CCA Snags the Cover of Western Home Journal Aspen

One of our favorite projects made the cover of Western Home Journal Aspen. The summer issue features interesting articles on all things real estate, building and design. The Independence Retreat was designed on a lot that was formerly a parking lot near the Aspen Club. The design encompasses modern detailing, a warm mountain contemporary material palette, and the very best in craftsmanship.

Pictured on the cover is the home’s loggia, with a wood burning outdoor fireplace, lounge area, and spiral staircase to the deck above.

To see more on this project, please visit

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Are you AED Trained?

A heartfelt thanks to Anders, Gary and Gabe of Aspen Ambulance for training our entire staff in CPR and how to use our new AED. Do you have an AED for your business? You should!

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses and treats life threatening cardiac arrests. To obtain yours visit

Thank you also to Charles, for purchasing one for CCA and allowing our staff the time to be trained! We hope to never use it, but are well equipped if so.

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The Show Must Go On!

We are on pins and needles waiting for the completion of Theatre Aspen this week. Just in the nick of time for their grand opening on Monday, June 25th!

First up is Avenue Q. Winner of the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, AVENUE Q is “part flesh, part felt and all heart. It’s a laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q.”

It is there, that he meets his lovable and kooky neighbors, who help him discover his true purpose in life!

Just think Sesame Street for adults.

Stay tuned for more photos and performance reviews from the Hurst Theatre.

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Architectural Digest Showcases Eye Catching Restaurants Across the Globe

From Twenty Five Lusk in San Francisco with its oblong-shaped “fire orbs”, to Sur Mesure in Paris, with the white-on-white layered fabric, to Tori Tori in Mexico City – a glowing three story futuristic cube with floating staircase and a lush vertical garden, AD highlights a selection of eye-catching eateries from around the world.

Photo via Architectural Digest

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California Boosts Code Efficiency Requirements

Come 2014, California will by, unanimous decision by the California Energy Commission (CEC), require 25% more efficiency in their built structures. Under the new law, separating residential from non-residential buildings, all roofs must be solar-panel ready, hot water pipes must be insulated, and air conditioner installations must be approved by an independent inspector. More recommendations to reach the new energy threshold include whole-house fans, using windows with a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.25 and increasing wall insulation. How much will this cost you? Its estimated to cost an average of $2,900 per house, but save the homeowners $6,200 over the life of a 30-year mortgage. CEC anticipates that the new standards will save 200 milliongallons of water and 170,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. It also anticipates that the standards will add up to 3,500 new building industry jobs.

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Have you seen the Paper App?

Long are the days of the blueprint. Although sketching still occurs on bar napkins and scratch paper, software developer FiftyThree has created the Paper app. This clever app responds to a finger or stylus and emulates the variation in line weight, texture and bleed of conventional tools.

From there you can share your work via email, Twitter, Facebook and even stream. A must have for us design types!

To learn more about the Paper app visit To install the Paper app on your iPad visit iTunes.

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Charles Cunniffe Architects has just been announced the recipient of four Gold Nugget Awards for Architecture. Martingale, a private home in Snowmass received two Merit Awards.  This home recently won four Detroit Home Design Awards with CharfoosDesign.

CCA’s Jigsaw Ranch, which has been featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal received a Merit Award.

Lastly, Castle Creek Ranch a project in design, won a Merit Award in the ‘On the Boards’ category.

Gold Nugget Awards program is the oldest and largest program of its kind, and honors the creative achievements in architectural design and land use planning for residential, commercial and industrial projects.

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Scott Smith wins Aspen Historic Preservation Award

A hearty congratulations to our own Scott Smith who earned an Aspen Historic Preservation Commission Award for restoration of a historic home at 202 North Monarch Street in Aspen, Colorado. The home, built in 1866 is one of the few large Victorian homes remaining in Aspen. This prominent home, located behind the Hotel Jerome, was a “Bayer blue” color for many years. It reflected one of the paint colors selected by artist Herbert Bayer that was distributed for free by Walter Paepcke in an effort to beautify the town in the early years of the “Aspen Idea.”

In 2005, after being in the same family’s ownership for 88 years, the house was sold, and the process of restoring it back to its original appearance began. This Victorian is once again one of the most ornate historic homes in Aspen. Recognition for this project is given to: Stage Fine Homes, Scott Smith Architects, JD Black Construction, Shannon Murphy Landscape Architects, Lacroux Streeb, Lynni Hutton Inc., and KL&A Structural Engineers. Well done!

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