We helped the clients find a beautiful lot in North Boulder, then crafted this modern 3300 s.f. house to be their dream home. The clients asked for a warm, modern style home, with an open floor plan that connected to the outdoors and took full advantage of the rare lot. We sited and engineered the house for optimal passive solar design, while simultaneously capturing unobstructed panoramic views of the Flatirons from both levels. The home’s simple, clean lines reflect their unpretentious, easy-going character. The gourmet kitchen, dining and Great room are flooded with sunshine from the 9ft high ceilings and walls of glass. A gracious covered west porch flows seamlessly out from the Great room through a giant bank of sliding doors, creating a fantastic opportunity for indoor/outdoor living. The porch has solid cedar columns and Beetle-kill wood on the ceiling to create a warm feeling.
On the ground floor, walk past the front hall to reach a guest suite and a rec room that is divided between a small media room for the boys and a north facing painting studio. Follow the stair to the second floor where you’ll immediately be presented with a stunning view from the open study and balcony. All the bedrooms get a south facing mountain view and the master has its own private balcony.
The owners wanted the house to be as green as possible, and the house has tiny energy and water bills as well as a healthy indoor air environment. It features solar photovoltaic panels, Energy Star fiberglass windows, foam insulation, LED lights, Watersense plumbing fixtures, a 96% efficient furnace & zero-VOC finishes.
Ten years ago this book asked the question “In this time of environmental crisis, how can we live right now?” Its central idea seems more relevant and critical today than ever. Scott Rodwin was invited to contribute an essay “The Challenges of Building Sustainably” on behalf of architects to this thoughtful anthology. In it, he talks about how we create truly sustainable communities and he highlights the encouraging realities of green building. Other featured writers include Paul Hawken, Howard Zinn, Alice Walker and Barbara Kingsolver.
"This compelling and inspirational anthology raises a chorus of voices in defense of the earth. Hope Beneath Our Feet addresses the environmental problems plaguing our planet and the myriad forms of action each of us can take."
--Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and activist
We are proud to be a sponsor of the 3rd Boulder Green Home Tour, Saturday, September 30th, from 10am-4pm. Jocelyn in our office has been helping to organize the event hosted by the Colorado Green Building Guild. The tour showcases some of Boulder’s best new custom green homes, plus a tiny home and the Nyland and Washington Village Cohousing communities. Grab your tickets, and come get an inside look at these fantastic homes. Our Principal Scott Rodwin will be giving a pre-tour “Green Building 101” lecture and Q&A [get your tix here] on Sept. 14th (5:30-7:30pm). The tour is donating 10% of its proceeds to Flatirons Habitat for Humanity. And don’t miss the kick-ass after-party open to all at The Southern Sun on the 30th from 3:30-5:30 pm. Check out the website for details and we’ll see you there!
Meet Kirsten Snobeck, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP. 10 years ago we were incredibly fortunate to have her join our staff. She is our Senior Associate and has contributed to most of the projects that have come out of our office over the last decade. She was the lead designer on some of our best and most sustainable homes (including LEED Platinum and “regenerative” homes) and had a key role on both the Columbine and Whittier Elementary Schools. She served on Boulder’s Historic Landmark Board and has a passion for architectural preservation. For the last 7 years she has co-taught our signature seminar, “Understanding the Rules for Building in Boulder” to 700 local realtors, and has helped guide countless property owners and buyers through the complex Boulder process. In 2015, AIA Colorado North Chapter awarded her “Associate of the Year” and in 2016she was named one of “Boulder Valley’s 40 Under 40”, recognizing her incredible talent and her contributions to excellent architectural design in Boulder County.
If you’ve never been to Open Studios, it’s one of the best things in Boulder. 120 of our local artists (including Scott Rodwin) open their studios to the public. Meet the artists, learn about their creative process, and support our local arts scene by buying directly from the artist. The event is Oct. 7-8 & 14-15 from noon-6pm. Get your FREE map and go on an art treasure hunt. You can get a preview of all the artists at the Opening Reception reception Friday, Oct. 6th – 6-8pm.
Principal Scott Rodwin was recently presented with the award for ‘Community Service by an Architect’, by AIA Colorado North Chapter for his work co-founding the successful Boulder Green Home Tour, an event of the Colorado Green Building Guild that raised money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. Check out http://www.bouldergreenhometour.org/ and be sure to go on the next tour this fall.
Check out our featured article in Boulder Lifestyle!
Our first “Regenerative” home, Farmhouse was on last year’s green home tour. It produces more energy than it consumes which means that the owners get a big check from Xcel every month (and free energy for their EV car). Farmhouse achieved a HERS negative-8 rating, Energy Star v.3.0 and a LEED Platinum Certification. It’s sunny, open, functional floorplan connects on all sides to the permaculture landscape for true indoor/outdoor living, and embodies the owners’ desire to tread lightly on the earth. Detailed wood craftsmanship throughout the home reflects the owner’s love of Mission style furniture. The home was elegantly tailored to the owners’ needs while simultaneously achieving an extraordinary level of sustainability. See it featured in Inhabitat.com
Meet Brandon David, AIA Assoc., LEED AP. We are celebrating the 10th work anniversary of our VP of Design/Build at Rodwin/Skycastle. In addition to a Bachelor of Architecture from C.U. and a decade of design experience, he also brings 20 years of construction expertise to every project. Brandon and his wife Ranee live here in Boulder, and are the proud parents of three (2 new twins!). Brandon works with impeccable integrity, responsibility, attention to detail, and a positive can-do attitude that creates the highest quality building and experience for our clients. Brandon is in charge of our design/build work, and his extraordinary skill and efforts have been recognized by Professional Builder Magazine which listed him among the 40 Under 40 Best in the Nation! We feel very lucky to have him leading our team.
“Brandon is the most amazing General Contractor. We could not have done it without his amazing orchestration and effort!”
-Dr. Michael and Paula Bentz
Rodwin Architecture provides probono services for Boulder’s Family Learning Center.
Principal Scott Rodwin was also recently honored by AIA Colorado North Chapter for ‘Community Service by an Architect’, for his work co-founding the successful Boulder Green Home Tour, an event of the Colorado Green Building Guild that raised money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. Check out http://www.bouldergreenhometour.org/ and be sure to go on the tour this Sept. 24th!
Congratulations to our Senior Associate Kirsten Snobeck, who was recently honored by American Institute of Architects Colorado North as the Associate of the Year! She is being recognized for her outstanding designs, her sustainable design expertise, and her public service to Boulder through her work on the Historic Landmark Board and her popular building code seminars. Yay Kirsten!
Kirsten Snobeck, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP has been with Rodwin Architecture for over 8 years and is the lead designer and Project Manager on many of our projects. Kirsten has a creative, responsible and inquisitive nature, a keen eye for details and a rigorous commitment to quality from start to finish. She has shared her deep knowledge of local codes by co-teaching our “Understanding the Rules for Building in Boulder” to hundreds of realtors over the last 4 years. Kirsten has a passion for and expertise in historic preservation and sustainability and has spearheaded our work on numerous noteworthy local buildings including the Whittier Elementary School and the LEED Platinum Farmhouse. She has just been recognized by BizWest Magazine as one of their 40 Under 40 “best and brightest emerging leaders” in Colorado. Finally, we are doubly pleased to announce that she has also been named our first ever Senior Associate.
Check out the latest edition of the 5280 Home magazine. Scott Rodwin and other professionals have been featured giving homeowners some tips to make their homes more energy efficient.