What we do

The design build difference

R.G. Cowan Design operates as a design builder in the truest sense of the term.  We offer a full range of architectural design, interior design, and general contracting services.  We believe in building high quality projects and high quality relationships with our clients. Our integrated project delivery approach allows us to bring sustainable, cost effective solutions to every project.  Providing such a full range of services allows for a fluid transition from design to construction providing opportunity for creative design direction, energy efficient detailing, and the highest level of craft throughout your new home.

Our process



Conceptual Design:
In this phase we, assess client needs, conduct research, and determine general project direction. It is intended to be creative and flexible. R.G. Cowan Design not only assesses the desired project needs in this phase, but uses it as an opportunity to get to know our clients on a personal level. Additionally, this is a time to evaluate the site, consider the level of green building for the project and understand budget goals.


Schematic Design:
With the client, the project goals, site conditions, code constraints, green building goals, and the budget in mind, R.G.Cowan Design Build will prepare sketches and drawings to better define and refine the overall project direction.  During this phase a site analysis will be completed determine the constraints of building on your site.


Design Development:
One of the great benefits of the design build process is the ability to make design and estimating a revolving, iterative process. It is for this reason that this phase can truly be the most dynamic. This phase begins to fill in the details as determined by the final Schematic Design.   Whether you are building your new home in Crested Butte, Gunnison or Grand Junction, it is the details of the design that relate it to the site and determine the expressive qualities of your green built home.


Construction Documents:
With the design finalized, the documentation phase is dedicated to producing construction details and plan sets that are required for the building permit processes of Gunnison and Mesa Counties.  Additional documentation is often required for other local Jurisdictions such as the town of Crested Butte, the Skyland Community or the City of Gunnison.  Upon completion, the final plans will be used to determine the final cost estimates, apply for permitting and define the scope of work for construction.


Building your Dream:
This phase of the design build process includes the final cost estimating and general contracting. At this point in the process the design is complete, the scope of work has been determined, plans are ready for permitting, and construction is ready to begin.

Let RG Cowan build your new green built home!


Other services

Specialty fabrication and woodworking

R.G.Cowan Design’s specialty fabrication and wood working studio brings ideas from the digital realm to physical reality. Specializing in 3-D modeling and high tech fabrication methods, we create unique objects of lasting value. Whether creating unique branding or specialty elements for commercial space, we thrive on the imagination and innovation.