Summit County Parade of Homes entry

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2014 by michaelfgallagher

Once again, one of my designs has been selected for the Summit County Parade of Homes tour September 20 & 21 and 27 & 28 in Summit County Colorado. Please stop by and visit. Proceeds of the Parade benefit the Summit Foundation.

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The home is a more contemporary home than what you usually see in this area. It has a very refreshing aesthetic while still clearly within the mountain vernacular.

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Work is just finishing up so the home will be ready for the Parade.

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The Master Bedroom flows right out to an “outdoor room” with its own fireplace and great views.

 

Michael F Gallagher, Architect      Breckenridge, Colorado          http://www.MichaelGallagher.com

 

New environmentally friendly home completed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 5, 2014 by michaelfgallagher

A new home I designed has recently been completed near Breckenridge, Colorado with an emphasis on low environmental impact. Here are some of the features that reduce this homes impact on our natural resources:

Most importantly, the home is not huge. Within 2002 square feet of living area there are three bedrooms and three baths. There is also a very comfortable great room with the living, dining and kitchen areas open to each other and to the sun and views to the south. The home features a generous mud room with laundry and dog wash. In addition to that, there is a large two-car garage with a finished attic for hobbies and storage. The building is large enough for this family to be comfortable without consuming unnecessary energy and building materials.

The home has great passive solar characteristics with plenty of south-facing windows and stained concrete floors to absorb and store the sun’s heat. The concrete floors serve  as both structural and finish components reducing the amount of resources consumed in the building process.

The home is very well insulated and sealed with a combination of spray foam and fiberglass insulation.

Passive solar heat is supplemented by a high-efficiency gas boiler heating radiant floor slabs.

To offset the electrical loads, there is a 6.0 KW array of photovoltaic (PV) solar collectors. These are tied into the utility grid so that excess energy is sold back to the local utility company.

A large portion of the lot has been left in a natural state so that the owners can enjoy watching all the wildlife that still life on the property.

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Michael F Gallagher, Architect       Breckenridge, Colorado         http://www.MichaelGallagher.com

 

Details in The Bennett Residence

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2014 by michaelfgallagher

Now that the Bennett Residence is finished, I’d like to show you some of my favorite details.

The first detail is the HISTORIC PHOTO MURALS on the walls of the Bowling Alley.

Breckenridge, Colorado started out as a mining town and this custom vacation home, overlooking Breckenridge Ski Area, actually sits over some abandoned mine shafts. The owners wished to celebrate this heritage in the lower level game area of the home. This part of the home has trim and detailing that reflects a more rustic feel with general references to mining. In the Bowling Alley I suggested that we use large photo murals to create interest on the large wall expanses. We chose these photos because the owner was especially interested in the dredge boats that had worked the Blue and Swan Rivers. This was a  rather unique approach to extracting gold and the boats were interesting technology. They destroyed the natural riverbed, but in more recent times the Town of Breckenridge has restored the Blue River where it passes through town.

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Details: Roofing transition

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 31, 2013 by michaelfgallagher

The Bennett Residence, nearing completion in Breckenridge, Colorado, has a two-pitch roof inspired by Adirondack tradition. The roofing material also changes at this pitch change. The eaves have standing-seam copper roofing to better deal with the icy conditions at this high altitude  (9,820 feet above sea level). The main roof is a slate-like composite material. This type of roofing transition is not uncommon, but the flashing usually comes from under the upper roofing material and then has to slope “up” (relatively) to get over the standing seams. This creates a “hump” that interferes with snow and water shedding. In this case I detailed the roof deck with an offset so that the flashing can lay flat over the standing seams. The effect is a much cleaner look and more effective flashing.

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This large custom vacation home near the Breckenridge Ski Resort required many special details with this level of thoughtfulness. The Rocky Mountains of Colorado present a wonderful playground but also a very demanding climate.

Michael F Gallagher, Architect

Update on Bennett Residence

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by michaelfgallagher

Hello,

It has been a while since I’ve shown many photos of the Bennett Residence. This custom winter vacation home near the Breckenridge Ski Area has been in design & construction for several years. The home is rather large (15,200 s.f.) and quite complex. It features a very sophisticated home control and automation system, a geothermal heating system, two-lane bowling alley and many more very unique features. Here is a slide show showing it’s current state of completion.

Project featured in the publication “The Inspirer”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2013 by michaelfgallagher

One of my projects was recently featured in The Inspirer. It’s a German-language publication. If any of you can read it, it’s at: http://the-inspirer.com/wohnen/peak-8-penthouse-von-michael-gallagher-architects/

It features a ski vacation home that I designed near Breckenridge Ski Area.

Pear-43bThe home has a refreshing contemporary aesthetic that is popular with European and South American readers. It has been published numerous times abroad.

The Peak 8 Penthouse, 384 4 O'Clock Run Road, Breckenridge, CO

The interior designer was Donna McAlear of New Mood Design.

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I want to thank Donna for all her help and also Darren Edwards for his great photography.

http://newmooddesign.com/

http://www.darrenedwards.com/

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Something a little more Artsie

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2013 by michaelfgallagher
 
This is the original pencil sketch of the concept

The homeowners wanted something really unique for their powder room. The home will have numerous rustic wood features. The original request was for a wood slab countertop with a glass vessel. But I thought the wood might be a little less durable and there are many vessel sinks around these days. A glass top with integral sink would be much more unique and durable.

This is the original pencil sketch of the concept:

This is the original pencil sketch of the concept

With the help of two great fabricators, this is the finished piece:

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It will be installed in the powder room with a brass drain and faucet coming out of the wall. The home will be a winter vacation home near the Breckenridge Ski Area. It will have many other rustic touches, many inspired by the great lodges of the western national parks (“Parkitecture”).

Michael F Gallagher, Architect

ELK POINT is under construction

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 25, 2013 by michaelfgallagher

Elk Point will be a new home with fresh contemporary mountain style situated on a secluded point. It looks over the Breckenridge Golf Course, Breckenridge Ski Area, the Ten Mile Range and is frequented by local elk. The home was originally designed as a custom home but will now be available for sale upon completion. It will have over 6,000 square feet of interior living areas, over 900 square feet of covered outdoor living areas and another 1,200 square feet of garage and hobby space.Can2-A0

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For more about a purchase, contact Chris Canfield at Coldwell Banker (800)669-5356 or (970) 485-2685  chris@MountainLifeUSA.com

Michael F Gallagher, Architect 970 453 6872  michael@michaelgallagher.com

First Inhabitant

Posted in Uncategorized on April 4, 2013 by michaelfgallagher

The first inhabitant moved into the Bennett Residence. However, the warmth and quite of the night was replaced by the  annoying din of construction activity during the day. Our friend moved out after only one sleepless day.

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Distinctive custom vacation homes – mostly for people.

Michael F Gallagher, Architect        Breckenridge, Colorado

Electrical & mechanical systems at Bennett Residence

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2013 by michaelfgallagher

The Bennett Residence is framed and “dried-in” now. There is a great deal of activity inside and out as the plumbers, electricians and mechanical workers install the complex systems that will make this home operate. The home will have a very sophisticated automation system. All the lighting devices are wired back to central panels for control by the home’s computer or from pads throughout the home. All the other systems will have integrated control systems to make the home as efficient and comfortable as possible.

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Michael F Gallagher, Breckenridge, CO