Archive for September, 2010

Infinity-Edge House?

Posted in Uncategorized on September 23, 2010 by michaelfgallagher

The main level floor is being framed at the Stafford Residence.

This photo looks similar to pictures of infinity-edge pools, but here it’s plywood.

Custom home designed by Michael F Gallagher, Architect located in Breckenridge, Colorado. www.MichaelGallagher.com

Summit County Parade of Homes

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2010 by michaelfgallagher
Last Chance!Summit County Parade of Homes

September 25-26, 2010

10:00am-5:00pm both days

 

 

 

For just $10 a ticket you’ll benefit The Summit Foundation and be able to tour through 23 exclusive homes in Summit County.In particular, we’d like to invite you to visit a home we’ve enjoyed working on this past year: 

172 Sunshine Ridge Lane

Recently receiving LEED for Homes GOLD Certification (the first one in Summit County!); this home’s responsible features include timbers reclaimed from the railroad trestles that once spanned the Great Salt Lake, hardwood flooring salvaged from a 100 year old barn in Missouri, cabinetry and doors crafted from Colorado beetle kill pine, non-toxic finishes and fine sustainable furnishings. Nearly every element of this house has a story to tell… and we’d love to share it with you! 

Mountain Living Magazine awarded the home with their Peak Award, naming 172 Sunshine Ridge Lane as their overall favorite on the tour judged on the strength of design ideas, aesthetic appeal, craftsmanship, use of space and materials, color scheme and how well the architecture and interior design complement each other.

 

In addition, the home received the following accolades in the Single Family Category III from the Summit County Builders Association during their awards dinner Friday, September 17th:

  • FIRST PLACE: Interior Finishes, Associates III
  • SECOND PLACE: Landscaping & Outdoor Living Space, Neils Lunceford; Builder Concept & Workmanship, Michael F. Gallagher Architect and Double Diamond Construction & Property Services; Kitchen, Wedgewood; Master Bedroom Suite, Associates III; and Interior Furnishings, Associates III

 

Directions

Take Hwy 9 to Tiger Road. Go east approximately one mile to Estates Drive. Turn right on Estates Drive. Turn right on Sunshine Ridge Lane and follow to #172.

If you’ve already been on the tour (or after you visit next weekend!) be sure to vote for your favorite home for the People’s Choice Award.

 

 
We’ll be there; look forward to seeing you and showing you around!Sincerely,

The Sunshine Ridge Team

Michael, Arnie, Kari, Jill, Megan T, Carl and Megan G.

www.MichaelGallagher.com

Summit Daily News covers my project

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2010 by michaelfgallagher

The Summit Daily News has published an article on the McGarry Residence (a.k.a. The Silver Hawk). We are all looking forward to showing it off and educating people during the Summit County Parade of Homes the next two weekends. The complete article is at: http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20100913/NEWS/100919932/1078&ParentProfile=1055

BRECKENRIDGE — From its tile to its ceiling beams, the McGarry house is both friendly to the environment and its inhabitants. And, as Summit County’s first LEED Gold home, the results are stunning.

Workers broke ground in June, and the house was recently completed — just in time for the Parade of Homes tour to start this weekend.

“It’s always been a thing for my wife and I to leave as little a human footprint on the world as humanly possible,” owner Tom McGarry said. “That started from site selection to interviewing the right people. … We wanted to show that we can be kind to the environment, and still have a house that’s very nice, beautiful and functional for a big family.”

The 5,000 square-foot family retreat is located in the hills of Breckenridge, and it sleeps 14 people — perfect for the McGarrys, a family of 10.

“This is the first home in Summit County to be LEED certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC),” said Double Diamond builder Arnie Surdyk. “Not only is it certified, but it is GOLD certified. It achieved a HERS rating of 29, and an air exchange rate of .15. Those are both extraordinary numbers, but even more so for a 5,000 square-foot house.”

HERS — or “home energy rating score” is used to evaluate a home’s energy efficiency. The average home has a HERS rating of 100, McGarry said, so its rating is particularly good for a house of that large size.

Surdyk noted that other LEED houses are being build in the area, but the McGarrys’ home is the first to be complete. And its rating is as good as anyone could get.

“We were going for Silver, but we ended up kicking butt and getting it to Gold,” Surdyk said. “We’re thrilled.”

The house doesn’t even have a new-house smell — builders used soy-based stains, and walls are covered in American Clay. There’s no wall-to-wall carpets either — flooring was constructed with wood and concrete.

Floating Stair at Peak 8 Penthouse

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2010 by michaelfgallagher

The steel stringers that will support the staircase have been installed. As you can see from the two pictures, the shape is fairly complex. The treads will sit on wedges above these steel tubes. You can seem more on this home at http://www.michaelgallagher.com/portfolio.php?action=viewportfolio&portfolio_id=28

This custom home will have a very contemporary mountain style. There will be enough stone and wood to connect to the mountain environment, but there will also be a great deal of metal and glass. It is located with ski-in access from Breckenridge Ski Area, yet it is just outside the town limits of Breckenridge, Colorado.

UpDate Peak 8 Penthouse

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2010 by michaelfgallagher

The Peak 8 Penthouse is getting stucco, stone and tile finishes.

PARADE OF HOMES coming up soon!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2010 by michaelfgallagher
 
Quick Links
Parade of HomesSummit Foundation

LEED for Homes 

 

The Players
Architect Michael F. Gallagher

Builder

Arnie Surdyk

Double Diamond Construction

970.418.8029

Interior Design

Kari & Jill

Associates III

Landscape Design

Megan Testin

Neils Lunceford, Inc.

Structural Engineer

Carl Warnke

Engineering Design Works

 970.879.4890

Energy Consultant

Megan Gilman

Active Energies

 

Mark your calendar!Summit County Parade of Homes

September 18-19, 2010

September 25-26, 2010

10:00am-5:00pm all four days

 

 

 

From remodels, net-zero homes and multi-family dwellings – the 16th Annual Parade of Homes features all of these and more! For just $10 a ticket you’ll benefit The Summit Foundation and be able to tour through 23 exclusive homes in Summit County.In particular, we’d like to invite you to visit a home we’ve enjoyed working on this past year: 

172 Sunshine Ridge Lane

Recently receiving LEED for Homes GOLD Certification (the first one in Summit County!); this home’s responsible features include timbers reclaimed from the railroad trestles that once spanned the Great Salt Lake, hardwood flooring salvaged from a barn in Missouri, cabinetry and doors crafted from Colorado beetle kill pine, non-toxic finishes and fine sustainable furnishings. Nearly every element of this house has a story to tell… and we’d love the opportunity to share it with you!

Directions

Take Hwy 9 to Tiger Road. Go east approximately one mile to Estates Drive. Turn right on Estates Drive. Turn right on Sunshine Ridge Lane and follow to #172.

We’ll be there; look forward to seeing you and showing you around!Sincerely,

The Sunshine Ridge Team

Michael, Arnie, Kari, Jill, Megan T, Carl and Megan G.

 

 
 

Foundation is poured at Staffords’

Posted in Uncategorized on September 1, 2010 by michaelfgallagher

The foundation is now poured for the Stafford Residence in Breckenridge. You can see in the photo that foam insulation has been sprayed on the outside of the walls. This is an energy-saving product and will waterproof the walls at the same time. This custom home will have numerous ‘green’ features. The home will have very high insulation values and should attain a very good HERS rating. There will be solar thermal panels to suplement the domestic hot water and hydronic heating system. The home will have an excellent passive solar layout as well. The owners are considering obtaining an Energy Star Rating, although there are no plans at this time for LEED certification .

You will also notice that the home overlooks the Breckenridge Golf Course and has great views of Breckenridge Ski Area. The architect designed the open-plan home to take advantage of this panoramic view.