Recognized for creating homes with elegant simplicity and natural  beauty, Root Architecture and Development  is a Design-Build practice devoted to making beautiful homes.

The construction process is a highly chaotic process with many moving parts and multiple inputs in the decision process. Our goal is to help bring clarity and leadership to this process. We are a unique Design-Build practice in that we leverage our strong construction relationships and collaborative approach to design to bring thoughtfully conceived homes into reality and construct them within our clients budgets.

We are professional, yet personal and approach each of our clients as partners in this important life journey of building a home.


“How you climb a mountain is more important
than reaching the top.”
-Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia Founder


We believe the best ideas evolve through an engaging, collaborative process with our clients and team.  Our desire is to create the spaces our clients imagine, to help breathe form to their vision and shape to their dreams, resulting in unique and lasting artistic architecture.

We utilize BIM (Building Information Modeling) to create 3d visualizations drawings and construction documents. This process allows us to explore various design ideas and helps our clients easily visualize outcomes.  This results in a solid, well-coordinated construction document before construction, allowing us to deliver accurate early pricing, and pre-test energy performance.


Our goal is to deliver the highest quality projects within our clients Budget. Root-AD is a  licensed and insured  custom home builder. We focus on modern sustainable Colorado homes. As a designer-led firm, we bring the same attention to detail and craftsmanship to the construction process. Once the design process is complete and permits have been submitted, we work with our client to obtain primary subcontractor bids, build a finalized project budget, and schedule. During the course of construction we line up sub-contractors for daily tasks, maintain the project budget, oversee job site safety, and verify the overall project quality. At project turnover, we assure all final punch items are signed off by the owner. We stand by our work and are always available to answer questions. 


Root-AD believes that good design and sustainable design are one in the same.  A building approach that utilizes good solar orientation, natural passive design, and partners with the landscape (rather than fighting against it) tends to yield the most efficient and elegant results.  We strive to be thoughtful in each component of building. The team at Root-AD is innovative in bringing nature and new building technologies together to improve the energy performance, comfort, and health of the structures we create.


After our initial conversation with Zeke, he was really able to take the vague information that we gave him for our vision of a home and turn it into something extremely visual for us. 

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Zeke did a great job of guiding us through what was a new experience for us and was diligent about incorporating our feedback and wishes for building a new home. Zeke was clear in providing information regarding the process of working through the multiple steps of building a new home and was always available to help us understand anything that we might have had questions about.  We decided to have Root Architecture act as both the Architect for designing our new home and the General Contractor for building the new home and seeing the vision through to the end.  We were very pleased with all aspects of Root’s work.  Zeke/Root designed a more beautiful home that we could have imagined, saw that design through construction and ensured that we were happy with all aspects of the project throughout the entire process. Additionally, he was diligent about responding to any questions we had, at anytime throughout the process.

Susan Armbruster

He does quality work and, he has very good follow through, never left me hanging. They were great. And they stand by their work. 

Phil Sustronk

We have used several architects and Zeke is the best. He is very creative on the architectural side and accommodating.

Ken Gellman· Madison Properties

Zeke is a great guy, knowledgeable & ready to take on a challenge. He’s currently completing the design for Jasko Enterprise for me at this time. 

Jasmin Maljanovic· Developer, Jasko Enterprise

About Root Architecture and Development, LLC

At Root-AD, we are passionate about designing beautiful, authentic homes. An authentic home is where you’ll watch your children take their first step; it is the place where you’ll sip that first cup of coffee each day as you prepare to take on the world; it is your sanctuary. For most of us it is the largest investment we will make in our lifetime.

We take this responsibility seriously. We are professional, licensed architects and builders that approach building differently than most. We see each of our clients as partners in a journey to create the highest value, beautiful home within the budget in place. We strive to inform, guide and bring clarity to the design and construction process. Helping you build your authentic home is our life work. We consider it an honor to serve you by laying the blueprints or managing the construction for your dreams.


Design-Build has many advantages over the traditional system where an owner himself hires an architect for design, engineers for technical trades, interior designers, and a builder for construction.

You may be wondering: what is Design-Build?

The roots of the Design-Build system came from the nineteenth century figure of the Master Builder, men who had the highest respect from their peers and clients, due to their mastery and knowledge.

Click the button below to discover the advantages Design-Build has over the traditional system and how that can save you time and expense.


Root. Authentic Living in the Modern World