Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween From Godden|Sudik Architects

Godden|Sudik Architects' annual Halloween party & costume contest.
We hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween! We had a little fun ourselves yesterday during our annual Halloween Costume Contest! The competition was stiff but Kellie Rowan stunned everyone with her creativity and took first prize with her "School Picture" costume. Coming in a close second was Doug Walter with his "Sir Walter" costume, and Kyle Conley came in third as The Big Lebowski's "The Dude." Who's costume do you think should have won?  Keep checking back to see what else is new at Godden|Sudik Architects.

A Denver Haunting!

The Croke-Patterson Mansion is said to be one of Denver's most haunted sites.

This beautiful  residence with attached carriage house is a rare example of Chateauesque style architecture in Denver. Using local sandstone, the red castle stands tall with parapets, turrets and stained glass windows. The home is an enormous 12,000 square feet with four levels and an attached carriage house. Originally commissioned by Thomas Croke in 1890, the mansion has a peculiar history. Rumor has it that when the home was completed and Thomas Croke entered it for the first time, he felt terrified by something he couldn't explain and he never returned to the home again. Two years later, the mansion was sold to Thomas Patterson who resided there with his family until his passing in 1916. Over the next century, the house served many purposes--a dance studio, radio station, boarding house, and eventually, an office building.

A ghostly image has often been sighted gliding up and down the main floor stairway.

Legend recounts tales of suicidal guard dogs jumping from a third story window, lonely mothers mourning the loss of children, loud parties on the third floor when no one is there and crying babies when no children are present. A secret chamber in the basement supposedly entombed the body of a young  girl and unexplainable drafts are a constant reminder of the chilling history of this mansion. Perhaps most frightening of all, Thomas Patterson is rumored to haunt the courtyard between the home and carriage house.

Whether you believe in ghost tales or not, you can now experience the Croke-Patterson Mansion for yourself. Opened as the Patterson Inn this January, supernatural experiences seem to have subsided and guest now can enjoy nice luxury rooms in this one of a kind carefully restored historical mansion.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Solaire Apartments & Regency at Ridgegate Both Leasing

Looking for a brand new rental? Whether your looking in Brighton or Lone Tree, Godden Sudik Architects working with Regency Residential Partners and Solaire Apartments, has the home for you!

Solaire, leasing now and opening in December,  is a 252 unit energy smart apartment complex. One of the largest geothermal energy systems in the nation is located below ground throughout the Solaire community. Incorporating renewable geothermal energy to heat and cool the apartments  provide energy cost savings to residents and reduce the demand on the City’s power grid. Click here to find out more about Solaire Apartments.

Regency at Ridgegate, with apartments available now, offers nine one and two bedroom apartment floor plans and unique two and three bedroom townhomes with two car attached garages and private entrances. All 208 luxury units come standard with hardwood floors in all main living spaces, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, Moen Faucets and under mount sinks. Click here to find out more about Regency at Ridgegate.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What's New at Godden Sudik Architects?

Godden Sudik Architects wins MAME, CARE, Newman & Parade of Homes Honors!

We have been very busy lately at Godden Sudik! In addition to the four MAME Awards we recently won, we have also been honored with the following recognition:  three  CARE Awards , a Newman Award and a Colorado Springs Parade of Homes Award!

The Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence, known as the CARE awards, is the biggest- and longest- running contest that recognizes remodeling of all types, including commercial and residential construction. Among others, categories include kitchens, bathrooms and green building. Doug Walter and Godden Sudik were awarded three CARE awards for 1st Place Bathroom Remodel Basic, 1st Place Details and 2nd Place Interior Remodel.

This year marks the first year for the annual Robert & Judi Newman Awards for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Designs. Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Design, History & Journalism Artisanship, and Student Awards were given out to recognize excellence in the classical tradition withing the Rocky Mountain Region. Doug Walter was awarded with the Architecture Addition & Restoration Award.

Century Communities' Residence 5530 won Best Kitchen for a Home $601,000 - $750,000 in the 59th Annual 2013 Colorado Springs Parade of Homes. Thirty-one builders presented 35 homes ranging from the mid $200,000s to over $1,400,000. More than 10,000 visitors toured the homes. Industry professionals judged the homes in a number of categories including best floor plan, best interior decorating and best kitchen.

Keep checking back for images of these and other award winning projects and more news!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Micro-Housing : How Small is Too Small?

This 108 square foot pre fab Bunkie comes complete with fireplace and chimney.

Whether it be a Bunkie, a LoftCube or a Micro Compact Home these tiny homes are providing affordable, efficient, Eco-friendly options to buyers willing to give up a little space. But how small is too small? Could you live in a home totaling 108 square feet? That's smaller than most people's bedroom!

LoftCube with awesome views.

 Micro Compact home with interior shots.

Although smaller homes with flex spaces made for multiple uses are trending right now, these tiny tiny homes are most likely too small for most people. It's probably a safe bet to say most buyers still want a designated sleeping area and although Micro-Housing is giving a new look to open concept living, these cute little houses are still too modern a concept for the masses.