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About Us

Our company's foundation has been shaped by recognizing our customer's needs as the number one priority.  The Alanté Custom Design Team is committed to meeting the expectations of our clientele.  Consequently a high percentage of our business is created from repeat customers and referrals.



It all began in the early 1950’s when Sigurd Aga, owner of Aga Brick Contracting, was involved in the construction of a number of commercial buildings in the Colorado Springs area.


As the young daughter of Sigurd, Karen often perused the blueprints of buildings built by her father, designing homes and buildings in her head and dreaming of someday continuing her father's legacy.

 Photo of Aga & a job site in 1952

Fast forward to early 2002 as a dream of Aga's daughter to redevelop and build functional and beautiful homes came true. Karen MacKenzie partnered with well known Ft. Collins developer, Bill Neal.                                               

Along with Mr. Neal, inspiration from Karen's father (her mentors) and her many years of real estate as well as her passion for design, Alanté Custom Homes, LLC came alive. Karen spent passionate hours working with the company's architect to design and build one of Observatory Park/U-Hills scrape-and-build homes (redevelopment).


Several years later when Alante's first custom home was nearing completion, a tragic plane crash took the life of Bill Neal, causing Alanté Custom Homes to take a respite from its path of building custom homes. (You can see pictures of this home under the Home page as well as the New Design and Remodel tab).


With the ambitious desire to continue the legacy of both mentors (Sigurd and Bill), Karen combined the many talents of family members and the formation of Alanté Custom Design took shape in 2009 as a dba and is better now than ever!


Meet Your Alanté Design Team


Karen MacKenzie-Coleman – President, Senior Design Partner and Home Marketing Design Specialist™ (Graduate of Interior Design Institute, San Francisco, CA).  

Accomplishments: Vice-President Business Development & Relocation at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Regional Vice-President of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World; Owner/Partner, Alanté Custom Homes, LLC developer and designer of custom million dollar homes; Owner of Image Corporate Homes.



Jake MacKenzie – Senior Creative Designer and Partner (BFA of Industrial Design, California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA).

Accomplishments: Design projects include Grammy Awards Museum, Huawei Telecom in China - showcased in Barcelona, Levi Strauss & Co., Robert Mondavi Winery, The HenryFord Museum, The Guangdong Science Centre in China just to name a few.  For three years, Jake developed a design team and managed the Asian operations for a design firm in Singapore.



Michael Coleman – Executive VP & CFO (BA at Colorado State University, MA of Engineering at Univeristy of Colorado).

Accomplishments: V.P. at Visa, Engineer at Gates, Executive Mangement at Oracle and Evolving Systems.









Our Motivation & Inspiration


...and here's our basis for having the integrity and passion for what we do!  Meet our 97 year old Mom/Grandma who has inspired, supported and stood by not only her husband, Sigurd Aga, through his years of building a successful business, but all of our endeavors as well. We love you Mom/Grandma!

"We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry".

Contact us with your Interior Design needs.