Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Most Lavishly Expensive Bathtubs in the World!

Kallista Archeo Copper Bathtub – $67,557
Beautiful? Yes! Practical? Probably not... Would you buy a bathtub costing more than some people's homes? These three tubs are no doubt amazing but perhaps a little too extravagant.

Baldi Rock Crystal bathtub – $790,310

Baldi malachite bathtub – $222,000

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lighting and Daylighting the Kitchen and Bath

Godden|Sudik Architects continues to share their design and lighting expertise with professional audiences on a national level.  Principal Paul Brady and Senior Architect Doug Walter co-presented two seminars at the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, co-located with IBS in Las Vegas, January 20-22.

The first seminar, “Daylighting the Kitchen and Bath” explained the photobiologic impact of natural daylighting on all of us, and shared creative ways to maximize its use in a controlled fashion for any space, but especially the critical rooms where we cook and where we bathe. A subsequent seminar titled, “Lighting the Kitchen and Bath After the Sun Goes Down” explained optimized lighting layouts, and introduced attendees to many of the newer LED technologies that are revolutionizing the design profession. Both seminars were filled with dozens of case studies from around the country, both good and bad, to illustrate the point.

“Architecture is about designing quality spaces, and thoughtful lighting and daylighting are integral to that quality promise,” says Brady. Doug Walter added “Most homeowners are demanding lighter, brighter, and more open plans. With LED’s, it is now quite possible to increase light levels and light quality while reducing energy costs.”

Comments from attendees that came back on evaluations included “Best presentation (at the conference) so far,” “very practical and knowledgeable,” and “superb info!” Using some of the information from these KBIS talks, Doug Walter penned a piece that appeared in the February issue of Professional Remodeler, titled “7 Tips for Better Bathroom Lighting.” To read the article click here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Famous Holdouts and Nail Houses

Holdouts, also fondly referred to as "nail houses" in China , are stubborn owners who refuse to sell or holdout for such a high price when a new development moves in that the new building is forced to proceed without them relocating. There are famous examples of these rather humorous situations around the world nicely pictured and described in an article appropriately titled , "Hell No We Won't Go! Homeowners Who Won't Budge," featured on msn. To read the full article and see other famous holdouts click here.

 Located in east China's Zhejiang province this is one of the most famous nail house. When a duck farmer and his wife refused to sell the newly constructed road when up around their home.

There appears to be a  holdout right here in Godden Sudik's backyard... As Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village began construction it became obvious that the recently closed Grease Monkey was not going to be part of the new dealership. Now complete, the vacant former quick lube takes up the rather awkward north-west corner of what could, and probably should, be part of Kuni Lexus.

This aerial photo taken during construction perfectly shows the holdout.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PVI Tour

Thanks PVI!

Recently Alex Duran was invited to participate in a factory tour of PVI based in Fort Worth, TX. PVI is a manufacturer of commercial domestic and process water heaters. Godden|Sudik, and consultant Given & Associates, have recently specified PVI’s Conquest line of condensing water heaters for a potential active adult condominium project in Highlands Ranch, CO.

PVI took the time to explain their design and manufacturing process as well as the technology and science behind their products. It was enlightening to see the factory firsthand and see how a product goes from the drawing board to fabrication to installation.

Alex and Godden|Sudik would like to thank PVI for the opportunity to learn more about the products that are used in some of our multi-family projects. If you would like more information you can contact PVI’s local representative who helped organize this trip:

Long Building Technologies
Archie Warthen
5001 South Zuni Street
Littleton, CO 80120
(303) 975-2100

For more information on PVI please click here.

And of course a trip to Fort Worth wouldn’t be complete without a side visit to AT&T Stadium. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NorthSky Wins TWO Nationals Awards at IBS!

Gary Godden accepting one of two awards at IBS last week.
Last week at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, NorthSky added two National Awards to its already impressive resume. Built by Berkeley Homes in collaboration with Harvard Communities, NorthSky previously won three MAME Awards including the prestigious award for Project of the Year. This wonderful project keeps on wowing home buyers and impressing judges making Godden Sudik very proud to be part of such an amazing project! For more information on NorthSky click here.

The stunning rear of the 5040 won Best Architectural
Design of a Single Family Home over 4,000 sq. ft.
The 5010 Ranch Plan won Best Architectural Design of a
Single Family Home 2,500 to 3,000 sq.ft.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Remembering Jim O'Connor

Last month we lost our dear friend and colleague Jim O'Connor. He will be remembered for his friendship, dedication, and great sense of humor.
He will be remembered for his friendship, dedication and great sense of humor. - See more at:
He will be remembered for his friendship, dedication and great sense of humor. - See more at:

Jim leaves behind his wife of almost 20 years Susie O'Connor and their two dogs Pushkin and Kiera. If you would like to help, donations can be made to the "Jim O'Connor Memorial Fund" at any First Bank. We will also be collecting checks made out the "Jim O'Connor Memorial Fund". Please mail or bring checks to :

Godden|Sudik Architects
Attn: Kellie Rowan
6025 S. Quebec St
Ste. 375
Centennial, CO 80111

Monday, November 24, 2014

Doug Walter Receives Mayor's Design Award

The seamless addition to this 1908 historic home.

On November 13th, Mayor Michael B. Hancock awarded 15 projects for excellence in architecture, design, and place-making at the 2014 Mayor's Design Awards. Since 2005, awards have been presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists, and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative designs. Winners range from public street art to adaptive reuse of historic structures to tactical urbanism to new community gathering places. "This year's winning projects are great examples of what makes Denver a unique and vibrant city," Mayor Hancock said.

Doug Walter won this prestigious award for his work on the Pellicore Residence, a 1908 Dutch Colonial Revival, in Denver's Country Club Historical District. The homeowners wanted to add a respectful addition while at the same time repairing some exterior elements that detracted from the home's character. To the casual passerby, the seamless addition honors and enhances the original design of this historic home.

For a full list of project winners please click here