Boulder Creek Builders at Shadow Grass Park: These new homes showcase new ideas
One of life’s great pleasures is to move into a beautiful new home, especially when it’s filled with exciting innovations that enhance the way you live. At Shadow Grass Park in Longmont, Boulder Creek Builders has opened its own sales office and model homes and rolled out a new series of designs for savvy homebuyers. Boulder Creek’s clever innovations spotlight the difference between new homes built the way people want to live today, in 2011, and other so-called new homes wearing the same old designs you’ve seen for decades.
“As a leader in the homebuilding industry, Boulder Creek welcomes the chance to be innovative in designing and building new homes,” says Sales and Marketing Manager Paul Gortzig, “With one of our company owners being an architect, we have consulted with an outside group of architects to be sure our plans answer the needs of our homebuyers at Shadow Grass Park. And we have actively sought fresh ideas from the home-buying public
to challenge traditional thinking in home designs. We ask you not to settle for old, tired designs being sold as ”˜new.’”
At Shadow Grass Park, Boulder Creek has introduced some new concepts based on how people aspire to live today. The homes built by Boulder Creek showcase new designs and new engineering, with a focus on energy-efficient Green building technology and optimum comfort and convenience.
All of Boulder Creek’s homes at Shadow Grass Park are ranch-style, with main-floor master suite, laundry and study. Two of the floor plans have zero-step access into the home, and two other plans offer a fully finished lower level. The Longmont Senior Advisory Council gave Boulder Creek Builders valuable input into the design of these ranch-style patio homes. The builder has a pleasant surprise for homeowners looking for
extra storage. The homes are built with an oversized garage that is more than ample for two cars. And voila! A staircase at the end of the garage leads to a versatile 200-square-foot room, with a window and abundant space for storage. So people can downsize, move into these ranch homes and have all main-floor living, without compromising storage.
“Our homes in this community are exceeding Energy Star’s Top (5 Star) rating,” says Boulder Creek Community Manager Karen Sanders. “For our homeowners, this means that their home is 20 to 30 percent more efficient than most new homes being built today and, most likely, vastly more efficient than the home they are moving out of. This translates into lower monthly electric and gas bills.”
The “behind-the-walls quality” is really important in these homes: 2×6 wall construction means higher insulation levels, advanced framing techniques produce a sturdier building with less air penetration, concrete-based siding creates a durable exterior and provides a quieter interior, and high-quality low-VOC paint is good for the indoor air quality.
“We build what’s good for the environment and good for our buyer,” Sanders says. New Energy-Star-rated furnaces, water heaters and appliances help the home run most efficiently. The results are a more comfortable interior environment with better air quality and savings on monthly utility bills. The whole focus is to build an energy-efficient home. “Our homeowners enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle; front-lawn care and snow removal are part of living in this community. And we have some great home sites to choose from.”
Next, there’s right-sized design. The homes are designed for maximum use of all their square footage, with no extra hallways or wasted spaces. “Right Sized was the logical solution for Shadow Grass Park, “says Boulder Creek Principal David Sinkey. “After consulting with the Senior Advisory Council, we developed a myriad of thoughtful design concepts for residents of every age, from standard slab on grade foundations with zero-step garage entries to wider hallways and doorways. With front-yard maintenance provided for our homeowners, it’s a lock-and-leave lifestyle that appeals to a wide variety of residents.”
When you enter a new right-sized home, you see immediately how it makes perfect sense. Everything a homeowner needs is right there on the main floor, from the master suite to the laundry and even a home office. The main floor centerpiece is a spacious, light-filled Great Room, connecting the large, efficient kitchen to the living areas. “Another thing I love about these homes is all the luxurious interior trim and alder cabinets,” Sanders says. Right-sized ranch-style homes come in a variety of floor plans to suit each homeowner’s needs. Those looking for additional bedrooms for visitors or a rec room for grandchildren will find what they need by adding a finished lower level. Boulder Creek is known for pioneering and perfecting the amenities and technologies of lower-level living.
The Shadow Grass Park community is very well located with major retail businesses nearby (two grocery stores, two banks, restaurants and a number of small stores), adjacent green belt trail system, Jim Hamm Pond Nature Area, Ute Creek Golf Course and a local park with a dog park, basketball court, skate park, playground and water park. The community also has wonderful connectivity to Old Town Longmont (only minutes away) and to I-25 to Denver and Fort Collins, Highway 66 to Lyons and Estes Park, and Highway 119 to Boulder.
Visit Shadow Grass Park.
View Boulder Creek’s energy-efficient designs at Shadow Grass Park. Homes range in size from 1,300 square feet to more than 2,400 square feet with a finished lower level. With tree-lined streets, generous porches and traditional architecture that recall small-town America, Shadow Grass Park is priced from the mid-$200,000s. Visit Boulder Creek Builders at Shadow Grass Park at 1523 Moonlight Drive in Longmont. Model-home hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. And visit the Boulder Creek website at www.ShadowGrass.LiveBoulderCreek.com, or call the Information Center at 303.772.3063.
Article courtesy of Boulder Daily Camera — At Home