Living in the Edge

Color outside the lines. Think outside the box. These are the typical directives we hear when a new level of creativity is required for any number of projects. But as Beau Beck, president of Boulder’s Elton R Construction, will tell you, sometimes it’s with a few restrictions in place that design creativity is truly tested.

Chateau Colorado

Elegant. Private. In tune with the environment. For one property in North Boulder—enveloped in quintessentially Colorado images of mountains, prairie, and open space—all of these elements come together to create an idyllic western home.

A Mountain Marvel

Atop a mountainside in Lyons, Colorado, sits a home designed for a world traveler and a classic minimalist. With its clean lines and modern design, the house's global charm can be found in the custom cabinetry, hand-made and shipped in from Poland, tongue and groove wood ceilings, wall-to-wall windows, and floating stone counters. 

Pastoral Paradise

Henry David Thoreau famously asked, “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” It’s a sentiment that Scott Rodwin, AIA, LEED AP, founder of Rodwin Architecture and Skycastle Construction, took to heart when he began his firm 20 years ago. It’s a north star that guides his company’s mission, and…

Modern Farmhouse Collaboration

In search of a home to entertain, build memories and raise their three young daughters, David Allen and Paula Hansen knew they wanted something fresh, light and livable in Boulder. They explored undeveloped land for new construction and newly remodeled homes, ultimately deciding to pursue a whole-home renovation. Allen and Hansen purchased the house in The Reserve in September 2017,…

The Trail Home

Traditional and unconventional. Creative and technical. Rustic and modern. Natural and industrial. Think about how you’d describe Boulder’s signature style, and you’ll likely find yourself listing one glorious contradiction after another. When these often dichotomous elements of style and design are combined, however, the result can be a truly unique and distinctive collection of homes. Welcome to Boulder’s Trailhead.

Timeless Taste, Flawless Function

When it came time for a much-needed remodel of the kitchen within her family's Longmont home, Dr. Kristin Baird of Dermatology Center of the Rockies had one overarching theme in mind—functionality.

On Function and Form…

It was a fast start to a dear friendship for Kelley Synott and Poss Dalton, co-owner of Cedar and Hyde Mercantile. Kelley and Poss collaborated to design and furnish Kelley’s North Boulder home, where she lives with her husband Brenden, their four kids (all under the age of six) and Sally, the dog. The home is a masterpiece, drawing style…

A Change of Scenery

Mosaic Architects and Interiors is a boutique architecture and interior design firm that specializes in creating and designing custom homes and estates in a way that captures what some people’s dreams are made of. Whether it’s re-imagining an entryway, re-orienting the home to face West instead of North or putting windows into walls, the Boulder firm is up to the…

The Designer’s Canvas

For Lauren Maggio, a house truly becomes a home when all of its elements, from its colors, architectural details, and material components to its furnishings and décor, reflect the inimitable personalities of its homeowners.

Creating Boulder’s Eden

The team at Ecoscape, lead by owner Bill Melvin, has been creating verdant Edens in residential neighborhoods along the Front Range for the past eighteen years.

Mid-Century Eclectic

 Article Carolyn Davidson | Photography Kylie Fitts  For Wendy and Joshua Talmon, it’s not an easy feat to define their interior style.  It’s definitely part mid-century modern — they were careful to keep the integrity and the feel of their 1969-built home — but it’s also eclectic. You’ll find pieces from flea markets, from Wendy’s grandparents home, and from CB2…

Classic Colorado

 Article Lisa Van Horne | Photography Kylie Fitts  It’s in the Details  Seven-inch rift and quarter sawn oak flooring. LED light strips hidden within the living room ceiling beams. A limestone plaster finish for the wood burning fireplace. It’s the details and craftsmanship in this house that truly makes it a highly unique and highly livable home.

Backyard Envy

 Article Riley Cowing  When designer John Herron from RSL Outdoor began this residential, landscaping project in Boulder, his whole goal was to create space. But a steep slope on the edge of the backyard created a challenge.  

The Clubhouse

 Article Riley Cowing  As popularity for the game of golf increased, there was a demand for a golf course in Boulder. So, when the Boulder Country Club officially formed in 1919, they made the site of their clubhouse around Sale Lake, east of 28th Street and north of Kalmia Avenue. Over time, the historic site has served many different functions,…

Environmental Stewardship

TLC Gardens, a design-build firm in Longmont, brings expertise and passion to a client’s vision to make their dream outdoor space a reality. Western Exposure, one of their unique, award-winning projects, was designed and built over ten months. 

Training (in) Paradise

When the time came to build themselves a home base, Tim O'Donnell and Mirinda Carfrae needed far more than just a house. The couple, who are world champion triathletes, live a life full to the brim with training and traveling, and their busy lifestyle demands a home tailored to support it. They sought a sanctuary to keep up with their…

Crafting a Home

When it came time to find their dream home, Jim and Suzanne knew exactly where they wanted to go: back to their roots. The CU alums, who currently live in California, have meticulously maintained their connection to Boulder, routinely bringing their family back to ski, fish and, of course, go to Buffs' games. Though they have called California home for many…

A Home That Tells a Story

Houses are truly made into homes through the efforts of the owners to not just personalize, but fully invest themselves in creating spaces that tell a unique story. Few houses exhibit this transition like this Boulder home remodel. Striking a balance between grandeur and detail, practicality and creativity, this Boulder home shines in its deliberate design, careful craftsmanship and the…

Refresh & Regroup

Crisp, chilly mornings, freezing nights, dry winter air, heavy snowfall. Autumn is upon us, and that means these frigid harbingers of the freezin’ season will be here soon. The impending cold weather doesn’t have to spell trouble for your yard, though, and there are plenty of steps you can proactively take to prepare it for the upcoming winter months.

Going Green

Blossoming from its roots on 200 acres in Sunshine Canyon, Ecoscape Environmental Design has carved out a niche in the landscaping industry, turning backyards into both viable habitats and gorgeous outdoor spaces. For Bill Melvin, Owner and Managing Director of Ecoscape, each new project provides an opportunity: to surround people with the beauty of native plants and to create for…

Create A Room to Grow

Taking on the project to decorate a kid’s bedroom or playspace might feel overwhelming with so many styles and looks out there. “I’m a lover of design magazines,” says Jamie Harriman, a mother of three, who transformed a part her basement into a play space for her children to put on concerts and dance rehearsals.


If you’ve recently strolled down the streets of any given Boulder neighborhood, you’ve likely taken notice of all the rebuilt and redesigned homes on the rise. Perhaps you’ve even considered how you could get in on this trend. Sure, flipping homes seems like all fun and games if you’re a HGTV show with a bottomless budget, but when it comes…

Ask the Expert

A homeowner’s goals for their property’s outdoor spaces can be some of the most varied and individualized across the home design spectrum. Malleable spaces, a home’s yards require purposeful design to create areas that are functional, utilized and in harmony with how the homeowner hopes to use them.

Bringing the Outdoors In

When building a home, most families focus on the great indoors. But when the Timbos built their Boulder home, the outdoors were equally important. “Being outdoors is incredibly important to us, and offering green space for us all to play was a priority,” says Sue Timbo. In fact, when the Timbos met with their architect, Brad Burch of Index AD,…

Vision Into View

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.

Mountain Meets Modern

Think about the little haven structures of your childhood, the hideaways that you imagined up, constructed, and took delightful refuge in. Maybe it was a perpetually cozy igloo, a sand castle where the waves never breached the walls, or perhaps a super-secret fort (made out of only the finest, softest of throw pillows and blankets, of course). Boulder-based Rodwin Architecture…

Contemporary Neutral

Entertaining a large gathering of friends. Hosting dinner and drinks. Cooking for the family and enjoying a quiet night at home. Working on the computer with a cup of coffee in hand. These are a few of the needs addressed and enhanced by the lower level and main floor kitchen remodels in this White Hawk Ranch home east of Boulder.…

Mediterranean to Mountain Luxury

Styles change. Color and texture trends come and go. It’s not surprising an 11,562 square-foot home built and decorated in 2001 would need some updates 14 years later. Okay, maybe a lot of updates. But the complete transformation recently completed by Ellis Construction—a high-end remodeling company serving Boulder county since 2001—goes above and beyond. It brought the Niwot home from…

Life of Luxury

A luxury residential and recreational estate and polo farm, built in 2004, is on the market. Luscious green fields bordered by towering, century-old trees, the Ashlawn property rests at the base of Haystack Mountain, only 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Boulder and 40 minutes from Denver.

Green Living

The Boulder Green Home Tour highlights some of the most innovative green building projects in Boulder and helps promote the collaborative exchange of ideas on green building in our community. “We are also partnering with Flatirons Habitat for Humanity and donating 10 percent of our proceeds to their local projects,” says Ambra Sutherlin, a board member of the Colorado Green…


Throughout history humans have craved and coveted small spaces. Little sanctuaries where we can feel safe and feed our creative bent. A place to philosophize, write, tinker, meditate, listen to the silence and explore the inner reaches of our true selves.

A Peek Into the 
San Francisco Clouds

I t is easy to become disoriented when the fog rolls in on the San Francisco Bay, especially if you’re in a penthouse quite literally in the clouds. When a San Francisco couple decided to create a retirement condo to showcase their extensive art collection, they hired Mosaic Architects and Interiors—a boutique firm with offices in Boulder and San Francisco—to…


For maximum views of Boulder’s legendary scenery, one client family sought out the right property rather than the perfect home knowing they would remodel or remove the existing structure entirely. With the help of Mark Bossert of Bossert Residential to find and orchestrate the real estate transaction for this Rolling Hills property, Cheri Belz of Belz Architecture and her client…

Wide Open Spaces

The personal residence of Markel Homes’ founder Michael Markel that he shares with his wife Gail is stunning enough to take your breath away. It’s nestled into a hillside on the 35-acre property. Michael’s lifelong passion for design, which has spearheaded the creation of many of Boulder County’s most appealing and sought-after neighborhoods, is evident in every room of the…

Ideas Into Designs

Crafting one-of-a-kind, custom cabinetry takes more than talent; it takes skill, precision and patience. These abilities don’t develop overnight. Rather, they take years upon years of projects and hard work. This is one of the many reasons why The Artisan Shop is one of the premier, award-winning custom cabinet companies in the Rocky Mountain region. Since every client desires a…


A modern cabin tucked alongside a remote alpine lake, this home functions as a refreshing weekend getaway. Built on one-and-a-half acres at 9,000-foot elevation in the Rockies, this Boulder County home is a direct result of the collaboration between Arch11 and Hammerwell Incorporated. The home was designed to feel intimate yet still be able to comfortably accommodate extra guests.

Cottonwood Custom Builders

Because metal roofing covers the top of the home, this roof will outlast most. It can also be recycled if it ever needs to be replaced. Weathering steel siding rusts and patinas as it protects the home—achieving a uniquely elegant look.

Boulder Valley Farm

On the market for the first time since 1960, Boulder Valley Farm is a pearl of a property located just minutes from Boulder. This historic, spacious and prominent agricultural land is situated on a stunning 642 acres, and remains a working cattle ranch supporting, at times, up to 150 head and producing 500 tons of Brome and Orchard grass hay.…

Function Meets Beauty: A Right-Sized Green Home

Boulder has long been a hotbed in the area of sustainable architectural design and green building. The healthy competition that exists between its architectural firms encourages envelope pushing and attracts attention from other markets, thus affecting change throughout the country.


Trailhead, Boulder’s newest neighborhood, nestles up against Mt. Sanitas and is a short hop from a wide variety of Boulder’s best activities and events. It’s slated to be 23 single-family homes. With 5.8 acres of property perfectly situated next to Boulder Open Space, Trailhead offers a unique opportunity to all demographics. Moonbeam Boulder and Surround Architecture are the masterminds behind…

Belz Architecture Takes Bi-Level Beyond Beautiful

What started as a 1960s rectangular brick bi-level has been completely transformed into a stunning, updated home full of natural light and stylish finishings.

Pimp my Pad

The Boulder housing market is hot right now -- we mean like hotter than '90s Will Smith here, folks. The average listing price of a four-bedroom, two-bath house was tops in the state last year at more than $835,000. But, if you're not looking to sell right now, you can still take advantage of the extra home equity and jump…