Living roof on a Colorado off-grid home

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Let’s have a peek at a Colorado green home in the gorgeous mountain town of Salida, about an hour from where I live.

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image from: http://www.greenhomesforsale.com/

The term used to described the home style that emerged organically in the high country of Colorado is “mountain contemporary”. But green homes have been popular in the state of Colorado since the 1960’s thanks to the environmentally minded hippy folks who put roots down here during that time (John Denver!)

This particular home has one of my all-time favorite green features (though not native to Colorado) – a living roof.

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image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Isn’t that beautiful?

This green home was built with love and care for the environment 17 years ago and it remains to this day, a completely off-grid dwelling. But that does not mean that it is rustic or lacking in amenities. No, no, no. This home is a natural beauty.

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image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Constructed of poured concrete and finished with adobe and true stucco in an earth-bermed style, this home’s walls AND ceilings are all one foot thick!

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image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Plus it has those warm solar absorbing Saltillo tile floors.

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image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

This house has been for sale for a while now. These unconventional types of residential construction are hard – if not impossible – to secure financing for, so unfortunately, they sit on the market for years.

I’m adoring this blue kitchen with vintage stove:

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image from: www.greenhomesforsale.com

Off the kitchen is this gigantic solarium with brick floors (again, to absorb that Colorado high altitude sunshine) :

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This is what the solarium room looks like from the exterior:

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image from: greenhomesforsale.com

Colorado is blessed with well over 300 days of sunshine a year, so solariums are a great investment.

Back inside, the home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

In the master bedroom, you get a glimpse of the large custom built triple-pane sky light:

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image from: greenhomesforsale.com

One of the 3 bedrooms is actually a spacious loft:

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image from: greenhomesforsale.com

image from: greenhomesforsale.com

image from: greenhomesforsale.com

Outside there is a fabulous workshop/garage built from cordwood masonry construction:

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image from: greenhomesforsale.com

[If you are unsure what that is, check out this old post I did on a cordwood construction home]

Off-grid home in Salida Colorado

Price for this beautiful natural home on 22 acres of forested land?

$2,350,000.00 USD

Aye.

Rather steep, but hey, you have to PAY for those Colorado mountains views!

 

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Source:

Green Homes For Sale

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  • Sue says:

    Hanging my tongue out. Kitchen is perfect. My opinion of berm houses is forever changed. And the green house leaves me speechless. Seems like a no-brainer to be able to get a loan. Still thinking about all the trouble in Colorado so it’s nice to see a happy house.

  • Perri R. says:

    Awesome! I think it’s a bargain, considering the beauty, practicality and size of the house. If the 22 acres are included, it’s even more of a steal. Tremendous value.

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