Durango Ridge House | Durango, CO Architects – Fanas Architecture

The house was commissioned by a retired couple, relocating from Arizona to Colorado. The client’s initial vision for the home was identical to that of ours as architects, making for a very symbiotic design & relationship. It is situated on a ridge with dramatic panoramic views of the Animas River Valley below. Natural light and ventilation flow strategically through the home enhancing its picturesque views and relation to the natural setting. Design decisions regarding form and material choices respect and develop these ideals. The form of the building is intended to frame the scenic setting from every angle – creating ‘postcards’ from within. This house is all about simplicity and views. The twenty four hundred square foot home is a conventional wood frame construction. Exterior materials consist of stucco, and stained cedar siding. The building envelope features spray-foam insulation and thermally improved glazing for superior energy efficiency. Universal Design concepts have been employed, to accommodate aging-in-place. A high-efficiency in-floor radiant system provides the heating & cooling for the home.