Lodgepole Retreat

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What began as a simple 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath single family retreat, grew into this 3 bedroom, 3 bath extravaganza of Rocky Mountain high!  The Lodgepole Retreat is perched 9,000 feet above sea level.  The elevated poured concrete plinth angles from the natural slope to give extraordinary views of the surrounding forest around the thirty acre meadow it sits on.

The glory of the Lodgepole Retreat’s design is that the simple and practical layout enhances the best parts of the house.  Up front, a floor-to-ceiling glass sided lounge/sun room leaps out to provide outdoor living experiences.  As the structure goes back toward the hillside, it provides ground floor access to the utilitarian parts and side stairways halfway back.

Using a 10kW solar array to power the electric boiler for radiant heating, as well as LED lighting, and an air-to-air exchange system, the Lodgepole stays comfy at a net zero conventional energy use each year!  As a base of operations for a wilderness adventure or just to take in the vista of nature, the Lodgepole Retreat will make it a wonderful place to be for a while.  For a long while.

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