This North Boulder ranch style house circa 1956 was lacking spacial flow, and most importantly, life affirming daylight. The family of three desired a home that lived inside to outside while enhancing their life centered around the kitchen.

Yin and yang counter-folded gestures are repeated at different scales throughout – notice the roofline, the kitchen island, and the fireplace as examples. It is a house that balances warm and cool tones, metal and wood, architecture and landscape. While the owners could have added ceiling height to the first floor, they elected for the intimacy of an eight-foot height.

The street exposure is expressed as a continuous high band of windows that provide natural light and views to the treetops and sky, while offering privacy from the street. The backside is geared to openness to the private yard, mature vegetation and views of the Foothills.

Bedrooms on the second floor have a bit of a tree house feel. The private meditation room receives nature’s calm, facing directly into the magnificent maple and skyscape.

From the street the two-story flat roof typology fits humbly into the old neighborhood with predominantly one-story houses. A simple palette of painted brick, white oak, concrete and raw steel form a visual language that weaves old to new.

Zen Light is a home that reflects the balance of the individuals who inhabit it.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Brick Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo  of Zen Light
Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, House Building Type, Brick Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 2 of Zen Light
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Brick Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 3 of Zen Light
Modern home with Living Room and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 4 of Zen Light
Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Table, and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 5 of Zen Light
Modern home with Living Room, Gas Burning Fireplace, Standard Layout Fireplace, Light Hardwood Floor, Recessed Lighting, Rug Floor, and Storage. A simple palette of painted brick, white oak, concrete, and raw steel form a visual language that weaves old to new in Zen Light by Barrett Studio Architects. Photo 6 of Zen Light

A simple palette of painted brick, white oak, concrete, and raw steel form a visual language that weaves old to new in Zen Light by Barrett Studio Architects.

Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, Wood Tread, Wood Railing, and Metal Railing. Photo 7 of Zen Light
Modern home with Staircase, Metal Tread, Wood Tread, and Wood Railing. Photo 8 of Zen Light
Modern home with Bath Room, Ceramic Tile Floor, Ceiling Lighting, and Freestanding Tub. Photo 9 of Zen Light
Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Bookcase, Storage, Shelves, Ceiling Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 10 of Zen Light
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Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Standard Layout Fireplace, and Gas Burning Fireplace. Photo 12 of Zen Light
Modern home with Light Hardwood Floor and Ceiling Lighting. Photo 13 of Zen Light
Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, and Ceiling Lighting. Photo 14 of Zen Light
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 15 of Zen Light
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 16 of Zen Light
Landscape Design
  • Ford Landscaping
Builder
Photographer
  • Anthony Rich Photography

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2017
  • Square Feet
  • 2250