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First News Fall 2005

Home Sweet Second Home
Andy's Smokehouse Barbeque

   From the moment you arrive at this home, the incredible views and panoramic setting of the house overwhelm and awe you. The contemporary southwestern style home was designed by San Francisco / La Veta architect Don Spencer of RDS Architects and constructed by McMahon Construction of La Veta. The minimalist style is reflective of what Don and Liz Spencer wanted for their future retirement home. The goal was a house that could be as maintenance free as possible. Insulated concrete forms (ICF) with a stucco finish, interior plaster walls and stained concrete floors provided them with that low maintenance home.

   Since this is a retirement home the interior layout is specific to the homeowners’ needs — it’s a two bedroom, two bath home with a den / exercise room. The kitchen is a sleek, ultra modern design from Bulthap Designs. The home is positioned to utilize a passive solar design along with in-floor recirculating radiant heat. One of the unique interests of the house is the rooftop terrace from which a sixty-mile, 150-degree view of the Spanish Peaks, La Veta, Walsenburg and beyond can be enjoyed. The remainder of the multi-level flat roof is covered in wild grasses, succulents and native grasses. The insulated concrete form construction technique allows for a house that is exceptional in both sound and insulation qualities. The Spencers were delighted with the speed in which the structural part of the construction process was completed. The basic shell of the house with a poured concrete roof was completed within five months. “The entire construction process has been extremely satisfying,” says Liz Spencer. “Working with Pat McMahon and her crew, the various subcontractors, and all the local people in the La Veta / Walsenburg area has been enlightening and exciting. McMahon Construction can be extremely proud of this project.”


   And now Don Spencer is expanding his business to include southern Colorado. The La Veta Library Expansion project and the remodeled library facade in Westcliff are some of his most recent works in the area. He is also available for commercial and residential design consultation. Don’s architectural designs along with McMahon Construction’s 30 years of building houses, additions, and commercial buildings in the Huerfano area make for a winning combination on any project.


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