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Posted by: Tessa  /   Category: Design Principles / Materials / Tips and Advice   /   Date: May 16, 2019

Recently, a colleague and I got the pleasure of visiting the Denver Design Center for the Launch Spring Market. This stimulating day educated us of new product offerings and informative seminars taught by fellow design professionals. One seminar we attended helped us learn more about.    Read more »

As gathering place and focal point, the fireplace symbolizes security and community and adds warmth and ambience to any room. No longer limited to traditional materials and design, fireplaces have become focal points in the overall home aesthetic.  Wood burning fireplaces, gas log inserts (installing.    Read more »


Posted by: Tessa  /   Category: Boulder Work / Commentary / Design Principles   /   Date: Aug 15, 2017

What do Architects do all day? What do we talk about behind closed doors? Our daily tasks require us to do a little of everything. The nature of a small office means you chip in as necessary. Some days are spent outside of the.    Read more »

Trending Materials: Hot Rolled Steel

Posted by: Elizabeth  /   Category: Case Studies / Commentary / Design Principles / Materials / Tips and Advice   /   Date: Jun 02, 2017
Sopris & Blanca Microcabin completed as part of the Colorado Building Workshop Design Build certificate at the University of Colorado Denver.

Contemporary design often celebrates the “honesty” of materials; leaving elements exposed or in their most raw state to capture the essence of that material, while simultaneously depending on the materials’ intrinsic quality and durability to last well into the future. Hot rolled steel is a.    Read more »

What is LEED Certification?

Posted by: Tessa  /   Category: Boulder Building / Boulder Work / Case Studies / Design Principles / Home Design and Permitting Process   /   Date: Jun 16, 2016

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that strives to push the way we construct and design buildings. LEED certification can be applied to all types of construction models – building & design, interior design, building.    Read more »

3 great ways to design for kids

Posted by: Tessa  /   Category: Boulder Work / Design Principles   /   Date: May 19, 2016

Designing kids’ rooms can be fun. As designers, it’s usually the place where we interject more color and whimsy into the design process, yet it’s also important to keep an air of practicality. We want our kids to use the space that’s allocated for them!.    Read more »

Fänas recently published a brief pamphlet on what property owners should be aware of when building in Boulder, Colorado. As noted, this was an overview intended to point out the many steps required throughout the process. We’ve gotten great feedback and thought we would elaborate on a few of.    Read more »


Posted by: Tessa  /   Category: Case Studies / Commentary / Custom Housing Design / Design Principles / Home Design and Permitting Process   /   Date: Mar 31, 2015

Ever wonder how architects move from conceptual hand sketches to fully fledged construction drawings? Even though most architectural ideas are first worked through by hand on paper, computers are often used at the end of the design process for aid in precision and detail. Click the.    Read more »


Posted by: Tessa  /   Category: Boulder Work / Design Principles / Modern Homes in Boulder / Residential Architecture / Sustainable Houses   /   Date: Jan 14, 2015

Building a house and wanting it to be extremely energy efficient? You may want to consider structural insulated panels (SIPs). SIPs are a building system made from foam insulation sandwiched between 2 sheets of oriented strand board, think ice cream sandwich. SIP panel These panels compose.    Read more »