Project Description

Colorado Modern Home

A young couple came to HMH seeking a green home to fit their active outdoor lifestyle. Located on a sloped site, this house was designed to fit into the landscape and embraces a deft blend of modern design with warm, sculptural materials and forms. This signature “Colorado Modern” style—a specialty of HMH Architecture + Interiors—takes full advantage of the region’s incredible weather, views and distinct lifestyle.

Outdoor living spaces extend the house into the site and blur the division between inside and outside. Sandstone walls made from local stone run through the interior of the house. Large corner windows in the kitchen and living room minimize the separation between indoors and out, and open the house to views of downtown Boulder and the mountains.

With respect for the environment, the owners’ required the home to be passive solar with all major living spaces facing south. Custom-designed steel trellis and deep overhangs shade the windows in the summer. The wood flooring, made from recycled railroad ties, adds a simple, slightly rustic design element into the space. Photovoltaic panels on the roof provide all of the electrical requirements and a Coolerado evaporative system keeps the home cool with minimal energy consumption.

The result is an artful blend of sustainable features, sculptural spaces, and warm interiors that are fun, rewarding, and beautiful.


“Compared to our neighbors and two sets of friends that have recently built custom homes, the HMH team was tremendously more efficient, cheaper, and produced a better product. We love the house and I’m still sometimes amazed at it when I ride up the street early in the morning and the light is just right…”
Nick Wilder

  • Seamless connection between indoors and out
  • Recycled railroad tie flooring
  • Passive solar design
  • Local, sustainable materials


2009 – Residence Over 5,000 sf
ASID – Colorado Chapter


Sources + Design- May/June 2009
CO Homes & Lifestyles – March 2008


Ben Tremper