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Frank Lloyd Wright

“Study nature. Love nature. Stay closer to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright Today is architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 149th birthday and 57 years after his death, his designs are still impacting modern architecture. Principal Stephen Sparn and his wife Linda escaped to the rural landscape and tranquil woods of Mill Run, PA […]

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Custom Home Team Site Visit

Located in North Boulder, this Colorado craftsman-style, custom home that we call Vision is at 75% completion—just 5 months away from being move-in ready.  At almost 10,000 square feet, it includes 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, an office, workout room, study, mud room, 4-car garage, an outdoor terrace & upstairs roof deck, as well as an […]

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Co-ops Nothing New in Boulder

This article was written by Adrian Sopher and Stephen Sparn. It originally appeared on DailyCamera.com on April, 30 2016. Better Boulder supports enabling responsible housing cooperatives in Boulder. We believe co-ops have a modest but worthwhile part to play in meeting Boulder’s affordable housing and sustainability goals. Housing co-ops are shared homes in which a group […]

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The ROI on Green Home Renovation

Any time you plan to make significant changes to your home, it’s important to consider the potential benefits of your investment. This is a common topic of discussion for homeowners, architects, and builders, particularly with green home upgrades. Because many of the practices and technologies used in green home renovation are relatively new, they also […]

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Interior Design Tips from Sara Blette

Sara Blette has been practicing design since 2002. She received her degree in Graphic Design with a focus on environmental graphics from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Over the past 6 years her creative experience has focused on interior design, including everything from finish selection to furniture in both commercial and residential projects. […]

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Three Updates in Recycled Home Construction Materials

As consumer expectations lean more toward sustainability and green home construction practices, the materials that we use are also evolving. Gone are the days when green buildings focused only on water and energy conservation. In addition to achieving net zero energy, it is expected that the very bones of your home be built from materials […]

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Open House & Appreciation Party

On Thursday, January 28th,  Adrian Sopher, Stephen Sparn and our firm hosted over 50 of our friends, clients  and colleagues at our Appreciation & Open House Party. Guests joined us at our office in the 15th Street Design District for an evening of cocktails, tasty bites, as well as tours of our space, new introductions […]

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How Net Zero Energy Goals Impact Boulder

Boulder County’s BuildSmart Regulations are designed to promote the goals that have been defined by the Colorado Climate Action Plan, as well as our local Sustainable Energy Plan. As part of the BuildSmart program, in 2012, a regulation was passed stating that net zero energy was a requirement for all new homes over 8,000 square […]

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Green Design & Your Cognitive Abilities

If you’ve ever had any doubt about the way that our environment affects our overall health and well-being, Harvard University has all the data you need to become a believer. Researcher’s from Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment carried out a controlled study wherein the mental performance of its participants was measured as […]

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