He Had a Vision: to Build an A-Frame Cabin Almost Entirely Out of Beetle Kill Pine

By Meredith Sell
February 15, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado has faced epidemic levels of bark beetles. Here’s how one construction company executive made it his mission to put their damage to good use in his Colorado home—and save on lumber costs as well. …On a hillside overlooking Steamboat Springs, a tandem A-frame sits perched, its wood exterior practically glowing in the snow. Dubbed Alpine House, the lodge is the fruit of an idea that owner Larry Lantero came up with during the pandemic: to build a house in Colorado made entirely of wood killed by bark beetles. Lantero—who serves as the Vice President of Abbott Construction, a Southern California company that builds hospitals, government buildings, and hotels—decided to create his family’s Colorado house after selling Abbott in 2020.

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