Blur House – Boulder, CO

Boulder, CO

Studio B Architects


Chris Nyce – summer photos

James Florio – winter photos

Awards and Recognition:

Featured in dwell

2019 AIA Colorado: Award of Excellence

Exterior Wall Cladding:

DUNCAN 2.0 – shou sugi ban Western Red Cedar – STK (Select Tight Knot)
Sealed all 4 sides
Solid 3/4″ thick x 5″ wide x 8′-16′ random lengths
Tongue & Groove
Fire-X fire treated for Exterior Application

In the daylight, Blur is a shadow that seems to float above the ground, a dark silhouette countered by the light that lives inside. In the cloak of evening, Blur projects its warm reflection of a home onto a dark hillside.

The art consultant homeowners experience the balance in contrast, the push and pull of their mountain home. The juxtaposing identity of the structure that blurs the line between interior and exterior, rugged and refined, but lacks nothing in transition. The interior space, enwrapped in white and accented by simple finishes, remains inviting and soft, while a fireproof wood exterior and durable sheath of lustrous metal wrap the outside like a cocoon, ready to counter the harsh environment of the mountains that it reflects. From the plan to the finished piece, the structure is a crowning point for Modernist ideas in architecture, a match of minimalism and unbridled functionality for a family home. A couple and two children reside comfortably in a uniform upper floor that creates a natural cohesion of fine art decoration and homestead, a working collaboration of high-end house and home, friend gatherings welcome. From the driveway to the front step, the natural undulation and variance of the home is something to behold, an experience that only can be truly appreciated standing on white oak floors, looking out on the Colorado mountain landscape from within Blur Residence. 

The exterior of the residence is clad in reSAWN’s DUNCAN 2.0, which features Charred Western Red Cedar burnt in the Japanese style of shou sugi ban.  DUNCAN 2.0 can be used for interior or exterior wall cladding and is standardly select tight knot grade. DUNCAN 2.0can be treated to Class A Fire Rating for Interior Application.

DUNCAN 2.0is carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed, and then stained/sealed.  The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the backside as well as the face).  The burning process accentuates the wood grain and creates varying colors when viewed from different angles and in different light.

Our charring & sealing process makes for beautifully designed exterior wood siding. Like any exterior wood siding prefinished or finished in place, these materials will weather naturally over time and will require maintenance.  For interior applications, expect little to no change. 

Studio B creates artfully crafted modern architecture. The firm’s engaging concept‐based design process reflects a culture of exploration, inquiry, and collaboration, and it encourages clients to see themselves in a different light ‐ to view architecture and spaces in new, unexpected ways. By distilling the very best ideas, Studio B’s curated designs are responsive to the needs and vision of our clients and community.

Husted Residence :: SANTA ANA Weathered Western Red Cedar