Vision Into View 6

Melton Design Build remodel capitalizes on stunning mountain views.


  • Fall 2013 – Home purchased.
  • January 2014 – Officially started design. Melton DB worked on architecture, plans, interior design, land surveys, energy efficiency audits, site plan review and zoning issues.
  • August 2014 – Signed fixed-price construction agreement and applied for the permit.
  • October 2014 –  Began construction. Interior and exterior demolition completed for the new floor plan and addition, working in phases to build new structures.
  • Spring 2015 – Began installation of interior finishes.
  • July 2015 – Home completed and the family moved in.

When the Real family purchased a 1975 ranch-style house situated on 9 acres in East Boulder, they had a clear vision for fitting the home to their lifestyle. It would be contemporary but soft, fun and open. Most importantly, it would take advantage of the clear views spanning from the Flatirons to Longs Peak.

The Reals chose Melton Design Build for their extensive remodel project and say their professional, collaborative approach to design helped bring their vision to life with ease.

The house was gutted down to the studs so the flow of the interior spaces could be thoroughly reimagined. Since county line-of-sight restrictions did not allow a second-floor addition, they decided to build out instead of up, integrating three original walls and roofline with the modern addition added on the west side of the home. The east-facing entrance is in a portion of the original structure where ceilings are lower, and spaces are smaller. This was designed intentionally to give visitors a sense of discovery and expansion as they enter the open main living room and kitchen area where 18-foot ceilings offer 200-degree views.

The family chose a predominantly white color palette, but it is softened and given life through the use of fun, colorful accents. Renee Urbanowicz, the senior interior designer at Melton DB, worked primarily with Mrs. Real to put together the interior aesthetic. Fabulous touches include the refreshing use of bright tiles in the kitchen island, exposed beams in the vaulted living room and colorful furniture choices in the office.

Ty Melton, founder and president of Melton DB, says this project—winner of a gold CARE (Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence) Award in the Whole House Remodel over $1 million category—is representative of his company’s flexible and collaborative approach. He says their stellar nine-person design team enjoys working with clients to interpret their desires and then exceed what the client thinks is possible.

“One of our guiding principles is to keep projects fun and rewarding both for our team and for our customers, and we really pulled that off with the Real home,” says Melton. “Most clients aren’t construction and remodeling professionals and often fear the process will be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

“The team was able to capture the concept we had drawn up,” says Mr. Real. “It was a hassle-free collaboration that enhanced the experience and, ultimately, the project.”