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Specializing in Custom Home Design

​When looking for an architect or home designer in Crested Butte you want to find someone with long time experience in snow country. An out of town architect cannot begin to understand the special conditions we encounter.

  • First of all provide you with an easy flowing design process.

    • We start with a program of spaces worksheet that will allow you to collect your thoughts and priorities for how you will live in your new home.

    • Very quickly we deliver floorplans​ to continue your thought process

    • In the next step we draw the outside in 3D which can be viewed like a bird flying around the outside of the house.

    • At that point you can still make lots of changes to continue exploring design ideas.

    • In the final phase we draw the details that create the plan set the design review committees will use to approve your plan according to the guidelines for your neighborhood.

    • Since the designer is a builder with over 20 years hands-on experience in every single phase of construction you know the design is easy to engineer.

    • Once approved we make the final changes and provide a plan set that the engineer can provide an engineered plan set from.

    • The builder will then take the plan set to the building department for approval and issuance of a building permit. Your builder can then start the construction process.

  • I will follow up with the builder to make sure your design ideas will come to fruition.


Crested Butte custom home architecture design
Crested Butte custom home architecture design
Crested Butte custom home architecture design
Crested Butte custom home architecture design
Crested Butte custom home architecture design
Crested Butte custom home architecture design
Crested Butte custom home architecture design
Crested Butte custom home architecture design
Crested Butte custom home architecture design

Meet Wouter, your custom home designer:

Hello, I am Wouter van Tiel, a 24 year local in Crested Butte, active in construction since 1998. 


I am an immigrant from the Netherlands. Influenced by the American movies that were shown in Europe I decided to do my graduate studies in the US and I have lived here since 1981.


My background is varied, ranging from positions in international trade, financial & investment analysis to construction in all its phases. The skills I learned prior to construction came in handy in terms of sub-contractor management, controlling project timelines, quality control and the financial budgeting of the construction projects.

I now specialize in custom home design using my many years of building experience to design better homes.

In the past I have completed many spec projects with my own funds and I have developed an eye for getting the most house for the money.


The residential projects shown on this site were all designed and built by my company. I still have good connections in the trades and with building officials and I can recommend the best contractors to you.  

I am a family man and we enjoy the active mountain lifestyle. My son is very interested in anything that has to do with aviation and my wife develops special programs for children within the school setting and provides tutoring services.

Wouter van Tiel, Principal of Custom Home Design +Build, LLC in Crested Butte, Colorado.

I strive to provide superior service for my clients.


I offer a stress-free design process, based on open communication and fast turn around times.


Timely delivery of a complete design plan ready for construction is essential to getting the construction project off to a good and expedient start.

This level of service is offered at a flat rate for full custom home design or hourly for smaller remodel projects.   

I do accept credit cards.

7 Ruth's Rd, Crested Butte. Designed and built by Custom Home Design +Build, LLC.
" Wouter did a great job on our vacation home. I appreciate that he remains available for anything related to our home long after we have moved in."

Jill Robbins

how can i help you?

PO Box 2937, Crested Butte, CO 81224 \\ Cell: 970-209-2780

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