We build homes in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Surrounded by the majesty of the San Juan Mountains, we are inspired to reflect the inherent beauty of place and the unique qualities of our distinguished clients.  


For a Home Well Built

Fortenberry & Ricks builds beautiful homes for people who value fine workmanship, an impeccable attention to detail, and the drive to exceed expectations. Our relationships with clients and their architects are founded on discretion, trust, excellent customer service, and an unparalleled devotion to bringing out the best in every team member. 

We love a challenge and to creatively solve any issue or exacting detail. The network of superior resources we draw from ensures every material will be of the highest quality and treated with the artistry it deserves to reveal its best face. Nothing makes us happier than when a client steps into their new home with a feeling of being exactly where they want to be.


Ryan Deppen

From the time Ryan was a child building forts and treehouses from scraps, he understood the value of unique places created specifically for dreaming. The beauty of his surroundings inspired him to understand the relationship between nature and the man-made and how they should work together to reflect both individual and community needs. Travelling extensively with his family to seek new experiences reaffirmed his conviction that coming home is a uniquely personal experience that should offer the same sense of wonder, inspiring new memories that will last a lifetime.

Corey Fortenberry

Corey Fortenberry, owner and founder of Fortenberry & Ricks has been building high-end custom homes in Telluride since 1979. Originally from California, he relocated to Telluride and was instrumental in helping establish some of the most iconic buildings of the early Telluride Ski Company. He transitioned into the custom home market not long after his arrival and now offers more than 50 years of experience as a homebuilder and business owner, guaranteeing a streamlined and efficient building process in combination with the highest quality craftsmanship.

Paul Ricks

Paul Ricks attended the Colorado School of Mines to study metallurgical engineering. After working in the mines for several years, Paul decided to apply the tenets of this exacting skill to residential home construction, working on projects in California, Nevada, Colorado, Maui, and Uruguay. His dedication to building custom family homes that will be shared for generations drives him to ever-greater levels of excellence, skill, and creativity.


  • Architect Colorado
  • Architectural Digest, USA and Germany
  • Country Living
  • Exceptional Properties
  • Luxe
  • Luxe Interiors & Design
  • Shelter
  • The Architectural Record
  • Veranda
  • Western Interiors