Belz Architecture Bringing the Outdoors In

For maximum views of Boulder’s legendary scenery, one client family sought out the right property rather than the perfect home knowing they would remodel or remove the existing structure entirely. With the help of Mark Bossert of Bossert Residential to find and orchestrate the real estate transaction for this Rolling Hills property, Cheri Belz of Belz Architecture and her client got to work designing a beautiful new home.

The existing non-descript, 1970’s mine shaft-style home was demolished. In its place now stands a mid-century modern structure taking full advantage of its views. The definition of indoor versus outdoor spaces is blurred by the use of nano walls and the consistent appearance of Colorado red flagstone throughout the exterior and interior design.

Passive solar and photovoltaics, as well as a partial grass roof, were key design requirements by the clients. Each of the family’s two children have their own bedroom and bathroom, and an additional multipurpose space was added for art and music creation. Laundry was incorporated near the master closet for ease of access.

The open-air ribbon fireplace is a focal point of the main level and divides the dining and living areas using tasteful custom concrete. As a safety feature allowing glass-free installation, a special vent opens before the gas turns on.

With a chef and cooking teacher in the family, the kitchen includes comfortable cork flooring, top-notch fixtures and an oversized pantry for added storage. Extra light shines on the prep spaces due to the use of windows in place of a backsplash.

Belz says she has architecture in her blood and was greatly impacted by her father who was a modernist architect in the 1950’s and 60’s and passed away when she was very young. She says this project represents her personal style, which she calls modern organic for its use of curving walls and lots of natural materials. There is more softness and comfort compared to the growing trend of cubist modernism. This home was completed in 2008 and recently sold to a new owner.

Belz’s work has been featured in 5280 and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. She won first place in both the Exterior Remodel and Whole House Remodel categories for a $500,000 – $1 Million home from the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver in September 2015.