Wellness House Design

Wellness House

Designing for wellness means different things to different people. As architects, we believe that the home has a profound impact on the wellness of its occupants. To read more about our philosophy around wellness design, click here. In today’s blog we are going beyond the philosophy and taking a look at some practical ways to… Read more »

Designing for Wellness

Designing for Wellness

Why Wellness? Simply put, our current built environment is working against our health and wellness. According to the Global Wellness Institute’s 2018 report “Build Well to Live Well,” the greatest health risks we face today are a result of sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise, poor diet, stress, pollution, loneliness and alienation. Chronic disease now… Read more »

Community Amenity Design Trends

Community amenity design is continually evolving. In today’s competitive marketplace, unique amenities are a great way for communities to set themselves apart from the competition. It is such an exciting time to be in the industry, that we decided to take a step back and share some of our favorite trends with you. At KGA,… Read more »

5 Tips for Navigating the Permitting Process Smoothly

We recently sat down with Laura Swartz, Communications Specialist for Denver’s Community Planning and Development department, to talk about the permitting process and how best to navigate it. Our biggest takeaway? While the permitting process has historically gotten a bad rap, it doesn’t have to be that way. They have been hard at work streamlining… Read more »

2018 International Builders Show Highlights

2018 International Builders’ Show Highlights

With yet another International Builders’ Show (more commonly referred to as ‘IBS’ in the industry) on the books, we can’t help but reflect on how grateful we are to be a part of this amazing industry. The KGA team had many reasons to celebrate this year, and we are excited to share the highlights of… Read more »

MAME Awards 2017 Recap – KGA Honored with 3 MAME Awards

It’s no secret that we love the MAME Awards at KGA! It’s the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and spend the evening recognizing – and hopefully being recognized for! – achievements over the past year. For those of you who are not familiar with the MAME Awards, MAME stands for Marketing and Merchandising Excellence…. Read more »

Mountain Contemporary

Colorado Contemporary – KGA Design Contest

A big congratulations to Kristen Fowler, winner of our 2017 Design Contest! Nestled in the foothills of the mountains, this custom home is designed for an established family. It captures the views of the mountains through massive curtain wall windows and expansive wrapping decks. While contemporary, the outer form of the home emulates the peaks… Read more »

International Infill – KGA Design Contest

The second entry in our contest was designed by Paden Riley, who took inspiration from the traditional motifs found in India. There are Jali screens, perforated stone that act as beautiful decorations in window openings, but also serve as a means of cooling the air by compressing the air through the perforations. These perforations can… Read more »

Mountain Modern Home

Mountain Modern – KGA Design Contest

The first entry in our design contest is a mountain modern home designed by Ian Steven. This home is designed for a sloping mountain site.  The large center hallway connects the entry foyer with the master suite on the opposite end, providing seclusion for the owners.  The kitchen, great room, and dining room flow into one… Read more »

KGA Modern Dream Home Design Contest

KGA’s Modern Dream Home Design Contest

We are very excited to introduce KGA’s first ever design competition. We rolled the competition out to 13 of our design staffers who vary in education, experience and expertise. The goal was to showcase modern contemporary residential design and give our production staff the opportunity to flex their creative muscles while practicing their skills in… Read more »

KGA Thanks You for a Wonderful 40 Years!

2017 is an exciting year for KGA – it marks our 40th Anniversary! It’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since John Knudson founded our firm in Boulder (for those of you who haven’t known us for that long, Knudson is the ‘K’ in KGA). Last Thursday, August 24th, we were incredibly… Read more »

Kiley Baham

Meet Kiley Baham, KGA’s New Associate Principal

We are excited to introduce you to our newest team member, Kiley Baham. Kiley brings 17 years of experience as architect, project manager and builder to his new role at KGA. Originally from Louisiana, he is an avid outdoorsman and mountain biker, father to a 2-year old son and an all-around good guy. Kiley is… Read more »

How to create a custom home program

How to Create a Custom Home Program

Programming is the first step in the architectural design process, and creating a custom home program is the first thing you will do when you begin to work with an architect. The architectural program defines the scope, features, purpose, and functionality of your home and is essential in communicating your vision of the project to… Read more »

Custom Home Building Process – What to Expect

Building a custom home is, quite literally, making a dream come true. The benefit to custom home building is that you get to design and select nearly every single element that comprises your home. The custom home building process consists of many steps, each of which happen in a well-planned sequence. Everyone’s experience will be… Read more »