LoHi Urban Cottage

LoHi Urban Cottage

Architect
Bonsai Design + Build
Location
Denver, Colorado, USA | View Map
Project Year
2015
Category
Private Houses
O’Connor Photography
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Mini Splits – Wall MountedMitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
Fireplace – 3 SidedEcoSmart Fire
Sinks and ToiletsTOTO
Windows – 825 (Triple Pane) Series WindowsAlpen
Plumbing FixturesAquabrass
CabinetryConcept 32

Product Spec Sheet
Fireplace – 3 Sided
Sinks and Toilets
by TOTO
Windows – 825 (Triple Pane) Series Windows
by Alpen
Plumbing Fixtures
Cabinetry

LoHi Urban Cottage

Bonsai Design + Build as Architects

This project was designed with the future residents comfort in mind. Bringing nature inside, strategically placed windows flood both levels with natural light while wood finishes bring a subtle warmth to the home. The main floor features an open concept plan from foyer to kitchen, while the second floor incorporates a passive solar 'greenhouse' hallway with a substantial built-in indoor planter, capable of producing food.


Materiality enhances the crafted spaces. Locally sourced reclaimed Colorado Blue Pine Beetle Kill trim and flooring is incorporated throughout the home. The reclaimed pine portion of the main facade is carried inside along the second floor hallway, combining with the planter, large south-facing windows, and exterior style light fixtures in the hall to further blur the lines between interior and exterior space.


Occupant comfort was a main priority in the design and construction of the home. The exterior building envelope is constructed out of SIP's, minimizing the thermal breaks that often come with standard framing, and is wrapped with a high performance weather barrier, minimizing air infiltration to industry leading lows, this maintains more consistent and regulated interior conditions that require substantially less energy to condition. In lieu of a standard HVAC system, small air handling units, or mini-splits are placed throughout the home to ensure the most efficient and prompt heating and cooling response for residents. The whole house is equipped with an energy recovery ventilator that ensures fresh air throughout, 100% of the time, while minimizing energy loss.


The home is 100% electric, and is specified to carry a smaller scaled solar system that would bring the home to Net-Zero standards. This would mean the residents can live here "utility bills free," if desired as well as being Energy Star Certified. The roof is also outfitted with a 300 SF deck with sweeping downtown Denver views.


Material Used :

1. Thermocore – Building Envelope - SIPs
2. SIGA – Weather Barrier
3. Alpen – Windows – 825 (Triple Pane) Series Windows
4. Greenway Building Products – 1X8 Blue Ponderosa Pine Beetle Kill Lap Siding – Gray Stain and Water Based Clear Coat
5. Smalley & Company – Stucco System
6. Floor & Decor – Flooring – Slate floor
7. Parallam – Wood Stairs
8. Eco Smart – Fireplace – 3 Sided
9. Concept 32 – Cabinetry
10. Signature Appliances – Kitchen Appliances
11. Toto – Sinks and Toilets
12. Aquabrass – Plumbing Fixtures
13. Mitsubishi – Mini Splits – Wall Mounted
14. Ultimate Air – ERV System

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