By Michelle Venus  •  Photos by Robert Yone

The husband-and-wife team behind NoCO Custom Homes create dream homes for their clients. No detail was overlooked when they designed their own custom-built home, a reflection of their design philosophy.

Two deployments to Iraq—where there isn’t much to do and not a whole lot of opportunity to spend money—gave Jason Jones the opportunity to build a nice nest egg. When he returned to northern Colorado after leaving the Marines, he invested that money in real estate. Purchasing rental properties turned out to be more than a good investment. It started Jason on an unexpected career path.

Real estate and construction have always been an interest. Once he landed back in Colorado, Jason teamed up with a local builder who mentored him in the business of building custom homes. With boots on the ground, Jason learned about the industry by keenly observing the process. After several successful builds, Jason was ready to strike out on his own and NoCO Custom Homes became a reality. “I learned so much, and the projects I worked on helped me to know which direction I wanted to take NoCO Custom Homes,” says Jason.

All of this was taking place while Jason’s wife, Dani, worked as a pediatric nurse, and Jason attended college and worked for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. Now Jason and Dani focus all their efforts on their company. There came a point in time when they could have hired staff, or teamed up full-time together on NoCO Custom Homes. For them, it wasn’t hard to make the decision. As a two-person company overseeing a talented team of subcontractors, Jason and Dani are able to maintain strict quality control for each project while building strong and lasting relationships with their clients. “We strive to create a stress-free and enjoyable client experience,” says Dani. Staying lean and working within a relatively small geographical boundary, they’ve built as far south as Berthoud and north to Carr, west to Estes Park and east to Eaton.

Today, they help clients realize their dreams with custom-built homes. With budgets ranging from $700,000 to $2 million, each project is a labor of love, both for the new homeowners, and Jason and Dani. Every detail gets the careful thought and attention it deserves, which is very evident when touring the Jones’s home in Harmony, an upscale subdivision in Timnath.

Upon arriving, visitors enter Jason and Dani’s home through a courtyard. It is a signature detail of architect David Hueter Design, who grew up on the California coast in a house his father designed, which had three courtyard spaces. When David puts pencil to paper, the fusion of exterior and interior spaces start.

The courtyard is a welcoming and transitional space, creating a peaceful buffer between street and home. Once inside, the fusion meets function. “When I design, function comes first,” explains David. “Then comes the integration of exterior and interior detailing that support each other. I am always thinking about the journey through the home, with sight lines and visual interaction from inside to out and outside to in. I call the style of the house I designed for Jason and Dani mountain modern meets prairie.”

The Harmony house certainly reflects this design philosophy. The entrance foyer opens onto a spacious, open concept living room, gourmet kitchen and dining room. Natural light streams in through large windows and sliders, offering up breathtaking Colorado vistas. The patio is an extension of the first floor, with a fire pit perfectly suited for long conversations and laughter. Just off the kitchen outfitted with custom cabinetry and Thermador appliances is a butler’s pantry. “I love this space,” says Dani. “It adds so much functionality and interest to the kitchen, and it’s where we can drop off groceries or other items.”

Swing to the right to enter NoCO Custom Home’s offices. Jason’s office boasts a dramatic coffered wall and built-in cabinetry with front panels that mimic the traditional feature. A modern chandelier over industrial desks and chairs give the room a contemporary flair. “We want people to feel excited when they walk into this room. Dani and I purposefully designed this space to show our clients what we are capable of,” says Jason.

Swing left, and you enter the master suite, which can be accessed through the garage side mudroom/laundry room as well as through the main portion of the house. It is a study in serenity, with natural surfaces and colors adding to the peacefulness. Behind the bed’s tufted headboard is a rough-hewn stone wall. A wooden ceiling offsets the stone, adding warmth and depth. Sliding barn doors open upon the master bath, a symphony of spa-like features, including a luxurious soaking tub and large steam shower with a rain shower head and body sprayers.

A grand staircase in the foyer leads one to the lower level, the ultimate family area. With a wet bar, theater space and plenty of room for a pool table and board games, it’s certain to become the place where memories are made. A well-appointed workout room and two bedrooms with bathrooms completes this floor. For Jason and Dani, this home—and all of the homes they build—are dreams come true.

Michelle Venus is a writer and social media manager based in Fort Collins.
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