Residential Gardens

DBX Ranch

Aspen, Colorado

A transformation brings forth a new livable landscape

Until recently, this 3.5-acre property was the maintenance boneyard for a nearby working ranch. Piles of wood and debris, covered with a layer of fill, had created an artificial landform, resulting in a site that was both ecologically lifeless and unsightly. A collaborative effort combining the creative talents of the landscape architect, architect and interior designer resulted in a new vision for the property, one that reimagines the disturbed site as a livable landscape, emblematic of the heritage of the surrounding pastoral setting.

The residence – a compound of structures designed in the modern ranch vernacular – is unified by the careful placement of layered and interconnected outdoor gathering spaces and curated native plant communities. A singular palette of stone and wood seamlessly connects indoor and outdoor space through simple and compelling expressions. Context-sensitive and sustainable strategies address water quality, reforestation and visual character, restoring ecological integrity to this once-derelict site.

Services Provided: Site Analysis, Master Planning, Zoning & Land Use Approvals, Site Planning, Conceptual Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Permitting, Bidding/Negotiations, Construction Observation, Grading & Drainage Plans, Landscape Architecture


  • Award of Excellence for Residential Design, ASLA National
  • Tucker Design Award, Tucker Building Stone Institute


Backen Gillam Architects, Kerry Joyce Associates, KL&A, Sopris Engineering, Beaudin Ganze, Water Design, Inc., Eric Johnson Lighting, Aquasierra, Hines Irrigation, Hansen Construction, Landscape Workshop