Who We Are

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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, CO 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, did he discover his new adventure. Little did he know that 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. Don 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.


Don lives in Crested Butte, CO with his wife and two children. When he isn’t building he loves to travel the world with his family seeking adventure, surf, and exploring the natural wonders of this planet. Don has a long list of adventures that include paragliding in remote countries, First mate sailing through the South Pacific, Shipwrecked in the South Pacific, Backcountry skiing in the West Elks, The Birkenbiner, the Grand Traverse, Kayaking the Grand Canyon, Bungee jumping in New Zealand and the list goes on… He has many stories to share! 



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