HISTORY

Bonsai Design + Build is a spin off, of a former company founded in 2008 called “Studio Q4.” That business was founded as a traditional architectural practice, offering mostly remodeling and additions design services. Josh Oqueli quickly realized the potential in combining the world of architecture with the world of construction. Thus, Bonsai Design + Build, LLC and its sister company, Bonsai Construction, LLC were founded in 2013. Since then, Bonsai Design + Build has grown to a modest force of four talented and potent individuals that collaborate to bring its clients meticulously designed and carefully crafted and managed construction projects.

Bonsai Design Build, LLC is a small architectural practice and construction firm focusing on high performance, sustainable + green residential and light commercial architecture and construction. We currently hold architectural registration in the state of Colorado, and a residential Class-C contractor’s license in the City and County of Denver. We are fully insured with professional Errors and Omissions liability coverage for both of our design and build firms.

Our passion and mantra is high performance design and construction, and believe that one of the most effective ways to create sustainable architecture is to breathe new life into an existing structure, and as such have vast experience in remodels, retrofits, restorations and renovations of historic and existing structures. Our experience doesn’t stop there, as we also have a large portfolio of new design and construction in additions, single family, duplexes, town homes and multi-family. 

Harmony with our environment is always on the forefront with every project we take on. Whether its a simple remodel or a large scale multi-family development. Our staff is well educated and trained in the Passive House Principles, and implement some, if not all into each design; minimize or eliminate thermal bridging, airtight building envelope design and construction, high-performance windows and doors, moisture-recovery whole house ventilation, and most importantly, exploit the sun's energy for heating purposes, or solar gain management with our building forms and design. If these basic principles are implemented into the design effectively, minimal space conditioning systems are required, giving the building user unmatched comfort, superb indoor air quality, and unparalleled energy efficiency. We design and build with our environment, not against it.  

Our approach to design + building, much like the ancient Japanese art of Bonsai, is a holistic one. We look at each project as an opportunity to solve problems, create something beautiful out of something that may otherwise have been discarded, or to nurture and grow something out of nothing! We look at the overall picture, a complicated yet subtle process in which the desired gravitas of the building arises from the simplicity of the aesthetic and its function and performance, Like Bonsai, building is the product of painstaking hard work and patience. 

We believe the design + build business model makes increasing sense in this often times, contentious industry as we attempt to blur the lines traditionally seen between an architect and contractor relationship. We offer a turn-key, holistic approach to the process of creating architecture and the evidence lies in the success of our designs and high caliber of our construction projects.