Custom Home Architecture

Tips for Navigating the Permitting Process

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 …

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Mountain Contemporary Design Contest Entry

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 …

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International Infill Design Contest Entry

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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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’ll do when you begin to work with an architect. The architectural program defines the scope, features, purpose, and functionality …

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Consultants for Custom Homebuilding

Consultants for Custom Home Building – Who Will I Need?

Custom home building is a team sport! In addition to the Architect and Builder, there are several other consultants that you may choose (or be required) to involve on your project. Many people are not familiar with these consultants or …

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Questions to Ask When Hiring an Architect

9 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Architect

Selecting an architect is an important decision. Most people interview 2 to 3 architects before making a choice. We are all familiar with the basic questions to ask, such as for references and portfolio examples. But sometimes you don’t know …

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What to Expect When Building a Custom Home

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 …

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Custom Home

9 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Custom Home

Unless you’ve done it before, building a custom home is a new and challenging process! Today we’re going to look at some of the most common mistakes that people make when building a custom home, and tips on how to …

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Custom home in progress

Cost of Building a Custom Home

What is the cost of building a custom home? This is a common – and important – question that homeowners ask when considering building a custom home. There is no simple answer – the answer is always going to be, …

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Tips for Handling the Emotional Roller Coaster of Building a Custom Home

Helpful Tips for Handling the Emotional Roller Coaster of Remodeling or Building a Custom Home

Building a custom home or remodeling your current home is an exciting, fun, challenging and sometimes scary process. Our homes are extremely personal to us. Home is where we spend time with our loved ones, raise our children, entertain, work, …

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