Trilogy Partners, a Frisco-based construction and design firm, has been selected from the more than 35 million SketchUp users to present its designs and build process at the international SketchUp 3D Basecamp convention in Palm Springs, California.

According to the company, Trilogy Partners will offer three separate presentations at the event, each featuring the company’s virtual design and build process. Owned by Trimble, SketchUp is a specialty software platform utilized by professionals and hobbyists to visualize and design the world in 3D, and Trilogy Partners has been using the software.

“I fell in love with SketchUp and 3D architectural design in 2012,” said Michael Rath, Trilogy Partners CEO and owner. “In just six amazing years we have leveraged their software product with our design and build experience into a package that will influence how our homes, and quite possibly all homes, are designed and built for the foreseeable future. We empower our clients to design their homes or commercial spaces in a 3D and Virtual Reality platform, so they can truly experience their space before construction.”

Rath will present the company’s virtual-design workflow with Hewlett Packard’s HP Z workstation team while Erin Pfarr, the company’s business development director, will present on how to facilitate SketchUp to optimize business. Rath and the design team will also present on how they have advanced the program beyond what even SketchUp’s engineers knew what was possible during “Extreme SketchUp.”

“The technology is exciting and we are thrilled to be at the forefront of this industry, but our main focus and inspiration is our clients and how we can best serve them,” Pfarr said. “Experiencing your custom home or commercial space while we are still in design, rather than during construction, empowers our clients to fully understand exactly what the completed project will look like and invites them to part of the process. … Clients are immersed into their home before it is built. That is revolutionary.”

For more about the company, go to to learn or find Trilogy Partners on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Trilogy Partners is proud to be producing a forum as part of the Breckenridge Film Festival on Saturday, September 23!

“Merging of Entertainment and Design” brings together top industry leaders from tech, design and film to discuss how technology advances from 3D Modeling to Virtual technologies are reshaping their careers and our lives. Screen the Colorado-based short film “Who I Am” about immigrant and first generation students in Ft. Morgan, CO. Try out the brand new, not even on the market yet (!!) HP Z VR Backpacks and tour a home through Augmented Reality.

If you are interested in technology, home design and construction, filmmaking, 3D modeling and visualization or the impact that we can have on our community development planning, then this is the place to be on Saturday, September 23.

Location: South Branch Library in the Hopeful and Discovery Rooms at 103 S Harris Street in Breckenridge, CO

Date: Saturday, September 23 from 4-6pm

Email to reserve your VIP spot as seating is limited. RSVP and share the event on Facebook.


Amy Hoeven is from a small rural town on the eastern plains and is a fourth generation native of Colorado. After she graduated from CSU in 1995 with a degree in Liberal Arts, she used her Communications and Technical Journalism training to pursue a career in communications and community outreach in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In 2010, Amy was named Young Professional of the Year by the Fort Collins area Chamber of Commerce. Amy understands the importance of storytelling and believes everyone’s story adds value to their communities. In 2017, she was the Executive Producer of Who I Am, a Virtual Reality documentary film showcasing the work of first-generation CSU students mentoring immigrant and refugee high school students in Fort Morgan. Her ability to observe the environment around her, interact with people and recognize human connections allows her to be a compassionate and active member of society.

Jim Zafarana was with HP as Vice President and General Manager, Global Head of Workstations, Thin Clients, and Commercial Immersive, part of HP’s Personal Systems. In this role, he was responsible for business, innovation, and product strategy and execution, including Product Development, Product Management, and go-to-market strategy across the Workstations & Thin Clients worldwide. Prior to this role, Zafarana was Vice President and General Manager for the Workstation Global Business Unit, responsible for HP’s Workstation business in all market segments worldwide. Jim also has served as Vice President, Worldwide Marketing for HP’s Workstation business.

Kaden Strand is the CEO and founder of Blue Penguin VR, a custom solutions company blending software engineering, creative design, and practical problem solving to impact enterprise adoption and novel research for modern virtual and augmented reality technologies. Previously, Kaden led the cross-disciplinary Virtual Reality Initiative at Colorado State University to utilize immersive technology across research, curriculum, and outreach efforts under the CSU Vice President for Research.

Kyle Rasmussen had a dream to use his skills in journalism and media production to tell stories that could make an impact by allowing people to step into the shoes of others around the world. Kyle decided if BlueShoe Media was going to be telling stories around the world, that is exactly how it should start. He assembled a team of passionate students at Colorado State University to join him on a mission to film a full-feature documentary in India. This documentary about widows, would open the doors to a tremendous journey and make way for the dream to allow creatives with a passion to tell stories to have a place to create freely. Kyle has a heart for telling great stories and a passion for connecting with people through empathy. His dedication, commitment, and vision to tell meaningful stories is unparalleled.

Lindsey Stapay’s entrepreneurial spirit has guided many small and mid-size companies and not-for-profit organizations to not only realize their goals, but surpass expectations on many levels. Stapay has a wide-reaching vision for developing and delivering organizational messages and projects that, combined with her boundless energy and innovative ideas, makes her the perfect moderator for our discussion. Stapay graduated from Colorado State University’s 1st Construction Management and Built Environment Green Home Certificate Program. Since then she has been apart of some of the largest real estate development deals in Downtown Denver through her real estate brokerage firm of 10 years.

Michael Brightman has gained major industry recognition with his  book, “The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture” — a guide that outlines his proprietary techniques and processes for using SketchUp Pro in every phase of the professional design process. Mike also created the highly popular ConDoc Tools for SketchUp Pro extension, which expedites the creation of construction documents in SketchUp Pro. At Brightman Designs, Mike’s goal is to provide his customers with core support services based on real-world design expertise, advanced visualization resources, and collaborative training.

Michael Rath is the CEO of Trilogy Partners and has been designing and building homes in the high country and beyond for over 20 years. His Project Management Modeling process is becoming nationally recognized as revolutionizing the design and build experience for clients by giving them back creativity, power and cost control through visualization and precise project management.










When you are renovating your home or building a new home, your children’s bedroom should always be a place where great design that grows should always be considered. Depending on the age of your kids, they will have quite a bit of time in that room maturing over the years. That is why the design of their room should be flexible and easy to transform over time.

The personality of the design should also fit your child’s personality. No matter what the overall style of your home is – contemporary, traditional or transitional, your child’s bedroom should and can be designed in order to fit both the style of the home and the imagination of your child.

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Your children should have imaginative spaces that foster inspiration, play and gaining knowledge. What creative kid friendly design elements are you thinking about for your home renovation?







In the lead: Will William and Kate be getting their own house built?

In the lead: Will William and Kate be getting their own house built?

There’s much fevered speculation surrounding Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, but in the property world, everyone’s talking about where the royal couple will call home.

Word has it that when Prince William’s posting at RAF Valley in Anglesey comes to an end in 2013, the young royals will move to the Harewood End Estate, near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.

The estate was bought by the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall in 2000. there was a fine country house on the site, before it fell into disrepair.

In 2007, Prince Charles obtained outline planning consent for a replacement dwelling and two detailed schemes have been approved. A royal self-build is set to take place, though exactly who will live there is uncertain. But it could well become the country seat of a future monarch.

And to that end, Homebuilding And Renovating magazine commissioned three of Britain’s leading house designers — Pete Tonks, Meredith Bowles and Stephen Mattick — to design a home fit for William and Kate. They were asked to follow the principles of sustainable design and use the  approved dwelling as a guide for scale.

‘We understand that Prince Charles would like to see an eco-friendly and contemporary update of the old manor house on the site,’ says Jason Orme, the magazine’s editor.

Mattick was involved in the Poundbury Architectural Review Committee and some of his designs feature in The Prince of Wales’s book, A Vision Of Britain.

He made a name for himself in the Eighties and Nineties converting and designing attractive new houses, based on the local style in East Anglia. He has continued to specialise in the local style and won several architectural awards.

His plan for the royal couple is a departure — it’s much larger for a start. ‘It’s around 1,022 sq m and designed so the couple can evolve into it. My house, which would be built in local stone, is flexible enough for the longer term,’he says.

He has allowed space to accommodate staff, a nanny and children.

Meredith Bowles, who won the 2010 RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity Award for Sustainability, is known for unusual and innovative homes, from a flat-roofed contemporary solar house, to an extraordinary cantilevered barn in Suffolk.

‘It’s an interesting site in the middle of parkland, next to the classical stable courtyard. The plans Prince Charles has approved are squarish, sombre, almost mausoleum-like,’ says Bowles.

Historic Ross-on-Wye: It is rumoured that the young royals will move to the Harewood End Estate in Herefordshire

Historic Ross-on-Wye: It is rumoured that the young royals will move to the Harewood End Estate in Herefordshire

He suggests a 720 sq m, four-storey house with a courtyard and sunny, walled garden.

‘Walled gardens give you privacy, shelter and are safe for children. Like the house that’s been designed for Prince Charles, it takes its cues from the stable block with colonnades and round-headed windows,’ he says. ‘We’ve created something that might appeal more to a newly-married couple.’

His house is romantic and fun with five bedrooms and an attic floor. It resembles a dovecot with a white painted timber exterior above a stone or brick base.


Traditional: Stephen Mattick opts for local stone

Traditional: Stephen Mattick opts for local stone

Timber frame: Pete Tonks's dramatic gothic design

Timber frame: Pete Tonks’s dramatic gothic design

Courtyard: Meredith Bowles's plan

Courtyard: Meredith Bowles’s plan

Bowles is working on four large four-bedroom houses in Notting Hill, West London for developer  Baylight, destined for sale in 18 months’ time.

Pete Tonks works with English oak to make traditionally framed homes. He has also designed much smaller two/three-bedroom properties and contemporary builds. He worked for Potton, one of the largest self-build timber frame companies, for 20 years, but started his own company, PJT Designs, in 2003.

‘I am inspired by historic houses, particularly the gothic period. I chose to design my house with a gothic revival exterior,’ says Tonks. ‘I was tempted to do a modernist glass cube, but thought this might not be to Prince Charles’s taste, so decided to keep it traditional. I would like it to have a timber frame,  which is a sustainable form of construction.’

Tonks’s plan has five en-suite bedrooms, with a large master bedroom with a dressing room and balcony. The interior encourages free-flowing family life with clever use of space, galleries, double height ceilings and lots of glazing.

There are several plots of land for sale around Britain that have planning permission for houses designed by Tonks. In Otford, near Sevenoaks, Kent, an acre plot with planning consent for a four-bedroom, timber-frame, single-storey house has just gone under offer. It was on at £425,000 (Strutt & Parker, 01732 459900).

In Flitton, Beds, a 700 sq m plot with planning permission for a four-bedroom house is available for £250,000, and in Catworth, Cambs, a quarter-acre plot with consent for a contemporary house is £200,000 (both

Finding a plot is harder than building your own home. ‘An acre plot with planning permission varies from £140,000 in Scotland to around £750,000 in Surrey,’ says Jason Orme. ‘Don’t buy a plot without current planning permission. There are lots of scams around.’

None of the three bespoke houses has been priced by its architect, but a self-builder should look at spending £600 to £700 per sq m. A project manager would spend around £1,100 per sq m; building a contemporary, high-spec home would cost around £2,000 per sq m.

However there is no VAT on materials and building costs. So once you have the completion certificate, you can claim back the VAT.

Source: Daily Mail UK


As previously posted, I often work with clients to develop a “fictional story” that will aid in the design of a home. This story is the lynchpin for a thematic approach for design. In the case of the house on lot 231, AKA Caleb’s Journey, we wanted a home that looked like it simply belonged in Colorado. The Highlands in Breckenridge development is filled with homes that fit the mold of mountain contemporary. We wanted something mountain authentic. So we invented Caleb, the man who built the house. His story goes like this: Caleb was a man who had spent years building homes for other people. Whenever he finished a home he took the left over scraps with him and they became, over the years, a very large pile in the backyard behind his cabin. One day Caleb estimated he had enough material to begin the construction of his own home. And over the next couple of years, he built the home of his dreams from castaway materials.The result was a rustic, well worn dwelling completely at home in the Colorado Mountains. This home features a timber frame made from 20″ logs and hewn douglas fir dimensional beams, reclaimed siding and ceiling cladding, and gorgeous oak floors recycled from a granary. Perhaps Caleb was only a figment of our imagination. But he came to life within the walls of Caleb’s Journey.

If you were going to design a home, where would your ideas come from?

People will see one of my projects for the first time and well, I get this question a lot. “Where did you get your ideas?” they’ll ask. The simple answer is that first, I got inspired. And then, from somewhere, ideas started to fly in. But first comes inspiration. And it always happens. With every project. Because it has to if I’m to do my job and design the best house I know how.

Inspiration. I cannot over exaggerate the importance of inspiration as part of the creative process. Because inspiration brings passion. Integrity and honesty. Originality. And utility to every project. And long after I’m gone, inspiration stays behind to greet the homeowner, their family, and their guests ever time they enter the house. Or wake up in the morning. Inspiration is forever.

As to how the inspiration comes, the process usually goes something like this: I start thinking about the client. I ponder their… well their humanity, as strange as that may sound.  What is this house going to mean to them. Usually the house is a dream… something they’ve been wanting their entire lives. It’s an ambition that has survived through time, through years. Often this house represents sacrifice and certainly a measure of success. I’ll even ask the client, “what does this house mean to you?” Usually, it means a whole lot. Enough, on occasion, to make eyes well with tears. There is a story behind every house because there is a story behind the people who want to build it and each story is uniquely, beautifully human. It is from that seed of humanity that I feel the need, and a commitment, to help my client achieve their goals.  I feel inspired as my clients’ dreams become mine. And from that inspiration comes a passion that infuses the process with energy and originality.

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Once upon a time there were two brothers named John and Michael who lived and worked in New York City making movies. For years they lived out their film making passion. But the incredibly long hours and stress built steadily and finally it came time to take a break. So they decided to come to Colorado to be ski bums for a year. The bum lifestyle didn’t last for long. 13 years and many homes later they are the talent behind one of the premier design and build companies in the country. Though they had no formal training in design and building, experience, hard work, and a willingness to think boldly and originally taught them the all lessons they needed to excel. Their creations have been featured in some of the premier magazines in the country including Architectural Digest. So how did they get from making movies to the crest of the world of building and design? If you have an interest in home design and construction, you will find their story priceless, empowering, and entertaining. More coming soon.

Mike and John Rath

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