Who We Are

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Don and the team

Group Thanksgiving

The team

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A happy crew working together

Carolina and Don

Carolina our designer at work coming up with creative ideas



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Craftmanship for every detail


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Owen plastering the walls

Whether your dreams include a new home or an improvement to your present one, SmithWorks Natural Homes will work with you to create custom spaces that will perfectly meet your family’s changing needs. Regardless of the construction style you select, we will incorporate the latest and most environmentally-friendly products and building methods available to create a home that is healthy, energy-efficient and inviting.



SmithWorks Natural Homes is a general contractor that has a vision of how to build healthier, more resilient dwellings that use innovative techniques.  Our team has grown to include many talented, experienced designers and builders, each of whom operates with a strong work ethic, the highest degree of integrity and a cooperative positive attitude.


Owner Don Smith moved to Crested Butte, Colorado in 1989. He opened Butte Bagels, a favorite local eatery for years. It was when Don was looking to build a healthy, sustainable home for his raw land in the West Elk Mountain Range, that he discovered his new venture. Little did he know this inquiry would lead him on a 27-year journey of building sustainable, healthy, beautiful homes. Eventually he sold Butte Bagels and followed his passion for craftsmanship, quality and innovation. More than 60 homes later, Don still continues to improve and excel in his building practices. He strives to artistically build the best homes possible with high-performance building products so that each embodies something unique and special.  Don has an ability to weave together his deep knowledge about innovative building with his artistic eye to create exceptionally beautiful spaces.



When Don isn’t building, he, his wife and two children love to travel, exploring the natural wonders of this planet. They continue to add new adventures to a long list that includes back-country skiing in the West Elks, the Birkebeiner, the Grand Traverse, kayaking the Grand Canyon, bungee jumping in New Zealand and even sailing and experiencing a shipwreck in the South Pacific. But his biggest adventure continues to be creating beautiful living environments for a growing list of happy clients.




Don Smith

Don Smith Owner


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Zen Center