24hr LIVE Design in a Day Challenge

Tune in to Trilogy Partners Facebook Page today at 2pm MST for a LIVE introduction about Design in a Day

One Team.

One House.

One Day.

Can they do it?

What do you do when you have the best lot in Breckenridge but the house on it is antiquated and does not honor the stunning mountain and lake views around it? You hire Trilogy Partners.



We are going to create a totally new home design concept for this magnificent piece of land by employing the creativity of our in-house design team and our Project Management Modeling process that leverage’s Trimble SketchUp Pro software to turn this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. The end result with be a stunning 3D model of a new home design complete with kitchen, bathrooms, tile, trim, furniture…everything that makes a house a home. And we are going to do it in 24 hours.




Can it be done?

We think so. Would any other design build attempt to do this? Definitely not. Trilogy’s Project Management Modeling is unlike any other project management tool by integrating 3D virtual models with highly organized efficiency within the model. 

SketchUp’s Chris Brashar says about Trilogy that he is “personally astounded by what Trilogy are doing with SketchUp for whole project management.”

Mark your calendars and follow us on Facebook to watch the progress of this transformation on Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30 from 8am MST

Tune in to Trilogy Partners Facebook Page today at 2pm MST for a LIVE introduction about Design in a Day


Changing the Way Homes are Designed and Built in America


Part 2 of our Interview with SketchUp is Live!

You can find Part 1 of the Michael Rath interview about 
Trilogy Project Management Modeling here.

At the summit of the beautiful state of Colorado a change is in the air. Trilogy Partners has teamed up with global leader Trimble SketchUp to design and build living, breathing 3D virtual models. Infused with heart and soul, art and just the right amount of construction DNA, Trilogy models reproduce into stunning mountain homes their clients cherish for generations.  

Read the second part of Trilogy CEO Michael Rath’s interview about Project Management Modeling with SketchUp’s Mark Harrison and learn about the transformation starting right here in Summit County!




Are you interested in implementing Trilogy Project Management Modeling™ for your project?

Contact us to start the most creative and empowering process possible to design and build your development project or dream home anywhere in the world!



Trimble SketchUp Recognizes Trilogy Partners as Pioneers of the Future of the Design and Build Industry

Trilogy Partners is paving the way for both clients and industry professionals with its revolutionary Project Management Modeling process. Trilogy Design and Build team members have been working closely with Trimble SketchUp team members, building an important relationship between the two companies as they work to further develop the SketchUp based Project Management Modeling process to become an industry standard for the home building industry. 


Today is Part One of a Two part blog post release from SketchUp where Director of Marketing at SketchUp Mark Harrison interviews Trilogy Partners’ CEO Michael Rath. As Rath says in the interview, “a well executed SketchUp strategy, like the one we are using, not only results in a fantastic model, but also lowers project costs. That’s because we resolve construction problems in the model and not on the construction site, and because we embed supervision into the model, we save money.” It’s a no brainer. 




Read more about our Project Management Modeling process and contact us today to start the most creative and empowering process possible to design and build your dream home anywhere in the world! 

Welcome to the future of design and build, where seeing is believing.

SketchUp Blog: Project Management Modeling at Trilogy Partners: Part I



Trilogy Partners Awarded Best of Houzz 2017



Trilogy Partners of Summit County, CO

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017


Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World


Breckenridge, CO, January 31, 2017 –Trilogy Partners of Summit County, CO has won “Best Of Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The build design firm, established in 1998 by Michael Rath, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.


Customer Service Houzz honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.


“We strive everyday to exceed client’s expectations with uncompromising design and transparency. The Houzz recognition for Best of Service is a testament to what we do every day in our offices,” Michael Rath, Trilogy Partners Head of Design and CEO.


“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Trilogy Partners,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

2016 Parade of Homes Awards

High Country Homes: The Best Built Homes in the World Part 3

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Labor costs to design and build in the Mountain Regions are usually greater than elsewhere in the US. A higher cost of living and frequent manpower shortages contribute to the price structure. But it is also true that designing and building homes in the high country requires a level of talent and expertise not generally required as a part of the production tract home building process. Highly engineered architecturally complex homes with computerized energy and environment management systems require design and build experts at the top of their profession. Add to that the costs of municipal development and building inspection personnel, and the manpower costs to build a mountain home must inevitably be higher. A high altitude environment also contributes to a lengthened build period and higher labor costs.

Other factors determine costs. Location; it certainly costs more to build in Aspen than Summit County. Work force housing initiatives and other tax measures designed to support common elements and municipal programs also come into effect dependent on locale. But the driving force behind the relatively high cost of mountain homes is most significantly influenced by one thing: outstanding quality.

Mountain Homes in the US are without a doubt designed and built to the highest standards in the world. They are designed more thoroughly and thoughtfully, engineered to be tougher and stronger, consist of higher quality materials, are built by extremely capable builders and contractors, and are the product of an extraordinarily introspective and involved review and construction inspection process.

The mountain homes being built today will stand for centuries longer than many of their lowland counterparts. And that kind of quality and longevity simply cost more.

High Country Homes: The Best Home Built in the World Part 2

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  What’s on the outside matters too:

Municipalities in the high country, especially those with a strong historical preservation imperative, often impose strict design guidelines governing the architectural style and use of exterior materials within historic districts. New homes and remodels in the Victorian Era ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado must “fit in” with their historic neighborhoods in terms of design, color, height, and size, allowing the town to remain true to its heritage. These strict design and review requirements extend the approval and design process resulting in higher costs. Many Home Owner Associations in the high country impose design requirements to include specific and costly exterior materials, a certain percentage of quarried stone per elevation, extensive landscaping, and a high standard of architectural quality, diversity, and complexity all resulting in a multi-layered design review process that could take as long as 6 months to complete. The result of all this additional attention to detail is usually a distinct community populated by homes with strong architectural integrity and character.

Our next blog posting concludes the discussion while considering labor and location costs.

High Country Homes: The Best Built Homes in the World

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This article was printed in Mountain Town Magazine


High Country Homes: The Best Built Homes in the World

It is a fact: generally speaking the cost of designing and building a home in the high country is considerably more than the costs for a lowland counterpart. The same holds true for multi-family residences including condos and town homes. Are architects and builders simply charging more and profiting handsomely as a result of a high country luxury real estate market? The answer in most cases would be a resounding no. The case may be that average homes in the high country are simply better design and constructed. In fact, they may just be the most finely crafted homes on the planet. (This article will mostly focus on single-family homes but most comparisons also apply to multi-family as well.)

Much of the additional cost of designing and building a mountain home is regulatory in nature. In other words, the result of building codes and design standards imposed by Home Owners Associations and municipalities. Are these higher standards unreasonable in nature? For the most part no because they rest on the notion that homes in the high country must be built to withstand some of the harshest climactic conditions on the planet as well as contribute in a positive manner to the neighborhoods in which they are built.

Building Codes:

In the US, most mountain regions in the northern latitudes or west of the Mississippi are considered Climate Zone 7, as is most of Alaska. Nationwide changes in 2012 residential building codes address the construction of all new homes in the country but particularly impact homes built in Zone 7 because the code changes demonstrably increased standards for energy efficiency. Not only must the physical structure of a mountain home withstand hurricane force winds and enormous roof snow loads of 100 pounds per square foot in many place, those roofs need to be framed 14” thick to accommodate the required amount of fiberglass insulation. Newly adopted codes also mandate thicker and denser wall insulation, ultra high efficient window systems, and caulking and sealing requirements to make the structural envelope of the home less prone to heat leakage. In fact, these new homes will be so “tight” that codes require mechanical ventilation as insurance against excess levels of interior air contamination from habitants and outgassing of building materials. Additional steps to prevent excess levels of radon are a part of the new codes. In many cases fire suppression systems and monitored smoke alarm systems have also been mandated. Automated environmental, lighting, and window shade systems are not only convenience features but are part of the energy control equation. Energy efficient appliance and heating systems, as well as active and passive solar designs, are highly regarded as part of an energy scorecard that must reach a certain “score” before a building permit is issued by the municipality.

Our next blog post will continue the article with a discussion of costs imposed by HOA’s and government entities.

Tiger Rd. Video

Check out a great example of Trilogy’s Project Management Modeling process in this video!