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Sunlit Architecture, a long-established firm located in Crested Butte, Colorado, specializes in high-end custom residences and resort-oriented architecture. Sunlit strives to find comprehensive solutions for the unique challenges and opportunities found in the mountain environment and landscape.

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The Buck Horn home was an exercise in creating a material palette that embodied a simple, refined mountain elegance. The owners wanted a mountain contemporary environment that celebrated the natural light and views, which permeate 360 degrees.—Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn
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The master bathroom was designed around the celebration of sculptural bathtub with smooth lines that contrast in color and texture from the pebble stone wall to create an open, dynamic focal point off of the main circulation defined by the wood flooring. Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn
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The interior stair works as the main circulations throughout the home. It is centrally located and open and becomes the main organizational element which holds the home together revealing the homes story one floor at and time. Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn

Sunlit draws its inspiration from historic building types, forms and materials in order to recreate architecture that emphasizes authenticity to the regional context that it is created in.

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The Reserve home was designed to grow out of the mountain side and tread lightly within the natural landscape. Massing was broken down into additive forms with individual roof lines making the home appeared as a series of individual parts connected to reveal overall theme. Inspiration came from the Mountain Lodges found within the National Parks around the mountain west.—Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn

Gary L. Hartman – Principal

Since joining Sunlit Architecture as a partner in 2004, he has focused his design talents on creative multi-family residential projects, ski resort-oriented master planning and commercial developments, as well as custom high-end mountain residences.

Colorado, home, bedroom, fireplace
The Taylor River home embodies the design of intimacy. Spaces that evoke a comfortable and cozy human scale. This is a story of giving a home personality and a spirit that is a reflection of/and connects the owners with the environment that brought them to the mountains.—Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn

With hands-on client involvement, Sunlit works in a team environment to put together a client relationship with a focus on service and success.

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The Skyland home was an exercise in materiality and the celebrations of dynamic views. Stone foundations grow out of the site and support the home with a sense of permanence and the middle of the home is eroded out like a canyon to create transparency through the home. The canyon is a two-story volume that focus the occupants to views that focus on the lake, mountain and valley floor. An interior bridge connects the two master suites across this open canyon of living space.—Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo Credit: Bob Brazel

Sunlit also has a passion for the natural environment bringing to the table expertise in sustainability and environmental consciousness through design.

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The Hidden River Barn is a remodel of an old, red, prefabricated metal building. Reclaimed materials and materials with living finishes that change and weather over time all were utilized in effort to create an authentic structure that evokes the nostalgia of the valleys ranching history.—Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn
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Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn

Jennifer Hartman, AIA – Principal

Ms. Hartman’s diverse experience began in 1997 when she joined a prestigious design architecture firm in Denver. In 2000, she joined a Vail firm specializing in high-end mountain resort and residential architecture. In 2004, she joined Sunlit Architecture as a partner  specializing in high end custom residential, & historic renovation and preservation. Her philosophy is ingrained in creating contextual, comfortable and timeless designs.

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The Prospect Home was designed around the capturing of the panoramic mountain views across the valley floor. Undeveloped and pristine, these mountain views are unmatched. Finding views around the Rocky Mountain West without the footprint of human encroachment are becoming harder and harder to find.—Crested Butte, Colorado. Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn

Sunlit brings architecture to light that embraces and celebrates the natural environment, topography, climate and materials with sensitivity to the lifestyles that bring people to the mountains.

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