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CASA COLIBRI´ | EL ESTUDIO | ARTE & MUSICA | ROB'S COLLAGE GALLERY

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Our original tractor shed was built with wood salvaged from old hunting cabins that once dotted Deerhorn Flats. The wood was aged and dry; each year we cleaned away the fallen leaf debris, knowing that it would burn given any opportunity. In October of 2007 the Harris Fire came through Deerhorn with a vengeance destroying more than 150 homes in in our valley. We were lucky, our home survived, but the shed did not.

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We were allowed to rebuild the same size structure and to upgrade it to a music/art studio and add a bath. We attended a workshop on strawbale construction and knew immediately that was how to build it... sustainable, green, energy efficient, and fire-resistant. So here we are...

Our master builder, Paul Turner, attended at the same strawbale workshop. He has worked more than 30 years in custom home building in Jamul, and fell in love with strawbale construction His first project was a beautiful home and guesthouse in Pringle Canyon. We took one look at his craftsmanship and detail and knew we wanted him to build Estudio Colibrí.. Paul and his wife, Teri, are now Deerhorn neighbors.

Dave Hradecky is a Deerhorn Valley native. His tractor and backhoe are the tools of his artistry. And that smile on his face? That's how he greets each day. Great guy to have on your side.

Florencio Rupely is an artist in concrete. We met him some 8 years ago when he did the kneewall and floor for our glass sunroom. A master of his trade who loves detail and design: stairs that blend with rock and earth, dry creeks, walks that invite. Floors that sing.

Paul Turner

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Dave Hradecky

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Florencio Rupely

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