Boulder Architect Alex Platt

Ever wonder how to get the home of your dreams, designed by a great Boulder architect, without getting the run-around? Many people think that hiring professionals is a tricky business. That’s why I bring you profiles on local businesses, and business professionals like this Boulder Architect, Alex Platt. Would you like to know the story behind my first meeting Alex? Watch this video profile, read what I have to say below, or heck, just Call, Text, or Email me today!

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The first time Alex and I met was because I had finished my EcoBroker certification, and realized I had a new way to help people. I sought out a new path to get to know the people behind what I believed to be good work in the Boulder housing community.

One of the projects I looked at was called Solar Village. It’s a development actually out in the north eastern part of Boulder County in an area called Prospect. There are many really cool things that Alex did with Solar Village, and it intrigued me to want to get to know him. So guess what I did; I just looked him up and went over to his office.

What I found was someone who, like me, has a desire to bring great solutions to home buyers who are looking to learn more about, and embrace green building techniques.

More and more of us are focusing our attention on green building, and many people are concerned about how to make the right decisions about green building. I know some of us have spent lots of money on upgrades like new windows, and renewable energy solutions for our houses, only to be disappointed by the poor financial return on the initial capital investment. If you have, you are not alone, and you should know that it’s very easy to be misled in this industry.

Actually, it’s more common than you might think to get caught up in the advertising hoopla that encourages us to spend our money in certain ways, with the promise of great returns on energy and money savings.

When I first walked into Alex Platt’s office in Boulder, I thought I might find some guy either too busy to take the time to talk to me, or someone that was ready to sell me on why he was the only one with all the right answers.

Not so on either account. Alex was very friendly and amazingly low-key. We spent over an hour talking about his business, and the architecture and building business in general. We shared some ideas about green  building and what we thought was happening in the industry, which let us to this video you can see here today.

I’ve found after learning more about many architects work, that we can actually save money, get a better return on our investments and decision making when building or renovating a house, and cut through the clutter if we pick the right professionals.

I think Alex Platt is one of those professionals.

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Whether you, or someone you know may be thinking of a move, or you’d simply like to get a personal introduction to a great local architect, Call, Text, or Email me… I hope we can speak soon.

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder

VaST Architecture Tackles 1960’s Split Level

This is another case study of work by local Boulder firm, VaST Architecture. VaST has set about doing great work in both new construction design, and remodeling and renovation work for their clients.

This profile shows how VaST brought its expertise to an otherwise ordinary home to make it an outstanding example of Boulder real estate at its modern, and green finest.

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One of the cool things about this renovation project is that VaST really brought something special to the table for this client.  But that’s what VaST does!

Originally, the homeowner had an architect friend put together some plans for a remodel that included popping the top to create a master suite. Apparently those plans hadn’t taken budget issues into the mix.

When the homeowner consulted with the VaST team, he realized another great solution was on tap for him. That’s what I love about this story; it’s situations like this where we often learn that really good communication and thorough consultative time nets the best results.

Working within the existing floorplan (not popping the top), Brandy, Joseph, and their team of experts at VaST Architecture helped this homeowner realize his goals.

With a focus on green techniques, modern design, and attention to the budget this homeowner got a complete remodel and exactly what he needed for his lifestyle choice. And, the end result is a home with more value, more live-ability, and lower operating costs.

Here are some of the details:

The interior was completely gutted, rooms were rearranged to suit the homeowner’s lifestyle needs and a list of some of the materials and techniques follows, call or email me if you’re ready for an introduction to the VaST team to talk about your upcoming project.

  • New Windows by Serious Materials / Alpen (a Boulder company)
  • New Stucco (low maintenance)
  • New metal siding by Front Range Seamless
  • New icynene insulation
  • Natural Forbo linoleum in kitchen and bath
  • Hakatai mosaic tile
  • Low VOC paints and coatings

Want to meet the VaST architectural team to get more details, or thinking about a move? Call or email me, I’m hoping to have the chance to learn more about what you have planned!

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder

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-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

Profile of VaST Architecture by Boulder Realtor

As a Boulder Realtor who’s interested in spreading the word when I learn about great businesses in our area, I felt compelled to start with a profile of VaST architecture. Architect Joseph Vigil and Designer Brandy LeMae invited me to their own home as a start in our first video profile of their work.

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I thought what better place to begin than to share with you the kind of work they do than their own home? There are many very specific details in this home that come into play. Some choices are aesthetic, some are functional.

The crew at VaST likes to call what they do high-performance architecture and green design. I think that’s a great way to summarize their work and their focus.

One of the first aspects of their work that makes sense to me for us to explore is style. Their work has been called modern, sometimes contemporary, and even eclectic. If you explore their work a little bit, you’ll likely notice evidence of Bauhaus influence, the Case Study Program, modernism, and even prairie style.

While many architects and design teams like to feel that they embody a certain style, and VaST’s studio of professionals certainly do, a lot of what comes into play when the rubber meets the road is the details.

Sustainability is an important element for many of us these days, and it is for Brandy, Joseph, and the team of people at VaST also. They tend to take what they call a holistic approach to their work. It seems to be about meeting a client’s needs, answering to the impact on the environment support durability, and that are easy to maintain.

The use of Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs), and Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF’s) are just a couple examples of the kinds of choices in building materials and techniques that VaST likes to implement to increase their client’s comfort, low energy costs, and sustainability for their new homes.

If you’re thinking about moving and want to talk about your next steps, call or email me today so we can get started in connecting you with the best professionals in the industry our community has to offer.

-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®
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-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®