We’re all about homes. But we’re more about living.
By L.L. Charles
June 20-22, 2008
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From the unprecedented increase in prices at the gas pump to hefty heating bills last winter, we’re all getting the message: energy costs are on the rise and they aren’t coming back down any time soon.
“Just last month, the National Association of Home Builders recognized the Blue Vista community with a national Development of the Year Award.”
It’s a tough reality, forcing most of us to rethink the way we live today, from how we get to work to the choices we make when we shop. But while we’re figuring this out, forward-thinking companies are reinventing the ways we will live tomorrow.
Boulder Creek Life and Home, a home builder with roots in Boulder County since 1975, has built its reputation on creating active lifestyle communities that let us live the way we’ve always intended. Exciting architecture, energy-efficient construction and low-maintenance living are all hallmarks of a Boulder Creek Life and Home neighborhood. Most notably, it has brought these features to homes at every price point, for first-time buyers and upscale downsizers alike.
“The point we’re making in each of our communities is, you can build a well-designed, energy-efficient home without having to add 15 or 20 percent to the cost,” says David Sinkey, director of marketing for Boulder Creek Life and Home. “It’s not about living with less, it’s about living better.”
Enthusiastic home buyers and high owner satisfaction are good ways to measure success, of course. Another is what the home building industry itself says about a builder. Score another point for Boulder Life and Home: just last month, the National Association of Home Builders recognized the Blue Vista community with a national Development of the Year Award. The unique mix of duplexes, townhomes, condos and single family homes at Blue Vista are all constructed to “Built Green” standards without sacrificing the features and amenities usually found in more
Summer Youngs, sales manager at Blue Vista, says that receiving the award was an exciting endorsement of the growing Longmont community. “Most of the homes we’re building now are pre-sold; there’s such a high level of interest. We have buyers who are even paying cash for their home — they could afford bigger, more expensive homes, but they’re choosing the efficiency of Blue Vista.”
“The real spirit of the NAHB award has to do with the total impact of what we are doing,” adds David Sinkey. “There are ”˜greener’ homes than the ones at Blue Vista, but these tend to be built with costly systems that are still more experimental when it comes to production home building. You can build a home completely off the grid using
solar, geothermal or photovoltaic technologies, but this isn’t viable yet for the average home, and doesn’t have a large impact overall. What we do is utilize proven and practical green building techniques and materials, bringing them into the mainstream to create truly affordable homes. This allows us to do more with each home, and to do more of them. We encourage anyone considering buying a new home to visit any of our communities to see this for yourself. We think you’ll like what you see.”
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