2009 Parade of Homes Award Winner
- Best Architectural Design
- Most Innovative
- Best Floor Plan
- Most Awesome Builder
- Electronic Magazine Home of the Year for Themed Theaters
About the House
The 2009 Parade of Homes Award winning Starlite Kibanda is a gem set atop a towering ridge overlooking never ending snow capped Colorado mountains. It is a fresh interpretation of the mountain cabin. The owners of Starlite Kibanda sought Allentown Homes because they knew we would understand and embrace their vision for their new home.
The Starlite Kibanda was built for a family with modern taste and a love of the traditional Western vernacular. A rustic barn with reclaimed siding and rusted tin roof attaches to a modern structure of stucco and metal that houses the main living quarters. An attached bunkhouse melds into the surrounding forest with poplar bark siding. The house is a set of varying buildings but the effect is anything but hodgepodge.
The Starlite Kibanda cabin is the embodiment of retreat, relaxation and reconnection to nature. It reflects the evolution of cabin design in its style and materiality. It strikes a careful balance between past and present with sophisticated and rustic features in the facade. It incorporates up-to-date materials and places being friendly to the environment at the top of the priority list. Despite the shift in cabin design of old, it is still a place where quiet reflection and recreation thankfully edge out the duties of everyday life.
Inside the Starlite Kibanda it is warm and inviting and offers a serene sanctuary from the wilderness outside the front door. That is not to say nature is excluded. On the contrary, extravagant expanses of windows encourage sunset gazing. Interior walls were kept to a minimum to support intimate family living. The circular wood burning fireplace moves the traditional campfire indoors. A full palette of colors was chosen to give a playful and hip feel to each room. Concrete floors with radiant in-floor heat strike a refreshing contrast to the glulam trusses and cedar tongue and groove ceiling. In keeping with the cabin’s whimsical feel, the home theater is fashioned after a drive-in movie theater, mimicking where the homeowners were engaged. To keep the camping experience alive, guest accommodations are tucked in a rustic bunkhouse with all of the good feelings from summer camp.
Walking through The Starlite Kibanda is a thrilling experience that celebrates and brings life to contemporary styling while reflecting familiar features of the American cabin.