Attention future homeowners, now you can potentially set up your home loan at your neighborhood Costco. That’s right, not only will you be able to buy household products in bulk, but you’ll be able to buy a  house to go along with it. Talk about the one-stop-shop.

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Costco has partnered with 11 lenders to offer their members mortgages. Costco already offers their members life insurance, car insurance and boat loans. According to CNN Money, “Much like LendingTree, the site gathers quotes from various lenders. However, there is one key difference. Under the Costco program, the borrower’s identity is revealed only after they officially select the lender, said John Alexander, business development director at First Choice.”

Would you go to Costco for a home loan? Do you think it is a good idea on their part?


As builders and designers, we like to see what new products are taking the industry by storm. And that is why we kept a watch for some of the latest trends and innovative products for the kitchen and bath at this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which took place in Chicago.

With over 300,000+ net square feet of exhibit space, KBIS, the world’s largest international tradeshow event for the kitchen and bath industry, had over 500 exhibitors and close to 20,000 attendees. Take a look at some of our favorite products featured at this year’s show.

Kohler ‘s VibraAcoustic bath, which allows you to listen to your favorite songs while you relax after a stressful day at the office.

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We love the texture of this geometric tile by artist Daniel Ogassian for Ann Sacks.

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Who wouldn’t want more sink space in their bathroom? With this extra wide bathroom sink from the Voss line by Moen, your kids will be able to share the bathroom sink without fighting.

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This Kohler top-mount, self-trimming, apron-front sink, is easy to install over existing countertops.

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What were some of your favorite products from KBIS?

The second issue of Trad Home, an online collaboration between Traditional Home magazine and Lonny, hit the proverbial “stands” last week and received rave reviews from the design community. If you haven’t already checked out this online publication than we suggest you click the image below and head on over to see what the fuss is all about (after you finished reading this post of course).

Their latest issue highlights 10 designers and their interpretation on what “Traditional” means to them.

Take a look at some of our favorite designs below.

Trad Home. Design by Christina Murphy

Trad Home. Design by Grant K. Gibson


Trad Home. Design by Nick Olsen

What does traditional design mean to you?

Visit Trad Home to view the complete issue.

The front entrance of your home makes a lasting first impression and sets the tone for the rest of the interior. Here are some pointers that we think might help in creating a great first impression.

1. It’s all about the lighting. If you have the height don’t be afraid of installing a statement piece in the form of lighting at your entrance.

2. Bring some of nature indoors. Living and working in Colorado, we find it is important to incorporate the outdoor elements inside our homes.

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3. Picking the perfect front doors. The first thing your visitors will see, the front doors are the gateway into your home.

Photo from Trilogy Partners

How do you create the perfect front entrance to your home?

Couture fashion today is seen as very structured, so it isn’t surprising to find some designs that look like they have been plucked right from the sketches of some of our more well-known architects.  Architizer takes a look at architecture and fashion in their interview with StyleMusée.

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Architizer: What were you looking for when you curated the first editorial, Architectural Interpretations?

Karen Moon, co-founder of StyleMusée: I think of architecture as a form of art, and the intersection between art and fashion is an important theme in the DNA of our company and our mission. Fashion is an art, and I want to help style artisans visually tell their stories so that others can discover them. It’s embodied in our branding as well has artistic references: musée means ’museum’ in French, and also stands for ‘muse,’ the main call to action on the site: saving the things that inspire you.

To read more about how fashion is influenced by architecture head over to

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Rustic! You might think of this word as an adjective to describe Colorado mountain homes, but did you know it’s also the name of an American architectural style of the early twentieth century? It’s a style similMultnomahFallsLodgeOregonTrinityPartnersBreckenridgear to one of its fashionable predecessors, the Shingle Style.

Rustic Style architecture is characterized by the following exterior design features: over-hanging, steeply sloped roofs mirroring surrounding mountain features, and easily shedding snow; stone foundations, shingle roofing materials; and log, wood plank and shingle wall materials.

Interior and floor plan features include an informality of design and spatial arrangement, large stone fire places with stone slab fireplace mantels, and big rocking chair porches. The Rustic Style building is sited naturally to fit into the landscape in an informal and functionally efficient manner.

A few of the best examples of the style are located in US state and national parks:TimberlineLodgeTrinityPartnersBreckenridge

Multnomah Falls Lodge (1925, A. E. Doyle, Troutdale, Oregon) is a beautiful example of this asymmetrical, steep flowing roof, wood and stone architectural style.

Timberline Lodge (1937, US Forest Service Architects, Oregon) with its stone foundation and steep roof lines, is a classic Rustic Style building of the period. Buffalo and bear head carvings decorate the exposed eave ends.

CalechoTrinityPartnersBreckenridge.A contemporary Colorado mountain home example that is suggestive of the early American Rustic Architectural Style was designed by Trilogy Partners. Known locally as ‘Calecho’, the architects describe the Calecho design style as follows, “All elements combine to form a symphony that embraces mountain history and modern mountain living.”

If you are fond of the Rustic Architectural Style and planning to building a custom home, please contact Trilogy Partners of Breckenridge, Colorado at 970-453-2230 for information about their custom home design-build process.

Photo Sources:  Trilogy Partners and Wikipedia

Solar panels have been big in the sustainable design and building industry for quite a while now, and this previously inaccessible technology has been getting more effective and affordable with every passing year.

According to Inhabitat, a Tokyo company called Smart Solar International has just developed an impressive new solar panel that “chases” the sun! These solar panels are made of aluminum mirror bars which rotate throughout the day to face the sun and absorb the optimal amount of energy. These new solar panels use much less silicon than previous models of photovoltaic cell panels, keeping costs down.

The article quotes Takashi Tomita, the head of the company, who says, “You can get both electricity and heat from the same device,” because the panel has an overheating safeguard that channels extra warmth and uses it to heat water. This is definitely exciting news for the sustainable building industry.

If you are looking for a custom home builder in the Colorado mountain region and want to embrace sustainable design practices, contact Trilogy Partners today!

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2011 marks the 13th year Trilogy Partners has been designing and building homes. Almost as a lark we built our first home, biting off way more than we could chew, working our hearts out and then, miraculously it seemed at the time, selling it the day it was completed. Then came a second home, and more as we began building homes for clients as well as spec homes for sale.  As 2011 begins we look back to that first home. We broke ground in December. Crazy. We had much to learn about building homes. In Breckenridge, at an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet, the only reasonable outdoor activity that time of year is something that involves skis. And yet,  here we were digging a hole in the frozen ground so we could place the foundation for a house. John and I stayed in good shape that winter shoveling snow for hours at a time as a home rose from a snowy meadow. Here are photos of Meadowview, which is still occupied by the original purchasers.

Meadowview by Trilogy Partners

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