• STRAW BALE, ADOBE, TIMBER FRAME, HEALTHY HOME, NEAR LA VETA PASS, CO

The south facing windows of this passive solar home overlook a mountain meadow. The open floor plan of this one-story, three-bedroom, two and one-half baths hybrid home features exterior straw bale walls, and an impressive interior Douglas fir timber frame. Adobe walls separate the individual rooms, keeping the home warm in winter and cool in summer - adding to the super energy efficiency of this well-insulated home. The footprint measures 2000 square feet, interior dimensions are 1600 square feet.


A two-foot roof overhang located on the south-side prevents the hot summer sun from entering the strategically placed two-pane Pella windows and sliding glass doors. Once the sun is lower on the horizon during the colder months, the sun floods the home, warming walls and floors. Ceramic tile floors add to the thermal mass and dominate most floor space. The kitchen has cork flooring for softer footing.

Continuous ridge vents allow air flow in the attic. Twelve inches of blown-in cellulose insulation present an efficient buffer between the ceiling and the attic space.

The nine-foot high ceilings throughout the home feature tongue-and-grove pine, untreated to allow the natural patina to take over. Only non-toxic materials were used in the construction and finishing of this healthy home. Underneath the metal roof, the sub roof consists of boards of rough cut lumber clad in a special skin.

The exterior straw bale walls are covered in stucco. All windows feature stone drip edges. A two-foot field stone ledge protects the stucco from summer rains and winter snows. Interior walls are covered in healthy naturally colored earth plaster.

The contractor AVOIDED using tar paper, particle board, sheet-rock, fiberglass insulation, duct work, toxic paints and varnishes to make this a truly healthy home.

The home has a 325-foot deep well, underground utilities, propane storage tank for hot water and cooking, ceiling fans in every room, and a wood stove with triple-wall pipe. A small ETS unit (Electro Thermal Storage) is hardwired into the hallway wall near the bathrooms at the rear of the house. It is designed to store electric heat during the low cost off-peak hours of the day. The guest and master bathroom are outfitted with three-way heat/light/fan ceiling units.

For back-up - a propane Rinnai heater is mounted into an adobe wall of the great room. There are also small electric baseboard units in the baths, bedrooms and utility room.

Solar energy floods the house through the south-facing windows, heating during the cold months, augmented by an efficient wood stove. The result is low-cost heating. Firewood is plentiful in Forbes Park.

There is a circular driveway and an unattached one-car (12x22) garage with small loft. A stone patio is accessible from the master-bedroom's sliding glass door. The north side of the home has a large covered porch.

Contact: Karin at karin81089@gojade.com or 719-379-3442.
Colorado
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PostedApril 01, 2019