Architectural design was based upon a forestry guard station that was built at the turn of the century. A forestry guard station during this period used materials taken from the site including large hand hewn logs. The design of the kitchen, including the hand copper work on the pantry door, bathrooms, and even the choice of the concrete logs are based upon that design concept to be true to the period.
The look is the basic design concept with all the modern conveniences and sustainability. Starting with maintenance free concrete log walls in the design, R-40 3 ½” structural insulated panels, R-49 closed cell polyethylene spray foam insulation in the ceiling, high efficiency windows, and a powerful BIS wood burning fireplace.
This floorplan includes an airlock system at the front entrance. When designing an airlock think about water; start with a three by seven foot door which is twenty one square feet and think of the cold or hot air as water. How many gallons of water would come through that door when open? Hot air inside acts like a vacuum displacing the cold air, sucking a wave of cold outside air across the home, the air lock limits the amount of cold air passing into the living area. The garage also acts as an airlock system if used properly. It is estimated that a double door airlock system can reduce your heating load by one-third (reference passive house).
A Word from the Owners …
“Our experience with HTI was everything we had hoped for. Starting with great creativity in the concept and design phase, supplier negotiations to assure we achieved the results we wanted while staying within our budget, all the way to completion of our dream house. Tor and April are nothing short of impressive in their pursuit of on time, on budget, exceptionally high quality results for their clients.
When my wife and I decided to build the home we plan to live in for the rest of our lives we also wanted a house that would be a legacy for generations to come. We wanted a log house but weren’t excited about the maintenance issues that usually accompany that construction method. We settled on a solution from EverLog in Montana which brings the look of real logs but are actually made of concrete, resulting in structural and insulation advantages and low to no maintenance. This method is new to Pagosa and requires a builder who can address the architectural needs in planning, construction, coordination and teaming with a supplier that has special requirements. Everlog did some research and provided us with several potential qualified builders to interview. Based on a very in depth interview process there was a clear leader and we chose HTI. Tor is a degreed architect who really understood and embraced the engineering concepts we needed. HTI also had an impressive list of references. After meeting Tor and April and touring several of their homes we were convinced.
The project was done with us living and working in Denver. HTI made us feel confident and involved, without feeling overwhelmed. The result is a home that has the look and livability we wanted, is extremely energy efficient and requires minimal exterior maintenance.
- Don and Bonnie Toland
Jack’s Pasture Subdivision