“Prepare to be amazed,” says the most charming 12-year-old as she walks into her bedroom. It is a dream for sure: Pink jewels on the headboard reflect the hot pink ceiling and sparkling chandeliers in the sizable loft 10 feet up. The shock of color makes a statement in a house that’s otherwise largely earth-toned.
The home of Steve and Tiffany Overholser is a fusion of counterparts: practical meets extravagant, comfortable meets upscale, contemporary meets organic. It’s no wonder that it started where a visionary meets an engineer.
Tiffany is a fountain of ideas, continually inspired by floor plans and finishes. Steve is a builder by trade with a brain for engineering. Their talents fuse as the team of Tiffany Homes. She envisions inset anodized metal baseboards, metal inlays in the doors, metal banisters subtly lit from underneath-he makes it happen. Each powder room is a “design opportunity” and expressive down to the artistic sinks, backlit mirrors and curbless showers. “My ideas stretch him,” Tiffany says. “But then he pulls it off.”
For her own home, she found a large slab of quartzite for the kitchen. “It was too pretty for a countertop that was going to be covered up,” she explains. “I wanted it to be a piece of art.” Steve figured out how to secure the 800-pound rock and seamlessly miter the edges to create a one-of-a-kind hood over the stove. The collaborative piece remains the focal point in the open kitchen.
The Overholsers’ home demonstrates their blend of talents and interests. Serious views meet humorous accents as artistic three-dimensional rock climbers hang from a stone wall. Warm wood doors meet a cool glass dining table that showcases attractive working gears for the retractable ends. The master suite blends both practicality and luxury. Its innovative floor plan includes a grand closet with two doors: one leading to the laundry room for streamlined efficiency, the other leading to the bathroom where a chrome tub fills dramatically from the ceiling. “It serves no function but to sparkle and look pretty,” Tiffany says. “Just bling, baby.”
In 2017, 12,000 Colorado residents viewed the Overholsers’ award-winning ideas during the Parade of Homes. And the home, known as Colorado Divinity, was recognized with multiple Industry Awards of Excellence for Best Master Suite, Best Interior Design, Best Architectural Exterior, Best Outdoor Living and Best Overall Home.
By contrast, five years earlier residents were evacuated out of the area during the Black Forest Fire. Tiffany and Steve were just arriving back in town when her mother called with the news and to ask what she should clear from their home. “Just get the client books,” Tiffany told her. The books are 4-inch-thick project binders filled with every detail, from plumbing to paint, of the homes they have built. Not only do the records serve practical purposes, but they represent all the work it takes to realize a dream home.
Even though their house did not burn, Tiffany still gets emotional thinking of the loss to the area. Tiffany Homes worked on four rebuilds for clients who lost their homes. She says it was a far cry emotionally from most projects, when clients are building homes they’ve been dreaming of for years. “The clients affected by the fire walk in the door like wounded birds,” Tiffany recalls, tearing up. “They have very different emotional needs.”
She thumbs through the binder of her own 2017 house. It details the RV garage where her husband rebuilds cars, the suites downstairs where loved ones can get comfortable, the theater where media screens light up the space. For a couple who once thought they would move into a new build every few years, the plans have changed. The visionary, Mr. Make-It-Happen and their sweet daughter are here to stay.