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walnut renovation in 5280 home
This 1920s home near Boulder’s Pearl Street has been given new life. A gut and remodel turned a honeycomb of rooms into a wide-open living area suited to a young family. At the center of this space is the kitchen, which champions the home’s century-old craftsmanship (exposed brick, graceful molding above the windows and doors, and original hardwood floors) while embracing the new (minimalist cabinets, open shelving, and new fixtures and appliances). “Old structures take modern touches in stride,” Hubbard says.
ivy league in colorado homes & lifestyles
"Present + Future Perfect" by Rebecca Gart & Photos by Kimberly Gavin // Spring 2017
The design is reminiscent of farm structures around the country that were often built piecemeal, starting with an original stone farmhouse, and as children came along, they would expand and build out with wood siding instead of stone.
The homeowners and architectural team worked in sync on interior details
Check out our portfolio page of Ivy League here.
Moose Lodge in 5280 Home Magazine
"An Envy Inducing Alpine Bunk Room" by July Dugdale & Photos by Charlie Brown // Autumn 2016
Our inner 10-year-old can’t imagine a cooler place to have a sleepover than this custom, wood-slat bunk room by architect Dale Hubbard of Boulder’s Surround Architecture. He designed the ultracozy space for his client (and brother) to mimic the “dappled light of the snow gum forests” of the Victorian Alps, where the house is located. “Half of the fun of ski trips is staying up late with your mates and getting up early to hit the slopes,” Hubbard says—even if you’re still on the bunny hill.
surround architecture firm feature in modern in denver
"Balance / Detail / Feeling" by Charlie Keaton & Photos by Dale Hubbard // Spring 2016
A granular attention to detail provides beneficialfor single-family housing, multi-family units, and commercial projects that take on warm, open, light filled residential sensibilities. The team collaborates daily within the bleeding edge BIM software Revit, a "decidedly new school approach"... [while] the powerful and raw process of creating, thinking, sketching, and talking one-on-one tried and true and equally present.
More than the simple interplay between residential and commercial projects, however, true balance comes from a deeper commitment to complementary ideals...His staff is a heterogeneous mix of ages, backgrounds, and expertise...But don’t mistake the casual atmosphere for a lackadaisical approach. By eschewing a more traditional pyramid-shaped hierarchy and implementing what he calls a “guerrilla warfare” structure, Hubbard sets high standards for even his greenest designers. “I’ve always felt it’s important to drive the ability to make decisions down deep into the firm, allow people to get the answers they need, and implement the things they need by themselves,” he said. “I would never hire anyone I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting in front of our most aggressive client.”
big alpine in luxe magazine
"Storybook Ending" by Laura Mauk & Photos by Emily Minton Redfield // Fall 2015
"One thing we told Dale was that we love the feel of old castles." Responding to that visual sense of permanence, Hubbard conceive a sculptural home with a modernist collection of geometric forms clad with blued-steel rainscreen, Kansas limestone and tight-knot cedar.... "The stone and metal create a boundary and defend against prevailing winds from the north [wheras] on the rear or south side of the home, the indoors and the outdoors become one. When the NanaWall is open, you don't really know whether you're inside or out. It's seamless."
Anthem Branding in Modern in Denver
"A Lantern on Broadway" by Charlie Keaton & Photos by Daniel O'Connor // Summer 2015
Back in 2012, Anthem Branding was bursting at the seams of its tiny A-frame headquarters. Enter Surround Architecture when the co-founders Ted Church and Pete Burhop decided to take on the a custom-designed building to comfortably house their rapidly multiplying staff and "provide enough aesthetic beauty to properly represent a company whose very essence is built around branding and imagery."
The end result is an elegant, inviting blend of clean lines and breathable spaces. The materials are raw and simple, with a heavy emphasis on glass and steel. This industrial flavor is punctuated by subtle organic touches. Natural light dominates; the surrounding beauty of Boulder overwhelms. “We always talked about the idea that the architecture becomes the interiors,” said Hubbard. “It’s an inside-out building. That’s an approach that was always fundamental to our design process.”
Princess Trail in Luxe Magazine
"Balanced Living" by Mindy Pantiel & Photos by Emily Minton Redfield // Spring 2015
Considered the "jewel" in Boulder's historic crown," this new home in the Mapleton Historic District had to tread lighting and purposefully moving forward. Although the area is dominated by stately Victorians and grand brick estates, Princess Trail "wanted to pay reverence to a certain typology, but rather than a high Victorian we opted for an interpretation of the more demure mining structures that were prevalent in this area years ago." Incorporating an existing foundation and original freestanding garage, "the house almost deconstructs from front to back."
We treat every new staircase as an exciting design element and distinct vertical space...It's not just about how you go up and down; it's what you see along the way that's important.
little alpine in 5280 home - "ranch revival"
"Ranch Revival" by Sarah Goldblatt // Autumn 2013
"Postwar ranches like the Radas' were built for a certain family structure and lifestyle...by design they were simply structures. All the space is there; it just needs to be reimagined and updated"
The 'Little Alpine' residential remodel is featured as a 1950s-era red brick ranch whose owners were "eager to update the house without 'squashing the mid-mod charm.'" The project features an operable glass garage door along the north wall of the kitchen that "floods the room with natural light and opens to an outdoor living room."