CUSTOM HOMES / TIMBERFRAME / GREENBUILDING
Design/Build General Contractor and Consultant
At Guarino Construction, we are a family operated business in Colorado Springs, Colorado with five decades of experience.
A full service, full disclosure company that lives by the principals of "Building with Integrity." This commitment to excellence symbolizes our philosophy of doing business. It articulates our fundamental values of hard work, honesty, and fairness. It reminds us to extend respect to all people and honor their individuality. It means listening to understand and fulfilling our commitments made. Our integrity is measured by truth, honor, quality, and commitment.
Trust is just one of the things we build well.
At Guarino Construction, we have a wholelistic approach to building. Valuing connection between people and the project, transparency, and honest communication. We work we you throughout the entire building process-from conception to completion. We basically "build" a bridge to your budget, your design plans, your goals, and finally- to your home. Creating one connective entity and one unified flow of work. To us, this building philosophy delivers an honest, comprehensive, and efficient process for you and for us.
This business model is our response to witnessing the challenges of the many rabbit holes people have found themselves spiraling into. For example, and with all due respect to architects, we have seen people working directly with architects for months, even years, on a set of house plans that they ultimately cannot afford. Thousands of dollars, time and effort wasted. Or, the inexperienced homeowners that tries to save money by drilling a well or (put in) install a septic on their own in a poor location that now requires more material and labor to create a proper site evaluation based on house location and proper drainage. Not to mention, taking on the responsibility for their own subcontractor warranties. We have seen this disconnected approach time and time again.
Before we build your home, we build a relationships.
We have built relationships with all our subcontractors and suppliers for years, and now our goal is to develop a relationship with you and your family. Building a home is one of the largest investments of resources and time that you will make in your life. This is often a year long process that should be thoughtful and that should include the clients input through the entire scope of the project. Always beginning with the end in mind. Additionally, and importantly- generating trust, understanding , and compatibility with your builder- one decision at a time. In our opinion, genuine rapport and compatibility is vital for a healthy and successful building experience. That is why we do not start our projects with a large construction contract. We want to grow comfort, clarity, and understanding with you- step by step.
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WHAT WE DO
Tragedy to Triumph
Black Forest, Colorado
This beautiful home has a story. Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. So too, this family started their recovery from the tragic Black Forest fire in 2013. They have rebuilt on their existing lot at the top of the hill where their hybrid timber frame home now stands as a symbol for what they have lost and what they now have. This exquisite custom mountain home is a classic beauty that captures you with its curved arched dark timbers that frames Pike's Peak Mountain as you walk in. The timbers are viewed in the open concept design through the kitchen, great room, and continues on the gorgeous outdoor deck, perfect for sunset viewing. The main level also gives space to a elegant dining room, piano room, office, and the master bedroom and master bath. The lower level with walk out gives an additional 2 bedrooms, theater room, bar with a glass garage door that lifts to give a pass through for entertaining. This family is on the other side of the Black Forest fire, however they have not forgotten. Giving symbols from what was left, what did not burn,- and created beauty and art pieces in their sacred space. Turning tragedy to triumph.
FEATURES: Hybrid timber frame, SIP Panels, Hydronic HVAC system
Guarino Construction's Model Home
Black Forest, Colorado
In 2017, we started the birth of our model home-a deep and thoughtful process. The moment you step in.. there is a feeling of soulfulness, beauty and flow.The merging of the authentic timber frame structure wrapped in SIPS super insulated roof and wall panels answers the call to 21st century building-creating a home that will last for generations. Using intelligent design and energy efficient principals-allows for minimal resources to heat and cool. The stunning cathedral rooms and structural timbers soar throughout the main floor while douglas fir tongue and groove wooden ceilings give a feeling of awe.The main floor features one floor living with a gorgeous open concept kitchen-dining area with access to the great room and outdoor deck. Master bedroom, bathand multi-zone hydronic hot water radiant and air system for ultimate climate control.It promotes wellness and healing for all who enter featuring a copper water wall and gas stone fireplace in the great room.
Where Prairie Meets Mountains
East Hatchet Ranch~ Pueblo County, Colorado
"Where prairie meets mountains"... this was the first design concept the homeowners expressed when describing their future dream home. It was born out of the gorgeous vistas of multiple mountain ranges and vast prairie landscape. The exterior roof would embodied the surrounding shape of nature- a mountain peak in the Great Room and sliding sloped roofs on the outside resembling the diversity of peaks colliding into one another. This home is a long one room deep house, celebrating the incredible views from all the windows. The western porches off the great room and master bedroom gives an extension of outdoor living space while taking in the fresh air and mountain views.
Chasing Net Zero Sustainability
East Hatchet Ranch, Pueblo County, Colorado
The practice of Wellness Architecture was a priority in this couples build. This passive solar design captures free heat in the south facing greenhouse all the while providing year round food and a natural humidity system throughout the house. This SIPS (structural insulated panels) home delivers an R-40 roof and wall system supplying a super insulated shell, needing very little resources to heat and cool and a structural strength that can stand through hurricane winds. The goal was to rely on the art and science of designing with socially conscious systems and materials to promote a harmonious balance between physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing while regenerating the natural environment. The finishes combine wood, stone, and clay giving a calming earthy feel to the interior-all eco and low VOC products. Another priority was to design with daily health and wellbeing in mind- soaking tub, sauna, steam shower, and exercise room was all important elements to the build. Additionally this home features radiant in floor heating, European wood stove, and commercial water filtration system. The only utility to the home is electric -suppling hot water, heat, and energy for their EV (electric vehicle). To offset electric consumption they invested in 20 solar panels on the roof to achieve a net zero annual living.