Working with a long-time commercial building client, CP&Associates provided planning, architectural design and documentation services for the client's custom retirement home.  The project included a large new addition, extensive remodel of an existing house and significant site improvements.  Located on a 70-acre rural setting with magnificent views to a broad valley and the distant Sangre de Christo mountain range, the new design sought to satisfy the client's desire to "commune" with nature.


After developing the unique design of a stone and timber gate structure at the entrance drive from the highway, CP&A prepared a master plan of the overall property's development to set a framework for the design and construction to follow.  The master plan included several outbuildings to store the client's car and truck collection, a new road layout from the highway, and the new multi-floor building addition with its connection to the existing house through an expanded walkout basement garage and new outdoor deck above.


CP&A, working closely with the client, prepared the new addition's design to incorporate a timber frame structural system along with structural insulated panels (SIP) for the walls and roof.  The soaring 22-foot ceilings and spectacular exposed timbers recall a timeless western building tradition while imparting a distinctly contemporary appearance that the client desired.  The exterior materials and appearance for the new addition - dry laid stone; stucco siding; wood trim; exposed soffits, beams, rafters and columns; commercial-grade aluminum and glass window walls and doors; metal standing seam roof - were also installed on the existing house for a totally integrated and unified appearance of the new and existing structures.


The large timber-framed porte-cochere and snow melt system in the paving at the main entrance ensure the client and their guests arrive in comfort and safety.  The tower above the main entrance allows the client and guests to experience the spectacular views, both near and far, from this unique and remarkable home.