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 REVIT*. As an added bonus, the winner receives a valuable prize – $1,000 plus 2 vacation days!

*Autodesk REVIT is a building information modeling software for architects and other collaborative design partners. It allows the user to construct an accurate representation of a building in 3d while incorporating valuable data into the model. This ability to gather data from the model and see the virtual building allows the designer to extract information from the model based upon how the building will be built.

The Challenge:

Design an original, one-of-a-kind floor plan and elevation for a modern contemporary custom home.

Design Program:

  • Custom home with modern/contemporary elevation.
  • Square footage of home: 3,500 – 4,500 SF above grade.
  • Minimum requirements: master suite, 2 secondary bedrooms, study/home office space, generous kitchen, plenty of storage, owner’s entry, space for casual entertaining, attached 2-car garage.


To judge the contest we put together a panel of industry professionals that included an architect, a builder, 2 interior designers and a magazine editor. We always say that custom home building is a team sport, so it was important to us to gather feedback from a variety of disciplines. All of the judges provided feedback to our contestants, furthering the opportunity for professional and creative growth. We’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to all of our judges for making time in their busy schedules to participate!

Meet the Judges:

Andy Johnson is our neighbor here in Louisville. He is the owner of DAJ Design where he focuses on green building, deep energy retrofits, passive solar design, and zero energy structures.

Kate Meyers is the Editor-in-Chief of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine. She has over 2 decades of experience in the publishing industry.

Scott Moberg is the President of Joyce Homes and incoming President of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver. Scott has over 20 years of home building experience.

Kristen Terjesen is the Owner and Principal Designer at Studio 10. Kristen founded Studio 10 in 2008, and has spent the last decade designing everything from complex, large-scale commercial developments to high end custom homes.

Kimberly Timmons-Beutner is the Principal at Kimberly Timmons Interiors, which she founded in 1997. Kimberly’s wide ranging portfolio includes hospitality, commercial, residential and interior merchandising projects.

The Results:

3 brave KGA’ers stepped up to the challenge this year. All are up-and-coming staffers in various stages of pursuing their architectural licenses.

Meet the entrants:

Kristen Fowler
Kristen Fowler
Paden Riley
Paden Riley
Ian Steven
Ian Steven

Kristen Fowler is a Draftsman and Architectural Intern at KGA. Kristen graduated in 2012 from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and is working towards her license while gaining hands-on experience on a variety of residential projects. She has been with KGA since 2015. See Kristen’s project here.

Paden Riley joined KGA in December of 2015 as a Senior Draftsman and was recently promoted to Project Manager. He has over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate management and construction in the Boulder area market. See Paden’s project here.

Ian Steven has been with KGA for 2 and half years. He brings over 15 years of project management experience to his role as a Project Manager for KGA’s Custom Studio. Ian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder. See Ian’s project here.

Starting next week, we will be sharing the first of the entries on the blog. All of the entrants put so much work into their projects, we can’t wait to share them with you!