Vail Valley Bizwatch: Studio Spinnato
Vail, CO, Colorado
Business name: Studio Spinnato, Inc.
Date opened: January, 2007.
Owner: Julie Spinnato, AIA, LEED AP.
What goods or services do you provide? Studio Spinnato is an architecture and art firm offering a broad range of services.
Architecturally, I have designed new residential construction, interior and exterior remodels and additions. My artwork includes oil paintings which are currently focusing on yoga-inspired art and pet portraits. I also can provide graphic design services.
What’s new or exciting at your place? This summer I have two major remodel projects finishing construction. One is an 8,000 square foot single family residence in Beaver Creek which was completely gutted. We added an 800 square foot addition and an exterior face lift.
The other is a duplex on Bald Mountain Road in East Vail which underwent an energy analysis and implemented many energy conscious improvements including solar panels. I also recently received my LEED Accredited professional certification and look forward to using all that I have learned on environmentally conscious design.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? Being in the architecture field in the Vail Valley for nine years, I have built many great relationships within the construction industry. I also have learned and experienced the possibilities of great mountain design and mountain construction strategies. As the sole proprietor of the company, I have low overhead expenses. Therefore, I can provide affordable and quality services.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Customer attention is my highest priority. Open communication is key during the design process. I believe that really listening to the client is the very first step in a great project. The second most important thing is responding to the client by offering my design insight and realistic expectations.
Setting up a strong foundation of the client-architect relationship creates the possibilities for a truly wonderful design and prevents problems during the entire construction process.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: I was born in Louisville, Ky., but only lived there for six weeks before we moved in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where my father worked a doctor on the military base. We continued moving throughout my childhood. I received Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University. I spent one year of my college studying abroad at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. I have worked as an architect at various firms in the Vail Valley for seven years before opening Studio Spinnato.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? “No clients on a powder day?” I had a ski date scheduled with a client and a big group of her friends. I found myself in Blue Sky with two friends in waist-deep powder right about the time that I was supposed to meet them. My friends took me hostage and stole my phone. I did meet up with the group after lunch, right about the time that they were heading in to apres.
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