Brian Hanlen is the principal and founder of Brooks Design / Build, Inc. He began working for his grandfather, a builder, when he was twelve years old. When his grandfather retired, Brian was given the family name and the knowledge to begin the firm in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1996. Originally, the company’s focus was on cabinetry, high–end finish work, and staircases. Over a period of several years an increasing local demand was recognized for consistent and thorough residential design work combined with project management. They have responded to this need by shifting their primary focus to design, project management, and acting as the project owner’s representation. The builder’s background and approach to design is a key component to the level of detail contained within each plan set at the same time being tempered by good design – technically correct drawings that not only addresses basic structural design, but overall aesthetics, and building science.
By integrating classic trim details, timberframes, reclaimed and salvaged wood with modern technologies such innovative heating & cooling systems, structurally insulated panels and structural concrete, they are striving to create spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing while being firmly modern. In the future their goal is to continue to provide adaptive and influential design in Steamboat Springs, unique mountain regions of Colorado, and anywhere that their expertise is needed.
Brian has also written articles for Steamboat Magazine and Grand County Blueprint.