The Best Kitchen Remodeling Contractors in Denver

Overview

Cozy and casual defined the layouts of Denver area kitchens for decades. The style was uncomplicated and, by today’s standards, certainly uncool. Kitchen countertops were yellow or green laminate. Kitchen cabinets showed the city’s Western inspirations; they were made of oak and more rough than rustic. But all of that has now changed, as the Denver metropolitan area is projected to become a tech mecca in the coming years. And with technology comes Millennials, who now make up a large chunk of the city’s population.

Nowadays remodeling a kitchen in the Mile High City requires that contractors keep pace with national trends more so than ever before. Some of the contractors on this list have been local favorites for generations. But not one of them clings to outdated kitchen design ideas, and that is why each was chosen. Within this select group of known experts, those who showed more creative pizzazz ranked higher. This, too, shows a current trend: while kitchens are supposed to function, who can look at today’s most sought-after kitchen floor plans, appliances, and fixtures and deny that style is king?

Top Remodeling Contractors

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nested. design+build

Principals:
Rebecca Musielak

Address:
6555 S. Waco Court, Centennial, CO 80016

About nested. design+build

President and lead designer of this Centennial-based remodeling contractor, Rebecca Musielak had close to 20 years’ experience in the design-build industry when she decided to open her own shop in 2016. Barely one year later, she and her close-knit team have already established a devoted following. The firm, nested. design+build, serves homeowners in Aurora, Castle Pines, Centennial, Denver, Englewood, Littleton, Lone Tree, and Parker.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Musielak has moved a lot due to being a child of an US Air Force officer. She then stayed in State College, PA for 12 years, eventually graduating from Penn State University. She then moved to Denver in 1998, where she obtained a General Contractor Class C license. She served as a kitchen and bath designer with Kitchens by Wedgewood, a cabinet company serving Denver, Centennial, and Louisville. Musielak then moved on to serve as vice president of 303 Development, a design-build firm specializing in high-end new residential construction in affluent neighborhoods such as Highlands, as well as commercial construction.

General Manager John Miller is also a Licensed General Contractor and was the owner of Mill Holl Custom LLC, a now-defunct general contracting and architectural firm in Littleton, CO. Rebecca Musielak and her team have handled kitchen remodels on different scales with prices ranging between $20,000 and $1.2M. Most recently, the company would be featured in the June 2018 issue of Architectural Digest in Denver as one of the chosen design-build firms in Denver for 2018.

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Earthwood Custom Remodeling, Inc.

Principals:
Kim and Ryan Coats

Address:
7072 South Cherry Drive, Centennial, CO 80122

About Earthwood Custom Remodeling, Inc.

Typical kitchen remodeling costs charged by this Denver kitchen remodeler are between $50,000 and $3M. It’s owned and run by Colorado natives Kim and Ryan Coats, who together have over 40 years’ experience as residential contractors.

President Kim, who started Earthwood in the 1980s as a framing company, handles the firm’s project management, structural design, and customer service. His son, Ryan, joined Earthwood as co-owner and secretary after an honorable discharge from the US Army Cavalry Scout & Medic. The firm re-opened as a general construction company in October 2006, serving all of Denver, but especially LoDo, Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood Village, Heritage Hills, Castle Rock, Aurora, and Cherry Creek.

Both men are licensed contractors. They offer a wide range of services, from home additions and whole-home renovations to bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects. One elegant focal point of a remodeling project at Cherry Hills Village is a box bay window — framed with dark walnut stain — over a sink that floods the kitchen with natural light. For a modern-themed Denver Palace loft kitchen in LoDo, the team installed a butcher block countertop that runs the length of a centerpiece island, linear pendant lights, and a stainless ceiling mounted range hood.

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Factor Design Build

Principals:
John Fiester
Kent Simpson

Address:
3246 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205

About Factor Design Build

“All architects, designers and construction managers in-house,” is what this Denver kitchen remodeler promises its clients. Principals John Fiester and Kent Simpson founded the company on that full-service philosophy. Fiester, born and raised in Boulder, CO, is also CEO. He served as manager of business development for well-known Denver contractor Melton Design Build for eight years.

Fiester has been Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified since 2005. In 2013, he was recognized as a member of the “Forty Under 40” by Professional Remodeler Magazine. Co-founder Kent Simpson has over 20 years’ contracting experience. Simpson served as director of construction with national builder Richmond American Homes/MDC.

And true to its promise, Factor Design Build employs a licensed architect, Jane Blumer, who received her Master of Architecture from the University of Utah. Before joining the Factor team, Blumer had extensive experience with residential projects in California, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Colorado. Kitchens remodeled by Factor Design Build can be found in Denver, Applewood, and Cherry Hills Village. They represent diverse styles, such as Contemporary, Historic Charm, and Farmhouse.

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Buildwell

Principals:
Ryan Wither

Awards:
AIA People’s Choice Awards

Address:
13905 Braun Road, Golden, CO 80401

About Buildwell

Not many kitchen remodeling contractors draw critical acclaim from a professional architecture association, but Ryan Wither’s Buildwell has. Perhaps that’s because Wither, born and raised in Colorado, received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Or it could be because he spent years immersing himself in architecture fabrication and industrial design before founding this Boulder-based residential contracting firm in 2012.

Buildwell’s team is experienced in architecture, civil construction, engineering, and product design. They work throughout Boulder, Louisville, Paragon Estates, Gold Mill, and Longmont, producing kitchen renovations like one for the Rich family in Boulder, which was featured in Colorado Homes Magazine. For that project, Wither tore down the walls dividing a small kitchen, dining area, and living room to create an open floor plan. He covered the walls with white tiles, then contrasted them with warm oak floors. A huge slab of white and gray marble became an island countertop, and the gourmet range was built into the cabinets.

In 2011 and 2013, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored Buildwell with People’s Choice awards.

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H&H Builders

Principals:
John Happel

Awards:
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence

Address:
12295 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80241

About H&H Builders

This Denver kitchen remodeler is headed by John Happel, a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) with a Master of Science in Structural Engineering and more than 30 years’ experience in home improvement. He is former a director and chair of the council of Professional Remodelers of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBAMD).

H&H Builders handles projects in Lakewood, Westminster, Lafayette, Centennial, Longmont, Littleton, Denver, and Cherry Hills Village. A typical remodel can cost up to $500k. Many of the firm’s nine CARE awards have been for its kitchen remodeling.

An Estes Way kitchen in Lakewood was remodeled as part of a whole-home renovation to provide more space and functionality as the clients aged in place. But the client also needed a new kitchen, so Happel and team made that room the centerpiece of the entire project. They installed a large island with seats, granite countertops, a walk-in pantry, and a skylight. A special feature was the glass watercube backsplash above the range. What sets the firm apart, says Happel, is having a lead carpenter on site every day, from beginning to end.

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Kreative Kitchens & Baths

Address:
9393 W. Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215

About Kreative Kitchens & Baths

Since 1986, this general contractor has kept homeowners in the Denver metro area happy, with trendy kitchen renovations that typically cost up to $50,000. Trendy, to Kreative Kitchens & Baths, often means fewer doors and more drawers for kitchen cabinets. It also means floor-to-ceiling cabinets for a dramatic effect and extra space, and choosing materials for cabinets that provide value, such as laminate or high-end plywood.

A not too extravagant project in Arvada had the Kreative team remodeling the kitchen in an 1,800-square-foot tri-level built in the 1960s. Knocking down walls provided a seamless floor layout between the kitchen and great room. Smokey Mountain granite countertops were chosen for maple-painted Star Mark brand cabinets. In Krisana Park, the team selected textured cabinet doors with soft close drawers and a minimalist design for a European look.

In Thornton, a contemporary kitchen was modernized in trendy all-white, with Super White Pental Quartz and 48-inch tall cabinets under stack crown mold. Kreative Kitchens & Baths does most of its work in Boulder, Centennial, Littleton, Parker, Englewood, Lakewood, Castle Rock, Cherry Hills, Arvada, Thornton, and Westminster.

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Husek Remodeling

Principals:
Tai-Dan Hsu

Awards:
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence

Address:
5255 Marshall Street, Arvada, CO 80002

About Husek Remodeling

Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) Fred Husek founded this residential contracting firm in 1992. He spent the next 25 years working alongside top architects and designers to establish Husek Remodeling’s singular reputation for excellence. In 2016, the company was purchased by Dr. Tai-Dan Hsu, who has three decades of experience in residential home remodeling.

The firm works mostly in Englewood and the surrounding neighborhoods, and it specializes in kitchen remodeling. Attesting to its craftsmanship are numerous first- and second-place finishes in the luxury and standard kitchen categories of Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence (CARE) competitions. Husek’s kitchen remodeling ideas show an emphasis on function first, and on creating an open and airy feel by reconfiguring floor plans and preferred lower cabinets. For more even lighting, the team opts for recessed lights and surface-mounted fixtures on the ceiling.

Many of Husek’s remodels make the stove a focal point. For one particularly dramatic remodel, Husek built side-by-side, extra thick, natural stone arched entries between the kitchen and living rooms. For customers with bigger budgets, Husek suggests a bronze or nickel range hood and natural countertops made of extra durable, centuries-old marble.

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Alair Homes Longmont (formerly Quality Renovations & Home Services)

Principals:
Pat Dion

Address:
435 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud, CO 80513

About Alair Homes Longmont (formerly Quality Renovations & Home Services)

This is the remodeling arm of the premier design-build company Alair Homes. It’s run by a renovation specialist Pat Dion, who ran Quality Renovations & Home Services in Berthoud, Colorado, for 20 years. Dion describes himself as a “mountain boy” from Carbondale, Colorado.

Dion, who works throughout Denver, Niwot, Boulder, and Longmont, has been honored with awards from Guild Quality and Remodeling Magazine. His kitchen remodeling projects for Alair Homes Longmont show a diversified style. For a modern Lakeview home, he created an open-concept layout, added extra large windows for maximum daylight, and brought in all stainless steel appliances for a sleek look. The finishes were designed to contrast the white walls and white cabinets. An elegant touch came from a natural stone fireplace.

Dion is fond of wide plank, white oak hardwood floors, and Venis Porcelanosa backsplash. His farmhouse kitchens are eclectic but elegant. They rely on barnwood as a focal point and feature oversized sinks, bulky ceiling beams, salvaged materials, pine floors, and reclaimed wood.

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Melton Design Build

Principals:
Ty Melton

Awards:
Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards,
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence Gold Award,
GuildQuality Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence,
Remodeling Magazine Big 50 Award

Address:
3082 Sterling Circle, Boulder, CO 80301

About Melton Design Build

For the past 25 years, this kitchen remodeler has been one of the leading contractors in the Denver metro area. It was started in 1993 by Ty Melton, a Colorado native who began his construction career while still in high school. Melton later became a framing and siding lead carpenter and land surveyor, and then a custom cabinet and furniture maker.

When the company first opened, Melton pursued big name commercial clients like Starbucks and The Body Shop. He later realized that homeowners could also benefit from a design-build approach to their remodeling projects, so the firm began its residential focus. Today, kitchen remodeling in particular has become a Melton specialty. An example is a luxury remodel that won a Gold CARE Award for Remodeling Excellence in 2016. The Asian-themed kitchen was built around a natural granite slab topping the main island. The slab depicts an abstract dragon. A copper farmhouse sink serves as a beautiful accent, while a Wolf range with three warming racks allows the homeowner to prepare gourmet meals.

Melton has also been honored with the Big50 Award in 2006 from Remodeling Magazine, the 2010 MVP Award from Remodelers Advantage, the Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence in 2011, America’s Top Remodelers Award in 2011, the Qualified Remodeler’s Master Design Award in 2012, and an Honorable Mention from CARE for a luxury kitchen remodel in 2012.

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TLC Company, Inc.

Principals:
Todd Lahr

Awards:
CAHB Awards,
HBA Awards

Address:
1561 Harlequin Drive, Longmont, CO 80504

About TLC Company, Inc.

Before starting on TLC Company, kitchen renovation general contractor Todd Lahr had served as construction superintendent of Kurowski Development in Englewood. Though Lahr was trained as a home builder, his passion lies in cabinetry. In fact, Lahr recently opened TLC Cabinetry in Longmont, which specializes in supplying high-end cabinets to homeowners, contractors, and designers.

His other business, TLC Company, opened in 2000 and specializes in all aspects of home improvement, with particular focus on kitchen remodeling. Kitchen remodeling costs by Lahr start at $10,000, although some have gone over $1M. Mostly, he serves Longmont neighborhoods. His designs are varied: traditional, contemporary, modern, and even Tuscan.

Some projects have attracted local press coverage, such as a kitchen remodel on Neon Forest circle, which was featured in a Zona Prospect article in 2013. Since 1999, Lahr’s team has been honored with numerous awards from the Colorado Association of Home Builders (CAHB) and the Home Builders Association (HBA). In 2015, TLC Company was chosen for the Best of Longmont Award in the Residential Construction Contractors category.

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Classic Homeworks

Principals:
Kelli Cost

Awards:
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence Gold Award,
Remodeling Magazine Big 50 Award,
Regional and National NARI Contractor of the Year Awards,
Named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Woman-Owned Companies by ColoradoBiz Magazine,
Better Business Bureau Gold Star Award and Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics

Address:
3430 E. 12th Avenue, Denver, CO 80206

About Classic Homeworks

The principals of this firm have a 30-year tradition of remodeling excellence in the Denver metro community, but they still pride themselves on being a “small firm that emphasizes integrity.” That claim is backed up by an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It’s also proven by the affluent clients who tap Classic Homeworks to handle high-end kitchen remodeling projects. Those clients are in Washington Park, Country Club, Congress Park, Hilltop, Park Hill, Highland, Belcaro, Bonnie Brae, and Cherry Hills Village, to name a few.

President Kelli Cost, who studied architecture and design at the University of Nebraska, heads a well-rounded team. Cost’s team has been a CARE winner numerous times, including winning second place for a Park Hill luxury kitchen remodel in 2015. Highlights of that project were a Mediterranean-themed kitchen — built out of a former sunroom — with an elaborate arc entry, an exposed beam ceiling, and dark-stained natural wood floors.

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Coggeshall Construction, Inc.

Principals:
David Coggeshall

Address:
3829 S. Glencoe Street, Denver, CO 80237

About Coggeshall Construction, Inc.

This high-end general contractor has a 40-year history in the Denver metro area. It is still run by founding Principal David Coggeshall. The team works throughout Denver but focuses mostly on Greenwood Village, Hilltop, Crestmoor, Cherry Creek, Washington Park, and Cherry Hills Village.

Remodels by Coggeshall Construction can cost between $150k and $1M. They typically show architectural consistency, such as tall ceilings with crown moldings, and leaded glass windows. They are high-end in their preference for natural wood floors, stone counters, and chandeliers.

The firm is featured in more magazine and trade journal articles than it can note on its website. The coverage includes articles in Better Homes and Gardens and Colorado Home & Lifestyles. Just as numerous have been first-place finishes in CARE competitions, including those for luxury kitchen remodels. Most notably, Coggeshall is often the contractor of choice on large remodeling projects undertaken by a leading Colorado architect Doug Walter, AIA. The two recently teamed up for a remodeling project in Independence Hall, which won Project of the Year by CARE in 2016 and was written up in Pro Remodeler Magazine’s April 2017 issue.

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Consolidated Construction Management, LLC

Principals:
Fred Ahlert

Address:
12860 West Cedar Drive, Lakewood, CO 80228

About Consolidated Construction Management, LLC

As the general contractor and owner of Consolidated Construction Management, Fred Ahlert likes to keep his profile low and his team small. A Missouri native, Ahlert received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Ranken Technical College in St. Louis. After graduation, he worked for contractors in Missouri, holding positions as project manager, construction superintendent, and vice president. He settled in Colorado in 1979. Consolidated Construction Management opened two years later and started constructing new homes throughout the Denver area’s upscale neighborhoods.

In his 38-year career as a general contractor in Denver, Ahlert has also become known for his high-quality kitchen renovations. Often, Ahlert’s projects start with kitchen designs by well-known Denver architect Doug Walter. An example is a kitchen remodeling project by Ahlert and Walter for a Cherry Hills Village home that won CARE in 2007. Another of Ahlert’s renovations – also in Cherry Hills Village — won first place in the Standard Kitchen Remodel category for CARE in 2013. And a third Cherry Hills Village remodeling project by Ahlert modernized the kitchen in a 1965 ranch by vaulting ceilings and tearing down walls to create a more functional and open layout.

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Colorado Master Builders & Architects

Principals:
Kingsley Brown

Address:
4230 Elati Street, Denver, CO 80216

About Colorado Master Builders & Architects

This Denver-based design build firm does it all, from conceptual design and construction documentation to building, woodworking, and even fabrication. Owner and architect Kingsley Brown founded the firm in 1990. He and his partner, architect Rodney Kazenske, are known for building ritzy new homes around Denver. Lesser known outside of professional circles is that kitchen design projects have been a signature specialty of Colorado Master Builders & Architects.

The firm’s style is diversified. For contemporary looks, Brown’s team will use stone, wood, and steel, with imposing islands that provide lots of prep and cook space, not to mention seating for eight. A French look will have hand-forged iron chandeliers and delicate window treatments. The cabinets will have marble countertop undertones.

Brown’s team likes to blend light and dark finishes against a backdrop of metallic fixtures to add extra glamour. They also like to anchor kitchens with eye-catching islands, sometimes with distressed finishes, then contrast them with lighter-toned cabinets and floors. Final touches come from architectural details and custom millwork. Kitchen designs by Brown’s team highlight architectural details: they are especially skilled at contrasting large and small fixtures to create drama. Essentially, the firm’s 27 years’ experience comes together in breathtaking results.

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Austin Signature Homes

Principals:
Craig Austin

Address:
2140 South Cook Street, Denver, CO 80210

About Austin Signature Homes

Before Craig Austin took over the family home improvement business, he received a master’s degree in real estate and construction from the University of Denver. Austin Signature Homes, which was founded by Austin’s parents, has for five decades enjoyed a solid reputation as a leading full-service design-build contractor in the Denver metro area.

Austin is best known for custom builds, but the firm has branched out into additions and renovations. Its kitchen remodels have been described as “off-the-grid” glamorous. Austin Signature Homes kitchen designs show a singular talent for connecting spaces that help this highly functional room flow smoothly. The designs hint at traditional amenities but add splashes of chic, such as eye-popping tiles and old iron light fixtures. Six- and eight-burner Wolf ranges are framed with natural zone arcs. Countertops have geometric patterns, and elaborate lighting fixtures enclose antique cut glass. Austin clients rave about the contractor’s relentless pursuit of detail and brilliant synthesis of design and craftsmanship.

Austin’s remodeling projects are in Aurora, Berkley, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Denver, Grand View Estates, Greenwood Village, Lakeside, and Littleton. Austin is a founding member of the Home Builders Foundation of Denver. He is a former member of the HBA’s Board of Directors.

The Best Residential General Contractors in Denver

Overview

Of late, home design in the Mile High City shows an eclectic mix. Some homeowners are trending toward antique Victorian, and others favor sleek modern. But as diverse as these trends are, they point toward one theme: a gradual ditching of the Western cowboy, home-on-the-range image that Denver is known for. And that movement determined which of Denver’s most celebrated residential contractors made this list. This is not to suggest that none of these licensed contractors has put up a Santa Ana-style ranch. Many have. But each one also straddles the new “mountain modern.” Their layouts show neutral colors, cleaner lines, and fewer features with cattleman designs.

For this list, experience counts. That’s why high honors go to the Denver general contractor nearing the 50-year mark. Perhaps even more importantly for this list’s criteria is the natural artistic talent that separates carpenters from home designers. The top residential contractor in Denver noted on this list is recognized by building professionals as a market leader, and by finicky architects as a design icon.

Top General Contractors

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Melton Design Build

Principals:
Ty Melton

Awards:
Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards,
Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence Gold Award,
GuildQuality Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence

Address:
3082 Sterling Circle, Boulder, CO 80301

About Melton Design Build

Ty Melton founded this general contractor in Denver in 1993. He had already completed numerous commercial projects in Denver for Starbucks, The Body Shop, and The Boulder Community Hospital. General Manager Rick Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an MBA from the University of Virginia. Melton Design Build is certified as a Building Analyst by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), which means it uses building science to perform whole-home assessments.

The home remodel end of this residential contractor’s business is so large that it developed a special three-step process to navigate clients from design through construction. Melton even provides architectural plans and uses 3D software so clients can visualize the end product. In 2017, Melton’s “Santa Ana Ranch” won a Bronze award for Whole House Remodel over $70,000 from the Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards. The year before, the firm won Gold from the Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence (CARE) for a Whole Home Remodel over $1M. In 2013, Melton was honored with a Guildmaster Award for Service Excellence from GuildQuality.

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Austin Signature Homes

Principals:
Craig Austin

Address:
2140 South Cook Street, Denver, CO 80210

About Austin Signature Homes

Based in Denver for over 50 years, this home design and home improvement contractor is still run by the Austin family. Craig Austin inherited the business from his parents, who worked as hard to deepen their roots in the Denver metro community as to build a premier construction company.

Craig took over the family business after earning a master’s degree in real estate and construction from the University of Denver. He served on the board of directors of the Home Builders Association (HBA) and helped to found the Homebuilder’s Foundation of Metro Denver. A typical remodeling job by his firm might cost about $50,000, but a new home by Austin Signature Homes can run up to $3M.

A typical build will be priced over $2M and feature an expansive floor plan with ample first-floor spaces for informal and formal entertaining. It will include an elaborate great room, maybe a white marble fireplace, oversized windows, a rec room with wet bar, a second floor reading loft, a wine cellar, and a dramatic staircase spiraling through several floors. Custom homes by Austin Signature Homes can be found throughout Aurora, Berkley, Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Denver, and Grand View Estates.

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Revolve Design Build

Principals:
Jared Phifer

Address:
5168 Parfet Street, Unit I, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

About Revolve Design Build

This Denver builder was founded in 2003 around the novel idea that “homes should evolve with us.” That is how owner Jared Phifer describes his eclectic team’s forward-thinking home design philosophy. It’s a philosophy known as “Passive Home Building,” which is practiced in Europe but new to America. Phifer is now certified by Passive Home Institute (PHI) for building high-end homes that conserve on energy. The homes are built with airtight “envelopes” that prevent outside air from seeping in and create higher-performing windows and doors.

Phifer likens the passive home approach to green building and says more of his high-end clients are coming on board. Those clients are in upscale neighborhoods throughout Cherry Hills Village, Berkley, Denver, Edgewater, Mountain View, and Lakeside. They seek out Phifer for his team’s expertise in green building, sustainable home design, and energy efficient homes — even if that means paying the $3M price tag such technology commands. In 2017, Phifer’s revenue was $32M, which suggests his groundbreaking approach to residential construction in the Denver metro area is gaining traction.

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Consolidated Construction Management, LLC

Principals:
Fred Ahlert

Address:
12860 West Cedar Drive, Lakewood, CO 80228

About Consolidated Construction Management, LLC

One sign of a great contractor are the architects with which they work. In Colorado, few architects have the professional standing of Doug Walter, who specializes in residential remodeling. The principal of this general contractor in Denver, Missouri-native Fred Ahlert, is one of Walter’s go-to contractors for many residential projects.

Ahlert’s construction prowess goes back over 35 years, when he studied construction management at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Missouri. Ahlert then honed his skills with various contracting jobs for which he served as project manager, construction superintendent, and vice president. In 1979, he settled in Colorado. Two years later, he opened Consolidated Construction Management, also known as CCM. Ahlert’s small team builds signature homes throughout Denver metro.

Some of his new builds are sprawling and extravagant estates in one of the state’s most affluent areas: Cherry Hills Village. An Ahlert build in Cherry Hills Village could span up to 20,000 square feet, feature a wine cellar, and have enough garage space for clients who collect luxury cars. Or a Mid-Century modern build by Ahlert in Chatfield Acres could feature floor-to-ceiling glass panes along large expanses of the structure, straight lines throughout an open floor plan, and tons of natural light.

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Harrison Custom Homes

Principals:
Scott and Christine Harrison

Address:
3250 South Clermont St., Denver, CO 80222

About Harrison Custom Homes

This general contractor in Denver has been run by three generations of the Harrison family. Aubrey and Pauline Harrison opened the firm in 1955. Within five years, they’d become a premier residential contractor in the metropolitan area. In the 2000s, Scott and his wife, Christie, took over and changed the firm’s focus to pre-sold business rather than speculative projects. The new builds that Harrison Custom Homes produces in Cherry Hills Village, Denver, and Greenwood Village start at $3M, but many easily climb to $10M. And, according to famed Denver architect Robert Larsen, member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), their quality is beyond compare. Larsen often selects Harrison Custom Homes to serve as general contractors on his designs.

These are not cookie-cutter residences. A typical Harrison build is anywhere from 8,000 to over 25,000 square feet. Every inch of it shows the client’s unique personality, lifestyle, and tastes. Harrison Custom Homes provides smart home technology and renewable energy, including solar and HVAC systems. The firm has constructed luxury homes in Denver metro valued at nearly $60M within the last decade.

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Landmark Traditions

Principals:
Jim Halliday

Awards:
Marketing and Merchandising Excellence Awards

Address:
9141 Mountain Ranch Road, Conifer, CO 80433

About Landmark Traditions

Based in Conifer, Landmark Traditions is still run by the Halliday family, who opened it in 1979. President Jim Halliday has a distinctive take on constructing a home: he’s been known to build an entire home around a show-stopping staircase. That approach, he says, explains why custom builds by Landmark Traditions are works of art. Halliday also stresses his firm’s forward-thinking processes.

Green building might be the rage today, but Halliday’s builds have always been energy efficient. What sets them apart, however, is an almost fanatical attention to detail. Consider, for example, a mountain ranch design with a butler bar, glass cabinets, and custom Alder opening up to a spacious great room, accented by log trusses and a dramatic spiral staircase made of stone. The same home has a hearth room with white oak floors, a stone fireplace, and wall-to-wall glass panels. Outside is a Flagstone patio with hand-peeled logs and a natural stone and boulder waterfall. Landmark Traditions has won Marketing and Merchandising Excellence (MAME) awards for Best Custom Home (1990 and 1992) and won first place in a CARE Whole House Remodel over $1M in 2010.

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Camerata Homes

Principals:
Jan Knibbe

Awards:
MBAMD Bar Awards

Address:
7091 S. Sedalia Street, Foxfield, CO 80016

About Camerata Homes

Owner Jan Knibbe received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University. He worked for one of the nations’s largest homebuilders after graduating, eventually becoming president of its Denver division. After leaving the company, Knibbe assembled a team of architects, engineers, and design consultants and founded Camerata Homes. His team builds custom homes throughout the entire metro Denver area,as well as doing whole house remodels, scrapes and basement finishing. Its projects vary widely in price and size, using the highest quality materials, in-house design, efficient building practices, and personalized service to give each client a positive experience and beautiful, custom final product.

Camerata Homes has won many awards, including Home Builders Association of Metro Denver Bar Awards for Best Custom Homes in four categories. It also won an HBA CARE Gold Award for Whole House Remodel in 2016.

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True North Builders

Principals:
Craig and Jacki Pickrel

Address:
P.O. Box 889, Franktown, CO 80116

About True North Builders

The construction expertise of the True North Builders team has been passed down for five generations. President Craig Pickrel learned the trade from his contractor father, Donald, who in turn learned it from his father and grandfather. Craig and Donald ran Pickrel Construction from 1973 to 1990. Ten years later, Craig and his wife, Jacki, opened True North Builders and quickly became known for building award-winning homes. The firm serves the Denver metro community, particularly the more affluent neighborhoods in Castle Pines.

Although new construction is a major focus, True North Builders is also known for breathtaking remodeling projects. A remodel for California clients relocating to Colorado brought warmth to the monotone and cool aura of their home. Cherry cabinets and cultured stone were added to the entertainment room. The fireplace was wrapped in cultured stone veneer, and a Flagstone cap and leg set was used to make an open hearth fireplace. The project won a CARE award in 2010. Another 2010 CARE winner was a whole-house remodel that updated a 1985 home with an open floor plan and refinished natural wood ceiling beams. The team replaced picture windows with double hung windows for a better view of the lake.

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Stone Cloud Design Build

Principals:
Bryan Bozeman

Address:
1284 S. Clayton Street, Denver, CO 80210

About Stone Cloud Design Build

This home builder works throughout all metropolitan Denver communities. Founding Principal Bryan Bozeman holds licenses not only for residential and commercial contracting, but also to sell real estate. He is also a principal at Cole Properties in Denver. Dan Hackett is Stone Cloud Design Build’s licensed architect. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and he is National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) and LEED AP certified.
Bozeman and team have been featured in the Washington Park Home Tour of 2014 for a prairie-style home they built near the Old South Gaylord Street Shops. The home, which made the cover of Denver Life Home & Design Magazine, was inspired by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The five bedrooms and five bathrooms form an extravagant master suite. Natural light floods the main floor’s several family rooms, and horizontal lines are everywhere.
The Denver Modern Home Tour in May 2017 also featured a Stone Cloud Design Build project in University Park. The modern home, on S. Fillmore Street, showed Bozeman’s ability to use high-tech lighting systems and innovative designs to blend aesthetics with functionality. Stone Cloud Design Build serves the greater Denver Area. It opened in June 2011.

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Haley Custom Homes

Principals:
Dan Fuller

Address:
5211 S. Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

About Haley Custom Homes

In the early 1990s, founding Principal Dan Fuller developed a knack for buying and demolishing new homes that he then rebuilt to his liking. His were a new and distinctive kind of luxury home that Denver area buyers were quickly warming up to. One of those homes today sells for no less than $2M, but many go up to $7M. They range in size from 4,500 to over 20,000 square feet.
Haley Custom Homes builds in Bow Mar, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Denver, Englewood, Greenwood Village, and Boulder. And homebuyers aren’t the only people Fuller has wowed. He’s also drawn high critical acclaim, making LUXE Magazine’s Gold List three times and capturing spreads in LUXE Magazine, 5280 Magazine, and Colorado Homes and Lifestyle. Fuller continues to impress with breathtaking remodels. A 2017 LUXE article detailed how Fuller stripped walls and restored windows for clients in Cherry Hills Village, who wanted to preserve the mansion’s 1920s feel. “The result,” said LUXE, is “a house that shimmers with new life.”

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Timber Ridge Properties

Principals:
Wise family

Address:
601 S. Broadway, Suite G, Denver, CO 80209

About Timber Ridge Properties

A boutique approach to design build is what separates Timber Ridge Properties from the rest. The Denver-based firm, which has been owned by the Wise family since 1985, creates Classic, Modern, Timber Frame, and Craftsman-style homes to each client’s specifications. They handle custom homes and luxury remodels throughout the Denver area. All new homes start over $1M. Remodeling projects start around $250k.

A traditional family home built by Timber Ridge Properties featured a chef’s kitchen with hickory floors and a stone fireplace, and a master bathroom suite with Travertine tile, an island soaking tub, and an alcove walk-in shower. A secluded estate for another client had 20-foot ceilings, cast stone fireplaces, a library trimmed with knotty alder, a sweeping staircase with iron railings, and a patio with a fire pit. Downstairs, the firm also built a luxury wine cellar fitted with warm stone, rich wood, shingles, and detailed ironwork decorating an arched entry. New homes and remodeling projects by Timber Ridge Properties garner lots of media attention. The firm was recently featured in the Summer 2017 issue of Denver Life Home & Design magazine.

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Masterpiece Custom Builders

Principals:
Mark Hannum
Dave Funk

Address:
1900 W. Hamilton Place, Denver, CO 80110

About Masterpiece Custom Builders

Masterpiece Custom Builders, owned by Mark Hannum and Dave Funk since 2001, has a laser focus. It doesn’t remodel homes or additions. It does nothing but erect single-family buildings best described as castles. The builds are in Denver’s richest areas of Cherry Hills Village, Columbine Valley, Greenwood Village, Lone Tree, Castle Pines, and Castle Pines North. The designs vary between old-world Colorado charm, Italian villa, Tuscan farmhouse, contemporary mansion, and European chalet. The homes are revered by brokers, developers, and homeowners along the Denver metro front range.

A case in point is a recent build in Columbine Valley that was a finalist for the HBAMD’s BAR awards. Secluded in a gated community, the estate spans more than 7,500 finished square feet. It features custom millwork and timber-framed fixtures convey an “old world” aura. Another dream residence was built near a golf course in Castle Pines. The exterior blends stucco, stone, and tumbled brick. Inside, the home boasts more than 10,000 square feet of living space, tastefully decorated with natural timbers and Knotty-Alder. The spiral staircase winds through three stories. A great room with sky-high ceilings gets a rustic touch from boxed beams. The fireplace burns wood, and the entryway is a vaulted timber frame.

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BOA Construction

Principals:
Tim Pleune

Address:
1339 Osage Street, Denver, CO 80204

About BOA Construction

In its 46 year-history, BOA Construction has developed a reputation for custom homes and whole-home renovations priced in the millions. Tim Pleune started the company in 1972 and is still its president. Pleune has been president of the National Association of Remodeling Industry’s Denver chapter and the Associated Builders and Contractors. He’s also served on the board that founded the Construction Industry Training Council of Colorado. BOA Construction performs most of its jobs in affluent Cherry Hills Village, Castle Pines, Summit County, and the Denver Country Club.

Typical of its work was a limestone Mediterranean estate featured recently in LUXE magazine. The home was built on 19 acres owned by a retired Denver couple who need room for 15 grandchildren and parties they often host. The semi-circle courtyard required the team to install seven tons of sandstone slab, a water feature, and more than 600 tons of Canon City boulders. Kansas limestone was used for the exterior and interior walls; cedar and Douglas fir decorate pergolas and balconies. BOA Construction pledges to practice sustainable design and energy efficiency in its work. It participates in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Green Building Program.

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Old Greenwich Builders

Principals:
Chris Withers

Awards:
AIA Awards,
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art,
Professional Remodeler Magazine Market Leader

Address:
4100 East Mississippi Avenue, Glendale, CO 80246

About Old Greenwich Builders

If press coverage indicates building expertise, then it’s no wonder that Old Greenwich Builders ranks first on this list. More than 26 features highlighting this home improvement contractor’s work appear in Modern in Denver, LUXE, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Denver Woman, Remodeling Magazine, Mountain Living, Upscale Remodeling, and Colorado Expression. Also pointing to its credentials, Old Greenwich Builders is the go-to builder of famed Colorado architect Doug Walter, AIA.

Owner Chris Withers hails from Westport, Connecticut, where he opened a paint company — his first business. By 1999, he had relocated to Denver and founded Old Greenwich Builders. His marketing degree is from Syracuse University in New York. Co-owner Cress Carter was born and raised in Washington State. Carter received an MBA from the University of Virginia. When he joined Whiters’ team in 2001, he brought 15 years of project management experience.

The firm serves the entire Denver metro community and specializes in whole-house remodels and historic renovations. It has been honored with close to 30 awards from local and national building associations. Most notable are design awards from the American Institute of Architects Denver Chapter and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. In 2010 and 2011, Greenwich was named Market Leader by Professional Remodeler Magazine.

The Best Interior Designers in Denver

Overview

Denver’s interior style is a fusion of urban and rustic, chic and accessible, cutting edge and traditional. What else could you expect from a thriving city surrounded by the Rockies in one of the country’s most outdoor-centric states? Due to the environmental inspiration and the appeal of this culturally stimulating city, Denver has attracted interior design firms with an impressively diverse toolkit. They combine an appreciation for the pleasing patterns found in nature, the bold pizzaz of a global palette, and the refined sophistication of modern, urban living. The list below showcases the eclectic blend of top interior design firms that have either just begun to make a name for themselves or are earning industry awards for their stellar reputation.

Top Interior Designers

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MarkDesign

Designers:
Mark Haynes

Address:
2535 Walnut Street, Suite C, Denver, CO 80205

About MarkDesign

Mark Haynes, the Allied American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Denver interior designer behind MarkDesign, believes one’s home is a way of expressing their personality, values, taste, and personal brand. His firm’s comprehensive services include kitchen/bath remodels, color consultations, furniture and fabrics, surface finishes, lighting, window treatments, art procurement, accessories, rugs, purchasing, project management, and installation. Haynes’ firm works off the premise that the residential design concept is 10 percent of the job, and making sure everything gets completed is the other 90 percent. To emphasize this, they offer a free one-hour consultation. Although his imprint on Denver is still evolving, his work is versatile and his skills have been sought for interior design even outside of Colorado.

Featured Projects

In a modern hilltop farmhouse, Haynes found a way to use an eclectic aesthetic that remained uncluttered and pulled together the entire home in both fun and elegant ways. Highlights include a handsome wood island in the kitchen, white cupboards and pale green paint accents, bright contrasting in the living room upholstery and curtains, and a delicately painted tree that grows up the staircase — on the actual stairs themselves. In a downtown Denver kitchen, Mark managed to cultivate an urban look that seamlessly pairs with the backdrop of the mountains: white, gray, and brown-tiled backsplash; simple hanging lights; a handsome cupboard wine rack; a marble-topped island; gray stools; and simple splashes of orange to bring warmth.

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Eve’s Creations

Designers:
Eve Treschitta

Address:
300 W 11th Avenue, Unit C, Denver, CO 80204

About Eve’s Creations

Eve’s Creations, founded by Eve Treschitta, is dedicated to helping their clients build their dream home, and they stand by the principle that a dream home isn’t just about what their client wants it to look like, but what their client wants it to feel like as well. Eve’s Creations is a member of the International Interior Design Association, the International Furnishings and Design Association, and the Home Builders of America Colorado and National chapters. Eve’s Creations enjoys drawing inspiration from patterns in the natural world, as well as the organization of color and light found in the fine arts. This design firm likes to truly understand the lifestyle of its clients in order to better craft a workable space that is not only visually appealing, but also reflective of the client’s habits, needs, and routines.

Featured Projects

After completing the design work on a client’s city home, Eve’s Creations was invited to work on their getaway home on a majestic 70 acres of mountain property. The firm’s use of copper, beetle kill pine, reclaimed wood, and natural stone, as well as a wall of four creatively framed bed nooks, makes this house the epitome of large family, rustic luxury. The material used inside reflects the rugged, handsome beauty of the surrounding wilderness perfectly. When Eve Treschitta went to work on an elegant Greenwood Village home, she brought inspiration from the graceful aesthetic she witnessed in particular neighborhoods, on a recent trip she’d taken to Tulsa, Oklahoma. A highlight of the Greenwood Village home is certainly the elegant green dining room, with well-placed can lights, a classic chandelier, a dark wood dining room table, and two tastefully placed floral paintings.

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Nancy Sanford, Inc

Designers:
Nancy Sanford

Address:
55 West 12th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204

About Nancy Sanford, Inc

Nancy Sanford has been helping her clients discover what they really want for more than two decades. Although she can be more hands on or hands off, depending on the client’s needs, she prides herself on knowing how to provide the right level of feedback for any given situation. Sanford’s background and travel experienced has helped refine her artistic vision. She received a BFA from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and a degree in interior design from the Colorado Institute of Art, as well as traveling extensively through Asia and Europe. Sanford’s work has been featured in various publications, including Colorado Homes and Lifestyles and Better Homes and Gardens. She was called one of Denver’s “coolest interior designers” by 5280 Magazine.

Featured Projects

The charming chalkboard wall accent that Nancy included in a sleek Colorado residence manages to combine both playful and modern in the same aesthetic. A mounted sculpture of a silver hand where pieces of chalk await provides just the right amount of quirk, and the cowhide on the wooden floors below the stairs is the final touch on contemporary cozy. At first glance, the kitchen nook seems like a montage of colors, patterns and materials, but that’s what makes it so dynamic and pleasing once you settle in. Highlights include the knobby brown rug, brightly upholstered window seat, fringe green throw pillow, and muted blue table.

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A La Carte Design

Designers:
Jeane Dole

Address:
6364 S. Hanover Court, Denver, CO 80111

About A La Carte Design

A La Carte Design was founded in 2003 by Jeane Dole, a member of the Colorado chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Kitchen and Bath Association. They offer quality custom home design that has appeared in Colorado Home & Lifestyles, Denver Business Journal and Renew Magazine. A La Carte prides themselves on being able to approach each project with a team mindset, as they bring a diverse collection of skill sets to meet the varying needs of each client. A La Carte believes in design integrity and that an interior design should reflect both the client’s living needs and personal aesthetic.

Featured Projects

The master bedroom A La Carte designed for a house on Julian Street features a handsome leather sitting chair and corner plant, can lights, and simple tones of beige and cream, offset by a darker gray dresser and a black fireplace against a cream backsplash. This bedroom fuses sophistication with accessible comfort. The total interior home update A La Carte Design pulled off for a house in Lone Tree included new drawers and door fronts on the perimeter cabinets in the kitchen; new lighting in the kitchen, entry, and dining room; window treatments in the kitchen and family room; and accent artwork all around the house. They created an understated modern appeal, without losing the cozy factor.

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Atelier Interior Design

Designers:
Katie Schroder and Erika Rundiks

Address:
142 W 11th Avenue, Denver, CO 80204

About Atelier Interior Design

Led by designers Katie Schroder and Erika Rundiks, Atelier is a full-service interior design firm with over 25 years of combined experience. The firm opened in 2005, and their designs are guided by an eclectic edge, paying attention to vibrant patterns and colors as well as textural and sculptural details. Their work has been featured in Luxe Magazine and Colorado Homes and Lifestyles.

Featured Projects

Atelier’s clients started with a blank canvas when they moved to Colorado from New York, with no furnishings for their new home. Atelier brought their appreciation for culturally inspired visuals, which blended perfectly with their clients’ extensive experience traveling the globe. Moroccan, geometric, and other worldly themes were fused to generate a diverse palette in the rugs, tile, light fixtures, and upholstery. Highlights include a corner reading nook at the end of the fireplace with a Saarinen table, a marble island top in the kitchen, green lacquered casework in the study, and a set of intricate, old carved doors at the top of the stairs. The Golden Modern Home was a slow process that moved from room to room. The clients were looking for a blend of contemporary and woodsy, and so the home became a warm mixture of bold colors, wood texture, and modern accessories. Features of the design aesthetic include yellow and metallic wallpaper in the small bathroom, reclaimed wood ceilings, a teal sectional, and built-in bookcases in the living room.

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Nadia Watts Interior Design

Designers:
Nadia Watts

Address:
170 S Elm Street, Denver, CO 80246

About Nadia Watts Interior Design

Nadia Watts received her undergraduate degree in communication studies at Hollins University, but soon discovered her passion for the world of interior design. Watts gained experience working with Elaine Stephenson Interiors in Roanoke, Virginia, and then made her way to New York City to work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the American Decorative Arts Department, where she also completed the graduate program at the New York School of Interior Design. Since being in Denver, Watts has worked with Douglas Associates, Interior Designers and has overseen multi-million-dollar residential projects. After going off on her own, with Nadia Watts Interior Design, Watts has been able to showcase her attention to detail and her versatility with different aesthetic palettes. Watts has been featured on Expertise for Best Interior Designers in Denver 2017, and her work has been highlighted in 5280.

Featured Projects

Nadia Watts illustrated her commitment to eclecticism when she updated a classic dining room in a Cherry Hills house. She saw potential in possibilities others might overlook, like the mocha-red color combination, expressed through Pagoda wallpaper from Katie Ridder, and bold scarlet drapes for the French doors and bay window. A hanging lantern above the table and traditional anchor pieces provided by the client tied the room together with a tasteful blend of elegance and sass. The bright, spacious, open concept kitchen adjacent to the classic dining room is another example of Watt’s willingness to pair the unexpected. Simple grays, pale greens and a polished white countertop creates a country contemporary feel that is complementary, yet entirely distinct from the bold appeal of the dining room.

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TruDesign

Designers:
Lindi Bolinger and Cynthia Stafford

Address:
400 E Simpson Street, Suite 109, Lafayette, CO 80026

About TruDesign

TruDesign was founded by Lindi Bolinger and Cynthia Stafford, who both have 25 years of experience and collaborate on a vision of offering clients timeless environments that celebrate life. With their studio in the Denver/Boulder metro area, TruDesign serves clients all throughout Colorado and works on projects of varied sizes. They believe in a process that is both effective and fun. Stafford grew up in a three bedroom house with a family of 10 and learned to see space creatively from a very young age. Bolinger views interior design as a fusion of art and science that can change the world we live in. TruDesign was featured in two issues of Home & Hood. They offer full-service interior design packages, as well as hourly packages.

Featured Projects

In Broomfield, Colorado, TruDesign brought their expertise to a family room and kitchen, which shared and common space and needed an aesthetic that could seamlessly weave the two areas together. By cultivating a single decor theme that emphasized natural wood, simple lines, and environmentally inspired colors, they created a cozy, harmonized space that featured simple yet handsome wall decor, window coverings, pillows, tabletop vignettes, and warm lighting. In the Lafayette house, TruDesign had a new design challenge when they encountered the large galley entry that ran through the center of the house. They started with a focal point wall to spice up the space and give it character. They chose dramatically textured and colored wallpaper, enhanced by custom sconces from Hubbardton Forge. Add in a velvet, backless sofa, and the whole aesthetic was anchored. Well-chosen accessories filled in the gaps and transformed what was once an awkward entry into a gorgeous precursor to their client’s sophisticated home.

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Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Designers:
Andrea Schumacher

Awards:
Zillow Digs Design Awards

Address:
2406 W 32nd Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

About Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Andrew Schumacher started her company in 1999 and received her bachelor’s degree in interior design from the F.I.D.E.R.-accredited Colorado State University. She also has a certificate in Universal Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She works with an intimate team of five, and also collaborates with HD Interior Design in New Zealand. The firm won Zillow’s Dig Design award in 2016 for Influencer and Pro, was featured on Luxe Interiors – Design 2017 Gold List, and was shortlisted for The International Design & Architecture Awards in 2017. Schumacher Interiors is a full-service design firm, assisting with budget definition, design consultation, space planning, selection of home furnishings and fixtures, construction documentation, and final installation.

Featured Projects

Andrea Schumacher knows how to create contrast that doesn’t clash as she fills in the disparity between simple and bold. The firm’s work on a Colorado mountain house executed this perfectly, exemplified in the breakfast nook that includes brightly patterned floral upholstery, a handsome wooden table, and an abstract, artistic light fixture reminiscent of a firework frozen in midair. The bathroom is another place where Schumacher’s creative aesthetic shines. From the muted, blue, free standing clawfoot bathtub to the glass encased shower and the sheepskin rug, this space shouts high end and intensely cozy simultaneously. The firm showcased a different angle on their ability to bridge gaps between styles when they cultivated a modern twist on traditional grandeur at a house in Cherry Creek. Highlights include an emerald green breakfast nook with a clear Saarinen Tulip table, ghost chairs, and a sculptural pendant light.

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TVL Creative

Designers:
Crystal Russell

Address:
999 Vallejo Street #4Z, Denver, CO 80204

About TVL Creative

TVL stands for “This Visionary Life,” and it’s TVL’s mission to bring an unmatched breadth of creative vision to every type of client it serves. Founded by Denver native Crystal Russell, TVL is committed to a full-scope process, which includes design & visualization, contractor coordination, design implementation and management, material selection, material price list development, material purchasing, and construction drawing/drafting development. Russell brings her experience with graphic design, media design, interior design, and the fine arts to TVL’s toolkit and works with an intimate team of two other designers and a marketing manager. A TVL kitchen design was featured on Waypoint Living Spaces and described as “currently cool industrial meets rustic understated sophistication.”

Featured Projects

The master bathroom renovation on Dayton Street was designed to create an open yet anchored feel, and it combined varied shades of shite and natural wood. With the inclusion of an oversized, freestanding tub and a bronze tub filler; a shower floor tiled in marble circles; dark vanity mirrors; and lovely sconces, the bathroom feels like a private spa retreat, fusing rustic simplicity with dynamic grace. The kitchen remodel of the Pinedale Ranch, a dazzling log home in Evergreen, Colorado, really brought together TVL’s knack for merging traditional grandeur with contemporary flare. Bronze hardware, light copper paint, farmhouse-style bronze faucets, an antler chandelier, and quartz countertops make this open, high ceilinged space impressive and inviting. Because the client wanted to maintain the traditional aesthetic of the house, TVL had to keep the integrity of the original rustic appeal as they transformed the kitchen into a chic, log cabin luxury.

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Duet Design Group

Designers:
Devon Tobin
Miranda Cullen

Awards:
MAME Awards,
CARE Awards,
Crystal Awards,
Top Denver Design

Address:
5650 S. Windermere St., Littleton, CO 80120

About Duet Design Group

Duet Design Group is based off of the immediate friendship and working relationship that formed when Devon Tobin and Miranda Cullen met through a mutual friend. Their creative symbiosis was immediate and led them to create Duet Design Group, where they aim to create a culture of balance, pride, and creative autonomy. In their work, they hope to address the need for marvelous design that is attainable. Tobin received her BFA from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied painting and drawing, and she graduated top honors from the Interior Design program at the Art Institute of Colorado. She is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Green Associate and is also certified in sustainable design. Cullen graduated with honors from The Fashion Institute Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She is the former owner of MOD Interiors and has been recognized by numeros builder’s associations with awards for interior design. Duet’s work has been featured on Modern Sanctuary, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and 5280, among others, and they were the 2016 MAME Awards winner.

Featured Projects

When Trevor Pettennude and Katie Taggett bought their 1927 Arts and Crafts home in the Morgan Historic District, they wanted to honor the home’s historic character while also bringing in a modern feel. Duet helped them craft a functional space for their young family, while also incorporating the couple’s collection of incredible antiques and their growing contemporary art collection. The firm converted the former office into a gallery with a simple daybed from Town Showroom, and gave the dressing room six-panel art and a Noir bench covered in water-safe fabric from Link Outdoor. Adding warmth to a white-on-white kitchen was what Duet Design was tasked with when they redid the kitchen of a mid century, modern home in Greenwood Village. The client’s desires were straightforward — white walls, cabinets, and countertops, with a juxtaposition of new and old. Duet decided to mix and match finishes and textures, such as glossy cabinets and matte walls, in order to create a cozier feeling. Varying reflective surfaces, such as French T-Back Stools from Restoration Hardware and hammered-iron pendant lights with brass accents from Arteriors, cultivated an inviting atmosphere against the clean, contemporary backdrop.

The Best Office Architects in Denver

Overview

Denver is home to a diverse array of professionals that range from nonprofits and startups to large, global firms. Office architecture in the city does focus on functionality, but also on how the resulting structure would blend in with the region’s distinctive landscapes. There is also increased demand in the workplace for spaces that encourage collaboration, provide interconnected flow, and are sustainable: structures that adhere to the modern demands of work and living. The firms listed below are known for their creative strategies to craft modern, high-performing communal spaces that exude a vibrant, inviting atmosphere. Because of their ability to push the envelope, these firms are considered leaders and pioneers in their field, amassing awards from industry organizations and special features from prestigious publications.

Top Architects

Acquilano

Address:
1600 Stout St, #200, Denver, CO 80202

About ArcWest Architects

Acquilano is one of the oldest Denver-based design studio firms in Colorado. Since its inception in 1986, it has focused on designing and transforming workplace interiors. As architects that specialize in a full-service and comprehensive practice for the corporate sector, its design philosophy focuses on a simple yet efficient process: “listen, then create.” That approach allows the company to address the unique needs of its client’s particular brand and how the new design can aesthetically embody the vision and mission of organizations while making sure that its functional and building performance aspects are also met. Aside from interior architecture, the firm also offers documentation, furniture specification, lighting design, sustainability and well-being design, workplace strategy, planning, programming, among many others. The result is a portfolio of projects from clients from a diverse range of industries—with office spaces with only one thing in common: their differences. They are stylistically and structurally unique from each other. This is an expertise that the firm continues to employ for many of its works, especially in Denver.

Featured Projects

One of its major design projects was for the Armstrong Teasdale Denver office. The project highlighted the client’s bold, branded red through parallel design elements seen in the architectural finishes and carefully chosen fabrics. Its work for Northwestern Mutual, on the other hand, celebrates the client’s over 160-year-old brand through a more progressive design meant to attract modern workers. The firm transformed its traditional workplaces into energetic and fresh choices of the contemporary palette, without losing its professional-looking character. For Husch Blackwell, a law firm that relocated to Denver, the company was faced with a challenge of designing a space that “did not look like a law firm.” The result was a corporate space that rather reflects the company’s dynamic culture through its modern, minimalist, yet highly-efficient spaces.

Anderson Mason Dale Architects

Architects:
Paul S Haack
Andrew G Nielsen
David C. Pfeifer
Joey Carrasquillo
Joey D. Graham

Awards:
AIA Firm Award,
AIA Colorado Firm of the Year,
AIA National Design Awards

Address:
3198 Speer Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211

About Anderson Mason Dale Architects

Anderson Mason Dale Architects is a 60-person firm that has provided planning, programming, and design for smaller and larger scale commercial builds for more than four decades. Over its years of practice, the firm has been awarded the American Institute of Architect’s Firm Award for “A distinguished body of work,” as well as other local and national design awards. As a company that specializes in designing spaces that interact with its users, the firm is dedicated to enhancing human well-being and upholding cultural values with its work. As an architect for the corporate office sector, the firm believes in the significance of highly collaborative atmospheres—and you’ll see that emphasis on collaboration in many of its projects.

Featured Projects

The Triangle Building at 16 Wewatta Street is striking for several reasons. It’s not just for the sleek urban design and its stand out patterns, but the way each side of the structure is enriched by public space. This single prism of glass is a viewfinder’s focal point, from both the corner of Wewatta Street and the Millennium Bridge. This building engages the surrounding area and brings another sophisticated, professional visual into Denver’s skyline. A LEED Gold Certification was awarded for the project’s exceptional quality and innovation in green building practices. It houses Liberty Global and the first WeWork in Colorado. The 350,000-square-foot Triangle Building was completed in 2016 for $45 million. Adding two new wing buildings to Denver’s historic Union Station required a well thought out strategy that would put the attention to a valued urban centerpiece while creating a community-anchoring space. Anderson Mason Dale designed the wing buildings with the intention of creating a structure that feels at home with the downtown red-brick warehouses, the gray terra cotta and cleft rhyolite of the station, and modern new developments. The firm succeeded by going for a contemporary aesthetic that recreates components of neighboring buildings. Using the basic form of a simple glass box, the wings have a vibrant, inviting, urban glow. The project was completed in 2014.

ArcWest Architects

Address:
1525 Raleigh Street, Suite 320, Denver, CO 80204

About ArcWest Architects

ArcWest Architects values cutting edge and forward-thinking design processes. Founded in 2006, the firm is a newer addition to the Denver scene and has been generating a noteworthy portfolio that includes corporate, residential, commercial, and restaurant design. Founding partner Todd L. Heirls likes to collaborate directly with senior management. He has a background in welding and is known to use his welding skills in order to execute custom steel details in ArcWest’s work. ArcWest’s other founding partner, Kevin H. Anderson, has over 25 years of experience as a licensed Colorado architect and works on a versatile scope of projects that truly represent the diversity of his field. Due to their effective leadership and growing influence in the industry, ArcWest has been recognized as one of the top 19 best architects in Denver on Expertise.

Featured Projects

The office building remodel on Quebec Street involved a total renovation of the restrooms, showers, and break room, as well as the construction of new spaces—including an elegant conference room and a fitness zone. The design integrated improved ADA accessibility and new conference room doors that open onto a courtyard. The area covered 3,500 square feet. The stunning addition of a rooftop patio on the historic Ballpark building in downtown Denver created a vibrant, inviting space for office employees to enjoy Denver’s cherished views and meet with clients in an alternative atmosphere. The projects use three-inch-thick, heavy timber decking as well as heavy black steel railing details. A round fire pit on top of a water tower platform cultivates a natural meeting point for collaboration and connection.

Box Studios

Address:
4949 S Syracuse St., Suite 560, Denver, Colorado 80237

About Box Studios

Box Studios is dedicated to constant exploration and hands-on collaboration. The seeds of the studio were planted more than 20 years ago when Jim Graczyk, Ferdinand Dimailig, and Dan Kraiss met as employees of a Chicago-based national interior design firm. Dimailig received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Graham Foundation. Kraiss received a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Interior Architecture from Northern Illinois University and is a member of the United States Building Green Council and a registered LEED Accredited Professional. In 2001 Box Studios became a design collaborative, as Graczyk moved to the Denver region, and Dimailig and Kraiss stayed in Chicago. Though Graczyk passed away in 2016, the original synergy and vision of its pioneers still inspires the staff at both the Denver and Chicago offices. The firm’s award-winning projects have included corporate, base-building, renovation, educational, healthcare, government, mixed-use, retail, light industrial, technology, hospitality, and multifamily housing.

Featured Projects

TheThe Cachematrix building is a wonderful retort to classic stereotypes, that financial workers reside in lavish Wall Street-esque structures. The project required smart budgeting, as the client had $20 per square foot to spend. Box Studios intelligently identified the zones of the space that merited the most investment and executed inspired design for cost-effective work. The result is a calm, elegant environment with tasteful uses of glass, circularity, and flowing transitions between rooms. Megastar Financial showcases Box Studio’s ability to transform pre-existing buildings into entirely new experiences. Originally an old dairy in the Golden Triangle area of downtown Denver, the 35,000-square-foot structure required careful planning, an exterior facelift, a more efficient layout, and a creative approach to introducing more light into the interior. The result is a bright, inviting space that feels both youthful and rooted in history.

Gensler

Architects:
Jon Gambrill
Brent Mather

Awards:
ENR #1 Green Building Design Firm in Commercial Offices,
Building Design + Construction Giants #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm

Address:
1225 17th Street, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80202

About Gensler

Gensler is proud to have served more than 3,500 active clients since its inception. The firm has a diverse reach across both large and small, public and private, and for-profit and nonprofit sectors. As an organization, the company is dedicated to establishing a unique and enduring relationship with each client. Many of its projects from its portfolio are commissioned by some of the highest-grossing law firms globally; others are listed on Fortune Magazine’s top global 50 companies. Co-CEO Andy Cohen, the firm’s regional principal that oversees the Denver market, exemplifies Gensler’s collaborative leadership model. In the past, Cohen was featured on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list. Under his supervision, Gensler has established a strong role in the city’s office architecture scene.

Featured Projects

For the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Gensler carefully crafted a design concept for a high-performance office space renovation in downtown Denver. With this project, Gensler tended to the client’s objective of providing a venue that would specifically attract tenants that share the same vision of sustainability through collaboration. The result is stunning: a multi-tenant nonprofit center where tenants are spatially connected through an open, flexible design concept. The project includes a restored original entry, a brand new lobby, and gorgeous, exposed wood wall and ceiling beams. The new construction on Denver’s Global Analytics Design Firm fuses two offices into one, maximizing the open concept effect to create an urban, modern aesthetic. Daylight and windows were made accessible to everyone by positioning the enclosed offices around a central core. Other highlights include a stunning, two-story curtain wall, lively collaboration areas, and a fresh color palette that integrates seamlessly into the city’s urban appeal.

Humphries Poli Architects

Architects:
Dennis Humphries
Joseph Poli

Awards:
AIA Colorado Merit Award,
AIA Architect’s Choice Award,
Colorado Construction Gold Hard Hat Award,
Historic Denver Community Preservation Award

Address:
1655 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203

About Humphries Poli Architects

In the early 1970s, Dennis Humphries and Joseph Poli started a friendship at the University of Illinois that soon evolved into the successful Humphries Poli Architects, a Denver design firm that believes friendship and community are at the heart of any great business. Humphries Poli Architects has won nearly 100 awards for design, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado Merit Award and the AIA Architect’s Choice Award. Dennis Humphries and Joseph Poli both hold a Master of Architecture. The two principals aim to cultivate vibrant energy in their workplace and deliver an innovative edge in their diverse national work. As an architect for the office sector, the firm’s works are characterized by a balance between function and innovation. The firm comfortably tackles both restoration and new construction and always keeps the driving principles of its clients in mind when conceptualizing the most optimal working environment.

Featured Projects

When Humphries Poli renovated the single-story warehouse near Denver’s Coors Field, the firm’s vision was to craft a unique and inspiring office space for creative thinkers in the advertising business. Original bow-string trusses from the warehouse were highlighted, a partial second floor was placed into the building for conferences and meetings. Constructed as a permeable cloud, the upper level can compress or open lower level volumes. The lighting scheme, situated in slashed diagonals, illuminates the high-ceilinged wood above. Humphries Poli designed this space to complement the needs and energy of the people working within it, a signature of the design firm’s personal touch. Recognized with the Historic Denver Community Preservation Award, and LEED Gold certified, the American Woodmen Insurance Building’s new headquarters is modern, elegant, and sleek. Humphries Poli worked hard to restore the first level and recreate the second floor as a state-of-the-art design studio. With the idea of construction that encourages communication, the upper floor is structured as a star, and open loft studio spaces provide the backdrop.

OZ Architecture

Address:
3003 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

About Humphries OZ Architecture

With a long history that dates back to 1964, OZ has established itself as an influential organization that takes on high-value and complex works in brand design, architecture, and interior design. Supported by over 170 professionals the company has catered to the academic, hospitality, commercial, residential, and corporate markets. Regional and national publications such as Colorado Biz, ENR Mountain States Magazine, and the Building Design + Construction Magazine, have featured the company’s design excellence as well as its reputation as an emerging firm that can go against industry giants. From its portfolio are award-winning projects that earned the Mayor’s Design Awards, Woodworks Design Awards, and an overall performance that has secured its NEWH Top Interior Design Firm ranking. From the firm’s RiNo office in Denver’s renowned arts district, the company has expanded its practice in the US and internationally. As an architect and designer for the corporate and office sector, the firm has completed and designed present and future landmark projects in the region.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s most notable commissions is the design of Denver’s newest center for the residential, cultural, and workplace sectors. The Giambrocco project will transform the city’s River North Art District into an interesting destination for modern living. The design will accommodate six blocks of mixed offices, housing, commercial, restaurant, hospitality, and parking spaces. 500,000 square feet will be set for corporate offices with attached parking. In a more specific architectural work for the office sector, the company was tasked to work on the World Trade Center office, also located in RiNo. The work consisted of designing offices, business establishments, conference rooms, and other facilities. In the same industry sector, the firm completed multiple projects for Accenture, Physician Health Partners, Denver Post, InnovAge, and Westworld Office—all located in Denver’s bustling metropolitan area.

Pickard Chilton

Architects:
Jon Pickard
William D. Chilton
Anthony J. Markese

Awards:
IDP Outstanding Firm Award,
IDP Emerging Architects Award

Address:
980 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

About Pickard Chilton

The firm Pickard Chilton—although based in New Haven, Connecticut—has successfully created professional spaces in Denver that meet current professional trends while honoring the unique character of the Colorado metropolis. The company’s reach is international, yet its personal and artistic touch is intimate. The firm’s blend of pragmatism and creativity reflects an appreciation for research-driven design, and its teams’ quality work has not gone unappreciated. Pickard Chilton received the IDP Outstanding Firm Award and the Emerging Architects Award and was nominated Innovator of the Year in Business New Haven Magazine. Jon Pickard, William D. Chilton, and Anthony J. Markese make up Pickard Chilton’s impressive trio of principals. All hold the distinguished honor of being AIA Fellows and remain deeply involved with every project, which ranges from high profile international work to corporate buildings and campuses. Pickard and Chilton both received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Iowa State University.

Featured Projects

1144 15th is Denver’s 40-story, high-performance LEED Gold-certified office tower, which includes an 880-space parking garage. This sleek emblem of Denver’s burgeoning metropolis showcases a natural stone, daylit lobby with wood and stainless steel accents. Floor-to-ceiling glass in the tower’s office floors provides a sweeping view of the Rockies for the backdrop of one’s daily routine.
4600 South Syracuse was the first of a two-building complex within the Denver Technology Center, designed to be the corporate headquarters for a leading software developer. This building includes floor-to-ceiling clear glass windows, natural sun protection created by deep horizontal mullions, and premium office and conference space.

Semple Brown Design

Architects:
Sarah Semple Brown
Rusty Brown

Awards:
AIA Denver Firm of the Year,
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Awards,
Historic Denver Award of Honor

Address:
1160 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

About Semple Brown Design

Semple Brown Architectural Firm has been masterfully fusing form and function since 1982. Co-founded by Sarah Semple Brown, FAIA, the firm brings with it the celebrated quality, depth, and warm aesthetics that its founders are known for. The firm is composed of over 20 industry experts, six of whom are LEED-accredited professionals. Over the years, the firm’s eclectic portfolio has been featured in over 30 publications. Semple Brown Design is dedicated to a team-based approach, as well as an ability to strengthen the community through a palpable sense of place. For its contribution to the city’s architectural landscape, the company was recognized as Firm of the Year by both the local and regional AIA Denver and AIA Colorado chapters. From gorgeous cultural icons, such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, to high functioning, modern office spaces, Semple Brown’s wide capacity for tending to important details renders it a strong presence in the overall architecture scene in Denver.

Featured Projects

The Boathouse St. Charles Town Offices were designed to encourage interconnectedness, both visually and physically. Semple Brown Design also wanted to integrate the strong natural connection to the Platte River and the Cherry Creek Trail, which are visible from the communal meeting and lounge spaces via glass walls that offer not only exceptional views but also wonderful, natural light. Professional transparency is also evident in the open layout, which provides ample room for impromptu conversations. The style integrates industrial, professional, and rustic into an innovative and inviting final product. The design of IMA Financial Group’s new headquarters was intended to be structured around the company’s goal of being the “Healthiest Employer in Denver,” and they wanted their active lifestyle to be honored through concept, design, and layout. Collaborative team working spaces, a fitness center, and an enhanced connecting staircase encourage the intent nicely, and an elegant, contemporary interior makes the structure feel both professional and cozy.

Tryba Architects

Architects:
David Tryba

Awards:
ULI Global Award for Excellence,
AIA Western Mountain Firm of the Year

Address:
1620 Logan Street, Denver, CO 80203

About Tryba Architects

In the last 29 years, Tryba Architects, self-described as civic architects with a passion for sustainable urbanism, has grown from its beginnings in restoration to a knack for developing and crafting progressive urban spaces in Denver and beyond. The firm received the ULI Global Award for Excellence for Denver’s Union Station and Firm of the Year from AIA Western Mountain. FAIA Fellowship recipient David Tryba has employed his leadership on projects across North America and Mexico. Since he returned to his home state in 1988 after working briefly for Beyer Blinder Belle in New York City, he has put his stamp on many standout structures within the urban profile of Denver.

Featured Projects

Modernizing the original Colonnade Center, which was occupied by seven federal agencies for close to 30 years, required both an innovative and dedicated approach to adhere to the sustainability and public visibility that its client, the federal government, desired. What is now the Cesar E. Chavez building houses government offices using a security-hardened exterior envelope that’s engineered for a 100-year lifespan and a new aluminum and glass curtain wall to reduce energy consumption by 32 percent. Tryba even integrated recycled material, including terrazzo made from local beer bottles and steel. The firm was also commissioned to work on the 330,000-square-foot Colorado Google headquarter. The design was meant for an expansion that would make room for up to 1,000 employees. The goal is to cultivate a creativity-inspiring and collaboration-inducing environment that interplays with the natural surroundings. To achieve these, the firm opted for open floor plans and efficient building envelopes.

Venture Architecture

Architects:
Martin Goldstein

Address:
535 East Mexico Avenue, Denver, CO 80210

About Venture Architecture

Venture Architecture might be made up of a modest team, but it knows how to use its small numbers effectively to achieve big results. Its office even includes a canine intern named Burley. Although this company is smaller than other firms with a larger reach or a bigger footprint, its work is diverse, bright, contemporary, and creative. LEED-certified Principal Architect Martin Goldstein earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado. Venture’s aim and goal is to uncover each space’s inherent beauty regardless of the potential challenges. With the company’s precise insight and innovative eye, it has crafted and renovated business headquarters and multi-family homes. As its work continues to evolve, the firm will likely become a bigger presence among Denver’s trusted go-to design firms.

Featured Projects

The KSL Capital building was a perfect challenge for Venture. The firm was tasked with cultivating a highly original concept that mirrored the company’s unique and exclusive approach. The space was intended to represent flair and refinement, be highly functional, provide a conducive working environment, and offer a relaxing atmosphere during breaks. Circular conference rooms with window walls, various modules with sliding glass doors, and a kitchen and lounge area with window-facing countertops accomplished the job nicely.
Applied Control is a headquarters facility for the local representative of a large national business based in South Metro Denver, and its design fuses the client’s practical needs with a functional and bright design. The work kept in mind future expansion, so the facility can adequately serve the growth of the company.

The Best Restaurant Architects in Denver

Overview

Denver’s restaurant scene runs the gamut of cuisine, vibe, aesthetic, and speciality. The stylistic demand is as varied as the menus, as is the art of creating a popular eatery that integrates seamlessly into the character of the neighborhood in which it is placed. Whether we are looking at architects who are still growing their portfolio but have made a noticeable, albeit small, splashes in Denver’s restaurant design, or firms with a longer history of making their mark on Denver’s aesthetic, the list below includes a diverse group of professionals all ready to meet different market needs. Some of these firms have a strong grasp of how to pull out the unique character of a chain, while others are pushing the boundaries of Denver’s style and crafting the new trends that Coloradoans will celebrate in the future.

Top Architects

Applebaum Architects

Architects:
Marc Applebaum

Address:
1623 Oneida Street, Denver, CO 80220

About Applebaum Architects

Marc Applebaum was profiled as one of the top 15 architects in Denver on BuildDirect 2016. Applebaum established the firm and guided it through the heart of his design philosophy: to ensure that the surroundings where people live and work generate a sense of well-being and balance. Serving on the City of Denver Arts & Venues Committee from 2013-2017, Marc integrates community involvement and deep respect for the artistry of historic materials into his professional life. These characteristics are often embodied in the firm’s works found in its commended portfolio, especially for the restaurant and dining sectors.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s most notable projects for the sector features a combination of two early 1900s buildings. The twin structures house the Tavern Downtown and the Cowboy Lounge, which sit below a rooftop bar and deck designed for year-round use. The Rooftop Tavern was named one of America’s 10 best rooftop bars by Frontier Airlines magazine. Applebaum cultivated both charm and functionality with large accordion doors, an outdoor fireplace, video projection screens, and separated seating areas with views of downtown, the mountains, and Coors Field. Another project featured the firm’s equal dedication to staying true to the artistic essence of the original building’s historic origin. When Applebaum took on Racine’s—considered a Denver institution and favorite meeting place—the design had to be based on favorite elements of the original structure. Applebaum made sure that the resulting structure is still something recognizable, especially for dedicated patrons. The striated brick masonry and articulated building massing fit the bill. Additionally, an adjacent 28,000-square-foot parking structure was designed to relieve neighborhood traffic and parking issues.

Arch11

Architects:
James Trewitt
E.J. Meade
Ken Andrews

Awards:
American Architecture Award 2020
AIA Young Architects Award 2020
AIA Colorado Honorable Mention 2019
AIA Colorado Denver Chapter Award of Distinction 2019
Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Design Excellence
AIA Emerging Impressions Award

Address:
1200 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
https://arch11.com

About Arch 11

Arch 11 was founded in 1993 by James Trewitt and E.J. Meade. AIA member and founder E.J. Meade received his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado. He was a former senior instructor at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado from 1993 until 2005. Trewitt, on the other hand, received an associate’s degree in engineering technology, a Bachelor of Architecture, and a Post-Professional Master of Architecture. Trewitt also taught drawing at the University of Arkansas and Architectural Design and furniture history and design at the University of Colorado. He was the recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Design Excellence and the Emerging Impressions Award from AIA. With locations in Boulder and Denver, the firm is staffed by ten professionals to complete multiple and diverse projects, for a wide array of sectors, including the commercial and restaurant market.

Featured Projects

For one of its projects for the restaurant industry, Arch 11 maintained the façade and roof of Happy Noodle—an Asian-influenced noodle house—while rebuilding the entire interior of the restaurant, creating a rustic and chic vibe, with custom seating, tables, and lighting. Graceful combinations of wood and steel make the space feel industrial yet warm. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot—a neighborhood bar and eatery in Denver’s Prospect Park—is 3,200-square-feet of posh elegance. Inserted into a 1930s era bag factory, this intimate homage to Prohibition speakeasies includes a rooftop deck, a curving peninsula bar, and stainless steel beer taps. In downtown Denver’s stadium district, Ignite was incorporated into a historic building that was once a pawn shop. The gleaming renovation includes an over-scaled glass stair enclosure, an open-air patio, a glass-enclosed rooftop bar, and pine textured walls.

ArcWest Architects

Architects:
Todd L. Heirls
Kevin H. Anderson

Address:
2406 W. 32nd Ave, Suite A, Denver, CO 80211

About ArcWest Architects

ArcWest Architects is a more recent addition to the Denver scene. Since 2006, ArcWest has created an impressive portfolio that includes restaurant architecture, as well as commercial, residential, warehouse, and corporate designs. Founding partner Todd L. Heirls enjoys collaborating directly with senior management and uses his welding expertise to create custom steel details to add directly to a project. ArcWest’s other founding partner, Kevin H. Anderson, brings over 25 years of experience as a licensed Colorado architect. Together, Anderson and Heirls lead a company that is commended for its business ethics, high-performance designs, and its architectural contribution to Denver’s communities. ArcWest was named one of the top 19 best architects in Denver on Expertise. While the firm is still building its design portfolio in the restaurant architecture sector, its present renovation services and its ability to transform existing dining spaces into structures that answer to the sophisticated and modern needs of its patrons make it a promising player.

Featured Projects

ArcWest was commissioned by a local client who owns one of the best Mexican restaurants in town—Patzcuaro’s on 32nd Street. With a modest $65,000 budget, ArcWest renovated the exterior without compromising the integrity of the original façade. Patzcuaro’s now has a storefront entry and window system that lets in an abundance of natural light and also offers a fresh yet historic look. The storefront of the kitchen was replaced and redone to include a serving window so “Taco Tuesday” could roll out To-Go orders, which is a great example of ArcWest’s knack for making simple functionality a part of a great design. For another project, the firm keeps its tradition of enhancing the potential of pre-existing spaces. ArcWest used its keen eye and functional sensibility to reimagine the edifice of a former and future brewing company. ArcWest architects provided planning, layout, and brewery design services for the new brewhouse and taproom—SoBo’s—located in the city’s antique district. The key was incorporating the essence of the historic foundation while adding new artistic elements to freshen up the interior’s vibe.

Chord Design Studio

Address:
1425 Market Street Suite 220, Denver, CO 80202

About Chord Design Studio

Formerly known as Kenney Architects, Chord Design Studio has been serving the Denver commercial, healthcare, public, and residential markets for over three decades. The company is a full-service interior designer, architect, and facilities consulting firm that takes on new building design, adaptive reuse, restoration, and renovation works. Rob Forslund, the firm’s owner and principal, has established lifelong relationships with project owners, with a majority of its business coming from repeat clients. What makes the firm a preferred professional is its consistency in delivering projects that have a clear project scope, on-schedule delivery, and most importantly, on-budget execution. As a designer for the restaurant sector, it has completed high-end and mid-range projects for dining and drinking spaces that have long become a part of Denver and its surrounding city’s social and cultural landscape. Some of its works have been commended by award-giving bodies and publications, including the Hospitality Design Magazine.

Featured Projects

One of its most iconic works in Denver is the Izakaya Den, a 10,000-square-foot Japanese-inspired restaurant. The firm partnered with Hyder Construction to complete a dining space that accommodates a full dining area, a bar, a private dining room, an indoor and outdoor patio, and a mezzanine level. Another more recent project that highlights Asian design elements is the Daughter Thai Kitchen & Bar, located in the city’s LoHi neighborhood. This over 3,300-square-foot restaurant was designed to provide a dining experience basked in casual elegance. The client wanted to provide a place where workers and local couples could enjoy after-work happy hours and oriental-themed date nights. The interior showcases custom wood screen walls, authentic lanterns shipped from Thailand, and highlights a warm mural that depicts the home country’s traditional dance.

Kock|Covotsos Architects

Architects:
Michael Koch

Address:
3457 Ringsby CT #223, Denver, CO 80216

About Kock|Covotsos Architects

Michael Koch founded the firm in 2003 after establishing his experience and credentials as a design professional. Koch earned his degree from Washington University and then went on to get a Master of Architecture from Yale in 1996. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and holds a practice license in Colorado, California, Nevada, and Arizona. Over the years, Michael Koch Architect partnered with other design firms to create a larger network of design professionals, enabling it to tackle more markets and offer a more comprehensive service option. In 2018, Cassandra Covotsos joined as principal after working with the firm for five years. Michael Koch Architect’s growing portfolio is varied in both project type and aesthetic, showing a capacity for diverse niches. While the company’s involvement in the restaurant sector is relatively new, it is no doubt one of the emerging firms that will shape the industry in the years to come. Its introductory project, a cafe renovation work, defined the firm’s future in the market.

Featured Projects

Cherry Bean Coffee, a coffee shop that also offers delicious eats, has been listed by Thrillist as one of Denver’s new hot spots. Located in the Sunnyside neighborhood, this seemingly small project took on great importance for Michael Koch. The challenge was to accommodate a full-service coffee and espresso bar in the small, abandoned office space. Reinvigorating that vintage vibe, they uncovered and revealed historic brick and quality pre-existing materials that could have been easily overlooked or taken for granted. A smooth, bright wooden countertop, industrial hanging light fixtures, and a well-situated coffee bar combine to add character to this already unique space. Cherry Bean Coffee was nominated for Best Coffee Shop on Denver’s A-List and it’s not hard to see why.

LIV Studio

Architects:
Brandon Anderson
Preston Reed
Tana Anderson

Awards:
AIA Colorado Young Firm of the Year,
AIA Denver Mentor of the Year

Address:
1760 Gaylord Street, Suite 3F, Denver, CO 80206

About LIV Studio

LIV Studio is a small design firm known for its client-based approach to architecture. The team includes Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and American Institute of Architects (AIA) member Brandon Anderson and Tana Anderson, NCIDQ. LIV is dedicated to the continuous research of new materials and methods of fabrication. The firm believes that to be able to generate great architecture, design and technology should come together. By asking the question, “why not?” the firm is able to explore the possibilities that these two factors can offer. The result is an award-winning portfolio recognized by the industry’s elite organizations. In the past, the firm won the IIBA Merit award for Sushi Rama and the 2015 AIA Colorado Young Firm of the Year awards. Its principal also earned the 2013 AIA Denver Mentor of the Year and the 2012 AIA Denver Young Architect of the Year. As a boutique firm, it has an interesting portfolio of unique structures, including architectural works for the region’s rich restaurant sector.

Featured Projects

Cochino Taco got a major overhaul when LIV came in and turned the drab exterior into a bright, inviting, open space with a white awning and a red umbrella-filled patio. Handsome, multi-textured woodwork interiors, wooden tables, and a long bar with silver diner stools make the space feel eclectic, hip, and lively. Denver’s Masterpiece Kitchen, another restaurant design work, represents the firm’s ability to pair simple, boxy exteriors with clear brand placement and backyard charm. The adjacent, outdoor, partially enclosed wood-paneled patio is a surprisingly pleasing contrast to the clean, industrial bulk of the main exterior. Echoed inside with a blend of wooden backdrops, small steel hanging lights, and thick countertops, Masterpiece Kitchen is contemporary, creatively structured, and down to earth.

OZ Architecture

Architects:
Jim Bershov

Address:
3003 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

About OZ Architecture

OZ Architecture has been bringing a spirit of collaboration and a hip, contemporary design aesthetic to the Denver metropolitan area since 1964.

Since 1964, OZ Architecture has been known for its contemporary, hip, and timeless architectures throughout the Denver metropolitan.
The firm champions a collaborative environment with an impressive list of 19 principals. These professionals are members and certified by the industry’s influential organizations, such as the AIA, USGBC, ASID, and NCIDQ. As a company, OZ is a constantly recognized player in the design scene. In the past, the firm was recognized as a ColoradoBiz Top Company of 2017 for their innovative, solution-based contributions to both local and global communities, as well as for their internal community outreach program, called OZ Gives, which provides their staff with opportunities to plan initiatives that support the community where they work and live. As a restaurant architect, the company is responsible for the design of local landmarks: the Row 14, The Nickel, Denver’s Punch Bowl Social, and the Ricard Brasserie and Liquor Bar.

Featured Projects

When designing the Ricard Brasserie and Liquor Bar, OZ took into account its location at the base of Snowmass Mountain and came up with a design that encourages a graceful dialog between structure and landscape. Ricard’s produced a traditional lodge design: exposed beams, long windows, and a fireplace. To appeal to its present-day market, the firm put in a modern spin with an eclectic, high-ceilinged sitting room and a slightly more casual dining room extension. The firm also completed another design work in the city, the Punch Bowl Social. The project is a part of a sassy chain that combines drinks, food, games, and karaoke into one social experience. OZ had to get creative to craft a space that could accommodate the diversity of activities without losing visual appeal. A full floor-to-ceiling glass front window offers an immediate sense of openness, while a strong, well-placed awning displays Punch Bowl’s fun electric sign. Mixed interior materials, including exposed piping, brick, and a decent dose of industrial chic, pays homage to a hip, modern night out.

Roth Sheppard Architects

Architects:
Herb Roth
Jeffrey Sheppard

Awards:
AIA Architecture Firm of The Year,
AIA Young Architect of the Year

Address:
1900 Wazee Street, Suite 100, Denver CO 80202

About Roth Sheppard Architects

Roth Sheppard Architects’s contribution to the region’s architecture industry is represented by over a hundred awards from the AIA, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and other design associations. They’ve put their mark on 80 restaurants since 1983, and they won AIA Architecture Firm of the Year in 2010 for both Denver and the state of Colorado. Principals emeritus and cofounders Herb Roth, FAIA, and Jeffrey Sheppard, AIA guide the firm’s younger generations of principal architects, LEED-AP Adam Harding and Brian Berryhill—both members of the AIA.

Featured Projects

Izakaya Den, an elegant two-story Japanese restaurant near Wash Park in Denver, is known for its elegant and refined character. The restaurant building features large glass windows, clean angles, a 6,000-square-foot dining area, and a 2,000-square-foot kitchen. Ten-foot walls of glass and a long skylight open to change the experience on a warm summer’s eve, allowing diners to become part of the active nightlife. Another project, the Vesta Dipping Grill in downtown Denver, is a 4,000 square feet of eccentric, modern beauty. Custom lighting fixtures, precise placement of the grill/hearth area, custom steel fabrications, and a combination of freestanding tables and private enclosed booths allow for seating options that invite solo patrons as well as the casual group of after-work diners.

Rowland+Broughton

Architects:
John Rowland and Sarah Broughton

Awards:
ASID Crystal Award,
AIA10 People’s Choice Awards,
AIA10 Historic Preservation Award,
AIA Colorado Award of Excellence

Address:
1830 Blake Street #200, Denver, CO 80202

About Rowland+Broughton

Rowland+Broughton is committed to creating lasting relationships with clients whom they can work with again and again as trusted advisors. Since 2003, Rowland+Broughton has executed award-winning projects led by AIA members John Rowland and Sarah Broughton. Some of the firm’s restaurant designs have been nationally recognized, some even featured by industry publications, including Hospitality Design Magazine. As a design professional, the firm offers comprehensive architectural, urban, and interior design services and takes a client through the process, from pre-design through installation. With studios in Aspen and Denver, the firm is making itself a part of Colorado’s evolving national image. When it comes to restaurant design, Rowland+Broughton relies on its in-depth understanding of code analysis, as well as its dedication to sustainable design to conceptualize functional, enduring, and stunning spaces.

Featured Projects

Tucked into the Aspen highlands, Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro offers a gorgeously chic, intimate, European-inspired dining experience. The essence of the bistro is complemented by the delicately renovated, rustic cabin interior. A high, apex ceiling provides a sense of space and relaxation. Wide windows let views of the snowy Colorado wilderness comfort patrons as they warm up inside Cloud Nine’s inviting atmosphere. For another project, the firm exhibited its meticulous skills in transforming a historic site into a modern space. Renovating and restoring a precious historic edifice requires careful consideration and collaboration. Rowland+Broughton worked extensively with the City of Aspen Historic Preservation Commission to respectfully update what is now the charming White House Tavern. A modern brick addition and new brick patio bring a new layer of visual appeal to the chapel turned tavern. This iconic project earned the firm the 2014 Historic Presentation Commission Award for Renovation.

Semple Brown

Address:
1160 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

About Semple Brown

With over 30 years of services to a wide range of markets in Denver and beyond, Semple Brown is one of the most established firms in the region. The company focuses on mixed-use, cultural, hospitality, office, residential, academic, entertainment, and restaurant sectors to deliver trailblazing architecture and interior design projects. Led by Sarah Semple Brown, FAIA, and Rusty Brown, AIA NCARB, the company has consistently secured commendations from the industry’s biggest networks. These institutions include the national and local AIA chapters, AIA Colorado and AIA Denver. As a designer for the restaurant and hospitality sectors, the firm has earned multiple Mayor’s Design Awards and ASID IDA Awards in the past. Its projects for the dining sector goes way back to 1990, including local landmarks such as the Mexicali Cafe in Larimer Square, Champion Brewing, Adega Restaurant and Wine Bar, Racines Restaurant, Steuben’s Restaurant, among many others. These projects embody the firm’s philosophy of how designs and architectures should “create and enhance a unique sense of place” for its clients.

Featured Projects

The firm showcases an extensive portfolio of restaurant interior design and architecture projects, many of which have been a huge part of the region’s vibrant and dynamic lifestyle. One of its projects in Denver is the Sunday Vinyl, a 2,000-square-foot restaurant that accommodates 68 seats. The design was inspired by the warm and cozy elements of a traditional European winebar. The mood of the restaurant was set to inspire an idea of returning to the analog world and “unplugging.” Vintage elements reinforce this atmosphere: upon entry you’ll see record players and shelves of vinyl records. The back wall of the dining space places listening nooks that provide a more intimate experience whether alone or with a small group. The Leroux, another restaurant design in the city, follows the contemporary Euro Bistro theme that exudes relaxation, authenticity, and individuality.

Studio Atlantis

Architects:
Jeff Metheny

Address:
7354 S Alton Way, Centennial, CO 80112

About Studio Atlantis

Studio Atlantis specializes in restaurant and retail design, and they pride themselves on an in-depth understanding of the needs of a restaurant customer. Their multi-disciplinary firm combines the talents of design architects, interior designers, and graphic designers. President Jeff Metheny has 20-plus years of retail and restaurant design experience and pays special attention to documentation, permitting, and construction. Senior Designer Alexis Crumb likes to focus her skill set on initial concepting, detail environmental design planning, and brand emphasis. Studio Atlantis has designed more than 30 restaurants and brings their personal, small teams warmth to large-scale, complex projects. Although they don’t appear on the list of firms with multiple design awards, their special focus in restaurants and consistently successful impact on the Colorado restaurant scene is highly notable.

“Defining and solving the puzzle of creating a physical space out of a person’s vision interconnected with real world constraints of budget, regulations, and the ever-evolving customer inspired me to start this career and continues on every project.” – Jeff Metheney, Principal, StudioAtlantis

Featured Projects

When tasked with the challenge of updating and expanding Sweet Basil, a cherished Thai restaurant in Vail, Studio Atlantis used earthy materials, custom lighting, stone walls, and curved floor elements to transform the space into something gorgeously bold, contemporary, and intimate, yet still open. Studio Atlantis has also brought their expertise to chains, such as the exterior reimagining they offered Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. They needed to maintain the customer’s recognition of the brand while also redesigning the look to offer a fresh, modern appeal to the outdated model.

Trapp Associates

Architects:
Shemryn Trapp

Address:
965 Linden Avenue, Boulder, CO 80304

About Trapp Associates

Trapp Associates opened up shop in 1981, and they were dedicated to a simple and specific goal — offering innovative solutions to the restaurant development industry. Thirty-five years later, with a portfolio of over 360 restaurants, they have grown to be distinguished in their specialty. Their projects include small, independent startups and national multi-unit chains. Trapp Associates is a boutique firm, able to take on large projects and utilize their specific restaurant industry expertise to avoid final-hour catastrophes with city planning, city signage, and kitchen equipment and health department requirements. Trapp Associates can begin at the base of a client’s needs (site selection) and work their way through the nitty-gritty details (permit and construction documentation).

“At Trapp Associates our greatest challenge and satisfaction is creating the best “stage” for Operations to win on” – Tim Trapp, President

Featured Projects

Rock Bottom, one of the first full-service dining brewpubs in Denver, provides warmth, openness, and artistry, with design hints of Frank Lloyd Wright in the use of leaded glass panels. A private party room and covered patio allow the space to open up without feeling daunting, and the large copper suspended in a two-story glass enclosure is an ode to the ultimate brewpub visual. On a major thoroughfare from Denver into the mountains, Trapp Associates gutted and re-envisioned a historic building into what is now the El Rancho. Its 12.6k square feet of lodge-like character, including preserved lacquered logs, make this establishment feel down home, while the brewing equipment at the front entry and the open floor plan gives it a contemporary edge.

“While working for one of Colorado’s premier architectural firms ( Carl Worthington Associates) in Boulder had the first restaurant chain client fall to me. Later becoming the VP of design and architecture for the Cork n Cleaver chain marched that chain across the US. Trapp Associates was founded in 1981 following the Corks closure and have provided design and architecture services to many national and international restaurant companies ever since. We have found after hundreds of projects of all scales a restaurant has to: “ work first and look fantastic second.” Because of the three pillars of restaurant success: Food, Service, Site/ Design, food is first, service second, and what we do is third. Of course, great success happens when you can get all three to be exceptional.
We have learned a whole new dimension of achieving restaurant success by opening and operating our own restaurant, U Turn BBQ, and Brewery. We believe the heroes in the equation are the staff that shows up every day to make special guest experiences.” – Tim Trapp, President

The Best Custom Home Builders & Design-Build Firms in Denver

Overview

Design-build firms in Denver carry a complex toolbox. They are required to bring the technical, the practical, the artistic, and the visionary to each project they tackle, as they help their clients design and construct unique, sustainable Denver homes. The list below includes both boutique and large-scale firms — firms that specialize entirely in residential and ones in which residential is only one branch of a bigger tree. Each firm brings a commitment to sustainability, which is a hallmark of Denver’s construction value system, while also building structures that can withstand the city’s distinct four seasons and its record hailstorms.

Top Custom Home Builders

ArcWest Architects

Architects:
Todd L. Heirls
Kevin H. Anderson

Address:
2406 W 32nd Avenue, Suite A, Denver, CO 80211

About ArcWest Architects

ArcWest Architects is a more recent addition to the Denver scene, and they believe in design that is progressive and innovative. Since 2006 ArcWest has built an impressive portfolio that includes residential, commercial, warehouse, and corporate projects. Founding partner Todd L. Heirls enjoys collaborating directly with senior management. He happens to have expertise in welding and often steps in to execute custom steel details. ArcWest’s other founding partner, Kevin H. Anderson, brings over 25 years of experience as a licensed Colorado architect and enjoys working on a large scope of projects that represent the diversity of the field. ArcWest was named one of the top 19 best architects in Denver on Expertise and received the 2016 Mayor’s Design Award.

Featured Projects

The Wyandot Street home was completed in 2014 at 4,223 square feet and represents ArcWest’s capacity to design a new home in a traditional style, without sacrificing the integrity of their artistry. The clients wanted their new build to respect the historic character of the surrounding neighborhood, and the result was an elegant home with brick exterior, a large front porch, an upper back patio, and plenty of natural light. ArcWest did a spectacular job with an N. Pecos Street build that reflects the urban feeling of the LoHi neighborhood. The exterior spaces take advantage of passive winter sun as well as summer shade. The upper floor master bedroom balcony provides privacy and comfort, and the top level terrace allows residents gorgeous sunset and city views. The exterior materials are a combination of hard stucco and horizontal cedar siding.

BONSAI Architect-Led Design+Build

Architects:
Josh Oqueli

Address:
2931 W. 25th Avenue, Denver, CO 80211

About Bonsai Design + Build

BONSAI is a new take on the former company Studio Q4. Josh Oqueli realized the power of integrating architecture with the world of construction and founded BONSAI Architect-Led Design+Build and Bonsai Construction in 2013. Oqueli received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver. He is NCARB-certified and has 16 years experience in total. 7 in practice with BONSAI and 9 working with different architecture firms.BONSAI is made up of a small but effective team of 6, who manage to make waves with high-performance design and construction of additions, single-family residences, duplexes, townhomes, and multi-family residences. The firm’s work has been featured in Colorado’s Best Kitchens Magazine and Modern in Denver.

Featured Projects

When BONSAI put its skills to work on the Lohi Urban Cottage project, the firm crafted a product that combines comfort, high performance, and pizzaz. The exterior was made from structural insulated panels (SIPs), which minimize the thermal breaks that can be a disadvantage of modern framing. Instead of a standard HVAC system, BONSAI opted for small air handling units positioned throughout the home to generate a more efficient heating and cooling process. More of the home’s highlights include textured wood, an open staircase, a spiral outdoor staircase, an enclosed upper floor sunroom/walkway, and a 300-square-foot deck with views of downtown Denver.

Desibl

Address:
3325 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216

About Desibl

Capable of architectural design, construction, and fabrication, Desibl is a multifaceted design-build firm operating all over the Denver Metro Area. It was established by former members of the design and construction firm, Design Platform, which served the city of Denver for a decade. While Desibl’s venture into the design-build industry has just begun, the firm is well-versed in various styles, as evident by its work portfolio.

Featured Projects

The projects in Desibl’s portfolio demonstrate the firm’s fluency in cabinetry, architectural design, and construction. Featured here is an updated 1980s split-level estate filled with contemporary design elements, such as a waterfall countertop, a Salamander green island cabinet, brass features, and walnut cabinetry. This project reflects the contemporary lifestyle of a modern family living in a bustling metropolitan area.

Doerr Architecture Firm

Architects:
Thomas Doerr

Awards:
Mayor’s Design Award

Address:
4848 Curie Court, Boulder, CO 80301

About Doerr Architecture Firm

Doerr Architecture Firm is a full-service design firm based in Boulder making a unique stamp on ecological design that is also expressive, contemporary, and boundary-pushing. The firm’s green building practices and sustainability principles have garnered critical acclaim, and the firm’s projects have included passive solar building designs, historic renovations, urban infill development projects, and net-zero energy homes. Principal architect Thomas Doerr also lends his talent to the educational sector, having taught a Green Building course at Naropa University that focused on the environmental impacts of buildings, as well as the LEED system.
The firm has been featured in LOCALE Magazine, and its work on the Finch House earned the Mayor’s Design Award. The Finch House was lauded for its dynamic aesthetics, great passive solar design, and various other energy-efficient measures.

Featured Projects

The Finch House is like looking at a hip, modern version of a dwelling you’d find in Tolkien’s Shire. It combines cozy with charm and functional with sustainable. The progressive artistic vision evident in this structure shines in the dynamism of the vaults, the circular staircase, the exposed wood connector beams, and the appealing overall curvature of the building. Not to mention, the home’s shaded southern windows and thermal mass make for sturdy insulation. This beautiful home features excellent daylighting, a highly efficient furnace and appliances, green materials, and passive solar design.

Dohn Construction

Address:
659 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204

About Dohn Construction

Since 2008, Jeff Ayres and Jeff Gates, alongside their growing team, have been pursuing their dream of offering reasonably priced, high-quality designs, with Denver Design Build’s (which operates through its parent organization, Dohn Construction) full-service expertise. The firm executes its clients’ visions for custom homes throughout the Denver metro and Front Range areas. Denver Design Build was recently awarded first place for Best Home Builder and Best Commercial Builder in ColoradoBIZ Magazine’s 2017 Best of Colorado Awards, and the firm was a finalist for the C.A.R.E Awards in Remodeling Excellence. The firm was also nominated for Best Custom Home Builder in the 2015 Homebuilders and Associates in Partnership Awards and was featured in Modern Builder & Design and US Builders Review.

Featured Projects

The Denver University Transitional showcases Denver Design Build’s keen eye for smoothly integrating elegant and traditional with youthful and industrial. The open concept kitchen features can lights and industrial light fixtures, and the cherry wood of the island is handsomely accentuated by the white- and gray-speckled marble countertop. The large windows and French doors in the living room allow for ample daylight, and the window reading nook in the upstairs bedroom creates a feeling of simple spaciousness. For the Berkeley Park Modern, Denver Design Build created spectacularly intentional divisions of window panes and slanted window angles that make the home feel like a contemporary art piece, while the black iron staircase railing; the slanted wood-paneled, can lit patio overhang; and the floor-to-ceiling beige stone fireplace backdrop create a new take on the rustic ranch aesthetic.

Factor Design Build

Architects:
Jane Blumer

Address:
3246 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205

About Factor Design Build

Factor Design Build relishes in the inherent challenge of versatility, and that’s why the firm’s projects range from urban lofts to old-world farmhouses. Regardless of the aesthetic, the firm is dedicated to fusing life-enhancing design with eye-catching artistry.
Founded by Josh Fiester and Kent Simpson, Factor Design Build has worked in the Denver metro and Boulder areas for more than 30 years, on both residential and commercial construction. Simpson has more than 20 years of construction, property development, property management, and home building experience. He graduated from Colorado State University, and when he’s not designing custom construction, he’s creating public art installations that win Mayor’s Design Awards. Fiester was formerly in charge of business development for Melton Design Build and brings 12 years of experience with large-scale commercial and residential projects. He is LEED certified and served as the project manager for the first LEED Platinum commercial building in the country.

Featured Projects

Factor Design Build’s Osceola home shows a flawless integration of clean, bright design with efficient, spacious living concepts. The project’s highlights include a three-level, open staircase (which features wooden steps accented by a black iron base), built-in shelving behind the fireplace, French doors in the kitchen, an oversized island with a convection oven, and well-spaced can lighting throughout the residence.

KGA Studio Architects, PC

Architects:
Jerry Gloss
Paul Mahony

Awards:
Nationals Silver Award for Best Architectural Design,
MAME Awards,
BALA Award

Address:
950 Spruce Street, Louisville, CO 80027

About KGA Studio Architects, PC

Founded in 1977 by John Knudson, KGA Studio is a nationally recognized firm with a specialty in residential design. Within KGA are two design studios: one that focuses on custom homes and one that focuses on production housing. The firm prides itself on collaboration and unique attention to every client and type of project. The team has several repeat clients and enjoys building enduring relationships. KGA has been recognized with hundreds of awards and honors, including the enlistment of Senior Partner Jerry Gloss into the Best in American Living Awards Hall of Fame.

Featured Projects

The Chanin Residence in Boulder took the 2008 Best in American Living Award for Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home, and it’s not hard to see why. The cutting edge, rectangular shapes of the home, the open staircase, the glass windows, and the bright modern kitchen are only some of the structure’s highlights. The Urban Traditional home of 4,107 square feet of farmhouse-inspired beauty includes a wraparound porch, a window seat breakfast nook, a floor-level patio, and a country-style kitchen. This project represents KGA’s versatile capacity for executing modern takes on old, cherished styles.

RealArchitecture

Architects:
David Berton

Address:
2899 Speer Boulevard #102, Denver, CO 80211

About RealArchitecture

RealArchitecture is an architecture and general contracting company that completes design-build projects in the Denver metro area and the Colorado Front Range, including single-family residences, apartments, lofts, mixed-use properties, remodels, additions, and row homes. RealArchitecture holds tight to the belief that successful projects rely on the foundation of strategic planning, and the firm’s goal is to create safe and productive working environments for its team’s optimal performance.
David Berton, the AIA and LEED-certified principal architect and founder, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Florida and founded RealArchitecture in 1995. He has taught at the University of Colorado Master of Architecture program and sits on the Board of Directors for various nonprofits, including Colorado Youth for a Change.

Featured Projects

The stunning residence on 3453 Navajo Street was handled with care by RealArchitecture, all the way from the acquisition of the land to the execution of the contemporary, artistic final product. Obtuse and acute angles, exposed steel, and both private and open spaces cultivate a sense of presence and comfort. The interior features clean lines, modern fixtures, and a blend of neutral and bold colors.

Sexton Lawton Architecture

Architects:
Sarah Sexton
Matthew Lawton

Awards:
AIA Denver Merit Award,
AIA Colorado Merit Award,
2011 AIA Colorado Honor Award.

Address:
1627 Gilpin Street, Suite A, Denver, CO 80218

About Sexton Lawton Architecture

Sexton Lawton Architecture is a full-service firm founded and run by Sarah Sexton and Matthew Lawton, who both attended Cornell University and worked for award-winning design firms in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Albuquerque, and Denver before establishing their own. During his university program, Lawton studied in Italy, where he received the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal for his thesis project.
The firm is licensed in the states of California and Colorado and believes in environmental responsibility, local product sourcing, and hands-on collaboration with clients. The firm received the 2011 AIA Denver Merit Award as a Sustainable Stuart, the 2011 AIA Colorado Merit Award, and the 2011 AIA Colorado Honor Award.

Featured Projects

The Belcaro Residence is a fabulous display of what a well-executed renovation and expansion can do to make a midcentury ranch sparkle with modern appeal. The inclusion of operable glass walls to link indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as custom storage walls, makes the space highly functional and full of light. Original flagstone chimneys were extended horizontally to create an exterior fireplace, giving the residence a polished yet rustic aesthetic.

Stone Cloud Design

Architects:
Bryan Bozeman

Address:
1284 South Clayton Street, Denver, CO 80210

About Stone Cloud Design

Stone Cloud Design, founded by Bryan Bozeman, is comprised of a modest team, yet the firm manages to execute highly artistic home designs that exemplify its unique eye for well-balanced contrast. Bozeman holds both a residential and commercial contractor license, as well as a real estate license, allowing him to bring diverse expertise to Stone Cloud’s projects. Stone Cloud was featured in Denver Life Home & Design’s Summer Issue in 2015 and on the Modern Architecture and Design Society Denver Home Tour in 2017. Stone Cloud is dedicated to working with nonprofit organizations in the Denver community. The firm is currently involved with Colorado Uplift and Make-A-Wish Colorado.

Featured Projects

Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright “Frederick C. Robie House,” the residence on 558 South Gaylord Street presents prairie charm clad with contemporary flourishes. The ultra-modern kitchen, including legless countertop chairs and a dramatic hanging metal light fixture, is a bold contrast to the simple exposed wood beams and skylight on the upper floor. That’s what makes the Gaylord house so interesting. Stone Cloud successfully intermingled strong statements, room to room. The bathroom, with a full glass-enclosed shower that houses a freestanding, oval-shaped tub and shower bench inside it, is simultaneously breathtakingly simple and exceedingly lush. Topped off with an outdoor, exposed brick fire pit, this home brings comfort, artistry, and entertaining into a new kind of balance.

Sustainable Design Build

Address:
3330 Larimer St., Ste 1C Denver, CO 80205

About Sustainable Design Build

With a clear-cut approach to the design-build construction model, Sustainable Design Build aims to provide the full range of design-build services with the environment and the community in mind. Priding itself on its local roots, the firm partners with local peers and councils to ensure that local communities are properly represented and taken care of. Founders Zach McKendry and Mike McCarty are no strangers to the construction industry. Prior to opening the firm in 2016, McKendry worked with and operated several construction companies. He is a fourth-generation builder and a savvy real estate entrepreneur. McCarty has around a decade of experience in the real estate market, garnering more than 20 properties in his portfolio.

Featured Projects

The firm understands the role of financing and value engineering in property development. Remodeling, when done properly, will increase the market value of properties in the long run. While the firm focuses on remodeling and home additions, it also provides ground-up construction and custom homes.The contemporary-style property featured here is a home on Yates. The home has an interesting silhouette and structure that emphasizes proportion and placement. This project also utilizes neutral tones very well, adding to the overall minimalist and contemporary appeal of the home.

The Best Commercial Architects in Denver

Overview

Denver is one of the fastest-growing cities in the US, with an architectural scene that boasts classic highrises of brick and steel alongside newer structures with more futuristic energy. Set against the magnificent Rocky Mountains, Denver’s major commercial architects have been tasked with maintaining a skyline that works well with the city’s dramatic, and often snow-capped, mountainous backdrop.

While fusing the aesthetic of Denver’s historic past with its blossoming contemporary vibe, the architects on the list used the inspiration derived from the unique terrain to create buildings that combine the best of what man-made structures and natural landscapes can offer. Denver’s commercial architecture scene is populated by a number of multidisciplinary firms that cater to a diverse list of markets in the region. These firms also highlight successful professionals and principal architects that have established their own national and global presence.

Top Architects

Craine Architecture

Architects:
Dan Craine

Awards:
Downtown Denver Partnership Award

Address:
2490 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205

About Craine Architecture

Principal architect and founder Dan Craine is an established designer and architect who has collaborated and worked with some of the leading figures in the industry, including David Tryba of Tryba Architects. Craine made his way to Denver from New York. He completed his Master’s in Architecture at the University of Colorado. He is a member of the Congress of New Urbanism, the Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board, and AIA Denver’s Urban Design Committee. Craine’s team approach is attractive to clients who value their own participation in visioning and feedback. Craine has done consistent, high-quality work on commercial, multi-family community structures, and single-family residential properties. Additionally, the firm has a highly-commended portfolio for the hospitality and resort sectors. In 2016, for instance, it received the Downtown Denver Partnership Award for the Wheatley, which celebrated the structure’s transformational impact on the vitality of Denver.

Featured Projects

Fairmont Breckenridge Resort Residences was a noble nod to the luxurious grace of Colorado’s winter wilderness. The site hosts a lush lodge and spa that sits on a secluded ridgeline above 188 acres of nature preserve. You can expect gondola access from your doorstep for easeful travel time between your lodging and the slick slopes.

Located in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, the Lydian, which was named after a jazz scale, pays homage to the jazz heritage of Five Points. This interesting choice of design gives the area a nostalgic, classic feel. Featuring 129 apartments, 15,000 square feet of office space, and almost 10,000 square feet of retail, the Lydian is one of Denver’s classiest integrative spaces.

Davis Partnership Architects

Architects:
Ann Adams
Gary Adams
Brian Erickson

Address:
2901 Blake Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80205

About Davis Partnership Architects

Davis Partnership Architects has been bringing its special touch to Denver landmarks since 1967, although different formations of the firm first existed as far back as 1892. The company’s mission is to elevate the joy and dignity of the human experience through their functional and artistic conceptualization of both urban and rural spaces. From the futuristic elements of the Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum to the understated beauty of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Davis Partnership Architects executes a consistently diverse aesthetic. Though the firm has a wide focus, they put special attention towards facilities for education, healthcare, research, and commerce. Among the firm’s principals are Ann Adams, a certified member of the American College of Healthcare Architects, Gary Adams, an AIA committee member on Architecture for Health, and LEED-accredited professional Brian Erickson.

Featured Projects

The 112,000-square-foot mixed-use space known as Civica Cherry Creek was completed in 2018. Cherry Creek’s rooftop terrace offers views of Denver’s downtown and the iconic Rocky Mountains. The firm used electrochromic glass to tint the building’s windows for privacy. The structure’s four-level, 73,650-square-foot parking garage provides easy access to 214 parking spaces. Another example of the firm’s project is the New Headquarters for the Colorado Health Foundation. The work required comprehensive design services from Davis Partnership Architects. This 34,000-square-foot project, completed in late 2016, was a true integration of architectural versatility and attention to the landscape. Additionally, extra attention was paid to interior layouts designed to enhance collaboration and communication. The firm also worked on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new addition in downtown Denver. It was a collaboration with London-based architect David Adjaye and features a three-story atrium, five galleries, and a rooftop area.

EUA

Architects:
Rick Burkett
Catherine Quintero

Address:
1899 Wynkoop Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202

About EUA

In 2017 when Burkettdesign joined forces with Eppstein Uhen Architects, a well-respected 110-year-old design firm, it was a merger of like-minded business models that established its presence in Colorado. Burkettdesign was founded in 1990 and was known for its high quality and personalized design services. Their integration with EUA created an expanded reach within the midwest region. Rick Burkett serves as the principal of the Denver Studio. Burkett is an AIA member and LEED-certified professional. He focuses on strategic planning and conceptual design. When it comes to the firm’s notable works, EUA has a diverse aesthetic capacity, showing examples of their clean, dignified style with the Colorado Academy of Music and their out-of-the-box innovation with the Denver Botanical Gardens.

Featured Projects

The firm’s portfolio in commercial and academic sectors feature some of its most unforgettable works. For instance, its work for the Colorado Academy School of Music is one of its most notable ones. The school serves approximately 945 students in Lakewood, Colorado. The building combines a classic appeal with a modern twist and is an elegant emblem for learning on the 94-acre campus. Another project, the 1000 Speer Buildings, offers high-rise vantage points on Denver’s low-rise city. These luxury apartments provide 83 units, mountain views, and a swimming pool. These works showcase EUA’s ability to create a modern look that doesn’t clash with Denver’s historic elements.

Fentress Architects

Architects:
Curtis Fentress

Awards:
AIA Thomas Jefferson Award

Address:
421 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

About Fentress Architects

Fentress Architects is an international design firm founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980. The firm is considered one of the top green design firms in the United States. Its commitment to sustainable design has been a cornerstone of its approach since the early ‘90s and has influenced the creation of the world’s largest daylit structure and the world’s largest LEED building. Through the years, the firm has produced award-winning, cutting-edge design of convention centers, museums, government buildings, and airports. Its portfolio also showcases its highly regarded work for the Denver International Airport. The company has also extended its reach to international markets and is responsible for designing one of the world’s tallest buildings in Kuwait, a 60-story, Class-A office tower. It also worked on the more than 700-foot tall structure known as The Dancing Sisters in Dubai. Curtis Fentress, who leads as the principal-in-charge-of-design at the firm, graduated with honors from North Carolina State University College of Design and is an AIA Fellow, the organization’s highest membership honor.

Featured Projects

Fentress Architects and Boston-based firm Machado Silvetti worked on a partnership to complete the renovation work on the Denver Art Museum’s historic North Building, a $150 million project that includes a $25-million pledge from the museum’s board chairman, J. Landis Martin. Both firms worked closely with the Denver Art Museum to ensure that their plan would allow them to sensitively restore the historic building and simultaneously create access to the seventh floor, where mountain and city views await. The design also included the expansion of the structure for additional exhibition space, as well as unveil a new welcome center. A poll by the American Institute of Architects showed that the Denver International Airport was ranked as the 4th “Favorite American Architecture” landmark built in the last 15 years. The project was behind schedule and over budget when it was initially handed to the firm, and in three weeks Curtis Fentress conceptualized a plan that was faster to construct, more affordable, and would ultimately become iconic. In 2010, he was honored with the Thomas Jefferson Award, a recognition that is considered the highest award for public architecture by the AIA.

GMH By Design

Architects:
Greg Houston

Address:
600 17th Street, #2800, Denver, CO 80202

About GMH By Design

GMH By Design is a full-service architectural firm with specializations in commercial, civic, and church architecture, as well as custom homes and corporate office design. Colorado native and Principal Architect Greg Houston brings his longtime knowledge of his hometown into his unique awareness of Denver’s evolving character. The company prides itself on client collaboration and a willingness to work on projects of varied sizes. The firm’s versatility shows in the professional, clean aesthetics that they’ve crafted for apartments in the center of downtown Denver and in the contemporary elegance they’ve cultivated in revitalized church spaces. As they steadily grow their portfolio, GMH By Design is sure to climb the ranks of coveted architecture firms in the Denver area.

Featured Projects

The 1755 Blake Street Building makes a refined, functional statement in a five-story office building that incorporates retail spaces at the street level. It maximizes the building area while staying away from the corner, as to not create visual competition with other structures. This unique attention to the detail of surrounding construction allows GMH’s work to integrate seamlessly into the environment around them. The work also worked on one of the tallest buildings in Denver, known as The Spire. The project is a LEED-certified condominium that houses 496 units. This high rise residential is attired in glass and steel and complements the aesthetic of the Colorado Convention Center, which sits across the street. Along with 41 stories of residential living, are street-level retail spaces, social clubs, a fitness center, and swimming pools.

Humphries Poli Architects

Architects:
Dennis Humphries and Joseph Poli

Awards:
AIA Colorado Merit Award,
AIA Architect’s Choice Award,
Colorado Construction Gold Hard Hat Award

Address:
1655 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203

About Humphries Poli Architects

In the early 1970s, Dennis Humphries and Joseph Poli cemented a friendship at the University of Illinois that evolved into the successful Humphries Poli Architects, a Denver design firm that believes that at the heart of every great business, are friendship and community. Humphries Poli Architects currently lists almost 100 awards for design. These include the AIA Colorado Merit Award and the AIA Architect’s Choice Award. Dennis Humphries and Joseph Poli both hold a Master in Architecture. The two principals aim to promote a vibrant energy in their workplace and, most importantly, deliver innovation in their diverse, national work.

Featured Projects

The Skyline Park Pavilion won the Colorado Construction Gold Hard Hat Award for Architectural Design. Its palette and other design elements integrate durability and permanence while maintaining a connection to the park’s materials. The Pavilion opens to the adjacent outdoor plaza and provides subtle nighttime lighting from the ground plane. After a nationally covered incident in 2004, when the former Granby Public Library was destroyed by an angry citizen with a bulldozer, Humphries Poli Architects stepped in to redesign the new 10,800-square-foot structure. Fusing sustainability with a contemporary feel, this new edifice includes a children’s room, a teen zone, an adult collection, a quiet reading area, study rooms, and a meeting venue.

Pickard Chilton

Architects:
Jon Pickard
William D. Chilton
Anthony J. Markese

Awards:
IDP Outstanding Firm Award,
IDP Emerging Architects Award

Address:
980 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

About Pickard Chilton

Pickard Chilton may be based in New Haven, Connecticut, but it has made quite the visual impact on Denver’s skyline. The firm’s reach is international, their personal touch intimate. Additionally, its blend of pragmatism and creativity reflects an appreciation for research-driven design, and the firm’s quality work has not gone unappreciated. In the past, Pickard Chilton received the IDP Outstanding Firm Award and the Emerging Architects Award and was nominated Innovator of the Year in Business New Haven Magazine. Jon Pickard, William D. Chilton, and Anthony J. Markese make up the firm’s high-caliber trio of principals. All hold the distinguished honor of being AIA Fellows and remain deeply involved with every project, which ranges from high profile international work to corporate buildings and campuses. Pickard and Chilton both received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Iowa State University.

Featured Projects

1144 15th is Denver’s 40-story, high-performance, LEED Gold-certified office tower. The building also features an 880-space parking garage. This sleek emblem of the city’s burgeoning metropolis showcases a natural stone, daylit lobby with wood and stainless steel accents. Floor-to-ceiling glass in the tower’s office floors exposes a sweeping view of the Rockies—a priceless backdrop for its resident’s daily routine. Another project, the 4600 South Syracuse, was the first of a two-building complex within the Denver Technology Center. It was designed to be the corporate headquarters for a leading software developer. Also privy to well-designed gazing stations on the Rocky Mountains, this building includes floor-to-ceiling clear glass windows, natural sun protection created by deep horizontal mullions, and premium office and conference spaces.

Rowland+Broughton

Address:
1830 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80202

About Rowland+Broughton

Rowland+Broughton is notable for the collaborative process that allows it to challenge conventional thinking and ultimately produce designs that inspire, transform, and enhance how people interact with spaces. The company has two studios in Colorado, one in Aspen, and yet another in Denver. These two locations allow the firm to reach a wider scope of clientele that come from a diverse range of markets such as residential, commercial, corporate, retail, mixed-use, hospitality, and cultural. Established almost two decades ago by Principals Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCIDQ, and John Rowland, AIA, the firm has delivered custom projects defined for their thoughtful designs and their sustainability. A majority of the firm’s business is from repeat clients who have come to trust the firm’s spectrum of design solutions. Aside from its impressive testimonials, industry organizations and publications such as AIA, IIDA, Interior Design Magazine, and Luxe Magazine, attest to the firm’s excellence in producing modern, technology-based, and client-focused designs, especially for the commercial and residential sectors.

Featured Projects

Over the years, the company has completed multi-awarded designs for the commercial industry in Denver and nearby cities. Its work as an architect and interior designer for this market has been recognized by a variety of awards and press features. The Victorian Square Building project, for instance, was a 12,275-square-foot commercial, mixed-use work in Aspen. The firm worked as a master planner and lead architect for the project that later on won the 2018 AIA Colorado – Best Commercial Building award. The project’s design, dominated by a collage of handmade bricks and African mahogany, was inspired by a nearby skiing landmark known as the “Pillow Factory.” This contemporary structure was featured in Modern Denver, Petersen Magazine, and Building Dialogue. Another notable work, this time in Denver, is the Matsuhisa project. Its genuine design that represents the client’s brand helped it win the 2018 ASID Crystal Awards, for two categories: Judges Merit Award for Commercial and the Best Hospitality Project Under 10,000 square feet. The project was featured in Interiors Colorado magazine, Building Dialogue, and ENR. More recently, another commercial work, the Mesa Building remodel, earned the 2019 Colorado CARE Awards.

Semple Brown Design Firm

Architects:
Sarah Semple Brown
Rusty Brown

Awards:
AIA Denver Firm of the Year,
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Awards,
Historic Denver Award of Honor

Address:
1160 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

About Semple Brown Design Firm

Semple Brown Architectural Firm has been delivering designs that represent the balance between form and function since 1982. Co-founded by Sarah Semple Brown, whose style is known to fuse depth, warmth, and quality, her staff includes multiple LEED-accredited professionals. Brown works together with President Rusty Brown, AIA, NCARB, to lead the company’s every operation. The Browns’ collaborations have produced a diverse portfolio, with works highlighted in over 30 publications. Sarah Brown earned her FAIA title in 2013, and the firm previously received Firm of the Year for AIA Denver and AIA Colorado. Semple Brown prides itself on its team-based approach and on its ability to cultivate community through a strong sense of place. From demure cultural icons, such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, to the modern, multi-venue lobby at Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Semple Brown’s versatility and attention to detail make it an outstanding player in the region’s architectural scene.

Featured Projects

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House was one of the most fulfilling projects that the firm has worked on. The challenge, which the firm successfully delivered, was to construct a completely new facility within the shell of a century-old historic structure. Semple Brown completed the project, valued at $92 million, in five years. Today, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House is a gorgeous modern throwback to the dapper days of old. Seating 2,268 patrons for a range of productions, including critically acclaimed dance, opera, and music, the opera house is a cultural pivot point in Denver’s growing arts scene. Semple Brown was also commissioned for another important entertainment hot spot, the Colorado Ballet’s new building at 1075 Santa Fe Drive. Semple Brown values its ability to support the nonprofits they work with by trying their best to stretch donor dollars. Due to the firm’s ingenuity, Colorado Ballet was able to raise the money needed for both the purchase and renovation costs of their new building.

Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects

Address:
1550 Wynkoop Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80202

About Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects

Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects stands out for its comprehensive approach to design. The firm specializes in completing urban projects that continue to reshape Denver’s architectural landscape, especially for the commercial market. Headquartered at the heart of the city, the company takes on academic, hospitality, residential, civic, cultural, and corporate office projects through its expertise in architectural, interior design, and planning. Chris Shears, Jesse Adkins, and Andy Rockmore have led the firm from success to triumph since its founding in 2002. The three are lifelong members of the AIA and Shears is an AIA Fellow. Shears, before establishing the firm, was already a leading figure in the region’s urban design scene. One of his major contributions to the city was a LoDo residential project, the Palace Lofts, one of the pioneering structures that introduced more opportunities to live and work in the historic district. Today, many of the firm’s projects have earned multiple recognitions, including AIA awards and Mayor’s Design Award.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s most notable projects in the commercial sector is the River Mile project, located in Denver. The architectural design recently earned the prestigious Regional Design and Planning award from AIA Colorado in 2019. As one of the largest developments in the region’s history, this monumental project was conceptualized to provide a transit-oriented and modern mixed-use facility to the city. The firm currently leads its master planning efforts. The firm also worked as the head interior architect for another community landmark, the Broadway Market. The firm designed its interior to attract the city’s growing food and beverage enthusiasts. The building features the minimalist elements of modern architecture and the charming craftsmanship of industrial design. The choice of a neutral palette allows individual food establishments to stand out visually and highlight their brand’s signature style. As an architect for commercial hospitality building design, the company has completed multiple projects in and outside the city, including the Blake Street Hotel and the 1480 Wewatta Aparthotel, among others.

Tryba Architects

Architects:
David Tryba

Awards:
ULI Global Award for Excellence

Address:
1620 Logan Street, Denver, CO 80203

About Tryba Architects

In the last 29 years, Tryba Architects has defined itself as civic architects with a passion for sustainable urbanism. The firm has evolved from its origins in restoration to a diverse niche focused on developing and creating innovative urban spaces in the city and beyond. It received the ULI Global Award for Excellence for its project for the city’s Union Station. The company also won the Firm of the Year from AIA Western Mountain. AIA Fellow David Tryba has spearheaded projects across North America and Mexico. Since he returned to his home state in 1988 after working briefly for Beyer Blinder Belle in New York City, he has put his mark on many standout structures within the urban profile of Denver, including the elegant yet contemporary History Colorado Center and the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Building complex.

Featured Projects

At the intersection of five unique Denver districts is Tryba’s proposed Rocky Mountain Public Media headquarters. This project, which is expected to be completed in 2020, started with a five-story building that includes offices, a 500-seat theater, a black box theater, and recording studios. The design is intended to creatively integrate the character of the neighborhood, fusing contemporary and salvaged materials to serve as a cultural meeting point for generations to come. Tryba was also the chosen firm for a transit-oriented development called The Colorado Center. The Colorado Center includes a light rail station, a CarShare, and a bike/pedestrian bridge. The design will be centered around high-rise towers that offer working and living spaces, as well as retail, and entertainment areas. The 20-story residential tower will feature an unobstructed view of the Rocky Mountains and supply residents access to a lounge, a lap pool, and a yoga and fitness center.

Venture Architecture

Architects:
Martin Goldstein

Address:
535 East Mexico Avenue, Denver, CO 80210

About Venture Architecture

Venture Architecture is a small, tight-knit team with a big vision. The firm is led by LEED-certified Principal Architect Martin Goldstein. Goldstein received his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado. Under his leadership, Venture’s mission has focused on one ultimate goal: to reveal each space’s innate beauty regardless of perceived obstacles. Although this company is more modest than other firms with a much longer history or a larger reach, their work is versatile, clean, creative, and modern. With their keen design eye, they’ve cultivated and renovated business headquarters and multi-family homes. As their work continues to come to completion, they will likely rise up the ladder of trusted, small-team Denver design firms.

Featured Projects

One of the firm’s most iconic projects was the revitalization of a 110-year-old building. The Case Plow project presented a challenge: create a modern design without losing its century-old character and adapting it into a multi-use development that includes several retail spaces, restaurants, and loft areas. Case Plow’s rejuvenated brick exterior reflects the charm of days gone by. This project was made possible by federal and state historic tax credits and new market tax credits. The firm also completed another work for the commercial sector. The Applied Control is a headquarters facility for the local representative of a large national business based in South Metro Denver, and it fuses the clients’ practical needs with a functional and bright design. The work kept in mind future expansion, so the facility can adequately serve the growth of the company.

The Best Residential Architects and Designers in Denver

Overview

Denver’s residential aesthetic is an eclectic mix of the old and the new. Rather than turning their back on their history, Denver architects are finding a delicate balance between innovation and revival. The city and its home region are blessed with a rich diversity of residential architecture. Depending on the neighborhood, you’ll find classic, contemporary, craftsmen, mountain rustic, Victorian homes that incorporate modern design and functional elements to champion aesthetics, sustainability, and efficiency. Thanks to Denver’s geography and its abundance of sunlight, the area is an ideal place for passive solar homes and structures that can take advantage of natural light and visually unique landscapes. Colorado residents don’t just appreciate a refined interior, they cherish a good outdoor view; the residential architects who are defining Denver’s need to be inclusive of the outdoor culture that makes the people who live there proud to call Denver home. The architects listed below represent the quality and versatility of Denver’s residential design scene. While these companies have a range when it comes to size and focus, they represent the industry’s ever-evolving perspectives in terms of timeless craftsmanship, innovation, and sustainability.

This list includes both licensed architects and residential designers who can both design stunning homes but differ in other services offered. Architects are trained in design, engineering, and project management and have passed a licensing exam. Residential designers typically don’t manage projects and plans will need to be approved by a structural engineer. Whether you choose to hire an architect or a residential designer will depend on your project needs and complexity.

Top Architects

ArcWest Architects

Architects:
Todd L. Heirls
Kevin H. Anderson
Robin Adams

Awards:
Denver Mayor’s Awards

Address:
1525 Raleigh Street, Suite 320, Denver, CO 80204

About ArcWest Architects

ArcWest Architects is an emerging player in the Denver architecture and design scene. At the core of the firm’s philosophy is the belief that design should be progressive and innovative. Since 2006 ArcWest has created an impressive portfolio that includes residential spaces, as well as commercial, restaurant, warehouse, and corporate structures. A hands-on principal, founding Partner Todd L. Heirls collaborates directly with senior management and even gets involved in the project execution of some of its works. As an expert welder, he often steps in to complete custom steel details. ArcWest’s other founding partner, Kevin H. Anderson, brings over 25 years of experience as a licensed Colorado architect and enjoys working on a wide scope of projects that represent the diversity of the field. The firm’s overall portfolio introduces a versatile and cutting-edge take on residential design. It includes new homes, porches and patios, and additions and renovations.

Featured Projects

The design for the Antelope Lane residence was intended to take full advantage of the stunning views to the west of the Rampart Range and Pikes Peak. Colorado architects need to understand how to maximize visual access to the outdoors: ArcWest is always up to the task. Blending a contemporary and Craftsman aesthetic, the structure features a wraparound porch, handsome wainscot on the foundational layer of the home, and plenty of glorious, large, glass windows. For another project—the N. Pecos Street home in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood—the firm focused on the home’s efficiency and modern appeal. Exterior spaces were designed to make use of passive winter sun and to provide shade relief from summer heat. The ground-level patio accesses both the living and dining areas, and a balcony connected to the master bedroom creates a private lounge area. Two-tone, hard stucco siding, a stone wainscot, and a lower-level fireplace creates an undeniably inviting, yet chic space.

Davis Urban

Address:
3316 Tejon Street, Suite 105, Denver, CO 80211

About Davis Urban

Davis Urban remains one of the most recognized architectural firms in Denver, with awards and press features constantly highlighting its contribution to the city’s unforgettable residential landscape. Modern in Denver, Denver Life, and Home Magazine emphasized the firm’s ability to deliver living spaces that embody the individuality of its clients while blending the home’s design elements with that of its surrounding landscape. The result is a graceful dialog between structure and environment. The firm’s work for the residential market—single-family and multi-family homes—are characterized by luxury and innovative, efficient performance. Principal Matt Davis is an award-winning designer and architect who founded and led the boutique design firm to its present success. Many of Davis’s projects are scattered across Northwest Denver neighborhoods, most of them are urban homes that fit well with Denver’s vibrant and dynamic metropolitan lifestyle.

Featured Projects

Perhaps one of the most notable projects completed by the firm is the 900 Penn, a luxury condominium complex that recently earned the 2019 Mayor’s Design Award and the AIA Colorado Award of Distinction. In the previous year, the design also won the Residential Architect Design Award. The firm’s portfolio also consists of several multi-awarded single-family residential designs, some of which are located in Denver and nearby cities in the region. The Alley House, for instance, is a sophisticated urban haven carefully fitted, as its name suggests, in a forgotten alley, tucked into one of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods. The home’s modern, minimalist design features contrasting elements of bold, striking lines and a neutral color palette. Another work, found in Denver’s River North Arts District, is the RiNo Residence that was featured in Modern Denver. The publication described the home as a stunning view in the district, celebrating the residence’s “clean design and forward-thinking aesthetics.”

Doerr Architecture Firm

Architects:
Thomas Doerr

Awards:
Mayor’s Design Award

Address:
4848 Curie Court, Boulder, CO 80301

About Doerr Architecture Firm

Doerr Architecture Firm is another Boulder firm that has greatly contributed to Denver’s housing landscape. The company is a full-service design firm that focuses on a portfolio of ecological design that is also expressive, innovative, sustainable, and contemporary. The firm’s green building practices and sustainability principles have earned critical acclaim. Over the years, the company’s green home innovations have included projects with passive solar building designs, historic renovations, urban infill development projects, and net-zero energy homes. The firm’s projects have been featured in LOCALE Magazine. Its work on the Finch House won the Mayor’s Design Award and was cited for dynamic aesthetics, great passive solar design, and various other energy-efficient measures. Principal architect Thomas Doerr has a rich background in sustainable architecture. Aside from his experience teaching a Green Building course at Naropa University, he also authored the “Green Architecture Checklist” for residential designs.

Featured Projects

Located in Denver, The Finch House embodies the firm’s expertise in green and energy-efficient designs. The project was featured in Passive Solar Simplified for its innovative take on sustainable residential spaces. Aside from its eco-conscious design, the home is also charming and functional. The progressive artistic vision evident in this structure shines in the dynamism of some of its design choices: the vaults, the circular staircase, the exposed wood connector beams, and the appealing overall curvature of the building—not to mention, its shaded southern windows and thermal mass make for sturdy insulation. This beauty features excellent daylighting, a highly efficient furnace and appliances, green materials, and passive solar design. On another project, the updates, and addition that Doerr Design implemented on a 100-year-old Denver Victorian emphasized its ability to maintain character, adapt for energy efficiency, and complement pre-existing aesthetics seamlessly. The design of a passive solar sunspace that acts as a free furnace warms the house and creates a gorgeous lounge spot and plant room. The home features natural convective cooling and is considered a Green Historic Remodel.

Ekman Design Studio

Architects:
Stephen P. Ekman

Awards:
AIA Denver Chapter Architect’s Choice Award

Address:
550 8th Ave, Denver CO 80203

About Ekman Design Studio

Ekman Design Studio is a boutique architectural firm that specializes in unique and fine homes. Located in the center of Denver, the studio has been bringing highly recognized, elegant design to the Rockies since 1995. Ekman Design Studios prefers to discover the unique inspiration that emerges with each residence rather than lock into a particular architectural style. The firm’s designs value maximized views, daylight, and harmony with the construction’s pre-existing surroundings. The company received the AIA Denver Chapter Architect’s Choice Award in 2014 and its work has been featured more than once in Luxe Magazine. AIA member Stephen P. Ekman is a graduate of the University of Colorado with degrees in Small Business Management and Environmental Design. He currently serves as a board member for the Littleton Historic Preservation Board and the Board of Historic Denver.

Featured Projects

Some of the firm’s most notable works are commended for their sophistication and respect for its surrounding landscape. The Wellshire Contemporary home, designed as an empty nester’s retreat, is the epitome of luxury, style, and privacy. Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired, this gem features an entry courtyard, whole walls of glass windows, ledge stone, wood, and steel. A poolside patio, an entertaining terrace, and a roof deck primed for sunset make this home a truly unforgettable haven. On the perimeters of the St. Claire neighborhood, with an 1890s black and white photograph as a guide, Ekman Studio completed a full restoration design on a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian. Highlights of the project include a new main floor guest suite, a private elevator, a classic kitchen with a hearth room, and a renovated master suite.

Hart Studio Residential Architecture

Architects:
Tomas Hart

Awards:
AIA Mayor’s Design Award,
CARE First Place: Interior Remodel Award

Address:
P.O. Box 460003, Denver, CO 80246

About Hart Studio Residential Architecture

Hart Studio is one of Denver’s boutique standouts, founded by the principal architect and AIA member, Tomas Hart. In the past, Hart led another successful firm, The Architecture Studio. Today, Hart’s architecture company takes on a wide range of design projects, from remodels and basements to moderate additions, pop-tops, and new houses square one. The firm has worked in neighborhoods with varying aesthetic characters: Victorians and Denver Squares in Capitol Hill, Bungalows in Wash Park, and Tudors in Park Hill. That range of experience allows the company to showcase its ability to provide design solutions that fit the unique demands of its sophisticated clientele. In the last decade, the firm has received multiple recognitions for its works, including the Mayor’s Design Award and the CARE First Place: Interior Remodel award.

Featured Projects

In Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood, Hart Studio brought to life a historically inspired Spanish Mission Revival residence. Faithful to this timeless architectural style, the home features an arched porch, eave brackets, wrought iron balcony railings, a red tile roof, custom pre-cast concrete details, and a stucco finish. The second-floor addition was designed to house four bedrooms, four French balconies, and two baths. This graceful ode to a grand historic style is nothing less than regal. For another project, the Park Hill Victorian, the firm conducted a full-scale remodel. With additions and remodels as two of the firm’s expertise, it was not surprising that Hart Studio delivered a highly commended and equally impressive work. The firm partnered with GO Builders to complete this project. The project highlights a sky-lit entryway that leads to a new kitchen, a light-filled breakfast nook, two additional upstairs bedrooms, and period-appropriate, salvaged stained glass, well-paired with hip, modern lighting fixtures.

KGA Studio

Architects:
Jerry Gloss
Paul Mahony

Awards:
Nationals Silver Award for Best Architectural Design,
MAME Awards,
BALA Award

Address:
950 Spruce Street, Louisville, CO 80027

About KGA Studio

John Knudson founded KGA Studio in 1977. Today, the firm is a nationally recognized company that specializes in residential design. The firm is composed of two design studios: one that focuses on custom homes while the other takes on production housing for other residential markets, including affordable housing, multi-family homes, and urban infill projects. While the firm is based in Louisville, it has also established a reputation in Denver through its modern, timeless, and unforgettable residential designs in the city. KGA prides itself on collaboration and unique attention to the specific needs of the clients and what their project requires. The firm’s performance as a professional has produced lifelong relationships with its clients and a majority of its projects come from repeat businesses. Its portfolio showcases multi-awarded works, many of which earned industry recognition. These include the 2017 Nationals Silver Award for Best Architectural Design of a Single-Family Detached Home, the MAME 2016 Best On The Boards Design for a Custom Home, the CARE 2016 BEST Architectural Design (Remodel), the MAME 2016 Best Architectural Design of a Model, the 2016 MAME Award for Active Adult Home of the Year, and the 2015 MAME Award for Best Custom Home Over 5,000 Square Feet.

Featured Projects

TheOne of the firm’s unforgettable projects is a BALA Award winner, The Chanin Residence. The work emphasized the firm’s ability to deliver a modern residential space that showcases modern design elements for modern living. The cutting edge, rectangular construction shape, the open staircases that rise between floor-to-roof glass windows, and the bright modern kitchen are only some of the highlights that go along with the upper patio and the lower covered patio. The Urban Traditional pizzaz of 4,107 square feet of farmhouse-inspired beauty includes a wrap-around porch, a window seat breakfast nook, a floor-level patio, and a country-style kitchen. In Denver, the firm also designed a modern single-family home for one of its production projects for Highland Development. Clean lines, massive windows, and a contrasting palette for the home’s façade exude modern and traditional design elements combined to produce a contemporary structure that represents its own unique brand. These projects embody the firm’s versatility when executing modern takes on old, cherished styles.

Meridian 105

Architects:
Chad Mitchell

Awards:
AIA Colorado Denver Awards of Excellence

Address:
6030 East Smith Road, Denver, CO 80216

About Meridian 105

Meridian 105 was founded by Chad Mitchell, who received his Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida, as well as his Master of Architecture. When Chad first relocated to Denver, he practiced as an associate with Oz Architecture, focusing on mid- to large-scale residential and commercial mixed-use projects. He founded Meridian 105 in 2010, with the mission to pair fantastic developments hand in hand with each client’s financial and philosophical goals. Meridian’s work has been featured in several domestic and international publications. Their design for the Denver Pallet House received the AIA Colorado Denver Award of Excellence in 2017, and their sculptural work and a video presentation was on display as part of the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Featured Projects

The 33rd Avenue House in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood is corner property that features boxy modern accents, skylights, three full levels, and ample backyard privacy. Raising the first floor nearly 6 feet above the sidewalk served the dual function of creating separation between the main living space and the street and providing a partially submerged garden level. This stunning contemporary home includes exterior roof deck access from the master suite and views of downtown. Warmth is added by the smooth-faced shiplap Western red cedar of the home’s exterior, stained a handsome, dark brown. Featured in The Journal of the American Institute of Architects, Meridian 105’s created a cutting-edge design for what is known as the Pallet House. In the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood, this house grabs attention with its module of wood shipping pallets, which craft a screening component for the front porch and the interior spaces. The home gleams with White Venetian plaster coats and features operable screen panels, a sky atrium, and glass walls in the master suite. The Pallet House won the AIA Colorado Design Award of Excellence in 2017 for residential.

Roth Sheppard Architects

Architects:
Herb Roth
Jeffrey Sheppard

Awards:
AIA Architecture Firm of The Year,
AIA Young Architect of the Year

Address:
1900 Wazee Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80202