As the name implies, the early days of this building found cows moving through from the farm to be milked and fed, before returning to the bucolic pastures still here today. A repurposed and renovated building, this mountain home is built from the materials at hand. Stone from the Arkansas river wraps the passive solar living space and planks sourced from surrounding barns were milled for siding for the rest of the exterior. Corrugated metal roofing found on farm buildings through Salida provides the musical background when rain dances on the roof. Superinsulated for optimum energy efficiency, with all interior materials sourced and selected to minimize the impact on indoor air quality, this home embodies the solace of the spaces around it. Situated in fertile bottomland, the Milkhouse rises up to three stories to where the full floor master bedroom’s windows open to the views of the surrounding 14,000 foot peaks and the sound of the Arkansas river as it passes by.
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