STYLE: Craftsman | LOCATION: Mountain Shadows & Black Forest, Colorado Springs | SQ FT: 1,970-2,800 | BUILT BY: Stauffer & Sons
Between June of 2012 and July of 2013, Colorado Springs was devastated by not one but two massive wildfires. The Waldo Canyon Fire and the Black Forest Fire each destroyed hundreds of homes and tens of thousands of acres, making them two of the most destructive fires in recent Colorado history.
LGA Studios was honored to support our community during this difficult time, and to be a part of the rebuilding process as families began to pick up the pieces. It meant a lot to us to get to know these families, and to design the homes that will see them through to their next chapter in life.
The Parkside neighborhood was one of the hardest hit by the Waldo Canyon Fire. Developed in the mid 1980s, many of those who lost their homes had lived there for decades, raising families and making memories in the beautiful Mountain Shadows neighborhood. The neighborhood was tightly packed, filled with smaller homes without backyards, but with beautiful views, and neighbors who cared about one another.
When the Waldo Canyon Fire started on June 23, 2012, no one expected the flames to storm down the mountain or even come close to any neighborhoods, but thousands were evacuated as a precaution. By the time the fire was contained, over 18,000 acres were burned and 346 homes were destroyed.
At the epicenter of the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Parkside neighborhood suffered heavily, with 141 of the 171 homes in the neighborhood destroyed. Some families chose to relocate, while several others opted to rebuild right back in Parkside. LGA Studios worked together with Stauffer & Sons Construction to create brand new, mid-size custom homes for these clients, who found new hope and energy in the design and building process. For more on the personal stories from several of these clients, Stauffer & Sons has done a beautiful job collecting them on their blog.
The Parkside Revival home was featured in the 2013 Parade of Homes. Although there is nothing that can replace the original spaces where memories were created, starting anew on the same lot with a brand new home allowed our clients the opportunity to remain in their neighborhood, but this time to design their dream home from the ground up and to customize the space to their exact needs. Clients were able to add personalized touches, like yoga studios, dens, and home offices, along with adjusted layouts that better suit modern preferences, including spacious master suites, his and hers closets, open floor plans, and gourmet kitchens. Many clients also brought in enhanced architectural style, requesting more Contemporary elevations, for example, or timeless Arts & Crafts detail.
The Black Forest Revival home was featured in the 2014 Parade of Homes. This Craftsman-style home was designed for a family whose home was lost in the Black Forest Fire of 2013. The open layout of this space takes advantage of it’s beautiful setting and views of Pikes Peak, and features many fun and modern amenities, including in-floor radiant heat powered by a geothermal energy system, stained concrete floors, and a wood burning stove and pizza oven.
Plenty of tall windows offer scenes of falling snow and passing wildlife, and the interior is filled with Craftsman charm, including a cozy built-in breakfast nook and local timber and stone accents. The stunning outdoor living space, surrounded by stone pillars and nestled amidst pine trees, won the Industry Award of Excellence for Best Landscaping in the Colorado Springs 60th Annual Parade of Homes.