casa de la sol
3431 quivas street, denver colorado 80211





This contemporary home is designed for the modern single family with quality and permanence in mind. The sustainable home and property feature an integrated passive solar heating and cooling design, computer modeled day lighting design, the highest insulation values, active PV and thermal solar panel systems, regional reclaimed building materials, and generous outdoor spaces. The architecture firm has designed the building to take advantage of Colorado’s favorable climate by integrating outdoor with indoor living spaces. High views of both the city and the mountains are found from the master suite and outdoor decks of the third floor. A green roof terrace is on the second floor. The great room of the
main floor fully opens to a trellis-covered patio, outdoor dining bar, and wood fire pit.
The home supports a variety of experiences. Entertaining is perfect here, as guests move from indoor /outdoor great room to upper floor decks to wine cellar lounge and home theater. The cantilevered master suite on the top floor is a special retreat for a couple or single. Bedrooms exist for all generations – kids on the second floor and grandparents in the main floor guest suite. Two bedrooms in the basement are designed for alternate uses: a yoga room with cork floors, wall mirrors, and infrared sauna; a home office with double glass doors serving as a private entrance. Both rooms have ample day lighting gained by the full window well.
The building envelope utilizes high quality thermally insulated windows and high performance polyurethane closed cell insulation throughout. Solar photovoltaic and thermal panels provide the electrical and hot heating needs, reducing and often eliminating the utility bills of owners to come. Radiant heated concrete and wood floors, and evaporative and passive cooling, keep the house comfortable year long. Other features unique to the property: 3 car garage and car port, custom organic landscaping.
The exterior is a warm palette of reclaimed brick, stucco, and reclaimed hard wood. In its materials and modernism, the design honors the past and looks to the future of the Highland neighborhood. Walk to community gardens, downtown Denver, nearby restaurants and shops, and enjoy urban life.



Levels: Three floors and finished walk-out basement

Program: rooms: 4 bedrooms/ 5 bathrooms [3 full, 1 half bath, 1 powder] and other spaces by floor:

o Basement: yoga room and home office (both could also work as additional bdrms), wine cellar and lounge, home theater room, half bath, mechanical room, storage

o Level 1: great room (living, dining), kitchen with pantry, mudroom, minimaster bedroom w/ full bathroom, powder room

o Level 2: family room, two bedrooms, bathroom, laundry room

o Level 3: master bedroom, walk-in closet, luxury bathroom

o Garage: 3-car detached garage with storage & workspace

other spaces:<br />

o decks: L3 public deck with downtown view; L3 private deck with mountain views; L2 deck with hardscaping + hot tub: Ground Level paved pathways and patios, carport and storage

o landscaping: xeriscape and native species, deciduous trees

other features:

o data and deluxe stereo system hard-wired throughout house

o custom wine rack in cellar

Renewable and Energy-Efficient Features

• passive heating and cooling design

• integrated day lighting

• 4 kW grid-tied photovoltaic system

• 4 solar thermal collectors and domestic hot water system

• 470-gallon superinsulated solar storage tank

• high thermal insulation and minimal air infiltration for building envelope

• radiant in-floor heating in concrete and wood floors

• evaporative cooling system

• Energy Star appliances and fixtures

• compact fluorescent lighting

ECO Features

• FSC- certified framing lumber

• reclaimed or eco-wood for fences and veneer

• high-reflective and efficient roofing system

• high-performance low-E solar glass

• exterior: brick and stucco from reclaimed regional source

• interior: 5/8-inch sheetrock gypsum board for added thermal and acoustical insulation

• floors: concrete heated slabs with natural-pigmented color; cork flooring; reclaimed wood


• AFM Safecoat paint and stains

• formaldehyde-free cabinets and casework

• minimized and recycled construction waste

• LEED Certification