Creating an Eco-Friendly Home from the Outside In

In the heart of Steamboat Springs, an active and outdoorsy couple sought land to build their eco-friendly dream home. Thrilled that they found a lot adjacent to a popular walking path, the owners wasted no time in crafting their floor plans with Vertical Arts. Turn left on the road and be immersed immediately by mountains, turn right, and you’ll be on your way to downtown Steamboat Springs. The accessibility to both these features allowed our team to create a simple, modern home that revolves around getting outside in all seasons.


With a majority of the home’s main features on one level, the owners can age in place.

The striking home features exterior materials that can withstand the harsh mountain elements through a combination of heat-treated wood and metal. The back side of the multi-level home features low-maintenance board formed concrete walls that surround the covered patio and expansive second level outdoor deck with views of the nearby ski resort.


The home is designed to connect to a nearby walking path.

All materials were analyzed under our team’s green microscope to address sustainability building aspects. The home is designed to be “net zero ready” meaning that once the owners add solar panels, the home will be able to capture the energy it consumes. Our team worked alongside a sustainability consultant to input more insulation, triple paned windows, an aero barrier and more enhanced sustainability measures to make the home net zero ready.


All of the home’s features work together to ensure it’s as eco-friendly as possible.

Of course the eco-friendly features stem from the couple’s love of the great outdoors. With connectivity to the path in mind, the home was designed around ease of use, ultimately allowing the owners to ride their bikes straight out the back door to the trail. Once inside, the connectivity continues. The owners can essentially walk into their bike shop, one of three garage bays, and store all their equipment, then continue inside to the mudroom, drop off dirty clothes and gear and walk straight through to the primary bathroom.


With large windows and multiple outdoor gathering spaces, the home allows its residents to easily get outside.

With seamless ways to transition from outdoor to indoor life, the interior layout and style welcomed natural materials and easy transitions. The inside of the home is equally livable and practical with an open kitchen, living area and dining on the main floor. separate from the office, main living suite, mudroom and gear room. Downstairs features three additional bedrooms, with one caretaker suite that has its own kitchenette and private entrance. The interior style embodies beachy vibes inspired by the homeowner’s collegiate swimming history.

Stay tuned for more details and photos of the interior style soon and be sure to follow @verticalartsarchitecture on Instagram.