Financial Times Features Elk Peak Ranch

Do you read the Financial Times? You wouldn’t think of it as a design resource, but they highlight some interesting projects and design elements. So while you’re catching up on the latest news, head over to see our project, Elk Peak Ranch highlighted in their Interiors section.

“Walk in the wild side: the world of super-luxury wardrobes” features several design elements we include in our luxury closet designs. From high tech security, storage and seating….more goes into closet design than ever these days!

Thank you to the Financial Times for featuring our work!

Read the article here.

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Happy New Year!

Well that was a crazy year! As we roll into 2021 our team has been reflecting on what was, hopefully, the craziest year we’ve seen in our 40-years designing mountain homes and buildings. When we first shut down the office last spring, we were fortunate that our team was equipped with laptops, we had established project teams in place, and we transitioned quite seamlessly to remote work. We made sure to keep the lines of communication wide open, and kept in good touch with each of our teammates — not only on the work front, but also on their personal well-being. Like every office, we have numerous parents of young children; architects living/working solo at home; designers with higher-risk health concerns, and a new employee who we charged with learning our systems and way of working from their home office. It was not easy. That all said, we were fortunate to all stay healthy and productive throughout 2020.

Our work continued at quite a rigorous pace. We’ve been working with some incredible clients to create homes that reflect their personal style, compliment the way they live, embrace the natural surroundings and are smart and sustainable. Healthy homes have always been a focus for CCA, and throughout 2020 we’ve only increased this focal point. For many years, our team has centered on biophilic design and wellness; receiving several design awards acknowledging these efforts. As the world caught on to designing specifically for health, we were proud of our previous efforts to address the wellness of our buildings’ occupants.

As we dive into 2021, we know that there are challenges ahead. We are not out of the weeds yet, but we are hopeful.

We are hopeful for what is to come!

We are grateful. Grateful for all of our wonderful clients – new and old!

We are dedicated. Dedicated to our projects and our community!

We are inspired. Inspired by our beautiful natural surroundings, our wonderful clients and all they do in the world, our families supporting us, and our team.

We are humbled. Humbled by the recognition we’ve received for our work.

Thank you for following our work, supporting our business and entrusting us with designing the next generation of homes and buildings. Bring on the new year, the new decade and what is to be – a very bright future.

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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT – OURAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

CCA has worked for decades with Ouray County to meticulously, efficiently and respectfully restore the Ouray County Courthouse, built and occupied since 1888. The courtroom where John Wayne once famously held forth as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in the 1968 movie classic “True Grit” was in desperate need of repair, expansion and updating to carry forward in the modern age. The goal of the project was to bring back the look and feel of the historic era of both the interior and exterior of the building, enhancing and celebrating the building’s strengths while quietly shoring up its deficits and providing modern, efficient upgrades. Not only did CCA provide all programming, architectural and construction administration duties for this historic restoration and addition, our team also aided the County in securing funding through various grants.

The transformation was incredible! We look forward to sharing more of the story and photos with you. Thank you to our dedicated team and the County of Ouray for entrusting us with this important historic building. It was an honor!

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OUTSIDE Magazine Names CCA on their ’50 Best Places to Work in 2020′ list

Seven years ago, we made the Outside Magazine list of ‘Best Places to Work in the US’ for the very first time. Proud we were! The list is comprised of the top companies in the United States who emphasize a strong work/life balance and a dedication to outdoor pursuits.

CCA has always held a belief that we do our best work, and serve our communities most, when we balance work and life. With an office two blocks from the Aspen gondola, skiing has always been a part of CCA’s ethos. We love the mountains and each want to get out in them as much as possible. You will often find our team members taking a design break and gaining inspiration from the outdoors. We bike, we climb, we ski, we golf, we raft, we fish, we hike. We take that inspiration and infuse it into our designs. You can see it everywhere.

Fast forward to 2020….what a year it has been. Our team has worked harder than ever to maintain the quality we expect, collaborate together while being apart…and the mountains have remained a place of solace.

We are honored to make the list for the 7th consecutive year. Thank you to Charles for providing a tremendous benefits package that supports the team and our families. Between the health and financial attributes within our company benefits, we are able to be fiscally responsible, spend time with our families, pursue our personal goals, and volunteer in our communities.

Thank you to Outside for including us. We are in some great company!

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How to Elevate your Basement

Homes & Gardens just featured our Owl Creek project, which included a major basement renovation! When we first met the homeowners who were looking to purchase the property, we helped them envision how the entire home could be transformed. It was a great house to start with, but it needed updating and the floor plan needing some tweaking. The existing basement was only large enough for storage, a small guest room and a workout area — but the opportunities were endless!

Now, the tricky part. To engineer the basement, while remodeling the main level took extreme care. By partnering closely with the builder and engineer, the main level floors were also lowered to maximize the views, and the basement floors had to be lowered to make livable space. This was no easy feat, but we did it….and we are so proud of the results.

Click here for the article. Click here for the project photos.

Basement area before the renovation

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CCA wins Firm of the Year!

CCA caps off our 40th anniversary as winner of the AIA Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year! Competing against firms from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, this prestigious award is presented to a firm that has been a significant and leading force in consistently producing distinguished architecture for over ten years. Throughout the 6 states, we are surrounded by firms whose design work, culture, and record of excellence are inspiring. The strength of our peer set makes this recognition humbling and reinforces our commitment to how we practice: collaboratively, rooted in our values, and continually striving to improve.
We are beyond honored!

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Aspen Park Kitchen Wins Luxe Red Award for Best Kitchen in Colorado!

Our team, along with DG&A Interior Design are elated to announce that Aspen Park won the coveted 2020 Luxe Red Award for Best Kitchen in Colorado! An incredible honor, given the immense amount of entries.

Its all in the details….

Passing through the automatic closing wood doors from the home’s great room and dining room, you enter the kitchen and family area. Truly the heart of the home, the owners’ wished for a comfortable and less-formal, yet contemporary and warm space. Custom wood cabinetry and Quartzite Taj Mahal slabs from The Stone Collection form the double island kitchen. The Wolf range, oven and hood offset the wood and marble with stainless steel. Caste bar stools with Edelman Leather are fondly used by the owners each morning to enjoy breakfast before skiing. The custom light fixture by Wired Lighting and dg+a interiors softly lights the space. Off of the kitchen is the family room with a hidden cabinet television, linear stone fireplace and seating area.

The family dining table is surrounded by a window wall and clerestory windows – beckoning the outside in. A David Sutherland/Caste dining table with George Cameron/Therien chairs, and a Hubbardton Forge light fixture complete the space.

The butler’s pantry, with custom cabinetry, a Porcelain backsplash and Taj Mahal slabs is as luxurious as the kitchen, at a smaller scale and designed for the ultimate in efficiency. Just outside, the Owners enjoy the outdoor kitchen and living area with mountain views.

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Erica Delak honored in ML ‘Women in Architecture’ Awards

Proud to celebrate Erica Delak – named one of Mountain Living‘s Top Women in Architecture! A much-deserved accolade, Erica has been with CCA for over a decade and is one of the most sought-after project managers.
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Erica was introduced to the precision and symmetry of line drawing in a high school geometry class. During summer breaks from college, she worked on a framing crew, which helped her understand the connection between architectural drawings and actual buildings. Today, as senior project manager at Charles Cunniffe Architects, Delak enjoys meeting contractors and craftspeople on the building sites to address challenges and discuss solutions. “There are many different people on a successful team, and my goal is to understand everyone’s strengths and use them to benefit the project,” she says.

“One of the most important attributes of an architect is the ability to listen … to form a connection and really get to know the people we are designing for.”

In terms of new materials and technology freshly applied to architecture, Delak is very interested in the wellness initiative—going beyond sustainable materials and “looking at the interior environment of each home we design and how they affect our clients’ well-being.” To read the article click here.

A few of Erica’s recent projects:

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Wall Street Journal Features CCA’s Aspen Park

Aspen Park, one of our favorite projects, is featured in the Wall Street Journal today. Carrie Wells, of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate listed the home for sale for $49 million — topping the list of most expensive homes currently in the Aspen market.

The challenge began on day one, when the Florida-based owners charged us to responsibly deconstruct much of an existing house, and design a home that fused art-deco and contemporary mountain-modern design. The site provided a very narrow building envelope which necessitated the 15,000 sf of living area, be split between three floors. To access each floor, two steel and glass elevators with cascading wood staircases were seamlessly worked into the design.

The exterior design pays homage to the surrounding mountain vistas, with varying roof angles, and use of stone and wood. Massive floor to ceiling windows capture the unique views of famed Independence Pass and Aspen Mountain.

A glass pivot door opens the home, as views unfold through a window wall and clerestory windows in the great room and dining. A Jean DeMerry mosaic mural sits between two automatic doors with views captured above, with a juxtaposed art-deco fireplace.

Custom designed wood-inlay doors are seen throughout the home, to further infuse the design inspiration. The team was careful to subtly instill the inspiration in parts of the home without overdoing it. As the home cascades down the mountainside, its essence permeates the site and creates a wonderful entertaining home.

We are so proud of this project and humbled to have it featured in the Wall Street Journal. Thank you to the incredible team who dedicated their talents to this stunning home!

To read the article, click here

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Designing for People & Pandemics

Senior Project Architect, Chad Molliconi and Principal, Charles Cunniffe sat down with Mountain Living magazine to explore how Covid-19 may change the way we approach design. An interesting discussion about how our team’s approach to thoughtful and healthy designs instinctively benefit our clients, and what is to come. From mudrooms, to offices and maker-spaces, to bathrooms, they covered a lot of great territory. To read the article click here.

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