A Mountain Marvel



ATOP A MOUNTAINSIDE IN LYONS, COLORADO, SITS A HOME DESIGNED FOR A WORLD TRAVELER AND A CLAS – SIC MINIMALIST. With its clean lines and modern design, the house’s global charm can be found in the custom cabinetry, handmade and shipped in from Poland, tongue and groove wood ceilings, wall-to-wall win – dows, and floating stone counters.  In May 2013, Charlotte Grojean, a longtime partner architect and her husband, Stan Strauss, teamed with Petra Custom Builders to bring her dream home design to life. The home’s design was intentionally shaped to reduce the removal of the native sandstone and foliage and minimize the impact on the natural landscape of the property.  Three months later, the Colorado Floods struck. Jimmy Moore, the project’s Superintendent, felt convicted to contribute to the restoration of his high school home – town. He, along with the homeowners, decided to halt the project and disperse A Mountain Marvel ARTICLE BRIANNA BLAIR | PHOTOGRAPHY KYLIE FITTS BRINGING DREAM HOMES TO LIFE WITH PETRA CUSTOM BUILDERS Petra’s labor throughout the town to assist with disaster relief. Weeks later, the team reassembled; in 16 months, the one-of-akind home was finished. “Charlotte’s modern mountain marvel is close to our hearts in that it was an incredible accomplishment to build such a challenging project and so close to home,” says Celeste Grow, Interior Designer for Petra Custom Builders. While the Strauss residence is magnif – icently modern, the look is softened by Grojean’s collection of antiques and vin – tage Turkish rugs. The combination of “old meets new” perfectly represents their love of both forms of design. “By executing both design and construc – tion in-house,” says Grow, “there is a seam – less transition between the collaborative design process with the homeowner into the building phase, ensuring the client’s vision is brought to life the way it was intended — from the time it was just an idea.”

Working with Petra Custom Builders starts with an open line of communication that brings a vision to fruition. Says Grow, “We find that our collaborative approach to design and construction with our clients allows us the opportunity to provide the best conceivable product through the clear understanding of the vision we gain as a result of working alongside them throughout the process.” Each project, whether a remodel or custom home, is a collaboration with Petra Custom Builders and unique to the client’s lifestyle. “The distinctive quality of each of our projects is in the individuality of the homeowners we work with,” says Grow. “We take tremendous pride in gathering the inspiration for our designs from our homeowners’ lifestyles in an effort to enhance their lifestyles.”

Petra Custom Builders’ competitive edge comes from their customer service by establishing clear communication and building authentic relationships first. For more information Petra Custom Builders and the possibility of building your own home like Charlotte and Stan, please visit www.petracustombuilders.com.


Sam Marks : Superintendent

Sam grew up in North Alabama where he was introduced to construction at a young age. Coming from a family of construction workers, he has been on and around job sites his entire life.  After graduating from Warren Wilson College he stayed in the construction field working under electricians, master carpenters, and framers. He made the jump from carpenter to superintendent while living in Utah working for a well-respected custom home builder. His favorite part of custom home building is the technical problem-solving needed to overcome job site challenges and the personal connections he’s able to make with every homeowner. When not at work, Sam can be found doing anything and everything outdoors with his wife, Claire, and dog, Merle. He especially enjoys all types of biking, running, bird watching, and reading.

Sara Hugo : Designer

Sara grew up in California’s Bay Area before her passion for design took her to Reno, Nevada where she pursued a degree in Interior Design. After Sara graduated from the University of Nevada in 2012 she moved to Colorado where she has been working as an Interior Designer ever since.
To bring your unique vision to life Sara approaches design as a collaboration! She believes in planning ahead, clear and concise communication, organization, and making the process enjoyable. Sara has dedicated herself to learning and appreciating all areas of the business and brings this expertise to all her interactions. Her approachable style has served her well in working with clients, vendors and trade partners over her 10+ year career.  Outside of the design world, you can find Sara crafting candles, running, camping, or spending time with her husband and two dogs.

Mark Wissell : Estimator

Mark began his career in the building trades working as a carpenter for a small residential contractor in the Minneapolis suburbs. This introduction to a profession working with his hands, combined with a thirst for knowledge, led him to build a diverse set of skills and contribute to several commercial millwork firms in roles ranging from fabrication, drafting, design, estimating, project and account management. He is a cabinet maker, furniture maker, and aspiring artist currently creating metal wall-hanging landscape pieces.

A Midwesterner transplanted to Colorado in 2015 with his wife Karen, Mark enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle that living along the Front Range affords.