Who We Are



Don & Elizabeth Smith – Husband & Wife team

Kara Holzmiller – Project Manager

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The team

Juniper and Carolina from Interni design Studio

Steve with Smithworks for 10 years

Owen – 12 years with the team

Dena our office manager

Crested Butte’s Premier Home Builder

A mutual love of the mountains independently brought Don and Elizabeth Smith to Crested Butte after they both finished college in the 1990s. More than thirty years later, they still share a love of the area’s legendary mountain biking, skiing, hiking and camping. In this close, tight-knit community, they have begun and managed several successful businesses and raised two young adult children.


Don is well-known throughout the valley for building stunning, high-efficiency custom homes complete with Bi Folding Doors. His eye for detail, respect for craftsmanship and keen foresight continue to keep him on the cutting edge of new and evolving building technologies and toxin-free, sustainable materials that substantially reduce energy consumption. And, Don’s diligence, thoughtful planning and collaborative process have resulted in lasting relationships with satisfied clients.


Elizabeth has a decades-long background working in the hospitality business. She owns a well-known property-management and short-term rental company, and enjoys meeting new people and ensuring they have exceptional experiences while visiting the valley. In addition to her property management business, Elizabeth employs her strong communication and organizational skills to help manage SmithWorks Natural Homes. She takes pride in working to smoothly integrate the myriad of creative and construction steps together into successful finished projects.


Deeply rooted in the Gunnison Valley community, Don and Elizabeth together present a dynamic team with a substantial track record of integrity and success. Their unique combination of skills makes them the perfect team to work together with you to see your dreams come true for your Mountain home.




Don Smith

Home builder


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