social life for the homeowners’ children and friends and to make the place a hub of activity," Epstein says. Photo 5 of Boulder Retreat

"The patios, yard, and pool were all designed to support an active social life for the homeowners’ children and friends and to make the place a hub of activity," Epstein says.

Modern home with Outdoor, Trees, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Fences, Wall, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Grass, Decking Patio, Porch, Deck, and Back Yard. Ample patio space provides the perfect background for entertaining—both for the homeowners and their children. Large overhangs with built-in lighting shade wood-clad patios with comfortable lounge chairs. Photo 6 of Boulder Retreat

Ample patio space provides the perfect background for entertaining—both for the homeowners and their children. Large overhangs with built-in lighting shade wood-clad patios with comfortable lounge chairs.

Modern home with Exterior, Shed RoofLine, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Metal Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, and Wood Siding Material. "The use of materials, the careful details, the integrated sense of place, the weaving together of inside and out, and creating a special home that the clients love make this a special story for me," Epstein notes fondly. Photo 7 of Boulder Retreat

"The use of materials, the careful details, the integrated sense of place, the weaving together of inside and out, and creating a special home that the clients love make this a special story for me," Epstein notes fondly.

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Wood Fences, Wall, Raised Planters, Trees, Walkways, Concrete Fences, Wall, Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, and Gardens. A gravel trail winds through greenery into the entryway of the home, reinforcing the parklike nature of the site. Photo 8 of Boulder Retreat

A gravel trail winds through greenery into the entryway of the home, reinforcing the parklike nature of the site.

Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Raised Planters, Shrubs, Gardens, and Decking Patio, Porch, Deck. Pivot Entry Door with view to courtyard Photo 9 of Boulder Retreat

Pivot Entry Door with view to courtyard

Modern home with Outdoor, Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Trees, Decomposed Granite Patio, Porch, Deck, Concrete Fences, Wall, Shrubs, Raised Planters, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, Gardens, and Side Yard. "The H-shaped plan and outbuildings create an assemblage of forms that celebrates the site and creates a continuing sense of surprise," Epstein adds. Photo 10 of Boulder Retreat

"The H-shaped plan and outbuildings create an assemblage of forms that celebrates the site and creates a continuing sense of surprise," Epstein adds.

The common areas are furnished with cozy, lived-in furniture. Photo 11 of Boulder Retreat modern home

The common areas are furnished with cozy, lived-in furniture.

An imposing, matte black fireplace is the focal point of the living room. Wood is stored within the structure, which frees up floor space for abundant guest seating. Photo 12 of Boulder Retreat modern home

An imposing, matte black fireplace is the focal point of the living room. Wood is stored within the structure, which frees up floor space for abundant guest seating.

A blue-green "object" joins the kitchen, pantry, powder room, and coat closet together, providing extensive storage for the family and a focal point for the living bar. Photo 13 of Boulder Retreat modern home

A blue-green "object" joins the kitchen, pantry, powder room, and coat closet together, providing extensive storage for the family and a focal point for the living bar.

A large soaking tub looks out to lush greenery and bright sunshine—the perfect backdrop for this bathroom retreat. A slatted fence provides privacy from the rest of the yard. Photo 14 of Boulder Retreat modern home

A large soaking tub looks out to lush greenery and bright sunshine—the perfect backdrop for this bathroom retreat. A slatted fence provides privacy from the rest of the yard.

The master bedroom gazes upon a rolling lawn and lush pine trees. One of many patio spaces can be seen across the grass. Photo 15 of Boulder Retreat modern home

The master bedroom gazes upon a rolling lawn and lush pine trees. One of many patio spaces can be seen across the grass.

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, Shed RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. Built to commune with its scenic surroundings, this sustainable home embodies understated luxury. Photo 16 of Boulder Retreat

Built to commune with its scenic surroundings, this sustainable home embodies understated luxury.

Boulder Retreat floor plan Photo 17 of Boulder Retreat modern home

Boulder Retreat floor plan

Boulder Retreat site plan Photo 18 of Boulder Retreat modern home

Boulder Retreat site plan

Credits

Posted By
Architect
  • re:architecture
Interior Design
  • Istoria
Landscape Design
  • R Design
Builder
  • Morningstar
Photographer
  • Michael de Leon

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1