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  • sheltermagazineT e l l u r i d e ’ s H o m e & l i v i n g

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    inside: Tomboy Hideaway my maHj garden space your Toxic bedroom a comforT food feasT prefab fabulous

    summer 2009

    A Watch Newspapers publication

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    departments Products Love Objects By Anne Reeser Page 8

    Greenhouse The Toxic Bedroom Uncovered By Kara Tatone Page 14

    Food and Wine A Melting Pot of Comfort Food: Aemono at Home By Gus Jarvis Page 34

    My shelter Going Home By Elizabeth Covington Page 43

    on the web: Good things at Shelter don’t end with the print version.

    Go online to for more, including information about how to “build” your very own prefab, Marta Tarbell’s whimsical “All Consuming” column, virtual tours of the homes featured in the magazine, and our online edition with searchable content and listings.

    features the neW PreFab

    Building the Dream for Less in Ilium Valley By Emily Brendler Shoff

    Page 18

    toMboy road’s hidden haven By Deb Dion

    Page 28

    shastas on the road… aGain By Martinique Davis

    Page 24

    hoW i Got My “Mahj” on By Sue Hobby

    Page 40

    Kristin undhjeM By Kandee DeGraw

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    Publisher Seth Cagin

    editor Elizabeth Covington

    CoPy editors Josie Jay, Jessica Newens, Marta Tarbell

    Creative direCtor Anne Reeser

    senior designer Casey Nay

    Photo editor Brett Schreckengost

    Contributors Martinique Davis, Kandee DeGraw, Deb Dion, Sue Hobby, Gus

    Jarvis, Anne Reeser, Emily Brendler Shoff, Kara Tatone

    advertising direCtor Patrick Nicklaus

    aCCount Manager, telluride Casey Nay

    ouray & Montrose Counties sales Peggy Kiniston

    CirCulation Scott Nuechterlein

    on the Cover A Shasta trailer makes car camping all that much easier, especially

    one (in the photo) tricked out with solar panels that power a satellite radio, a shower and an LCD screen and DVD player.

    Story, page 24.

    Shelter is published twice a year by Watch Newspapers, a publication of The Slope, LLC, P.O. Box 2042, Telluride, Colorado 81435. Reproduction

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    from the editor The staff of Shelter has been looking for some time for a prefabricated house that would make a good story. Though we knew that prefab houses were being built in the area, until we met Frannie and Eric Aura we had not found the right house. The Auras were looking at condominiums in town when they dis- covered a beautiful piece of property in Ilium Valley. As Frannie tells it, when they purchased the land they were very excited, but had no idea how they would be able to afford building the house. That was when Frannie started look- ing into prefabricated houses, and the doors that route might open. And open doors it did. Their house was built at a factory in Nebraska, and a year ago in March the two halves of the house arrived on the back of a tractor-trailer. By June the couple was living in their new home. On a visit this winter Shelter writer Emily Shoff wasn’t sure what to expect. Certainly the orange shag rugs of yesteryear were out. But what did prefab in the 21st century mean? Story, page 18.

    While prefab construction has only just broken ground in the Tel- luride area, its close cousin, green building, has for several years been the newest code of conduct. While that term has many meanings, homeown- er and builder Grant McCargo took the term to heart when building his three-tiered house that is tucked into the hillside below Tomboy Road. From the recycled wood floors to the way the house is backed into the hillside (a strategy that preserved the view corridor from above and gave the back of the house an R-value that money can’t buy) to the passive solar gain through the windows on the south side of the house, McCargo built a modest house that is energy efficient. Writer Deb Dion toured the house to find out just how he did all this and more. Story, page 28.

    From prefab and green building, this summer’s issue of Shelter wan- ders, while staying close to the themes of how we design, build and live. In one corner of the magazine, Janie Goldberg and friends gather once a month to play Mah Jongg, an ancient Chinese game that has become popular in this country. Sue Hobby stops in to learn how to play and indulge in a margarita or two. Story, page 40. In another corner, Kandee DeGraw visits Kristin Undhjem at her Lawson Hill-based gardenstore, a retail space full of plants and all things garden that delights the senses. Undhjem, a landscape architect by training, talks about her love of plants and the lived-in landscape. Story, page 10. In a third corner, Ouray County Watch editor Gus Jarvis travels over the mountains to Rico where Aemono owners Mike Guskea and Sophia Kyriakakis live. There Jarvis samples and delights in the culinary wonders cooked up by this couple. Story, page 34. And finally in a fourth corner, Telluride writer Kara Tatone looks at what it means to sleep in a non-toxic bedroom. What you ask? My bed- room is not toxic! Well, guess again. From the formaldehyde in the bedside table to cleaners stored in the under sink cabinet in a nearby bathroom, there may be toxic chemicals lurking in your bedroom. Story, page 15.


    Editor, Elizabeth Covington



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    Martinique Davis While Martinique Davis is perhaps best known as a staff reporter for the Telluride Watch, she also serves as interior decorator of her and husband Craig’s 1964 Shasta camp trailer. When they, daughter Elodie and dog Eddy hit the road, she’s also Chief Navigator and Master Map Reader. Story, page 24.

    Gus Jarvis Facing the death of newspaper journalism, Ouray County Watch edi- tor Gus Jarvis is coping by search- ing out the region’s best comfort foods. In this issue of Shelter, he finds that some of the most com- forting foods are those cooked by a personal chef. Here Gus travels over the mountains from his home in Montrose to Rico to have dinner cooked by local chef and caterer Mike Guskea. Story, page 34.

    KanDee DeGraw Repatriated Utah resident Kandee DeGraw has spent many years in and out of Colorado, writing, working and hanging out. She has been writing for the Telluride Watch in various capacities since the 90s, but her primary interests include honing her vitriolic wit and read- ing other people’s books. Currently she resides in Moab, Utah, with her family and two cats. Here, Kandee pays a vi