Vail Valley Magazine summer 2011 : Page 62

GORGEOUS & GREEN LAKE CREEK IS TREND-SETTING IN A MYRIAD OF WAYS by Connie Steiert AMANDA PRECOURT’S LEED-CERTIFIED HOME IN Someone not long ago told Amanda Precourt it was impossible to build a truly green house that she would want to live in. This passing statement was like throwing down a gauntlet to Amanda. She immediately set out to prove not only could she build a thoroughly green home she would love to live in – but a high-end one that most anyone would be thrilled to call home. She dug in with a passion born from a love of the environment, and not only proved the naysayers wrong, but created a stunning luxury home that recently won the coveted Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification – only the second home in Eagle County so honored. The solar thermal and solar photovoltaic home Amanda moved into in West Lake Creek, Edwards, recently is low lying, and sun loving. The honey-toned stone and glass façade enjoys open fields; 62 Vail Valley Magazine in the back, it is tucked among evergreens and along Lake Creek, from which the area derives its name. Amanda picturesquely calls it “Nine Pines Ranch.” Designed with local architects Jim Morter of Morter Architects in Vail and consultant Pavan Krueger of Krueger Architecture + Design, the home makes the most of sun for passive solar heating, the creek for irrigation, and the site, adapting for overhanging trees and changes in the elevation. Built by R.A. Nelson, with the added expertise of Brent Rimel, Amanda’s home is both surprisingly luxurious and admirably environmentally friendly. GREEN ROOTS Conservation has become a family passion for the Precourts. Her father, Jay Precourt, is a petroleum engineer and Stanford University alumnus, who founded the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford PHOTOS BY BRENTBINGHAMPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

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