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Portrayed our Center Beautifully Dear Style, We wanted express our gratitude on the well written article regarding the CSU Animal Cancer Center in the March 2008 issue of Medical Wellness. We were extremely impressed by Kay Rios who wrote the article and Todd Newcomer, the photographer. They both were very pleasant to work with and they portrayed our center beautifully! Thank you for giving Northern Colorado a magazine as high quality as the Style Magazine has proven to be. I look forward to every issue! ~ Sincerely, Lynda J Reed Assistant to the Director Animal Cancer Center Colorado State University

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fter what has seemed like an endless winter, I have been anxious to get my hands in the dirt to plant containers of beautiful flowers. It is still April, and officially too early to plant, but nurseries in the area are bursting with lush colorful annuals on display tempting us to buy them. I succumbed this past weekend and reveled in the colorful beauty of the four containers I planted at our Style office. Little did I know we were about to have a hard freeze where the 26-degree temperature would wipe out my ornamental leafy foliage! My daughter, Meredith, cautioned me that the big plastic trash bags I used to cover them over night would merely encourage condensation and then freezing but by then it was too late. Darn! Guess I will have to wait until the customary Mother’s Day weekend to replace those less than hardy annuals! Last summer I met Carol and Randy Gorby when looking for a garden to feature in this May Home and Garden issue. Now this is a couple that takes gardening to an art form, literally and figuratively. Their beautiful patio and flower gardens are enhanced with artsy containers, southwest sculptures, and collectibles they have found along their travels. Read about their love of their Natural Oasis and of creating beauty around them right in the heart of town. Over the past several months, I have had the

pleasure of watching five exquisite homes being built at Thompson Crossing for the unique Parade of Dreams Luxury Home Tour May 17th through June 17th. Little did I know when Gary Hoover and Charlie Atwood of Hartford Homes met with Jon Ainslie and me over lunch to discuss this upcoming event, the magnitude of this development and the five custom homes. One of my favorite aspects of Thompson Crossing has become the half-mile sculpture walk featuring monument sized bronze sculptures. It is a one-of-a-kind amenity that will definitely be thoughtfully enjoyed all seasons of the year. The innovative masterpiece homes being built for the tour are state-of-the-art. Each portrays a unique personality through special attention to detail, creative design, use of artistic water features, finish materials, outdoor living spaces, luxury conveniences, furnishings and art. Waterfalls, aquariums, wine cellars, fireplaces, exquisite natural stone, hand crafted wood floors and hewn timbers, theater rooms and more will delight your senses and demonstrate the finest in design. We have been honored to work with the exceptional builders and sub-contractors of these five exquisite homes. We salute all of you, and your commitment to show the Front Range the best of the best! So, don’t miss it. It will engage you and perhaps give you just the push you need to remodel that bathroom or kitchen! We at Style are honored to be celebrating

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Comes to Life 12 Art Thompson Crossing of Dreams 21 Parade Luxury Home Tour Living 45 Outdoor Summer Living Outside With Carol 48 Gardening & Randy Gorby

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Decking 54 Composite All Enjoyment, No Maintenance Veggie 58 Organic Gardening

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Fresh 62 Farm Northern Colorado’s Farmers’ Markets Flats Loft Tour 64 Sharp Fort Collins Symphony Guild Jardin Avec Luxe 72 Le PLS Homes columns


8 From The Readers 9 Publisher’s Letter Pillars 74 Community David and Sharon Neenan Town 76 About Give 10 Grand Gala


Gary Hoover, Chairman of Hartford Homes, Inc. and Charlie Atwood, Co-Owner of Hartford Homes, Inc. have developed the Thompson Crossing community and are hosting The Parade of Dreams.

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The Big Thompson River meanders gently through acres of open space, outranked in beauty only by the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Longs Peak rises in regal splendor, welcoming the day and the residents of Thompson Crossing.


ven though Thompson Crossing sits close to a hotbed of activity along the I-25 and Highway 34 corridor, the neighborhood is removed from the hectic pace of the outside world. Ducks, geese, and white tail deer inhabit the river valley and wildlife dots the landscape. The panoramic setting lends easily to the philosophy behind the Thompson Crossing development. It’s a philosophy blending art and lifestyle together in a residential community. The view, itself, is a magnificent and colorful work of art. The nature trail, sculpture walk and park play off the natural setting and add a contemplative aspect


not typically found in a suburban development. “There’s a saying that how we spend our days is how we spend our lives,” says Gary Hoover, Chairman of Hartford Homes Inc. and the inspiration behind Thompson Crossing. “I wanted to find a way to create a whole new living experience, one that would stimulate thinking about how people are living their lives,” he says. And Thompson Crossing does offer a whole new approach by combining art and nature in a residential setting. “I’ve always loved the arts,” he says. And the more he looked around, the more the idea came together. “One of the most popular activities in

our beautiful climate is walking. So rather than have residents of this neighborhood just walking through the streets, I wanted to give them a walk that would inspire them.” With that in mind, Hoover and partner, Charlie Atwood, donated the open space to the homeowners association for Thompson Crossing, put in a one-mile nature walk and the rambling halfmile sculpture walk, investing $350,000 into just the landscaping improvements. Then he started shopping for sculptures and began separating them into themes. “We wanted the walk to encourage people to think about what is important to them,” Hoover says. Each of the

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I’ve built everything from office buildings to shopping centers,” says Atwood, “but building this sculpture walk has been the most satisfying. It’s turned out far better than we had hoped. Charlie Atwood, Co-Owner, Hartford Homes Inc.

There’s a saying that how we spend our days is how we spend our lives. I wanted to find a way to create a whole new living experience, one that would stimulate thinking about how people are living their lives. Gary Hoover, Chairman, Hartford Homes Inc.

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The views from Thompson Crossing are spectacular.

five phases of the sculpture walk features a theme: seek serenity, love always, revere nature, laugh often, and nurture children. He then went in search of sculptures that represented the thoughts and evoked corresponding emotions. Many of the pieces he found were in miniature form but he was able to convince the artist(s) to render them in a larger form. The result is a calm setting where life-size sculptures, a multi-layered fountain, and a variety of seating areas offer respite from the frenzied outside world. The vision for this combining of art and life came after a couple of years of consideration, Hoover says “I knew it was a special piece of property when we purchased it. We owned it for a couple of years and just fell in love with it.” Although time is money, Hoover didn’t rush into the project. “I took my time formulating the idea for the project. We contemplated a pool and clubhouse but wanted to offer an amenity that was unique and could be used by everyone.” Their vision became a reality and now, Thompson Crossing is the only residential area in the nation that sports a sculpture walk and park. Surrounding the sculpture park and nature trail are 149 Love Always


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sites that provide three types of lots: estate size for larger custom homes, standard single-family lots, and patio home lots. About 60 of those sites have already been purchased. The “estate” homes are all custom designed, each built individually by different builders. They range in style and square footage. The patio homes also offer several floor plans, and run about 4000 square feet. “I’ve built everything from office buildings to shopping centers,” says Atwood, “but building this sculpture walk has been the most satisfying. It’s turned out far better than we had hoped.” Different needs are easily accommodated by the different offerings in size and type of home. Lifestyle needs are catered to with nearby Centerra shops and restaurants as well as the Loveland Outlet Mall. Golf courses and employment centers are within easy reach and Denver, Fort


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Collins, and Greeley are also quickly accessible via the close by Interstate 25. The upcoming Grand Station is just a hop, skip, and jump away. Brett Johnson and Vinci Hui moved in to an estate home in February of this year. They selected the area specifically because it could meet a variety of their needs. “Part of it was the easy access to the interstate and part of it was that we didn’t want to end up in an area where there were no restaurants or shops nearby. So having Centerra right there and with the new Grand Station coming in, we had easy access to entertainment.” The proximity to Denver was also important in their choice. “She works in Denver and I work in Fort Collins so this cut down some of the commute for her. It saves her about 20 minutes each way,” Johnson says. The setting and the internal amenities also

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played into the choice, he says. “Every lot has a beautiful view of the mountains and there was a lot of money invested in the sculpture walk. I plan on using the trail down by the river as it warms up. Another selling factor for us was that we got just under a half-acre lot for what seemed like a reasonable price compared to other places we looked. If you get into town, you don’t get that size lot.” A great bargain at any price, he says. Hoover envisions an internal community that enjoys the same things and he plans to get them involved. “We’re putting together an ‘adopt a sculpture’ program. They have to be waxed twice a year, so as residents adopt them, it will be their job to keep the elements off them and keep the bronze patina fresh.” Thompson Crossing will showcase its offerings in the upcoming Parade of Dreams, a luxury homes tour scheduled for May 17 through June 15th, and sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado. HBA Executive Officer Dotti Weber, says that the Parade of Dreams is a site-specific event rather than the scattered arrangement of the Parade of Homes. “This is only the second site-specific event we’ve done. The last one was in Huntington Hills in 1996. We decided to do another one and make it a real Northern Colorado event.” Developers were invited to submit and, from those entries, Thompson Crossing was chosen. “This site was perfect,” Weber says. “The location at I-25 and Hwy. 34 is easy to get to from the entire Front Range and the site itself is absolutely gorgeous. We’re using ‘country elegant’ as our theme with open spaces and the mountains and that’s what this area is all about.”


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Style Magazine salutes the five builders who have worked so diligently to create homes with personality, luxury, and impeccable craftsmanship.

Bella Paradisio • Bartran

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Experience the charm of Northern Italy in this unequaled custom-designed home filled with elegance and tranquility. Bella Paradiso’s architectural lineage to Tuscany’s past includes all appointed elements desired for a warm inviting atmosphere with unique features that include a chef ’s center, butler’s pantry, and grand hall with access to the gallery hall. In addition, Bella Paradiso offers 2,000 square feet of outdoor living, including outdoor kitchen, breathtaking interior courtyard complete with fireplace and an artistic cascading water feature. The master suite, with its soothing relaxation room that opens into the morning loggia, is the perfect sanctuary. The unsurpassed amenities of the lower level exude the very essence of Bella Paradiso with its exquisite wine cellar, wine tasting room, and fully appointed wet bar, followed by the gathering areas that include a multi-media room, billiards room, and a perfect walk-out covered patio. Serenity abounds throughout Bella Paradiso with spectacular views of the Rockies, Big Thompson River and 40 acres of open space. President, Dan Bartran has captured the pinnacle of Tuscan living in this amazing new showcase home for the 2008 Spring Parade of Dreams at Thompson Crossing.

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Dan Bartran is a 3rd generation home builder, continuing the Bartran tradition of quality and service started by his grandfather in 1952, and continued by his father Bill Bartran. Dan brings 27 years of personal expertise to the business. The depth of Bartran’s commitment to cutting edge plan design speaks for itself when you step into any of our homes... The kind of homes you want to raise your kids in, the home you want to retire in, the home you want to enjoy your golden years in!

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For the Parade of Dreams, Gerrard Construction Inc. in conjunction with Kenney and Associates Architects, created this Tuscan-style masterpiece. It boasts contemporary design with a perfect balance of Mediterranean elegance and rustic Colorado charm. President, Greg Gerrard’s attention to design and decorative detail makes this home a true masterpiece. Exposed beams, stone, iron accents and hardwoods provide an inviting atmosphere. Upon entering the home, one is embraced by an overwhelming feeling of warmth and comfort. Designed for comfortable living and elegant entertaining— both indoors and out, the open floor plan encourages interaction, while outdoors there is abundant deck space to enjoy the tremendous views of the Thompson River basin and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Meticulous attention to construction and design detail brought this dream home to fruition. It is the ultimate in style and luxury.

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The River Ranch is designed to take advantage of beautiful panoramic views. This exceptional home is comfortable, functional, and perfect for entertaining. Over 6,000 finished square feet, this 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom ranch with its walk up basement includes a gourmet kitchen with Aspen Leaf cabinets, Thermadore appliances, a huge butlery and bar. It has 5 fireplaces, several outdoor living areas, home audio/security system, 3 laundry areas, and a 4 car oversized garage. At Lesaris, LLC, creativity and professionalism are the benchmark. John Walz, President of Lesaris, LLC has been building homes since 1972. With his vast experience and commitment to excellence he ensures that knowledge and know-how are combined with the clients’ unique style.

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Welcome to your Dreams Welcome to Lesaris, where creativity and professionalism is our hallmark. Whether you furnish your own design or choose from a wide variety of our unique custom designs, our staff will assist you with professionalism and integrity. John Walz, President of Lesaris LLC, began building in 1972. His background ranges from multi-million dollar custom homes to more affordable homes. With his vast experience, he continues to build for the future and presents a committed style of excellence with an impressive list of satisfied customers. Our goal is to build your home combining your unique style and our experienced building staff. Many options are available to you. Together we can build your dream. Let us create a home that is uniquely yours.

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Make the open sky your summer living room. Unconfined by walls and doors, decorate your oasis of peace for rest and relaxation.

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Exceptional deep seating comfort in cast non-rusting aluminum with all weather Krypton and Sumbrella fabrics. African slate and marble tiles accented with copper set off this smart propane or natural gas fire pit. Patio & Dining Lifestyles 215 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins (970) 484-2940

Bullet proof, well almost. These recycled plastic Adirondack chairs and table have stainless steel hardware and are built to last for generations. No painting or staining ever. At 60 pounds each, they can stay put through the winter. The Windsor Gardener 6461 Hwy 392, Windsor (970) 686-9771 www.thewindsorgardener.com


Top to bottom complete custom exterior entertaining area includes a massive entry arbor, rustic cedar pergola, an outdoor kitchen, and a splashing water feature with perennial color. Margaritas not included. Alpine Gardens 7029 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins (970) 226-2296 or 5030 W. 20th Street, Greeley (970) 506-2727 www.alpinelandscaping.com

Lighted Obelisk pathlight from the Kichler Ainsley Square Collection presents a classic look for the traditional garden decor. Works with existing low voltage landscape lighting systems. The Light Center 2725 S. College Avenue, Fort Collins (970) 226-3430 www.lightcenterinc.com

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River rock faces this custom Colorado firepit. Capped with sandstone and set with logs from Hargrove, all the details are custom designed to fit your needs. Natural gas or propane available. MaSun Energy Systems, Inc. 308 S. Summit View Drive, Fort Collins (970) 484-2112 www.mefireup.com

These versatile, majestic water features will add a unique accent to any garden! Rotating on cushions of water, the Spheres of Tranquility are available with 6”, 12”, or 18” marble balls. The Rock Garden 167 Spaulding Lane, Fort Collins (970) 472-1115 www.therockgardensite.com

Turn up the heat with a little flair. Serious grilling capacity pairs elegantly with granite countertops and stainless steel grills from Cal Flame. Poulsen Hardware & Energy Center 151 S. Oak Avenue, Eaton (970) 454-2542 www.poulsenacehardware.com

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The hedge, a recent addition, hides the front patio and the garden beyond.

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C Natural Oasis Carol and Randy Gorby’s

By Lynn M. Dean

It’s spring in Colorado. Robins flit about gathering nesting materials. Blue Jays squawk, beckoning their mates. Water foul skid across the water, reclaiming as their own the small pond now devoid of its thick layer of ice.


arol and Randy Gorby watch this bevy of activity as they sip their morning coffee, snugly ensconced inside their Fort Collins home protected from the fickle Colorado weather. They truly enjoy living in the midst of nature with their birds’-eye view. “We have two snapping turtles that live in the pond,” says Randy. “We get geese, ducks, and a fox that walks by every now and then. It’s a natural kind of place.” It is only when you walk outside onto their deck that you realize that the pond surrounded by trees, native flowers, foxtail and natural grasses isn’t really in the Gorby’s backyard at all. Instead it is part of the City’s parks and open space network, separated from the homes in the Gorby’s neighborhood just off Boardwalk Drive, by a small strip of well-groomed greenbelt. Indeed, this small enclave of nature, an oasis really, sits in the middle of the hustle and bustle of life in the city, and is directly adjacent to a busy park and soccer field. Although the Gorby’s home sits on a tiny lot, Randy and Carol have made the most of every

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The brick and wooden arbor welcomes garden visitors. square inch of it, surrounding the house with a wrap-around deck and front patio which extends their living space to the outdoors. “We use the outside of our home as much as the inside,” says Randy. “Between the front patio and the deck along the side, it’s really the place to be.” “After we put in the front patio this past summer, we had a couple of different groups tell us that we had the best place to entertain outdoors. Everything flows around the outside,” adds Carol. It isn’t just the design of the spaces that makes them so popular. Carol and Randy have enhanced these areas with sculptures and plants, which welcome their guests, and soften the hard edges of brick and lumber. “We’ve also added a number of potted plants to give more color and flavor to the sitting areas. Besides the flowers, when you add things like the art, it gives your spaces more ambience,” Carol explains. “It expresses your personality. If you don’t do anything out there, everything is so blah and drab. We’ve collected the art on our visits to

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Molly’s grass surrounds the small garden on the side of the house.

Tiered steps lead down to a small, garden level patio. the Arizona desert. We like that environment,” Carol says, adding that she wanted to bring that warm feeling back to her home here. “We like to go to Tubac, which is an artist community. We’ve gotten everything there.” Metal wall art– an array of suns, a Kokopelli and a lizard - decorates the entrance to the house which is separated from the patio, to the right side of the house, by a small iron gate. Next to a teak bench, potted annuals- a mix of geraniums, ivy and decorative grasses- stand guard around a small fountain adorned with ducks- a repeated theme throughout the garden spaces. The path that leads to the patio is topped with an arbor and decorated with more plants and climbing flowers. Guests are lured forward into the patio area by the soft sounds of a copper fountain tucked along the wall of the house. The patio itself is home to a pottery chiminea, and more metal art, including an unusual sculpture of a buzzard. Their metal table and chairs see almost perpetual use during the warmer months of the year. As for the barbeque grill on the side deck, Randy jokes, “I haven’t cooked out there since last night.” In addition to the grill, the side deck is outfitted with a long wooden bench which runs the length to entice visitors to sit and chat. The Gorbys put as much thought and effort into planning the green patches around the yard as they did the deck and patio. “Before we moved here we had a large house with a huge yard with a lot of flowers,” explains Carol. “It was a lot of work. We don’t need that anymore. We just like this yard the size it is.” “We wanted to do something that was easily


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A birdbath lures the Gorby’s feathered friends. maintained,” adds Randy. That said, Randy couldn’t give up his gardening altogether. After all, it’s in his blood. “I grew up with it,” he says. “My parents were in the wholesale lawn and garden business in Colorado Springs. And their place always looked the part.” Carol and Randy chose to accent the narrow strip of land on the far side of the house- the side opposite the patio and deck- with butterfly bushes in vibrant pinks, whites and purples. “It was very plain over there,” says Randy, “mostly grass and rock. I thought it would be neat to have something that broke up that side of the house. Carol likes butterfly bushes, but we never had any place to plant them before.” And while Randy is the master of the garden, it is clear that he orchestrates the outdoor spaces to please Carol’s sensibilities as well as his own. This is especially evident in the small patch of land just below the back deck. “Both of us like roses,” says Randy who secretly confesses that he takes pleasure in making his wife’s eyes dance with joy as she walks through the yard, or views it from the deck. These regal bushes are scattered throughout and add not only color, but fragrance to the varied outdoor spaces. Randy fills in with perennials and annuals. “I wanted a variety of color and to have things that grow during each season of the year,” he says. “I tried to do taller things in back and work them down toward the edge.” Indeed, every inch of land on their small lot, including the tiered terraces leading down to the basement, is cultivated. In addition to the roses, there are purple pincushions, mums, potentilla,

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No corner was overlooked.

A sculptural fountain soothes garden visitors. peonies, a great bleeding heart bush, and his latest endeavor- clematis and honeysuckle. “It’s my little experiment,” Randy says. “I’m trying to get them to bloom at the same time– the purple and the orange together. I like to try different things like that.” The small backyard is punctuated with more artful choices including a birdbath and bird feeders. “We try to protect the little birds so they can get something to eat,” say Randy. And while Randy may claim it’s all for her, Carol knows that her husband truly enjoys getting his hands dirty. “He loves it,” she insists. “He wouldn’t spend as much time at it if he didn’t enjoy it. Gardening and fly fishing are probably his most peaceful endeavors.” “It’s more of a happy feeling for me,” Randy agrees. Through it all, Randy has not forgotten the other female in his life, their dog Molly. For her, Randy has planted and maintained a patch of grass about the size of a small area rug, a place where she can sit and sun and do what dogs do best- roll in the grass every now and then. “Carol had the desire to have this tiny spot for Molly,” explains Randy. “We have a push mower and


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weed eater just for this. It’s the only grass we have and it’s for the benefit of the dog!� If truth be told, Molly prefers the grass on the other side of their short iron fence. The strip of open space that separates the Gorby’s yard from the pond that is home to myriad wildlife, that, no doubt, Molly would love to chase given the chance to do so. “We’ve had baby geese, and ducks and two variety of heron,� says Randy who also had a hand in developing the area around the pond into a natural sanctuary. “We set it up with the city so that we could turn it into a natural area,� he says of the work he and his fellow homeowners

undertook. “Another lady and I went around the pond and planted the foxtail. It’s grown beyond our wildest expectations.� Randy has also snuck in some other native plants and flowers- all of which enhance the view he and Carol have from their deck and even indoors, from their living room and dining area. And through these efforts Carol and Randy, and even Molly, can truly enjoy their secluded oasis deep in the heart of Fort Collins. Lynn M. Dean is a freelance writer living in Northern Colorado.


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by Allie Comeau

The backyard deck is an American institution, a musthave on nearly every homeowner’s list of upgrades or improvements. Host to barbeques, pool parties, and evening get-togethers, backyard decks bring unparalleled enjoyment and relaxation to homes across the country.


omeowners love their decks more than ever, but things are always changing in deck construction. Wood is no longer the only option when it comes to building a deck. In fact, advances in composite decking have made it one of the most popular materials for decking in the U.S today. Made of recycled ingredients like plastic bags or recycled wood fibers, composite decking is a smart choice for homeowners everywhere. First of all, composite decking is environmentally friendly, says Jon Nyhart, Assistant Manager/Buyer at Bloedorn Lumber in Loveland. “95% of composite decking is made from recycled materials. The granddaddy of all composite suppliers, Trex, uses Walmart bags and wood pulp to make their decking.” Incorporating small percentages of virgin plastic and recycled

wood pulp gives the decking better form and protection. “They don’t shred trees for the wood pulp, they use leftover wood fibers like sawdust,” says Neil Sorenson, Contractor Salesman at Sutherlands Design Gallery in Fort Collins. Using wood waste and recycled materials results in the reduction of landfill waste, saves fossil fuels, and preserves raw ingredients that would otherwise have been used in production. “A lot of the composite material is made from old milk jugs and other plastic bottles,” says Sorenson. If the eco-friendly advantages don’t convince you, the lack of maintenance required will. Unlike wood, which requires yearly upkeep like sanding, staining, and replacing rotten boards, composite decking needs nothing of the sort. “As far as upkeep, there isn’t any,” says Nyhart. “You may need to power wash it every once in a while if you

Wood grain or smooth surface, the limitless combinations ensure a fit for every home.

barbeque, but that’s it.” Because it’s synthetic, the boards won’t weather or rot like wood, ensuring that once you build a composite deck, it’s there to stay. The longevity of composite decking is far greater than wood. “The biggest benefit is the durability,” says Sorenson. “You don’t have to worry about anything with the composite. It’s covered in plastic and can weather everything from rain to snow.” Because the weather in Colorado seems to change with the wind speed, that’s good to know. And lest you be worried you won’t like the look of a synthetic deck, just wait until you see all of the options. Available in a multitude of colors, composite decking has come a long way in the past few years. “Some have wood grain, some are smooth,” says Nyhart, “you can even buy it lined.” If you’re looking for something a

Wood grain composite decking will save you summers of sanding and staining.


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Solar Tiffany-style post cap from Sutherlands Design Gallery add an artistic touch.

Choose from a multitude of colors, wood grained or smooth, and many railing options.

little more attractive as far as railings go, there are plenty of options with synthetics. You can choose from glass railing systems, metal balusters, molded top rails, and a slew of different profiles. “You don’t just have to have a two-by-four as your top rail anymore,” says Sorenson. Because it’s more expensive than wood, the initial price tag of composite decking can be a bit off-putting. But it pays for itself in the long run. “If you’re going to live with the deck for four or five years, it pays for itself in the lack of maintenance you’ll have to do,” says Nyhart. Sorenson agrees, adding, “If you were to stain and seal a wooden deck every year or two, that’s more than the price difference right there.” If you’re looking for composite decking, both Bloedorn Lumber and Sutherlands Design Gallery have what you need to get the job done. “We have customers that do it themselves, some that purchase materials from us and hire their own contractor, and some that we refer to contractors we know,” says Sorenson. Nyhart says working with composite is similar to working with wood. However, composite decking is heavier, so more manpower is usually needed for installation. “If you already have the frame, it’s comparable to working with wood,” says Nyhart. “Depending on the temperature, the screws can be a little tricky, but you can pre-drill to make it easier,” says Sorenson. If you’d rather be enjoying a day on the golf course than assembling a new deck, both Nyhart and Sorenson are confident in their store’s contractor referrals.


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The biggest benefit is the durability. You don’t have to worry about anything with the composite. It’s covered in plastic and can weather everything from rain to snow. Neil Sorenson, Contractor Salesman Sutherlands Design Gallery

Composite decking pairs beautifully with the Colorado lodge look at the Bloedorn Lumber Showroom.

And after all, that’s the whole point of composite decking – to free up your precious time so you can enjoy your deck instead of maintaining it. “With a wood deck, you have to stain and preserve it every year,” says Nyhart. “If you have a composite deck, you can do better things with your weekend or time off like relaxing or getting out on the boat,” says Sorenson. Composite decking is a great option if you want a long-lived and hassle-free deck for your backyard. “As far as longevity and choice of design go, you can’t beat composite.” says Sorenson. And as far as maintenance-free enjoyment goes, you can’t beat a composite deck.

Allie Comeau is a freelance writer living in Fort Collins with her husband and two dogs. See her blog on active lifestyles at http://blog. sierratradingpost.com

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Organic veggie Gardening by Tom Throgmorton

At least two-thirds of U. S. consumers have bought some type of organically produced food in the past year.


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ne study broke consumers into three categories. The `occasional’ organic food buyer may just want to try an organically grown product or may buy it because it is on sale. The `frequent’ organic consumer usually buys organic food. They buy for environmental reasons. A little over two percent of U.S. consumers are identified as `integrated organic consumers.’ These folks try to buy everything organic. They purchase clothes made with organically grown fibers, they use organically derived medications, and they consume only organically produced foods. Because they place a high value on their reasons for buying organic products, the integrated consumer doesn’t mind paying higher prices. More farmers are choosing to grow crops organically. For some it’s an economic decision, for others it is for environmental reasons. Properly managed organic farmland is improved. Part of the definition of organic farming is to have a soil building component in their farm plan. Many farmers are going organic to avoid exposing themselves, their families and their workers to potentially toxic chemicals. Products sold as organic must be certified. According to the Colorado Organic Certification Act, organic farmers can use microorganisms, microbial products, materials extracted from plants, mineral-bearing rocks and certain synthetic chemicals. They document everything used on the farm including seeds, soil amendments and water. Certification is not necessary to grow vegetables organically at home. Growing veggies organically has its challenges and its rewards. Eating fresh food without any harmful synthetic chemicals, improving garden soil for healthier plants and higher yields, enhancing the environment around your home and community are all great payoffs for organic gardening. The first place to start gardening organically is the soil. Building the soil encourages beneficial insects and feeds healthy plants. Adding compost is the quickest way to build a healthy soil. The basics of composting are fairly simple. The compost pile has to be large enough to sustain itself. The mixture of organic matter needs to be right. And the microbes need water and air. It’s science and art blended together. Simple but it takes some extra energy on the composter’s part, too. A compost pile needs space. The pile should be at least one cubic yard to work. That’s three feet wide, three feet long and three feet tall. It helps to build some type of structure to hold the compost – a wire cage, three sided wooden bins, or a store bought tumbler. Any compost structure needs to be accessible. You’ll need to be able to add stuff to the pile, turn or aerate the pile, and sift the good humus out when it’s ready for use. The right compost mixture is 50% green organic material and 50% brown organics. Green organics are things like kitchen waste (not meat or processed foods), grass clippings, green plant material and manure. Brown organics are dried leaves and dried garden waste. Add dried, brown organics and green organic matter at the same ratios. Turning the pile adds air. The microbes that break down the plant material need air to work. Regular turning, at least twice a month, is necessary for good aerobic compost. Another important ingredient is moisture. If

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I think the biggest challenge of organic gardening at home is tolerance. Insects on plants bug people more than they bug the plants.

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the pile is too dry, microbes can’t rot the pile. If it’s too wet, there isn’t enough air to keep the little critters alive. So damp but not wet is just right. If the mixtures are good and the moisture just right, you can harvest the rich compost for the garden in a couple months. Many organic gardeners use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system, which uses controls as they are needed. IPM requires gardeners to be knowledgeable, involved and tolerant. It’s the opposite of the “spray because it’s time to spray” mentality. The key to an IPM system is to be observant. When out in the garden, look for problems. Know how to identify insects, diseases, and weeds. A gardener who checks regularly for problems, catches things as soon as they start. Small infesta-

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Tom starts seeds in his greenhouse and then moves them to his outdoor plot.

tions are easier to control. One control isn’t relied on all of the time. Using an IPM system allows gardeners to use more organic controls. Pests, diseases and weeds can be hand picked and disposed. Small areas can be sprayed with less toxic, organic controls instead of blasting the whole garden. Natural predators like ladybugs can be released. Organic gardens aren’t chemical free. They utilize a lot of tools including naturally occurring chemicals like Bacillus thuringiensis (BT). A wellmaintained organic garden uses fewer chemicals and uses them with care and caution. (Always wash your fruits and vegetables before eating.) I think the biggest challenge of organic gardening at home is tolerance. Insects on plants bug people more than they bug the plants. Organic gardeners need to learn a tolerance for insects, chewed leaves and slightly misshapen fruit. Veggies can thrive with a few weeds and some insects. The organic gardener prevents the weeds and insects from getting too numerous to control. And there is no greater reward than biting into your fresh from the garden tomato and letting the juice dribble down your chin.

Tom Throgmorton has been growing plants and gardening for over twenty-five years and is a Certified Colorado Nursery Professional and Certified Colorado Greenhouse Grower. He currently operates Throgmorton Plant Management, a landscape construction, consultation and maintenance company. Tom is also known as the garden guy on KUNC-FM radio.

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ummertime in Colorado means an abundance of fresh produce. This summer, why not investigate more local food sources through Farmers’ Markets? Not only do they provide a wide variety of the freshest produce available, they benefit local agriculture and create a sense of community as friends and neighbors venture out to sample the colorful produce and enjoy the summer sun. To guarantee the best selection, it’s a good idea to go to the markets early. Remember to wear comfortable clothing, shoes, and don’t forget the sunscreen! When making your selections, make sure you check out all of the booths—with such a wide variety of products available, you might miss something. To make your shopping experience more convenient, bring your own cloth or insulated bags, and bring cash to pay for your goodies. Most importantly, come with an open mind—talk to the vendors, ask questions, and try new things. Not only will you get great produce, you may also come home with new recipes, and some new friends as well. When purchasing and transporting your new produce, it is important to keep a few safety tips in mind. Remember to keep your hot foods (like roasted peppers) separate from your other foods, and buy your perishable foods, (like eggs, cheese, meat, and pies) last to minimize exposure to the hot sun. Refrigerate your perishables within two hours, but if the temperature is above 90 degrees, they should be refrigerated within one hour of purchase. At home, store your refrigerated produce in plastic bags with air holes for circulation, and keep non-refrigerated products in a clean, dry place. Keeping these safety standards in mind can help you enjoy your fresh produce for as long as possible. Information provided by Colorado State University Extension service. www.ext.colostate.edu Explore the bounty of your local growers at these and other Northern Colorado Farmers’ Markets. For more information see www.farmersmarketonline.com/fm/Colorado.htm

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Berthoud Farmers Market 3rd & Mountain Avenue June – October Thursday, 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.

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Drake Road Farmers Market Parking lot 802 W. Drake Street May – October Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon Fort Collins Farmers Market Harmony Market Place, Harmony & Lemay Sunday 11:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. May-October Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. June – October Larimer County Farmers Market 200 W. Oak South Side of Courthouse Parking Lot July – October Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon


Greeley Farmers Market at the Depot 902 7th Avenue May – October Saturdays 7:30 -12 p.m. May 17- Oct 25; Wednesdays 3-6 p.m. July 2-Oct.1


Loveland Farmers Market N. Garfield & Orchard in front of Hobby Lobby May – October Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

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Sharp Flats Loft Tour Fort Collins Symphony Guild Opens the Door to Old Town Text by Allie Comeau & Photos by Bob Willis


takes a village to support a symphony …

a village and six

O ld T own

lofts to be exact .

Captured in bricks, the one-story past of the Dunton loft is visible from Linden Street.


he 2008 Sharp Flats Loft Tour, presented by The Fort Collins Symphony Guild, is a fundraiser of truly “lofty” proportions. “The amazing fundraiser ‘Sharp Flats’ is a vital piece of the development activity that supports the Fort Collins Symphony,” says Symphony Maestro Wes Kenny. “Without the Guild’s enormous efforts, we simply could not continue the level of programs we are now producing.” Lynn Leedy, President of the Fort Collins Symphony Guild, explains that the Sharp Flats Loft Tour is by far the Guild’s largest, annual fundraiser. It’s also the most fun. “All of the lofts are within walking distance of each other,” says Leedy. “It makes for a really great day.” And taking a peek inside the lofts is fascinating. “It’s so varied this year,” she says. “The tour showcases a nice cross section of the different living spaces offered in downtown Fort Collins.” Take Al and Lynne Dunton’s historic Old Town loft on Linden Street for example. This recently renovated loft is all about Colorado…and a love of the blues. From soft turquoise accents in the kitchen to bold blue walls in the bedroom, this space is a reflection of the subtle nuances of the


All of the lofts are within walking distance of each other. It makes for a really great day. Lynn Leedy, President of the Fort Collins Symphony Guild

Sandstone ledges and varied bricks call to light one of the building’s many remodels.

couple’s favorite color as well as Al’s intense passion for the history of Colorado. “I’m a big Colorado history buff and I wanted the loft to reflect that,” Al says. Built in 1878, the Dunton loft has been remodeled countless times before and is the oldest loft on the Sharp Flats Tour. The owners of the ground floor Centennial Galleries of Fine Art, Al and Lynne designed their loft as if it were an exquisite extension of their galleries. Gorgeous paintings by Colorado artists adorn the walls. Fort Collins alabaster globes light the dining room. “Perfect” Colorado Yule marble sculptures grace the breakfast bar and bedroom, and Van Briggle Art Pottery tiles from Colorado Springs beautify the kitchen. Even the refinished Douglas Fir wood floors (discovered under carpet), the bricks, and the sandstone around the front door and windowpanes are from Colorado. Al and Lynne’s favorite room in their loft is the kitchen. HighCraft Builders opened up the room to provide spatial flow perfectly suited for entertaining. “When we have people over, everyone always ends up in the kitchen,” says Al. Black granite with shimmering blue accents lines the countertops, while stunning turquoise tiles bring the backsplash to life. Glass block, Al’s fa-

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Al and Lynne Dunton rest on the staircase that connects their loft and art gallery.

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1) The elegant dining room boasts refinished wood floors and windows overlooking Linden Street. 2) Skylights, glass block, turquoise tiles, and black granite add drama to the kitchen and bar. 3) River rock and Colorado Yule Marble make for a breathtaking master bath shower. 4) The staircase is flanked by the “horse wall,” with artwork depicting real and steel horses.


vorite, highlights either end of the kitchen, tying it all together. “We reused as much as we could from the original building,” says Lynne. “Dwight from HighCraft Builders was great to work with, as were the designers,” says Al. “They made it very easy on us.” The kitchen may be lovely, but the master bath is nothing short of luxurious. “It’s much bigger than our old bathroom,” says Lynne. “The only white you should see in here is the marble,” says Al. Snow white Colorado Yule marble (the same marble used to build the Lincoln Memorial) adorns the countertops, while a river rock floor

in the shower gives tired feet a welcome treat. “It’s like a foot massage every time you step in,” says Al. While they insist they still have work to do, (Lynne wants a rooftop garden and Al wants to install a fireplace in the living room) the loft has been beautifully updated from its last use as office space. “It’s a pay-as-you-go work in progress,” says Al. Like the Dunton loft, Suzie and Jim Parzych’s Cortina loft also mixes the old with the new, but in a decidedly different way. The Cortina building is only about a year old, built by Bill Coulson and

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Moving to Fort Collins from Houston, we were used to the city and this was an excellent compromise… We’re within walking distance of everything. Suzie and Jim Parzych Suzie and Jim Parzych relax on their patio-with-a-view overlooking Canyon Avenue.

Slate tiles, travertine floors, and a generous layout combine to create a luxurious master bath. Sinnett Builders of Fort Collins. A gorgeous mix of Tuscan colors and interesting angles, the building houses twenty lofts as well as office space on the first and second floors. Unlike most homes in Fort Collins, the Cortina loft has the distinct feel of a “big city” dwelling. And that’s exactly what Suzie and Jim like about it. “That’s what attracted us to it initially,” says Jim. “Moving to Fort Collins from Houston, we were used to the city and this was an excellent compromise.” High-rise loft living is perfect for this couple, who loves the freedom of being able to take off at a moment’s notice, and the convenience that a downtown address affords. “We’re within walking distance of everything,” says Suzie. Upon entering the 2400 square-foot loft, you’re struck straight away with the beauty of the reclaimed wood floors. “It’s all about mixing the old with the new,” says Jim. “Using refurbished wood floors in this modern building is a great example.” Combining old and new is the common theme throughout the loft, where traditional works of art mix with the contemporary angles and design of the building. “We wanted it to have


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Silk wall coverings create a contemporary backdrop for the Parzych’s fine art collection.

a museum-like quality,” says Jim. “We like to say it’s contemporary traditionalism.” The crowning glory of the space, besides the enormous shower and marble whirlpool tub in the master bath, has got to be the view. “You should see it at sunset!” says Jim. On the fifth floor of the building, they enjoy unfettered views of the foothills. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room frame the mountains, creating the home’s dramatic focal point. What’s more, every bedroom and both living areas open on to the spacious patio overlooking Canyon Avenue. After enjoying the view at Cortina and the history on Linden Street, there are still four lofts to see on the tour. One is occupied by a young family. An older loft, in Park Lane Towers, has been completely gutted and remodeled. Then there’s the extra large loft on Pine Street and the impeccably decorated beauty on Mason Street “There’s something for everyone,” says Leedy. “It makes me wonder why I have a yard.” Allie Comeau is a freelance writer living in Fort Collins. See her blog on active lifestyles at http://blog.sierratradingpost.com

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Le Jardin avec Luxe: Luxury Living in Fort Collins by Jason Webb

A glass of fine wine and a baguette can be a perfect pick- me- up while wandering the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Clearly, it is the quintessential image of P arisian luxury . A nd yet, how perfect would it be if you could have the feel of a manoir français while still being able to peek out the window to see an unobstructed view of


H orsetooth Rock ?

PLS Builder, Bill DeForge & PLS Developer, George Hart consult the Le Jardin blueprints. ortunately, tucked away south of Harmony and west of Shields, there’s a place where you can enjoy the elegant feel of a French mansion while still enjoying the benefits of Colorado living. Le Jardin by PLS Homes is a new neighborhood of homes that mimic Country French architecture. With prices ranging from $450,000 to $700,000, these semi-custom homes sit magnificently on lots ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 square feet. There are no privacy fences, only open yards with trees, and yet one never feels like the home is in the heart of a booming Colorado town. In fact, Le Jardin is actually close enough to Fort Collins for a quick jaunt to the coffee shop or a shopping excursion. These homes, marked with rich copper patina gutters and downspouts, magnificent eight-foot solid-wood doors, and elegant arched windows, invite the passerby into a life of lavishness. George Hart, the current developer of Le Jardin, says there are a total of 70 sites in the neighborhood, with 27 left to purchase. He describes


Le Jardin as a unique neighborhood, one that is beyond comparison in Fort Collins. “Buyers can customize and create something special,” he says. From a portfolio of plans, buyer can choose a floor plan and make changes to the interior. “We entertain any ideas the home owner might have.” Stone and stucco exteriors make the homes easier to maintain, and would-be home-buyers can choose from 12 different plans. Homes range from 1800 square feet all the way up to 3,190 square feet, not including the basement. “We weren’t looking to buy when we visited the model home,” says Pat Peterson, who, along with her husband Monte, moved into Le Jardin nearly three years ago. “We were just leaving the golf course and thought we would stop by the model.” The Petersons, who enjoy that view of Horsetooth Rock from their back patio, say they were impressed with the model. “It’s all in the details,” says Monte, a retired Assistant Superintendent for the Poudre School District. “We lived in our home for 34 years,” notes Pat, a retired sixth grade

teacher. Still the beautifully decorated model home, the Marquette, was enough to convince the couple to decide to move, and the assistance they received from PLS during construction made the experience all the better. “PLS made information available to us, so we could make good decisions,” says Monte. “It felt like home the moment we moved in,” admits Pat. The convenience of working with PLS Homes made it a warm experience. “All of the warranty paperwork was filled out,” notes Monte. “We just had to sign it. They mailed it in for us.” It’s that kind of customer care that really made the buying experience so enjoyable for the Petersons. “PLS made the experience positive for us,” says Monte. Probably one of the most appealing features wasn’t even something the Petersons saw when visiting the model. “Flexibility of the home is what really attracted us,” says Pat. “We could move things around,” says Monte. Some of the things the Petersons chose to change included the size of some closets, the location of a fireplace, and

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PLS Model Home

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We weren’t looking to buy when we visited the model home. We were just leaving the golf course and thought we would stop by the model. Pat Peterson, homeowner

Pat & Monte Peterson.

the addition of a nook in the kitchen. Standard high-end amenities in all of the homes include granite countertops, custom cabinetry, custom door selections, and top-shelf plumbing fixtures. With several models available, no two similar elevations allowed next to each other, and flexibility on the orientation of the house, home buyers are assured their customized home won’t be like their neighbors. “People want to be able to personalize,” says PLS Homes’ builder, Bill DeForge. “It’s all about the buyer.” As the sole builder in the development, PLS Homes has been able to keep consistency in the home design. Another source of consistency, according to DeForge, comes from the subcontractors. “A lot of subcontractors have been with us for a number of years,” says DeForge, who has been with PLS Homes for 25 years. DeForge notes that some of the subcontractors have been there nearly as long. Lorie and Jack Digliani had lived near Horsetooth Reservoir for twenty years. They were looking for a move closer to town, but the conditions

PLS Model Home

had to be right for them. “This neighborhood had everything that could convince us to leave our previous home,” says Jack. “The people here are great, the style of homes is great, and the location is excellent.” Jack, a psychologist, and Lorie, a volunteer at Hospice, have enjoyed the benefits of living in this mixed neighborhood of retirees, empty nesters, and young families. “The home styles – the French country – and the internal architecture really make the neighborhood unique,” says Jack. The Diglianis, whose home is on a corner lot, were attracted to the hardwood floors, the gas fireplaces, and many of the other options that came standard with the home. Still, one of the things that most impressed the Diglianis wasn’t a standard feature at all. “It’s really the personal touches on the finishes,” says Jack. Those personal touches, according to the Group’s Jeff Montgomery, have kept sales in the neighborhood brisk. Montgomery, along with his partners, Stephanie Kirkland and Tracy Beal, are the agents responsible for selling PLS Homes’ Le

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Lorie & Jack Digiliani.

Jardin. For environmentally-conscious homebuyers, Montgomery notes that all of the homes are Built Green. “From the foundation through the materials, it’s all Built Green and Energy Star compliant,” says Montgomery. This includes Low-E Windows, composite decking, water efficient irrigation systems, as well as highly insulated attics and walls. Because they are efficient, because they save resources and your utility bills, because they are carefully designed to capture light and warmth from the sun, these homes are not only built green, they are built better. Looking to move up? Le Jardin could be the spot for you. The model home at 4951 Pyrenees Drive is open daily between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Contact The Group, Inc Realtors in Le Jardin’s model home office at (970) 207-0010. Jason Webb is a freelance writer who lives in Johnstown.


Community Pillars David and Sharon neenan by Jim Sprout David and Sharon Neenan are the founders of the Neenan and Company. Their firm has been designing and constructing buildings in Colorado and the Western United States since 1973. David is the creator of the Archistruction, a building strategy that integrates the design, development, and construction processes. They agreed to sit down with me to talk about some of their life’s experiences over the last 35 years.


avid was quiet in the beginning of the interview as Sharon told me what it was like growing up in Middletown, Ohio. Her parents modeled hard work and responsibility and were active in their community through volunteerism. From her mother she learned the value of thriftiness, which not only influenced their marriage but ultimately resulted in important outlets for her own life. In conversations with some of her lady friends, Sharon was shocked when she learned they did not know much about their family finances. Her mother had always advised her to have some financial independence and to know about the family’s savings. So, she and two friends started an investment club, Women Investing Now in Colorado (WINC). That was ten years ago and the club is still going strong. Until recently, Sharon was also a certified credit counselor as a volunteer for Consumer Credit. She liked to tell her clients that they could spend 90% of what they make instead of the standard advice of saving 10% of your paycheck. Today, Sharon is a volunteer for WomenGive, which has the purpose of helping young single mothers who want to further their education but can’t afford childcare. In this stage of their life, David and Sharon are doing a lot of traveling and much of it with a purpose. In addition to their trips to places like Poland and Estonia for David’s Business and You workshops, they are attending Renaissance Weekends, a private retreat where some of America’s foremost leaders discuss public policy and world issues. They also have a mutual interest in the Urban Land Institute and regularly attend these conferences. Although, they center on land use, waste elimination, green development, and value creation through sustainability on a worldwide basis, all things David is interested in, his real passion since 1979 is education or as he calls it “robust learning.” He believes that anyone who can teach you anything becomes a mentor of sorts. In addition to his duties at the Neenan Company, David has just completed an autobiography, No Excuses. The book is not only about his life but the lessons he has learned from his mistakes as well as his successes. David is all about responsibility and change but acknowledges that at some level he has consistently resisted social convention probably because his energy has always come from the edge or fringe of society. Now, he is learning to “calm down” and hopes to become a “wise elder” for his industry, and the things he believes in. Ultimately, his mission or legacy in life comes down to individual relationships. He strives to help others help themselves


Sharon and David Neenan

through personal responsibility and to teach others to relate more effectively. Sharon has been instrumental in this process. David recalls that at one point in his life, “I would always see things the way I want to see them,” but Sharon would bring a different way of looking at things and would provide a leveling and grounding influence. Today, David looks at an encounter with another person and asks, “How can I change my life?” He recalled a recent experience in a company meeting where he reacted negatively and as he said “exposed my immaturity.” David instinctively knew something wasn’t right and learned that when you feel bad about something you track it down and resolve the issue. The overall result for the company and the associates was a strong reinforcement of why they like working at the Neenan Company. Both David and Sharon’s passions are currently involved with the Institute for Liberty and Democracy and the Global, Social and Sustainable Enterprise Program through the business school at Colorado State University. The Institute for Liberty and Democracy is a non-profit think tank based in Lima, Peru with the mission of providing tools and assistance in establishing sustainable market economies in the third world. Their interests, in part, are based on the things we take for granted in the western world like our standard of living, private property, and the rule of law that are so vital to the rest of the world. David is also concerned that our free society and the freedoms we stand for such as open market capitalism are slipping away as we become more dependent on the government and less on self-sufficiency. David is working through the program at CSU that is connected to the Institute. He calls it the “Peace Corp of Business” and is proud that it is the only program in the world offering this education. He complements the Dean, Ajay Menon, for having the vision and leadership to start the program and is grateful particularly to the Bohemian Foundation and other community leaders for their financial support. David and Sharon Neenan are making a difference in the lives of others. Along the way, they are experiencing work and fun in diverse and meaningful circumstances as they search for the simple richness of life each day. Jim Sprout of First Western Trust Bank, Northern Colorado is a regular columnist for Style Magazine.

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Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity 2008 Car Raffle!!! All proceeds will help build hope and homes with Habitat for Humanity. 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe fearures preferred equip. group 3LT, 6-speed paddle shift, automatic transmission, and chrome aluminum wheels. Corvette is victory red with cashmere interior.

Must be eighteen years of age or older to purchase a raffle ticket. Winners need not be present to win. Winner of car responsible for transportarion of vehicle, taxe.s, tide and license. Drawing ro be held June 7, 2008. Great odds! Only 1,200 tickets will be sold. Cost per ticket is $100.


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to the sizzling companies and individuals who made our )th Annual Hard Hat, Black Tie gala a sensational success!

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March 1 Loveland Nearly 200 Give 10 Initiative partners attended the inaugural Give 10 Grand Gala. Guests enjoyed delicious cuisine, live musical performances, a comedy routine and shared their own personal stories of giving. Launched in November of last year, the Give 10 Initiative is a collaboration between Bohemian Foundation, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the United Way of Larimer County to inspire increased giving in Larimer County.

Mark Sloniker, Colleen Crosson, Wes Kenney

Pat & Larry Kendall

Dan & Jeannine Eckles, David Alan Grier

blacktie bingo

March 8 Agave Room, The Rio Grande :: Fort Collins An evening of excitement was had by 170 elegantly dressed guests as each of them was hoping to shout “Bingo” and win prizes including golf packages, a hot air balloon ride, Avalanche hockey tickets, Frontier Airlines tickets, a bowling party, and more. The evening included delicious hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, and a silent auction. Over $25,000 raised will be divided between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County/First Serve Tennis Program at the FC Unit, Idea Wild and FC Rotary After Work. Ann Marie Gage

Marcia & Dave White

Mike & Michelle Turner


Wendy Foster, Todd Heenan

Dave Boon, Mike Demma

Bill & Pat Dilger

Jim Quinlan

Jennifer & John Sinnett

Nan Quinlan

Michael & Marji Trinen

Mike & Tammy Music

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March 15 Library Park :: Fort Collins A frosty, crisp day greeted nearly 1100 runners and walkers at this 10th annual downtown event. Participants, many sporting green regalia, warmed up quickly as they ran or walked the 5K course. This family event included baby carriages, strollers, pets, and lots of family bonding and has been certified as an official qualifying race for the BolderBoulder. Over $31,000 raised will benefit Partners Mentoring Youth of Larimer County and their programs and to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth who are facing challenges in their personal, social and academic lives.

Pete Kelly, Chris Imsland

Jim Dunlap, Laura Heath, Florian Hild, Steve Santana

Cathy Morgan, Libby James, Ginger Bryan

LaBere Family: Thea, Lori, Mark, Rikka

Jessie Nagel, Ashley Thomas, Kelly Kimple, Chrystal Kelly


Duffert Family: Owen, Sara, Mike & Derek

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March 8 Lincoln Center :: Fort Collins This signature event for Trees, Water & People (TWP) provided over 300 guests a full evening of food, live entertainment, magic tricks, casinostyle gambling and dancing. Guests bid throughout the evening on many silent and live auction items and the inaugural Renewable Energy Leadership Award was presented to Governor Ritter and the City of Fort Collins. Over $30,000 raised will benefit TWP for their local renewable energy education programs including their partnership with the new Bethke Elementary School for the installation of a 10kw photovoltaic solar electric system.

Pam Stevens, Diane Vella, Liz Sunderland, Heather Herrell, Jenny Branahll, Jim Webster

Jon Becker

Karla & John Biase

Natasha Davis, Erika Ontl, Erin Stanley

Richard Fox & Stuart Conway

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dinner of champions

April 10 Hilton :: Fort Collins Over 300 guests came to honor the accomplishments of Gary & Carol Ann Hixon, recipients of the 2008 Hope Award. The highest honor of the National MS Society, the Hope Award is given to those who choose to elevate the Northern Colorado community through philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. Also honored, the 2008 MS Champion, Susannah Wright, for her support of the CO Chapter and our local MS community. Evening proceeds will benefit the CO Chapter of the National MS Society and help support local programs and medical research for those living with multiple sclerosis. Photos courtesy of Richard Ricchiuti.

Don & Linda Hopkins, Kathleen Henry, Phyllis & Bill Farland

Dan Ashbaugh, Jean McBride & Jane Sullivan Michael & Susannah Wright (2008 MS Champion)

Shawn & Allison Hines


Paula & Dave Edwards

Gary & Carol Ann Hixon (2008 Hope Award recipients)

Todd & Amber Hopkins

Sallie & Bob Coonts

Jim & Sonja Sprout

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April 5 Marriott Hotel Fort Collins An exciting evening, Brazilian style, was enjoyed by the sellout crowd of nearly 350 at the 5th annual Hard Hat Black Tie, Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity event. The full evening included an authentic family style Brazilian Feast, silent auction, a spirited live auction and culminated with Salsa with the Stars, four wellknown dance couples performing a sizzling salsa. Nearly $90,000 raised will go toward Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity and their building of a Fort Collins home as well as providing funding for a home in Rio D Janeiro, Brazil.

Back: Emily Le Favour, Lara Jolly, Jessica Norton, Jennifer Jay Front: Baker Machado, Ryan Norton

Alan Jantzen, Jackie Mack, Scott McCarthy, Steve Taylor

Corbin Waugh, Cathie Waugh, Tess Waugh

Kyle & Amanda Henderson, Michelle & Gerard Boyle

Matt Miller, Meredith Dody-Hettler, Lydia Dody, Ali Dody-Hettler, Ina Szwec

Candance & Mike Mayo

Randy Fischer, State Representative & Kathy Fischer

Beverly & Ted Borstad

Shannon & Nate Hein, Emily Anderson

Ruth Lytle-Barnaby, Deb Hayman-Polk

Deborah & Darin Atteberry

Bud & Robyn Phillips

Ben & Anne Manvel

Amberly & Bryan Guest

Christine Chin, Jim Risk

Parker Walker, Tracy Walker


D Dennison & James Brookhouser

Adam Bowen, Lisa Pappaw

David Arns, Lydia Dody

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April 17 Hilton :: Fort Collins Over 50 of the finest local restaurants and beverage purveyors provided over 700 guests a delicious evening of savory, tantalizing and creative food samples and beverages at this 15th annual popular event. Live jazz entertainment added to the ambience as guests strolled and viewed and bid on over 100 silent auction items and nearly 40 Palette of Plates. Restaurateurs decorated their spaces to provide the ‘Best Presentation’ for guests and also compete for ‘The Copperspoon’ award. 100% of proceeds from the event will be split between the Food Bank of Larimer County and Neighbor to Neighbor and their missions to help end hunger and homelessness in Larimer County. Photos courtesy of Penny Malsch & Tanya Chalimonczyk of JAX Outdoor Gear.

Rae Todd, Kylie Kampbell, Kathy Bauer, Rick Arneson, Amy Pezzani, Wendie Robinson

Steven Pickelner, Elizabeth Carroll, Rick Arneson

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