Boulder Creek unveils its Steel Ranch model home, raises money for Senior Foundation - Colorado Hometown Weekly - November 8, 2011

Posted November 8, 2011 In The News

Boulder Creek unveils its Steel Ranch model home, raises money for Senior Foundation – Colorado Hometown Weekly – November 8, 2011

Boulder Creek Builders debuted its first model home at Steel Ranch, one of Louisville’s last large-scale residential developments, during its grand opening this past weekend.

The development sits on the west side of Colo. Highway 42, north of South Boulder Road off Paschal Drive, in Louisville, and the builder will erect 68 patio homes.

Boulder Creek’s homes are geared toward the empty-nester, or those who are looking to downsize from a larger home and get away from having to maintain the home’s exterior, said Boulder Creek principal David Sinkey.

“It’s for the active adult’s lifestyle,” he said. “Instead of taking care of the yard, they’re going out of town … they’re spending their free time doing something other than maintaining their home.”

The ranch-style patio homes feature “main floor living” with the master bedroom, kitchen, living room, foyer and laundry room on the main floor.

Sinkey said the design caters to the residents as they age — the homes have lower light switches and thermostats, wider hallways and doors, and outlets placed higher on the wall.

“They don’t have mobility issues now but they might,” Sinkey said of the demographic they are targeting, noting that he doesn’t anticipate seeing a lot of families showing interest in buying a patio home at Steel Ranch.

A homeowners association will serve the patio homes, giving residents a “lock-and-leave” lifestyle, Sinkey said.

The model home’s shower off the master bathroom is built without a tub for an aging resident and the toilet, behind a half wall next to the shower, is featured without a door or separate room with a resident in mind who might use a wheelchair.

Along with the master bedroom, Boulder Creek’s model shows another room on the main floor that can be used as another bedroom or office.

The lower level — a finished basement — has an entertaining space and high ceilings and has a separate room for a bedroom or craft room, with the option to add another bedroom downstairs as well. A downstairs bathroom with a tub is ideal for grandchildren coming to visit their grandparents, Sinkey said.

The model basement shows its downstairs room as a craft room with a square cut-out so residents can look into the space from the main lower-level room. But, the wall can always be built if a homeowner wants the room made private.

“We’re always trying to inspire our buyers to use a space differently than they normally would,” he said.

Boulder Creek officials said eight of the 68 patio homes were sold before the opening.

The homes, priced to start in the high $300,000s, also feature a covered walk-out patio, built-in grill, two-car garage and option to add stairs off the garage that lead to additional storage space.

The Energy star-rated homes have tankless water heaters connected to a manifold system, which allows residents to turn water on and off to each room, and high-efficiency furnaces.

Boulder Creek Builders’ grand opening weekend raised $3,000 for the Louisville Senior Foundation. For every person who attended the open house Nov. 3-5, Boulder Creek Builders donated $5 to the foundation, and they extended the offer through this week.

“With over 500 attendees we are thrilled with the results of our Steel Ranch grand opening. The response to our new ranch style patio homes was overwhelmingly positive,” Sinkey said. “We could not be happier to be linked up with the Louisville Senior Foundation and we look forward to a long partnership.”

Foundation president Debbie Fahey said the partnership with Boulder Creek Builders means so much to seniors in the community and she was appreciative when Sinkey called her about the donations.

“I was dumbfounded. I was shocked,” Fahey said of the builders’ willingness to help. “We are so appreciative. It came out of the blue and (Sinkey) said, ‘Do you want $5 for everyone who comes?’ and I said, ‘Yeah!’ We need every bit we can get. This has been a big help.”

Ryland Homes has plans to build 84 single-family homes at Steel Ranch, which include three ranch-style floor plans and seven two-story floor plans that don’t include formal living rooms and few with formal dining rooms that target families on the go.