Custom Home Gallery

The luxury custom homes we build in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas are carefully designed and crafted from the ground up for their owners. Take a look at photos of our past projects from throughout Northern Colorado to get inspiration – clicking on each home opens a full gallery. Then talk to us about what you’d like to see in your custom home. We’d love to hear your ideas to see how we can work together to bring them to life.

“We were able to work together to build the home of our dreams, exactly the way we wanted it – and on time and on budget.”

– Christina Nelson

STELLAR
COUNTRY CLUB
GLENN RIDGE
JOY-HEART
Midtown Midmod
LONG'S LAKE HOUSE
little's glass haus
WILDFLOWER
BUCKEYE BUILD
Bones 2
MAYBERRY
FOCO FARMHOUSE
KIWI HILL
LAKESHORE
DUTCH COWBOY
LINDEN HAUS
STACKHOME
Deuce Goose
CRAFTSMITH
KITCHEN DETAILS
Vaught Lake House
X-Box
Oreo
Lakeview
NELLY
PTARMIGAN
Mace
Butterfly
Goose

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STELLAR

Nestled into the side of a mountain in the foothills west of Fort Collins CO, this home gives mountain views a whole new meaning. 

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COUNTRY CLUB

This full remodel began as a mid-century modern California ranch home custom built in Fort Collins in 1960. We gave it modern function and appeal while keeping the mid-century aesthetic.

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This full remodel began life as a mid-century modern California ranch home custom built in Fort Collins in 1960. It had great bones, but with no updates over the years, it wasn’t suited for a modern lifestyle.

We evaluated the positive aspects of the original home, then took it down to the studs and expanded the footprint to allow the kitchen to move from a dark corner in the basement to a bright spot in the center of the home. The resulting remodel embraced the aesthetic of mid-century modern with 21st-century must-haves unheard of in the 60s like walk-in closets, large pantry, five-piece master bath, built-in office workstation, and large windows that flood the home with daylight.

The home is mid-century modern in form. We refined the floorplan to work with today’s lifestyle and added warm wood and a timeless color palette. Touches like the custom walnut and steel room divider, exposed wood beams, warm custom walnut cabinetry, and little pops of color make the home warm and inviting while adding interest.

To add curb appeal while keeping the mid-century modern vibe, we mixed it up on the exterior between brushed hemlock CVG (clear vertical grain) siding and stucco accented by modern high-efficiency windows. Around back, three patios plus a deck off the master add multiple outdoor living options and capture the expansive views of the Fort Collins cityscape and beyond to Longs Peak.

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GLENN RIDGE

Half our homeowner pair, a former college track athlete and current coach, wanted a place to further his passion. Since pole vaulting facilities are in short supply, he solved the problem by having us build his own: a custom home with custom gym attached.

ABOUT THIS HOME

Half our homeowner pair, a former college track athlete and current coach, wanted a place to further his passion. Since pole vaulting facilities are in short supply in Northern Colorado, he solved the problem by having us build his own.
 
Out of sight from the front approach to the house, the custom gym features a Mondo rubberized track surface, professionally painted gym floor, full weightlifting gym, basketball half court, and steam room. The space is conditioned to provide comfortable workouts year-round, and the garage doors can open in good weather to let the breezes in and expand the view.
 
Built into one end, the bunkhouse for the family’s three college athlete sons allows the kids to come home to visit but gives them their own space to recreate and relax. Incorporated into the covered deck of the main house, the hot tub and swim spa are easy to enter and exit and offer a soak or a swim in any weather.
 
A metal building provided the most cost-effective construction for the gym, but the exterior needed to tie to the aesthetic of the main house. Multiple metal profiles and colors along with a timber-frame roof over the gym’s garage doors did the trick to unite the look of the two structures.
 
Connected to the gym via a floating walkway anchored with slip joints, the home is a new take on a modern farmhouse with a color palette that features more color than the traditional black and white. Beams from the exposed timber frame roof give the rooms visual warmth while the high ceilings keep them bright and airy.
 
Hill Country limestone from Texas and dark-stained cedar accent the exterior and spill through to the interior to provide continuity. Hiding everyday elements such as the hall closet and subzero refrigerator allow clean lines to flow uninterrupted throughout the home. Custom touches such as the metalwork on the deck railing and fireplace surrounds and the Raw Urth vent hood in the kitchen are understated but blend with their environment to create a cohesive sense of place.
 
Another unusual custom feature in this home: A dog den for the family’s beloved bulldogs features self-filling water bowls, built-in cabinetry for toys and other accessories, and durable solid-surface countertops that are easy to clean.

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JOY-HEART

Nestled along the bank of the Cache la Poudre River in Old Town Fort Collins, this Colorado mountain modern home with its exterior blend of natural materials – stucco, locally sourced stone, and heavy timbers – feels warm and inviting even from the curb.

ABOUT THIS HOME

The home was designed to be extremely energy efficient, maximizing the use of a roof-mounted photovoltaic system and in-floor radiant heat. Tile floors help to conduct the heat and give the home a consistent warmth in the winter while at the same time functioning to keep it cooler in summer.

The owners love their outdoor living spaces, and this home has plenty. A three-season sunroom with radiant heat under the slate tile floors was a must, providing large windows from which to enjoy the views of the river practically year-round. The upstairs deck features a barrel roof with tongue and groove cedar that frames the view of the river and mountains to the west. Below, the large patio seamlessly transitions from outdoors to in with no steps to get in the way of the flow.

Efficiency carried through to the outdoors through a detailed, waterwise landscape plan. We helped facilitate the design and installation of the xeriscape landscaping that included a cozy firepit for cooler weather and native plantings of all shapes and sizes.

The interior uses smaller spaces in the Not-So-Big-House style that makes the home feel warm and cozy. Focal points on the main floor include the fireplace faced with locally sourced stone and the open stair system with custom railings and treads from local reclaimed urban Siberian elms. Cork wallpaper adds sound and heat insulation while creating a warm aesthetic and visual connection to the outdoors.

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MIDTOWN MIDMOD

The full remodel on this dated, worn 1960s brick ranch brought it back to its midcentury modern glory with a 21st-century twist.

ABOUT THIS HOME

We stripped the walls to the studs and raised the roof over the kitchen, living room, and dining room, which made the home feel so much bigger and brighter on the inside. The new roof featured glulam beams and a tongue and groove ceiling that ran from the inside out, giving the main living area the quintessential mid-century feel.

At the other end of the home, we reconfigured the bedrooms and bathrooms and added a master retreat off the back. The addition of a third, tandem bay to the back of the garage on the opposite end gave the home a U-shape that perfectly framed the new in-ground pool and patio area.

Since we couldn’t raise the roof in the basement, we expanded the windows and added concrete and wood timber window wells with egress windows to bring in light and the feeling of volume.

Our homeowner had ideas for the bold pops of color and other aesthetic touches both inside and outside the home. Our design team worked with her to incorporate her ideas into the overall plan and bring them to life.

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LONG'S LAKE HOUSE

Ten years ago, we opened up the floor plan and remodeled the kitchen of this 1970s ranch. But that project didn’t do much to make the most of the property and capture the amazing lake views. This time around, though, that was our mission.

ABOUT THIS HOME

An addition to the lake side of the house bumped out the living room. The huge windows and vaulted ceilings with rich wood beams and beetle kill tongue-and-grove now give the previously cramped room plenty of volume.

Decks grace both sides of the addition, each with an overhead trellis that extends from the roofline. Party lighting and a custom steel mesh rusted railing system that provides views through to the lake top off the project.

Although the additional square footage wasn’t substantial, it made a huge impact. From the inside, the home seems twice the size as it did before, and now the lake is now perfectly in view.

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LITTLE'S GLASS HAUS

This home takes “lakefront” to a whole new level. After constructing a mile-long driveway to reach the building site, we built the home at the tip of a spire that extends to the middle of a lake, creating a lakeview on three sides.

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The majority of the home is floor-to-ceiling glass supported by a steel super structure. The glass provides a clear view of the Douglas Fir tongue-and-groove ceiling that extends seamlessly from inside out. This ceiling, supported by a roof structure that is an asymmetric hyperbolic paraboloid – translated to an undulating roof with rolling wall heights – required meticulous detailing to line up the planks on both sides of the glass.

The home is broken into two wings connected by a glass bridge. The main wing includes the main living areas, music room, his and hers offices with built-in slab work areas, and comfortable guest bedrooms. A wraparound deck takes advantage of the lake views and includes an integrated barbecue and planters built into the railing supports.

The second wing houses the master retreat with its own deck, hot tub, and Scandinavian-inspired fireplace. The open concept shower and vanity island keeps the bath open and airy – with only lake birds for neighbors, privacy isn’t a concern.

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WILDFLOWER

A 1980’s era custom home with soaring ceilings in Cheyenne, Wyoming transformed into an exquisite retreat with the architectural detail the homeowners wanted.

ABOUT THIS HOME

With this full house remodel project, the homeowners purchased a 1980’s era custom home with soaring ceilings in Cheyenne, Wyoming with the goal to transform it into an exquisite retreat with the architectural detail they wanted.
 
We started by gutting the home down to the studs, remaining within the original footprint but reconfiguring the floorplan to create a better flow. We added and replaced windows and gave the home a new roof with metal facia for easy maintenance.
 
Because the ceilings are so tall, we added details to make them feel lower, such as adding extra rows of kitchen cabinets. A double-sided fireplace made of Hill Country limestone from Texas with schmeared mortar between the dining room and living room helped to add definition to what was previously a wide-open space. 
 
The homeowners preferred a monochromatic color palette both inside and out. We replaced the pink stone on the exterior with more light-colored Hill Country Texas limestone and schmeared mortar combined with charcoal and cream-colored stucco for a complementary blend of texture and shade.
 
Inside, dark matte finishes with metallic accents on the plumbing fixtures and penny tile in the butler’s pantry keep the lines crisp, clean, and modern. The MTI mineral composite Japanese soaking tub with its velvety finish in the master bath helped lend to that aesthetic as well.
 
With no central air conditioning system and no place to run traditional ductwork, we installed a high velocity air conditioning system that uses sealed tubes rather than standard steel ducts to channel cooled air through the walls and out small vents in each room.
 
A golf and multi-sport simulator in the garage created the perfect area for recreation, but it needed to be comfortable. We ran heat and air conditioning to that area to keep the gaming environment pleasant no matter what the weather outside.

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BUCKEYE BUILD

This welcoming home features warm, locally sourced stone that wraps around the exterior, then carries through the front door and accents the main floor of the home. Heavy glulam timber beams both inside and out give the home substance without weighing it down. Once inside, they help draw a visitor’s eye to the large windows that frame mountain views.

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The sommelier homeowner had ideas for specific design touches such as the wine dispenser in the kitchen and secret bottle storage in the stairs made to keep expensive bottles secure in a controlled environment. We also added hand-crafted details including handmade tile in the kitchen from the homeowners’ native Ohio, a built-in breakfast nook to accommodate a hungry crowd, and custom cabinetry and furnishings for the owner’s model trains.

Other comforts and conveniences built into this home include the expansive master closet with built-in storage, Japanese soaker tub in the master suite, in-floor radiant heat, library ladder in the butler’s pantry to make reaching the top shelves easy, office with a built-in granite work surface, and an outdoor shower for a convenient rinse-off after a soak in the hot tub.

The homeowners enjoy spending time outside, so outdoor spaces abound. Multiple decks and patios provide comfortable spaces for entertaining or simply relaxing while enjoying the sunset over the mountains.

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BONES 2.0

The best way to describe the exterior of this home is rustic-farmhouse-meets-prairie-style, a meetup of traditional character and the horizontal lines Frank Lloyd Wright made famous.

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The locally sourced stone extends from the outside in through the front door to the entryway, setting the stage for a variety of natural and industrial materials that accent the interior. These include the metal fireplace surround, metal railing surrounding the three-story open stairwell and upstairs catwalk, and metal range hood custom forged by the local craftsmen at Raw Urth.

The home overlooks a golf course, and the home’s three-tiered deck takes advantage of every opportunity to capture a great view. The main floor’s multi-slide door fully opens to the deck to create an easy flow to the outdoors and welcoming landscape.

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MAYBERRY

This beautiful 1875 home in Louisville, CO had suffered from years of poor remodels and deferred maintenance. It was time to bring it back to its full glory.

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We started by taking the home down to the original studs and adding a new, level flooring system, since part of the floor had no foundation and was sitting directly on dirt. On the exterior, we carefully took down the original siding scallops one at a time. We removed nearly 150 years of paint from each one, then reinstalled them.

We also salvaged and reinstalled the original leaded glass windows. The result is a refreshed version of the historic Victorian home on the outside with an updated feel and function on the inside.

The new interior features a three-sided fireplace to add warmth to the living, dining, and kitchen areas all at once. Built-in cabinets throughout the home provide plenty of storage. We also converted the small cellar into a finished basement for additional living space.

Outside, we added a deck off the back of the home with overhead slats that can be adjusted to let the sun in – or keep it out. The new detached two-story garage pulls double duty with studio space upstairs. And, of course, we finished off the home with a traditional white picket fence.

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foco farmhouse

This 2,800 square foot three-bedroom, four-bath modern farmhouse is a beauty that Joanna Gaines would be proud of. Situated in a hide-away neighborhood in Old Town Fort Collins, the two stories offer picture-perfect views of the Front Range.

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Many features of this custom urban home take their cues from the traditional farmhouse, including rough sawn wood doors, rustic hardwood and polished concrete floors, shiplap walls, barnwood siding, and exposed wood beams.

But there are plenty of modern features and conveniences as well. Multi-slide doors to the back patio create a moveable wall of windows that join indoor and outdoor living spaces. Concrete countertops and fireplace surround create a modern product from a traditional building form. And radiant in-floor heat and a standalone soaker tub in the master bath offer luxury that’s unheard of back on the farm.

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KIWI HILL

A couple whose jobs caused them to constantly relocate were finally ready for their forever home in Northern Colorado. They found a few acres of land with great mountain views, then met with us. We helped them find the right architect for the home they wanted with a warm, rustic Colorado feel.

ABOUT THIS HOME

The home features plenty of local stone, heavy beams, and warm, reclaimed woods featured in custom woodwork: a fireplace mantel that came from a boxcar and durable, reclaimed hickory flooring that can withstand the traffic from the owners’ busy dogs. Walls painted white allow the dark-stained wood shiplap to pop and accentuate its rich character.

The couple loves to entertain, so expansive sliding glass doors open the home completely to the large, covered composite deck that flows down to the large patio below. An accordion window in the kitchen slides open to reveal a sit-up bar on the deck, making it easy to serve guests or pass food in and out.

The kitchen makes entertaining easy as well, with a 60-inch range and custom metal range hood made by local craftsmen at Raw Urth. While the owners opted against upper cabinets to keep the kitchen open, the adjacent butler’s pantry provides plenty of storage.

Other built-in conveniences include a full home automation system that controls lighting, audio, and video; lighted, heated mirrors in the master bath; and a heated garage complete with media system.

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LAKESHORE

This full-home remodel and addition made a home more functional and enjoyable for its long-time residents, and finally allowed them to enjoy the lake views they loved right from the house.

 

ABOUT THIS HOME

The home was built on a lake in the 1970s. It was designed by well-known Fort Collins architect Frank Vaught, but the original home didn’t take full advantage of the amazing lake views. From inside, it was hard to tell the lake was there. Now retired, Frank provided the conceptual idea for the remodel and addition to make the home more functional and enjoyable for its long-time residents, and his firm VFLA completed the design.
 
The home was built on a lake in the 1970s, but the original design completely ignored the amazing lake views. From inside the home, you couldn’t tell the lake was there. 
 
We gutted the interior and built a timber frame addition on the back that extends through the wall of glass to create a covered patio, allowing the homeowners to enjoy the lake view from indoors or out. Steps lit for safety spill down to the yard below lined with a flagstone site wall to create a courtyard next to the house. The custom fireplace in the addition includes a mantel crafted from a tree harvested by the homeowner. He brought it to us, and our craftsmen prepped and installed it.
 
Inside the original house, we kept the aspen-motif stained glass windows but updated the finishes, including adding walnut slab stairs and an all-new kitchen with a tongue-and-groove ceiling. 
 
The home office with custom workstation tucked away in the core of the home features large windows to the interior and exterior to enable someone working to stay connected to the rest of the house as well as the views outdoors.
 
Two master on-suite bedrooms allow each of the homeowners to have their own space, but both have access to the large, zero-entry shower. A secret door behind a mirror in one closet provides easy access to storage in another.

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