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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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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Wall Street Journal Highlights Aspen Park’s Woodworking

We are fortunate to work with a select group of craftsman who team with us to create masterfully designed custom homes. True artists in their field. One of those incredible artisans is Michael Merritt of Merritt Woodwork, based in Ohio.

Together, Merritt, CCA and interior designer Donna Guerra created a 15,000 square foot, Art Deco inspired mountain home incorporating 36-species of wood. Aspen Park highlights Merritt’s woodworking expertise in the custom kitchen cabinetry, Art Deco-style inlay doors, and acoustical ceiling panels. Michael and his brother Keith, head up the family’s 53-year old woodworking business. A great story on an inspiring business!

To read the article click here.

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Project Spotlight: Stonebridge Condominium

When joint homeowners enlisted CCA to renovate their outdated condominium in Snowmass Village, Colorado, we were happy to retrofit it for the two fun-loving families. Purchased 15 prior, every inch of the outdated space was well worn, and in need of a refresh. The two families totaling 10 people (four adults and six children), enjoy the condo throughout winter and summer, with lots of gear and lots of love — so it was time for some clever space-saving design!

The team re-imagined the dark quarters, carefully selecting light-reflecting materials and a new lighting system to bolster the natural and ambient light. Previously stationed in a tiny corner of the home, the kitchen was reconfigured around an island and opens to the family room and dining room. As an extension of the kitchen and uniting the family room, we created a bar wall with ample counter space, a wine fridge, refrigerator and freezer drawers.

On the ground floor are two master suites, with minimalist interiors and hotel style bathrooms. Up the space-saving spiral stair, is the ‘family suite’ which includes a master bedroom w/an extra bed and vanity; and the bunk room of all bunk rooms! Frosted glass was utilized in the bathroom to fill the spaces with light, yet preserve privacy. Clever storage for the family’s recreational gear was a fun challenge we enjoyed pursuing!

The ski getaway was featured in Mountain Living magazine last year, in an article called “A Pocket Sized Condo That Packs a Punch.” 

To read the article, click here

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It’s been nearly three-weeks since we sat down with our team and decided to work remotely. News of the Coronavirus was constant, fears were mounting with confirmed cases in Aspen, and we needed to act fast. Eighteen days later, we are all safely working from home. We do not take our ability to work remotely for granted. Its on our minds constantly – utilizing all of the technologies we have invested in for the past several years. Each time we have a team video-conference, instant message, review designs remotely, render views, and simply pick up the phone and call one another – we are reminded that we are the lucky ones.

We love to design. It is our passion. It is our purpose.

What has changed? We are learning new ways to interface with eachother. Those with children at home are juggling work and homeschooling (go parents!), we are learning new technologies to bolster our team’s communication, and we’re happy to say that our team has adjusted very well.

What hasn’t changed? Our commitment. The commitment to our clients, to the projects we’re fortunate to design, to our community, to the global landscape and to the health of those around us.

Looking forward, we’re unsure like everyone….but we know this for sure – we have an unrivaled team of dedicated design professionals that will persevere. CCA has weathered 40 years of storms, and surely we will get through this. We’re all in it together!  

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Gratitude & Resilience

With our teams safely working remote, and Charles & Nicole currently manning the Aspen office (6′ apart of course), we are feeling grateful today for all of the amazing individuals out there working the front lines.

We feel very fortunate to have the technology and the dedicated team members we do, and are getting into the remote-groove here at CCA. Doing our part, and now looking for ways to help in our community. We’ll get through this together (while currently apart). Hang in there everyone!

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Featured in Robb Report as the ultimate slumber party retreat, Aspen Modern was the result of terrific clients and a highly skilled and dedicated design team that worked tirelessly to revamp this Aspen home from top to bottom. The existing architecture was a good starting point, but the home really needed updating and refreshing. Every square inch of this house was renovated and the results are impressive!! Click here to view the project

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It’s not often that a design firm can claim four decades of extraordinary success, so we took the opportunity in our latest newsletter to mark this milestone. In the newsletter — and here in our office — we’ve been honoring our past, celebrating the present, and considering the future.  In addition to sharing some of our best work through the decades, we also included our community charity work, the awards we received in 2019, and our latest press features, which include Robb Report, AD.COM, Luxe and Aspen Magazine. 

We are very grateful to have had such a fruitful 2019, but even more, we are thankful for a successful 40 years for CCA. To read our latest news, click here.

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CCA Receives AAJ Award from the AIA

We are especially humbled when the work we do benefiting the Aspen community is recognized. So, we are excited to report that CCA earned the Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The recognition was given to six other firms and is evaluated by quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses to complex justice design issues.

A true passion project, and it certainly took a strong village to complete. In addition to sustainability, we designed the building with functionality, wellness, security and safety, hoping to augment both the character of and connection with the Aspen community.

To read more about the award, click here.

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