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A unique, extreme style of contemporary, cutting edge residential architecture

Owner Glenn Vogel, a custom architectural metal fabricator, and sculptor, designed Summit House for him, his wife, and their three children. Glenn’s interest in the classic mining structures of California and Colorado, and his lifelong interest in architecture paved the way to this zero maintenance home.

The key to a unique home such as this is the blending of industrial, commercial, and residential construction techniques and materials.


The great room is 2,000 square feet, and the ceilings rise 28 feet above. The great room has a professional style gourmet kitchen, dining area, living area, and a media area. A few steps up delivers you to a split level above the main floor. This area has been assigned to bedrooms, bathrooms, and a secluded family room. A massive steel staircase rises above, leading over a grated walkway to the master suite, and also to a gym area. The house also features an additional 2,000 square feet of outdoor space consisting of a complete al-fresco kitchen, wrap-around patio and deck.

The greatest feature on the project however, is the setting of the house. The home site is framed with large granite outcroppings, and looks out onto one of the most spectacular views on the Front Range. Perfectly framed in the six 8′ x 16′ bay windows is Mt. Evans, a 14,264 foot peak, featuring the highest paved road in North America.

Exterior Notes

This 5400 Sq. Ft. home proudly displays the building materials so many others try to conceal. Exterior walls are corrugated Core-Ten steel, specifically designed to weather beautifully, producing a ruggedly unique rustic appearance.

The home’s shape inspired by the granite rock formations to the North of the house

Site includes several sculpture pads

Driveway is oriented to the South, & graded flat to minimize winter issues

RV pad on the North side of the house

Exterior 1.2-In. industrial bar grate deck was designed to act as sun visor. Deck allows light to pass through mid-day, but on early summer afternoons, shades lower windows

During winter months, when sun sets in the South, lower windows receive more light. 1-In. bar grating is much lighter, and is industry standard

Walls are 8” thick, the ceilings are 12” thick; fully insulated with encapsulated fiberglass

Advantec AX-20 septic system

Commercial gutters, and open face downspouts

All exterior corrugated panels are 18 gauge Cor-ten, not common steel.

Roof features a commercial snow control (brake) system in all areas

Roof live load exceeds the County requirements

Industrial grade lightning suppression system installed

Roof water recovery system delivers runoff to buried 2,000 gallon cistern

Roof is commercial galvanized aluminum w/no fasteners & no penetrations

This machine-twice-folded roof design transforms it into a single continuous sheet, eliminating possibility of leaks

All windows and doors are Kawneer heavy duty storefront, clear anodized aluminum w/commercial hydraulic closures

All glass is comprised of two 1/4“ tempered panels, with ½” argon gas filled space between

Glass panels are 1” thick overall, and are rated for 180 mph constant wind load

All exterior glass is high performance low-e commercial grade except atrium; low-e not installed there to allow plants UV exposure

All exterior glass is Solex commercial, featuring a slight green tint

Studor vents used throughout home to avoid exterior venting, eliminating roof penetrations.  Per code, there is one exterior drain line vent, exiting the upper floor knee wall beneath overhang



Interior Notes

Designed with all wall and roof components as bypass, the massive steel framework is left completely exposed to the interior.

The exterior as well as some of the interior walls are corrugated Cor-ten weathering steel. Concrete floors throughout the residence feature hydronic heat. The entrance to the residence features an atrium full of tropical foliage reaching toward the ceiling 26 feet above. A staircase takes you up to the main floor, and into the great room.

The interior walls are high quality “slick” commercial finish

All sheetrock is 5/8-In. commercial, as opposed to typical residential at ½-In.

All floors are full weight concrete

All floors hydronic heated

The master/gym floors are rated at 300 pounds per square foot & radiate heat downward into the kitchen and living room

There are 7 independent audio zones in the house, and 2 outside:  atrium, kitchen, dining room, living room, gym, master suite, master shower, al fresco kitchen & front deck.  All speakers are exterior rated, commercial grade speakers

Living room, den, & master bed room wired for surround sound

Wiring throughout the house is MC, a commercial grade metal clad (armored) wire, not Romex

The exposed W decking has been Zinc plated

Mezzanine bar joists are galvanized

All 1.2” industrial bar grating has been galvanized

Interior railing field is stainless steel.  All interior railings are removable

All custom made interior doors slide on precision ball bearing track system

Fixtures thruout the house are commercial grade Zurn, sinks & wall mount toilets

All faucets & pre wash stations are Zurn commercial grade

Home features hot water recirculating line throughout

There are no hallways in the home, no wasted space

Wine cellar is climate controlled & lined in a flame patina copper Features commercial grade storefront glazing, De Botello case storage, and ladder presentation racks

Counters and cabinets in kitchen & bathrooms are 14 gauge stainless steel, or 32 oz. copper

All ceilings are 18 gauge Galvalume panels, or W deck.  Ceiling panels installed in full length panels, with no cross cut seams

The interior features Bruck track and pendant lighting, from Germany

Custom ‘Saturn’ lighting is a one off, custom design by the homeowner.  There are two versions, one copper, and one aluminum

Stonco explosion proof industrial lighting is used interior and exterior

Two thermostat-controlled agricultural fans installed in anticipation of summer solar gain from the West facing windows (fans have never been used due to heat efficiency of glass)

Airflow through home easily regulates temperature: Open doorways between  atrium and main floor; the doors into the children’s wing; distressed glass opening into master suite. North wall has a great deal of southern sunlight during winter, and retains a great deal of heat. Opening the doors between atrium & main floor warms the majority of the home

Custom metal cove base throughout the home

Cable structural supports designed by homeowner to replace conventional brackets that would have penetrated the ceiling panels

CATV to all rooms.

Telephone hardwired to all rooms

ADT alarm system

Six West-facing window bays switched and wired for mechanical shades

Switched (dimmer) outlets adjacent to ceilings in great room facilitate additional lighting

Hand flamed patina copper can be found in wine cellar, range hood, on both fireplaces, master suite tiles, & master suite vanity



Artist’s Studio Notes

Studio is 1625 Sq. Ft.

10’ x 16’ deck on the North side of studio faces open space

The studio features both single phase & three phase (optional) power; 200 amp service metered separately from residence

Forced air, natural gas heating

Floors are 8” concrete

Building is bolt together construction, to allow for easy disassembly; existing concrete slab is suitable for singles tennis court, pop tennis, or pickleball

Building was positioned to allow easy pouring of additional concrete to create full-size regulation tennis court

Walls and ceiling fully insulated & finished in sheetrock

Building plumbed for compressed air through out

12’ x 25’ enclosed mechanical / storage area at rear of building

Fluorescent lighting fixtures cold weather rated; do not require space to be heated for operation

One insulated walk out door; one 10’ x 10’ insulated roll up door



Garage Notes

Oversize 3 car capacity, 24’ x 36’

Water in garage

Completely finished; 8-In. insulation in walls

Insulated steel fire doors

Forced air heat (seldom been used due to the heated/insulated ceilings)

50 amp welding outlet

50-Ft. custom made, heavy-duty wall-mount shelving, anchored in the 10-In. concrete walls

Subzero Fluorescent caged lighting; no heat required to use



Kitchen Notes

The professional grade kitchen is outfitted with commercial, stainless steel appliances, stainless steel and glass cabinetry, and laid out in an efficient, functional design, creating an overall feeling of openness and light, sure to inspire delicious creations. Bon Apetit!

The 3 CM rough-edged granite bar seats 12

There are 5 commercial sinks, 2 with pre wash stations

Range is 60-In. Imperial commercial/residential unit

Custom range hood constructed of flame patina copper; 1200 CFM, with makeup air

GE Monogram Professional Series refrigerator and freezer; each unit  3-In. wide

Pantry with built-in pot and pan racks



Al Fresco Kitchen Notes

This home honors its beautiful location with a variety of options for outdoor entertaining, including the Al Fresco kitchen – a host’s (and guest’s) delight.

Al Fresco kitchen bar seats 18

48-In., 350,000 BTU South Bend commercial gas grill

Garland 60-In. commercial 300,000 BTU natural gas twin oven; 6 burner unit with 24-In. raised griddle and a 24-In. broiler

15-Ft. stainless steel countertop with lower shelf

Counter equipped with electrical outlets

Single compartment commercial sink with side drain tray, & hot & cold running water

3-In. concrete countertop

Under-bar ceramic tile mural depicts tops of Aspen trees in the fall; mural by Evergreen artist Keith Dewald



Master Suite Notes

A few steps up from the great room and across the grated walkway,  you’ll find a secluded bedroom wing, including the secluded and romantic master suite.

African Anigre (hardwood) suspended canopy in master suite

Steam shower, wired for sound

Distressed glass by Evergreen artist Kate Loomiller

Jacuzzi (circulating heater) in master suite





Atrium Notes

Upon entry to the residence, one is welcomed by an atrium with a custom water feature and full of tropical foliage reaching toward the ceiling 26’ above.

Planters and walls clad in weathered Cor-Ten

Each planter has drain line that drains to a designated buried gravel drain field, separate from the septic system

Ancillary radiant entrée heat

8 400-gallon planters in atrium






Fire Pit Notes

The circular fire pit is the ideal outdoor gathering place, affording spectacular views of Mt. Evans and the Front Range, patio space and plenty of seating.

Circular concrete patio has multiple boulders for seating

Natural gas stainless steel 250,000 BTU fire ring with lava rock




Rock Amphitheater Notes

Natural granite amphitheater has wood-burning fire pit

Several cords of wood included

Masonry rock wood-burning cooking pit