Current TAB Project: Chen 3 Timber Springs Residence


Current TAB Project: Chen 3 Timber Springs Residence
Chen 3 is a collaboration of ideas and styles that will form a luxury log cabin for family retreats.

TAB Associates is proud to be working with Andy Schifanelli of Andy Schifanelli Enterprises, Inc., a General Contractor, and Tracie Schumacher of Studio 80 to present the beautiful home design, Chen 3 Timber Springs Residence.

This project is all about open spaces, with the upper level overlooking the entryway and great room, and entry itself overlooking the great room. For more open space, we’ve used a 20-foot wide Wieland door (fully pocketing), opening onto the patio, just off the grass play field. The outdoor patio faces south for optimal winter warmth, with an alternative of radiant heaters in case the cold becomes too much.

This 8,000 square foot home design project factors in the importance of privacy for the whole family, including the four bedrooms being tucked away upstairs, making them quiet, safe havens even when there is noise coming from the great room.

None of the square footage goes to waste, with beds for 18 occupants, a private office, and a study/classroom for summer school, and an unfinished basement for a future theater or free space. This project also includes parking for four golf cart sized toys.

For more information on our architectural planning services like Chen 3, please contact us at 970.766.1470.

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Modern Trends: Open Floor Plans in Mountain Home Design

Chen 3 Timber Springs Bunk House will utilize a variety of styles on the way to becoming a dream log house.
Chen 3 Timber Springs Bunk House will utilize a variety of styles on the way to becoming a dream log house.

One of the best recent trends for building mountain homes is going with the homeowners’ likes and dislikes and individual preferences. Of course, with all the choices one has with architectural design, it can get overwhelming on just what to choose for dream log homes. Though, one steadfast trend we’ve noticed in log homes that should likely never get old is the use of wide open space.

Maximizing sun exposure with seamless transitions from outdoors to indoors leaves residents with a feeling of elegance and serenity all rolled into one simple and beautiful home project. If the space is used correctly, through consultation with your architect, the square footage doesn’t have to be enormous in order to get the open space look and feel.

Quality of space is often more preferable to quantity of space. The elegance provided lacks the stuffiness of formal dining and living areas, but still retains its grand stature and openness.

Our current project, Chen 3 Timber Springs, utilizes this philosophy of open spaces that are efficiently used, with quality outweighing quantity. If you are interested in learning more about how TAB Associates can make your dream mountain home become a reality, call us at 970.766.1470.

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Advice for Architects: Leave Your Ego at the Door

Advice for Architects: Leave Your Ego at the Door
Working hand-in-hand with the client is a good hallmark of a professional architect.

We’ve noticed there are plenty of Colorado architects who have been skipped over or fired by clients who come over to TAB Associates, instead, for all of their home building and design needs.

In an article written by Tab Bonidy, President of TAB Associates, there are quite a few reasons why other architects lose jobs. The primary reason, of course, is that the architect the clients were using couldn’t get past his or her own ego, leaving the clients dissatisfied. Stemming from a huge ego comes three very big problems that get architects fired:

  • Inability to listen. Because of the strong ego, the former architect never really heard what the client wanted.
  • Not keeping the client involved. Clients fully involved in the process (particularly the concept phase) often love their end results, because they were part of the design process and had an investment in it.
  • The “I know what you want” syndrome. Clients know what they like and dislike, and taking that away from them is a recipe for disaster.

If you’d like to learn more about Colorado architects who care more about custom designs for their clients’ needs, please take a moment to check out TAB Associates.

Get to Know the Neighborhoods in Vail, Colorado

Get to Know the Neighborhoods in Vail, Colorado
Vail is a neighborhood with a nice mixture of residential living and fun places to go shopping.

Vail neighborhoods are diverse and unique, and the area is one of the nicest places to live in Colorado for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is the beautiful neighborhoods. There are fourteen different Vail neighborhoods to choose from, and for those who want something a little different with their architecture, there’s really one place that’s super trendy right now: Edwards and Lake Creek.

This area is the fastest-growing neighborhood in Vail. And with a warm family atmosphere, it’s a very attractive place where locals are relocating. It’s ideal for both commercial and residential building projects, and the neighborhood sports some of the very best restaurants in the Valley.

The Riverwalk in Edwards cannot be beat for commercial properties and building. Unique boutiques, shops and markets are all the rage for those who love to indulge in retail therapy. This whole area is ready for even more growth, and architectural planning is prime for the Edwards and Lake Creek area.

If you’ve been considering a residential or commercial project for a great neighborhood, TAB Associates can help you find exactly the right fit for your needs, no matter what area!

TAB Planning Project: The Ocean Club at Flamingo Bay

TAB Planning Project: The Ocean Club at Flamingo Bay
After completion, The Ocean Club will be a hot spot for summer travel in Costa Rica.

Here at TAB Associates, we have a great enthusiasm for architecture planning services, and we feel it shows in one of our past projects, The Ocean Club at Flamingo Bay in Costa Rica. This is one of our master planning projects, and we are proud to be on lead design. We have teamed up with Ossenbach, Pendones & Bonilla S.A. for construction administration, documentation, and further development.

The club, once completed, will have 300,000 square feet of luxury living and vacationing, with 126 condos and villas, infinity edge pools, cabanas, a clubhouse, and ample dual-level parking, leaving many vacationers reluctant to leave. Comfort and beauty are tantamount elements for this project, but the efficient use of space has not been neglected.

The floor plans — two bedrooms and four bedrooms — all include a study, and are designed to maximize comfort and privacy. Additionally, they are practical, with en suite bath for each bedroom.

When it comes to architecture planning services, here at TAB Associates, we enjoy working with the surrounding local landscape to build incredible structures that fit in with the scenery yet stand out for their true merits in design and construction.

Fine Artist Spotlight: Nancy Cawdrey

Fine Artist Spotlight: Nancy Cawdrey
Nancy Cawdrey is popular known for her artistic works featuring the American West.

The spirit of the American West is alive and well today, embodied in the work of American artists such as the fine artist Nancy Dunlop Cawdrey.

Cawdrey brings a great deal of life into her work, dealing with all kinds of media — oils, acrylics, silk, watercolors, pastels, and mixed media — within her scope. Her most popular works include her western and western landscape pieces, done in vivid detail that makes each piece come alive to the viewer.

Currently, Nancy’s favorite media is dye on silk, as it brings out the richest colors, and her theme is Painting The West On Silk. Her love of creating fine art started 35 years ago, and her love of the West began 22 years ago with her move to Bigfork on Fox Creek Slough near Flathead Lake in Montana. She often visits the Southwest, as well, to inspire her work, and paints on-site rather than from memory.

TAB Associates has a great appreciation for American artists whose work embodies the spirit of the American West, and we believe that Cawdrey is one of the finest artists to represent that embodiment.