Our charming, sunlight filled, mountain cabin is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. The majestic Sangre De Cristo mountain range is to the west and the Wet mountain range is to the east and we are located in between the two, in the foothills (8,000’ range) of the Wet Mountains,known as Rosita Hills, with sweeping views in every direction. Our cabin is up a hill, at the end of the road that faces a beautiful pine forest area. Although there are cabins in the vicinity, there are only a few of us that live here year round, making it a very secluded, private, and peaceful place. It is an incredible area for wildlife. We have viewed herds of deer, foxes, bear, a wolf, hummingbirds, and an array of birds from our deck.
Our small, yet very functional cabin has been redesigned, rebuilt, winterized with new low E, double pane energy efficient windows, and built onto creating a 1050 square foot, year round home. It is lovely, simple and earthy. We have incorporated custom finishes throughout, using green and local products in each facet of building. Quality workmanship, products and materials have been used in each room throughout the remodeling/building process. This process continues with the bottom floor completed and the top floor in process.
Douglas fir, cedar shake and log make up the cabin exterior and native aspen, blue-stain pine, and knotty pine fill the inside of the cabin. The majority of our lumber used in remodeling and new construction in the past three years is local, using Integrated-Community based forestry practices; sustainable forestry methods. The logs are cut and milled five miles from our home. We have also made use of reclaimed wood.
The newly added addition has a tongue and groove ceiling, blue-stain pine plank floor, milled down the road and planed and finished here at home. Low and no-VOC paints are used in the sheetrock areas. Denim insulation was purchased in Boulder. The room is filled with windows, custom wooden designed wood trim and shelving, and other artistic wooden touches. Safecoat products and green polyseals were used for finishes. There are two new energy efficient doors with windows facing east and west for easy access and views to the two deck areas. A new energy efficient Napoleon wood cook stove creates a wonderful, warm environment for a great all purpose room. It is presently used as our dining and family room.
Another new area of the home is the kitchen. Saltillo tiles newly sealed flow through the kitchen into the living room/office area. The kitchen has beautiful hand built custom designed aspen cabinets and an aspen countertop. The countertop aspen is from local wood, planed, cut and designed, then surfaced for durability. Aspen surrounds the Stainless Electrolux refrigerator as well. The new refrigerator and Stainless propane Electrolux range are Energy-Star rated. The range has very low simmering and high flame capabilities for high altitude cooking. A custom-built soapstone apron farm sink sits between the two countertops. It was custom ordered and built in Colorado Springs. Although the kitchen is not large, it is well designed, has lots of storage space, top quality appliances and great functionality. It is designed for high use cooking and baking.
A Vermont Castings propane fireplace stove heats the living room and upstairs area, if needed as the wood stove will heat the whole home. But it is convenient when wanted and lovely to view. All window areas have local blue-stained pine for décor, heat retention, and shelving areas. All windows provide beautiful views. A built-in book shelf holds many materials.
A hand built, custom designed aspen bathroom vanity with Ferrum porcelain sink and antique clawfoot tub/shower create a quaint, but very functional bathroom. Another window there provides good southern exposure and a great view.
Upstairs is a large 2 bedroom loft area. It has tongue and groove pine ceiling, and tongue and groove fir closet and shelf areas. There are windows in every direction, again providing great viewing areas. The upstairs area has wonderful southern exposure and gains passive solar energy helping to heat the upstairs area. This area leads to the upstairs redwood deck with vast, beautiful views. It is a secluded area.
We have Redwood decking on the south, west and north areas and a pine deck on east area. Two decks are completely private. We have planted twenty plus aspen trees within the past five years in the front and south areas of the home. Natural plants encircle the home. The acreage is completely wire fenced as well as having nice log poles near the front of the home. We will be creating garden areas when the ground thaws.
Rosita Hills, our location, was a silver mining town and quite prosperous in the 1800’s. Now it is an area of beauty, peace and quiet. There are large homes and smaller cabins scattered about through the vast region, encompassing many miles. People living here year round work in Pueblo and Canyon City, both less than an hour away, or Westcliffe, ten miles from here, or from home. Many of the homes however, are second homes-vacation or summer homes.
Denver is slightly over two hours away and Colorado Springs, an hour and a half, making this cabin a perfect second home get-a-way. But for many who want to down-size and live here year round, this cabin is perfect and can easily be added on to if desired. This mountain cabin can be purchased with furnishings for $180,000/other options. Travel for work, can also call my cell number: 720-633-7947, please leave message or text or call direct,719-783-9621. Home owner is also CO R.E. Broker Associate.
What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?
Our home description above explains many aspects of why our home is green. This list points out the specifics.
•Small, functional home, good use of space
• Passive Solar gain in loft area
• Flooring, Saltillo tiles and Blue Stain Pine
• Local Aspen, Blue Stain Pine-harvested through sustainable farming methods
• Denim Insulation in new areas of home
• Napoleon Wood Cook Stove, energy efficient, heats up to 2500 square feet
• Vermont Castings Propane Stove, energy efficient
• New Energy Star qualified, quality appliances
• Paints, stains and oils are green products
• Recycled, reconditioned, and reclaimed materials
• New Low E, Jeld Wen Windows, Dual glazed, vinyl
• metal roof
• pesticide and chemical free landscaping
• Using existing structures and transforming them into healthy environments
The cabin location is in Rosita, 10 miles from Westcliffe, CO. Please see details under home description above.
Rosita is located 2 1/2 hours south of Denver and 1 1/2 hours south of Colorado Springs. It is 1 hour to Pueblo and Canyon City, CO.
Home Type or Land
Single Family - Single Level
Location of Home or Land
Elevation of Home