Along Colorado’s Front Range, our homes and communities have been defined by our artists, creators and innovators—from the artwork they create to the green practices they put to work and everything in between. As a result, the iconic blend of contemporary aesthetic and mountain lifestyle can’t be found or replicated anywhere else, and these artists know it.
In this guide, we rounded up some of the region’s top architecture and design firms. These local teams work to bring our most precious spaces to life—whether you’re building a new home, adding on to your existing home or remodeling. Get ready for a healthy dose of home inspiration!
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Architects Randy Shortridge and Jason Kersley founded this firm in 2013 after a combined 40 years of experience locally, nationally and internationally. Their projects include Confluence, a new mixed-use building in Fort Collins’ River District which is home to their office and residential condominiums. Though they have many other townhomes and condos in their residential portfolio, they also have experience with home remodels and single-family structures. To see that portfolio, click here.
This family-owned design-build company has been working in Northern Colorado for more than 25 years. And through those years, the ABD team—a group filled with Fort Collins and NoCo natives—has collected expert experience in building custom homes, remodeling existing homes and designing interiors. To view their online residential remodel portfolio, click here.
With Principal Architect Mark Markley at the helm, Markley Designs combines traditional, boutique practices with modern flair. Their small team starts every project with a research-based discovery process that includes active participation from the client so each finished project is functional, aesthetic and inspiring. To view the online portfolio, click here.
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At H3, the team strives for functionality and presence to create homes and interior spaces that are as warm and inviting as they are impressive. Using high-tech design amenities—like full spectrum drawings with 3-D imaging—their team can ensure you’re happy with the project before they even break ground. Their online galleries include bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, exteriors, add-ons and more, and you can see them all here.
The Oglesby team is behind some of Northern Colorado’s favorite bright, colorful and modern spaces, including The Moot House in Fort Collins, Chris Lane Salon Spa in Loveland, Alive by Raintree, and Wink The Lash Lounge, which has a one-of-a-kind living wall! This characteristic style translates to stunning residential projects as well. To see them, click here.
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One of the region’s most well-known design and build firms, HighCraft has been earning awards and accolades since their founding in 1998. Over the last 20 years, owners Dwight Sailer and Bryan Soth have been constantly striving for the highest quality craftsmanship and a superior level of customer service for every client. And their whole crew—complete with licensed architects, interior designers and experienced craftspeople—has built and remodeled some of the state’s most beautiful custom homes. To see some of those online, click here.
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This small architectural firm was originally established in 1982. Throughout the decades, they’ve built unique custom homes, completed small-to-medium-sized commercial projects along the Front Range, and they’ve worked further out in places like Steamboat Springs, Durango and even Flagstaff, Arizona. Because they approach each new project as a new art piece, every remodel, addition and custom home is specifically tailored for the lot and takes into account the owner’s individual preferences and needs to become a collaborative, functional work of art.
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Headquartered in downtown Loveland, this locally-owned full-service architectural firm is driven by a small team of professionals with 25 years of combined experience in planning and design, forward-thinking ideas, sustainability and client relations. Their Principal is Kris Lee, a Colorado native with a Masters in Architecture from Montana State University. To meet the whole team, click here. And to see their online residential gallery, click here.
Founded by Jon Rentfrow in 1995, Rentfrow Design works to create homes designed individually for the way your family lives. From how many cooks are in the kitchen to exactly where you want to place your Christmas tree, they ask every necessary question to design a space you love and want to live in for years to come. To see what that process and attention to detail has created, click here.
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You may recognize the VFLA style from iconic buildings like Ginger and Baker, Union Bar and Soda Fountain and RARE Italian. As some of Fort Collins’ favorite community spaces, it makes sense that this team’s purpose includes enhancing the ideas of the community through collaborative design and leadership. Officially founded in 1986, they have also created some of the region’s most beautiful custom homes. To see those online, click here.
The team at Tomlinson knows a new construction or renovation can be overwhelming, so they work to make that process both enjoyable and rewarding. This results in cohesively designed projects that accommodate every individual client’s lifestyle—from the initial conception down to the last interior finishes and details. To see their portfolios in new construction, remodels and interior design, click here.
Whether they’re on this list or not, tell us about your experience in the comments below!