Summer Sun and the MidMod Renewal

Colorado’s high-altitude summer sun ripens our gardens’ tomatoes and orchard peaches. The dry air and cool evenings help bring these to plump perfection in August. But unless it is properly controlled, the abundant summer sun can also overheat a house.

In the project show above, new elements will emphasize the classic horizontal lines and low-pitch roof of a mid-century modern in South Boulder. The renewal work will include components to mitigate the extremes of heat gain and wind loads. These include an entry trellis, efficient windows with specialty glass, and a custom metal sun shade. The angled columns will continue the play between symmetry and asymmetry of the original.

Then the homeowners can invite friends to share another Colorado version of a classic,

Peach (or mango) salsa

2 large, tree-ripened peaches freshly picked from Colorado’s western slope

OR 2 mangos, finely cubed

1/3 cup red onion, minced

2 medium farmer’s market tomatoes, finely cubed

1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Lightly toss ingredients in a bowl. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve over fish tacos or with backyard BBQ chicken.