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Budget Friendly Home at Water-shed Revival

Sometimes tragedy turns into new possibilities. In the case of the owners of this Colorado-based property, the opportunity was creating the home of their dreams with Barrett Studio Architects.

Following the historic 2013 floor in Niwot, Colorado, the homeowners and animal lovers of the Water-shed property were left starting their lives over. Thanks to donations from the community, including neighbors, friends, and strangers, they built a budget-friendly house on a beautiful piece of land.

The Living Space

Although the budget was top of mind during the construction, that didn’t mean they wanted to skimp on space or amenities.

The space features 2,000 square feet of functional space that are arranged in an open floor plan for maximum usability. Built with entertaining in mind, the modern kitchen features top end appliances and a large center island that can seat six. The gourmet cooking space opens into the main living area and accommodates a large dining room area and mini bar, which flows seamlessly into the living room.

Floor to ceiling glass french doors open to the paved and covered patio, creating a flawless transition between the indoor and outdoor gathering areas.


Not only was it constructed to be budget conscious, but material choices throughout the process keep it financially friendly.

Barrett Studio Architects used cost-effective materials, like HardiePanel siding and corrugated metal in the structure. The owners opted for polished concrete floors which provide a passive heat source, and are an easy surface to clean, whether they’re wiping up spills or paw prints.

Design Choices

Just because this mountain view Colorado home is nestled on a large parcel of land, doesn’t mean it has to look like a country estate. While it features rustic touches, like a shed roof, interior sliding barn doors, and a quaint log fence, it also incorporates modern elements to create a blended aesthetic.

Designed by: Barrett Studio

Glass walls, large windows, concrete floors, and modern lighting and appliances balance out the look and feel. Matching light cabinets with sleek finishes in both the kitchen and primary bathroom suite compliment the scheme, and classic white subway tiles with dark grouting are a timeless and classic design choice.

What we Love about this Home


Designed By: Barrett Studio Architects

  • A home should reflect the personality of the owners, and Water-shed Revival does this beautifully. Whether it’s the polished concrete that is both pet and entertaining friends or the unique finishes like the wine fridge and mini bar, this property is a place that provides a homely feel.
  • Barrett Studio made the land this house sits on a feature in and of itself. By using the floor to ceiling glass elements, and unique window designs in other areas, you get lots of natural light and beautiful views from every room on the property.
  • The outdoor living space and beautiful fenced off backyard make it possible to be up close and personal with the luscious Colorado landscape.


Designed By: Barrett Studio Architects

  • As pet lovers, it was important to create pet-friendly spaces throughout. Not only is there a sink that’s perfect for bathing the pups, but the floors, furniture, and several design elements were chosen with the furry family members in mind.

Designed By: Barrett Studio Architects

Designed By: Barrett Studio Architects