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 tells a story... from tragedy to triumph. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. This family started their recovery process as the Black Forest fire in 2013 as the flames swallowed the family home.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 gained. 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 exposed in 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. After the fire, they recovered small artifacts on the ground that did not burn. Throughout their home they have used these pieces as a media to create healing art. Honoring their healing process. Giving symbols from what was left, Turning tragedy to triumph.
FEATURES: Hybrid timber frame, SIP Panels, Hydronic HVAC system
Guarino Construction's Model Home
Black Forest, Colorado
This exquisite one-of-a-kind custom builder's model home redefines luxury mountain living with green building technologies. This south-facing authentic timber frame home with stunning cathedral rooms and structural timbers soar throughout the main floor while Douglas fir tongue and wooden groove ceilings capture everyone who enters.
Built to last for generations, you’ll appreciate the design flow, quality, craftsmanship, and unique features this home has to offer. Including super insulated R-40 wall and roof structural panels and premier hydronic heating/cooling with advanced radiant and air multi-zone system for ultimate climate control. A cozy stone gas fireplace and a stunning copper water wall add a rare beauty and a remarkable interior environment of humidity and air purification to the whole home providing an unsurpassed air quality for health and well-being. A gorgeous country kitchen with incredible beam trusses and design fluidity and function will delight any gourmet. Granite countertops, mission style knotty alder cabinets, breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, planning desk, and butler pantry. Relax in the glass decagon dining area with a beautiful view of Pikes Peak or enjoy entertaining from the kitchen to the Great room on the outdoor covered deck with magnificent timbers. Complementing the main floor is a Master Suite with a walk-out covered deck. Luxury bathroom with soaking tub, oversized glass shower with double shower heads and water massagers, walk-in dressing room, private laundry with mop sink and basin, and a spacious 3 car garage that offers an electric car station.
Two sets of stairways allow access to the lower level featuring a thoughtful floor plan for many living possibilities. 10-foot ceilings, archways, and striking knotty alder hardwood doors. A theater room with a sound system, wet bar, and wine cellar that has notable full kitchen design options, and a walkout covered patio with a hot tub hookup. Two additional bedrooms with adjoining 4-piece bathroom, laundry, and an appealing Master en suite with a large soaking tub and walk-in closet. The master bedroom can also be used as an office as it has 2 private entrances, a driveway, and parking.
FEATURES: Full timber frame structure, R-40 SIP Roof and Wall Panels, Hydronic Multi-Zone HVAC system, Copper Water Wall
Where Prairie Meets Mountains
East Hatchet Ranch~ Pueblo County, Colorado
"Where prairie meets mountains"... 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. A modern home with rustic warm accents. The exterior stone comes inside and greets you around the fireplace and under the breakfast bar and kitchen. Upon entering the great room, you are struck by the expansive panes of glass that that look to the west. This open concept kitchen, dining, and great room welcomes and brings the mountains to you. The main level also gives space to a beautiful master bedroom and bathroom that holds unique features such as a skylight in the shower and playful use of light and mirrors. The lower level has an office, workout/aquarium area, theater and recreation space as well as a guest suite with a gorgeous guest bathroom.
FEATURES: Abundant window design capturing views from every room, custom chef's kitchen, gorgeous bathrooms with soaking tubs, unique shower designs, positive pressure wood burning stove.
Chasing Net Zero Sustainability
East Hatchet Ranch, Pueblo County, Colorado
The practice of Wellness Architecture was a priority in this couple's 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. 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.
FEATURES: Active and passive solar home, R-40 SIPS wall and roof panels, sauna, steam shower, European wood stove, and rain water collection.