Bringing the Outdoors In 14

This Boulder green home by Cottonwood Custom Builders, Inc. is Mother Nature–approved — in style and function.

Stylist Kelly Legare, Paper Forest Design

CHEAT SHEET

Who lives here: Sue Timbo, her husband and their 
children Dash, 4, and Easton, 2.

Built by: Cottonwood Custom Builders

Style of house: A four-bedroom, four-bath green home with a minimalist modern influence.

Construction started in December 2015 and the family moved in November 2016.

When building a home, most families focus on the great indoors. But when the Timbos built their Boulder home, the outdoors were equally important.

“Being outdoors is incredibly important to us, and offering green space for us all to play was a priority,” says Sue Timbo.

In fact, when the Timbos met with their architect, Brad Burch of Index AD, they knew only that they wanted to maintain as much of the yard as possible, even drawing a line in the dirt where the yard should start. And their outdoor spaces go beyond a yard: There’s the rooftop deck, ideal for soaking in the views and outdoor movie nights. There’s the patio with a fire pit for summertime campfires. And there’s the deck with an outdoor kitchen, where the Timbos grill and make wood-fired pizzas.

The outdoors makes its way inside, too. The 4,500-square-foot home is anchored in one main living space — a combined kitchen, dining and living area with a double-desk study area that gives the kids a creative space of their own. And in warmer months, the space expands to the deck, thanks to a wall of accordion glass doors.

“HAVING SO MANY FUNCTIONAL SPACES COMBINED INTO ONE CREATES AN ENVIRONMENT THAT REALLY BRINGS US ALL TOGETHER YET ALLOWS FOR EVERYONE TO STILL DO THEIR OWN THING,” SUE SAYS.

The glass doors also let in ample natural light, which was a high priority for the Timbos. They thought about light big and small — from the 23-by-14-foot windows that cover all three levels of the house to the small skylights above the kitchen counters that make the kitchen functional all day.

Of course, a family that cares about nature also considered their environmental impact throughout the building process. They enlisted the help of Cottonwood Custom Builders, who started by deconstructing the existing home on the Timbos’ property and recycling all the materials. From there, it was all about the envelope: “The heating and cooling needs for this house are very low because it’s so well insulated and air-tight,” says Jeff Hindman, owner and president of Cottonwood Custom Builders. “You build the envelope right, and the house is going to perform forever. You don’t ever get a chance to go back and redo that.”

But there’s not much the Timbos would redo — they’ve created the “light-filled, open concept, family friendly, indoor/outdoor home we dreamed of,” Sue says. And Mother Nature loves it too.

Heavy Lifting

A refurbished 1950s chair lift that hangs from the ceiling in the entryway, where the family sits to read or take in views of the nearby foothills.

Catch the Sun

Skylights above the kitchen counters take the place of traditional lighting, while highlighting the white brick backsplash and open shelving.

Open Space

The living room, dining room and kitchen come together in the home’s open floor plan.