Custom Home Tour provides ideas for homes
Perhaps the calendar says the first day of spring isn’t until March 20, but folks in the Grand Valley know that spring unofficially starts with the HBA’s Home Improvement and Remodeling Expo at Two Rivers Convention Center next weekend, March 7 - 9. Even if it’s windy and rainy outside, the show is a good way to kick start those home improvement projects that have been on the back burner all winter.
Those who are tired of trying to keep a 40-year old home in tip-top shape and those who don’t want their first experiences as homeowners to start with paintbrushes and hammers should check out the custom home tour, featuring nine brand-new homes.
Most of the homes in the custom home tour are in various subdivisions across the Grand Valley, with the exception of the custom Zag Built home north of town. The Zag Built home is a typical Zag home, which means there’s nothing typical about the home.
From the arched, eight-foot alder exterior front door leading through the grand entry with the high barreled ceiling and two-inch travertine floor to the custom coat rack, the custom metal work and travertine stone in the kitchen and the custom dog room, there are very few standard finishes or architectural details in this Zag Built home. It’s also the largest home on the tour, with 2,760 square feet on the main floor and more than 2,600 square feet on the lower floor. As always in a Zag Built home, it’s Energy Star-certified and constructed with the latest proven scientific building practices.
Copper Creek Builders, a company that’s been working on the remodeling side of the home construction business for several years, is entering the new construction market in a big way, with a 25-home subdivision, Copper Creek, off 25 Road south of G Road.
“We’re trying to build a better product,” said Silas Colman with Copper Creek Builders, which has made a commitment to build Energy Star-certified homes. “We don’t feel good about building as cheap as possible.”
The home at 2497 Waite Avenue has 2 X 6 construction, with blown-in cellulose in the walls and R-40 in the ceiling. Interior walls are also insulated to reduce noise. Unique architectural details both inside and out make the homes at Copper Creek stand out. Buyers who are looking for a sense of community will appreciate the large, covered front porches on the homes at Copper Creek.
Davidson Homes also has a home in the north area at Garfield Estates. The four-bedroom, three-bath home has 2,076 square feet and has the upscale finishes like granite, tile and hardwood.
Homeowners who want to embrace the lock and leave lifestyle should stop by the G.J. Gardner home in the Orchard subdivision off 25 1/2 north of Patterson. All the homes come with front and backyard landscaping, which the HOA maintains. There are only five lots remaining at that particular subdivision, although G.J. Gardner is also building at Spyglass Ridge on Orchard Mesa and at Redlands Mesa Golf Course.
In the Redlands, there is a home at Red Rocks Valley that will be open during the custom home tour, built by the Pauls Corporation. On Track Builders will also have a home in the Redlands at Fairway Villas near Tiara Rado. The architectural details in the On Track Builders home, like the raised granite bar area, the stone floors, the ceiling detail and the unique colors make this home worth a visit.
Senergy Builders will have two homes in the custom home tour. One will be at K.C. Farms, near E Road and 31 1/2 Road, where Senergy has just a few remaining lots, and the other will be at River Trail near D Road and 32 Road.
All of the homes built by Senergy Builders are Energy Star-certified and the homes at River Trail all have 3-KW solar panel on the roof with a 20-year lease.
“Over a 20-year period, they’ll see $24,000 in energy savings,” said Joan Lowe with Senergy Builders.
The custom home tour is free and will have the same hours as the home expo at Two Rivers, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 9.