Custom Home Architecture

Custom Home Site in Ravenna with partially built home

Timing it Right to Start Building a Custom Home in the Spring

We often hear from clients who would like to start building a custom home in the spring. Spring is a popular time to start building, however in most states (Colorado included) builders work year-round. Seasonal weather has a definite impact …

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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 …

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View of mountains and fall foliage

Considerations for Building a Mountain Home in Colorado

Thinking about building a mountain home in Colorado? Finding the perfect lot is the first step towards making your dreams of mountain living come true. If you’re planning to build a custom home in Colorado – especially in the mountains …

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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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