• 6935 Richthofen
    • Common Grounds
    • Michael Stars
    • Jersey Way MCM
    • Hornstein Residence
    • Bigelow Residence
    • Pletcher Kitchen
    • Hudson Addition
    • Huff Residence
  • welcome

    Design Platform is a modern Architecture and Construction firm.

    Why? Because the two together are greater than their individual parts.

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    latest news

    • Mar 2014

      Bigelow Residence - 10 Kitchen Setups - Houzz

    • Jan 2014

      Bigelow Residence - 1 Part Wild, 3 Parts Tame- HGTV Magazine

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  • About Design Platform

    We are a Design Build Firm in Denver Colorado.

    We specialize in residential and commercial design and construction. We believe strongly in clean modern design that feels timeless and provides the most functional solutions to our clients' needs. A few key benefits to selecting us over a typical Architect and General Contractor are:


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  • services

    • Pd


      Identifying clear program and goals. Gathering information from the client like amenities desired, square footage, budget, etc. Prioritizing wants and needs. Gathering information from the site and city, and establishing an overall framework for design.

    • Sd

      Schematic design

      Incorporating goals set from pre-design, site features, related code restrictions, zoning and planning requirements and relationships between the spaces and the environment.

    • Dd

      Design development

      Flushing out several options, narrowing in on the look, feel and texture, confirming how we are going to build it, and developing a clear understanding of project scope and a preliminary budget.

    • Cd


      Creating documents and drawings that will be used for construction and submission to city departments and regulatory agencies.

    • Pd

      Permitting documents

      Submitting, coordinating and acquiring building and other related approvals for the construction of the project.

    • Pc


      Finalizing the target construction budget and schedule, obtaining sub-contractor pricing, making final finish selections, ordering materials, and mobilizing to begin the work.

    • Co


      Now the fun part. Getting dirty and getting the project completed. Just like we planned, on budget, and on schedule. This is when all the details come to life.

    • Pt

      Project turnover

      Transfer of the completed project over to you clean and ready to live in. We will always be available for questions and will stand behind our work. We want to know how the project works for you now and in the future.

  • projects

    • 6935 Richthofen

      Remodel and large modern addition to a 1950 Mid Century Modern ranch in the Monteclair neighborhood of Denver. This project has two components: the restoration and remodel of the original 1950's structure, including a new kitchen designed and built by AvenueTwo:Design and photographed by Zorn Photography. Also, a large new modern addition including a two car garage, study, laundry, powder room, 3 bedrooms, and 3 full bathrooms. Original carport area was converted into the circulation area for the new addition with a floating staircase and commercial storefront window system. Addition and final photos by David Lauer. www.davidlauerphotography.com

      6935 Richthofen

      Denver, Colorado

    • Common Grounds

      New location for the historic Common Grounds coffee shop that relocated from their previous location in Highland Square to a converted service station location in the Sunnyside neighborhood. Design Platform worked with Common Grounds on an entirely new design for the space both inside and out, converting the old service doors into large overhead doors that open to enjoy the Colorado weather. Custom designed canopy structure and patio railing. The interior includes open seating area, bar area with roaster, and office/restroom area. Design Platform completed the design and Architecture only. Caroline Wilding - Lead Architect. All photography by David Lauer. www.davidlauerphotography.com WINNER, Denver Mayor's Design Award 2013

      Common Grounds

      Denver, Colorado

    • Michael Stars

      Brand new 1,400 sf retail store location for Michael Stars in the Malibu Country Mart, Malibu California. Included full design of the new retail location working with the Michael Stars creative team. All store fixtures were custom designs created by Design Platform exclusively for Michael Stars. All fixtures were fabricated in Denver Colorado and delivered/installed by Design Platform. Close collaboration with Gulley Metal Services, Precision Interiors, and AvenueTwo Design on the design and fabrication of the retail fixtures was crucial to the success of this project. Amazing interior and exterior sign work by Maximum Visibility in Los Angeles, CA. All photography by David Lauer. www.davidlauerphotography.com

      Michael Stars

      Los Angeles, CA

    • Jersey Way MCM

      Interior renovation and addition to a 1950's Mid Century Modern Ranch in the historic Lynwood neighborhood of Denver. Project included remodeling kitchen to a new open floor plan removing interior walls. Ikea cabinetry with Caesarstone countertops. New front courtyard with window wall and tigerwood custom fence. New master suite addition with living room space that opens onto a new deck and backyard. Bathroom Vanity by AvenueTwo:Design. www.avetwo.com. All photography by David Lauer. www.davidlauerphotography.com

      Jersey Way MCM

      Denver, Colorado

    • Hornstein Residence

      Full interior renovation of a 1969 ranch. Created new layout for the entire 3,000 sf main floor including a new master suite, kitchen, outdoor patio, and living area. Updated all finishes throughout the house. Executed new exterior color change and custom designed and built mahogany and maple front entry doors. All cabinetry by AvenueTwo:Design. www.avetwo.com. All photography by David Lauer. www.davidlauerphotography.com

      Hornstein Residence

      Cherry Hills Village

    • Bigelow Residence

      Full interior renovation of a 1940's Tudor in the historic Bonnie Brae neighborhood. Created Master Suite with large walk-in closet. Master bathroom with custom concrete vanity, walk-in shower/tub room. Addition of powder room on main floor. Full kitchen remodel to industrial commercial style eat-in kitchen with custom designed and built breakfast nook. Cuban tile mosaic. Reclaimed barnwood sliding door in dining room. Custom designed and built fireplace surround. Bleached oak floors throughout.

      Bigelow Residence

      Bonnie Brae
      Denver, Colorado

    • Pletcher Kitchen

      Combining of an existing laundry room and kitchen in a 1950’s ranch in the Highland’s into a Chef’s Kitchen with Eat-In Island. Reclaimed barnwood kitchen divider with etched artwork by Tandi Venter. Custom designed and built white oak cabinetry by AvenueTwo:Design including glass upper with additional artwork by Tandi Venter. Caesarstone countertops throughout.

      Pletcher Kitchen

      Denver, Colorado

    • Hudson Addition

      Addition of a year round outdoor living room and kitchen to existing home in Crestmoor. Overlapping floating flat roofs honor views from windows above while defining the individual spaces. Brazilian redwood ceiling with uplifted corners and custom milled reveals. Custom color stained concrete floors and countertops. Intergrated Alfresco stainless grill and hood. Outdoor refrigerator and television. Custom designed and built outdoor fireplace with matching coarse stone and stained concrete top. Furniture by Room & Board.

      Hudson Addition

      Denver, Colorado

    • Huff Residence

      Custom designed and built ground up new home with WestStandard Design | Build. Featuring central courtyard with 5-panel bi-fold door. Mid-Century Ranch influenced design. Custom designed and built kitchen cabinetry and bathroom vanities by AvenueTwo: Design. Caesarstone countertops throughout. Artificial turf and xeriscaping yard. 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home.

      Huff Residence

      Washington Park
      Denver, Colorado

    • Iliff Renovation

      Full interior and exterior renovation of a 1950’s ranch. Removing walls around central staircase to create open kitchen, living, and dining area. Large modern kitchen layout with built in pantry and fridge box. Expansion of master bathroom with curb less trough drain shower. Custom designed and built fireplace surround. 4” white oak floors throughout main level. Crestview entry door in Platform orange. Solid birch doors and European hardware throughout. Colorado Land and Resort Investment property with staging by The White Orchid.

      Iliff Renovation

      Bible Park
      Denver, Colorado

  • contact

    Design Platform, LLC

    3310 Brighton Boulevard
    Denver, CO 80216


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  • News

    Bigelow Residence - 10 Kitchen Setups - Houzz

    Read more at Houzz Article

    Bigelow Residence - 1 Part Wild, 3 Parts Tame- HGTV Magazine

    HGTV Magazine Article

    Common Grounds awarded 2013 Denver Mayor's Design Award

    Read more at denvergov.org award winners

    Bigelow Residence - Industrial Darling - Cottages & Bungalows

    Cottages & Bungalows Article

    Pletcher Kitchen - Follow The Recipe - Kitchens & Baths

    Kitchens & Baths Article

    Bigelow Residence - Kristy's Tropical Tudor - Apartment Therapy

    Read more at Apartment Therapy Article

    Bigelow Residence - Beach View - Denver Post

    Denver Post Article

    Hornstein Residence - Magic Moment - Modern In Denver

    Modern In Denver Article

    Huff Residence - Family Friendly - Denver Life

    Denver Life Article

    Design Platform - City View: Denver Design Soars - Houzz

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    Iliff Renovation - Ranch Redo - Houzz

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    Pletcher Kitchen - Kitchen of The Week - Houzz

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    Pletcher Kitchen - Artistically Inspired - Modern In Denver

    Modern In Denver Article

    Huff Residence - State of Art(ificial) Turf - Modern In Denver

    Modern In Denver Article

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  • a modern Architecture and Construction firm

    Why? Because the two together are greater than their individual parts.

    When we design what we build and build what we design, there is a collective whole that shows the development of an idea from its very beginning to its actualization. We cannot, however, do this alone. That is where you come in: as ‘the client’ or part of ‘the collective.’

    The Client

    We believe in the active participation of our clients in the designing and building processes; as a matter of fact, we believe it's critical. Bring us your dreams, wild ideas, half-baked theories, and then let's work together to make them reality. That's accomplished in several ways, with trust being the most important. We will work incredibly hard to gain your trust and work even harder to maintain it. We ask for the same from you. That trust allows collaboration, expression of ideas, and an honest dialog even when it's hard to hear. Respect goes a long way. We will work to exceed your expectations at each step of the process and gain your respect. We will respect your budget, timelines, needs, and wants. In return, we ask you to respect our experience and training as Architects and Builders. In the end we all want the same thing, a project we can all be proud of. We'd be honored to have you as a client.

    The Collective

    We cannot accomplish our goals for projects alone. We need the expertise of a wide range of individuals from engineers, framers, designers, plumbers, painters, and everywhere in between. We believe in working with the best, and that doesn't mean the most expensive. Our core collective of trades all have a similar vision and understand the quality we expect in their work. In return, we respect them by paying them in a timely manner, respecting their schedules, and actively looking out for their continued success. We are always looking for new members to join and contribute. If you take tremendous pride in what you do, and consider yourself a craftsman, we want to know you and work with you.

  • Team

    Jonas DiCaprio

    Jonas DiCaprio, Founder – Designer – General Contractor

    Jonas has a vast background with degrees in Architecture and work experience in Construction, Retail, and Architecture. A licensed general contractor and completing exams for Architectural Licensure. His approach is a collaborative one. He is always looking for ways to bring the best team together to meet project goals. Jonas founded Design Platform in 2009 looking to bridge the gap between Architecture and Construction. He is committed to the process of complete project management. He brings intense focus, leadership, and a strong attention to detail to every project. His enthusiasm for the process and the outcome are evident in everything he does.

    Caroline Wilding

    Caroline Wilding, Lead Architect

    Caroline is a licensed architect with over 10 years of experience in retail and residential design. She has successfully managed many high-profile projects including the James Perse flagship store in LA, Forever 21 flagship stores / roll-out concepts, and several high end residential homes. Caroline believes that design excellence is achieved from mastering details and understanding materials. This is evident in everything she does, her eye for modern design and detailing is incredible. She is a talented musician, vintage furniture collector, and a recent transplant to Denver from Los Angeles.

    Dan Martell

    Dan Martell, Technical Director

    Dan is the point in Design Platform where Architecture meets Construction. He has come up through the ranks of construction working as a laborer, carpenter, estimator, superintendent, and project manager. Adding to that experience Dan has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Vermont in Finance and a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Architecture with a historic preservation certificate. This solid foundation has lead Dan into working on both sides of the fence in Architecture and Construction. He is as comfortable designing in an office as he is building and running construction sites in the field. His strong direction, oversight, creative and critical thinking, and developed design aesthetic are invaluable. Hailing from Philly via Vermont we love having his East Coast no nonsense attitude.

    Cody Kopecky

    Cody Kopecky, Job Captain

    Cody grew up in Black Hills, SD, but has been living in the Denver area for the past 7 years. Her fascination with buildings manifested in her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and Master's from the University of Colorado, both in Architecture. She has excessive experience in residential and commercial design, having worked for such firms as SALA Architects in Minneapolis and OZ Architecture in Denver. The favorite projects she has worked on in Denver include Zuni Street Townhomes and Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse. She loves contributing to the built environment and enjoys the problem-solving aspects of both architecture and construction. She is a mom to six kids, so most of her free time is divided between chauffeuring them around, watching their sports events and taking care of this large beautiful family of hers.

    Natalie Huff

    Natalie Huff, Office Manager

    Natalie joined Design Platform in the Fall of 2013. She got involved in the process of building her family home and loved being a part of making design decisions that incorporate function as well as form. While seeming as an unlikely player on the DP team, Natalie's employment background provides her with experiences that contribute to her position here. She was Director of Member Services at a non-profit organization for 9 years and her experience organizing corporate events while managing a substantial budget and acting as an overall customer service liaison will add to the organization and running of our office. In her past life she was Executive Assistant to the CFO of a national party and event firm and spent six years as General Manager of a floral and handcrafted gift gallery. When not working she chases her kids and works out as often as she can so she can keep up with them. Natalie is also fortunate to have a husband that is a culinary enthusiast, making tasting one of her hobbies. Natalie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Westmont College.

    Tony Hecker

    Tony Hecker, Lead Carpenter

    Tony brings a vast construction background and finish carpentry experience to Design Platform. Having been a remodel subcontractor for 10 years, Tony joined Design Platform in 2011. His expertise and experience are invaluable. Tony brings leadership from his past experience in retail management to the construction field and handles every day to day detail of a project under construction. He's a talented musician, artist, and a legendary skateboarder. Certainly not your typical contractor.

    Tom Edwards

    Tom Edwards, Lead Carpenter

    Tom brings over 13 years of construction and remodeling experience to Design Platform. Having run his own successful tiling and remodeling company Tom joined Design Platform in 2013. The experience and management from running his company, creates strong leadership and management in the field. Tom organizes and executes every day to day detail on the jobsite. His ability to handle every construction project from start to finish is invaluable. Tom is a talented DJ and a music enthusiast through and through.

    Max Trebilcox

    Max Trebilcox, Lead Carpenter

    A Portland native, Max has lived in Denver for just over a year. He has had many mentors over the years ranging between artists, green builders, screen printers, metal and concrete workers, production finish carpenters, fine wood workers, chefs, cabinet makers and horticulturists. He has extensive knowledge of the trades and the experience working with many different building styles as well as materials - he can saw, sculpt, weld, prune, frame, chop, form, grind and timber frame. We are inspired by his genuine excitement for every project he is involved in, as well as how he enjoys the challenge of building things well and working with his hands. His interests include art, live music, gardening, snowboarding, cooking, golf and furniture building. With this great combination of skills and hobbies, we couldn't be more excited to have such an awesome addition to the Design Platform team.

    Andrea Kelchlin

    Andrea Kelchlin, Carpenter

    Andrea is relatively fresh on board, having moved to Denver in January 2012. She is a pro at making furniture out of reclaimed materials and building stock. She has been exploring the built environment through furniture and small structures over the past four years, and as a result she has developed an insatiable appetite for working with her hands. The list of her favorite projects includes a mobile vintage store converted from a remodeled 1970's camper trailer and modular work bench/drafting tables for a Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont. She loves mountain biking -- especially going downhill really fast, playing bluegrass on her ukulele and shepherding her small herd of house plants from place to place while shoestring traveling in her small truck. Andrea majored in environmental studies at Northeastern University in Boston and is looking to attend graduate school for architecture next fall.

    Daria Marchenko

    Daria Marchenko, Interior Designer – Social Media Specialist

    Daria is a soon to be graduate of the Art Institute in Interior Design, but that is only a small reflection of her talents. She is a model, works with several artists and galleries, designs clothing, and specializes in promotion/utilization of Social Media. Daria interned with Design Platform as a construction apprentice under Tony Hecker so don’t discount her ability to throw on a tool belt either. This varied experience, a strong desire to learn, and her involvement in the arts are brought into everything she works on. She is a huge bike enthusiast and can be spotted on her red fixed gear in high heel boots.

    Jon Edwards

    Jon Edwards, Apprentice

    Jon has been apprenticing under his father Tom Edwards for the last several years learning all the trades involved in executing a project start to finish. He has developed a strong eye for detail and his tile and finish work show well beyond his young age. Jon joins Design Platform to learn not only the construction process but also the design and execution of each project in detail. A hands on education in all details of Design | Build. Jon will be apprenticing with the entire team. He is an extremely talented skateboarder literally boarding since he could walk, music lover, and a great addition to our team.

    Sabra Testa

    Sabra Testa, Apprentice

    Sabra loves design and construction. So much so, she is willing to spend time working with us on top of her full time position as an Orthopedic nurse at St. Luke’s. She has a BA in Psychology and a BS in Science Nursing. Her passion for design and construction started with her father’s construction of their family home in which Sabra painstaking worked each summer helping complete its construction. Sabra joined Design Platform looking to get involved in all aspects of design | build. She is a powerhouse in the field, is full of design ideas, a great problem solver, and the hardest working individual on the jobsite. Her passion and focus are tangible in everything she does, and we are lucky to have her on our team.

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