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There comes a time in life when a person decides weekends are for activities he or she wants to pursue, not for cutting grass, trimming hedges or fixing broken sprinklers. Unfortunately for a lot of people, the lawn may still need mowing, the weeds need to be pulled and none of it grows without a working irrigation system. Homeowners in neighborhoods like The Orchard, where G.J. Gardner is building the final few homes in the conveniently located subdivision, don’t have to include yard work in their plans, since the landscape is installed for them and the HOA takes care of it all.
Lawrence Balerio was building a few homes in The Orchard before he purchased the local G.J. Gardner franchise in 2013, and together with the purchasing power of Colorado’s largest builder, he and his team have built even more. The company has used nine different floor plans in the neighborhood, which is tucked away off 25 1/2 Road just north of Patterson.
“Almost every home is completely modified,” said Balerio. Some modifications were necessary to fit the home on the specific lot, while others were done at customers’ requests and others were done simply to create unique and different homes.
G.J. Gardner has three levels of finishes in its homes. The inaugural series is an entry-level series with more affordable amenities. The prestige series has finishes that are a little more expensive than the basic, while the signature series is top-of-the-line finishes in every room.
At The Orchard, all of the homes are built using the prestige series of finishes, which includes tile flooring in the entry, kitchen and hallways, engineered hardwood in the great room, solid surface countertops, tile backsplashes, three-toned paint schemes and hand-textured walls.
All of the homes at The Orchard have three or four bedrooms, with at least two baths and large, five-piece master baths. The smallest floor plan has 1,550 square feet, while the largest home has more than 2,300 square feet. Floor plans include plenty of closets, as well as practical features in some models like a countertop/folding area in the laundry room or a bench seat near the back door where homeowners can sit down and slip off shoes.
Floor plans are open in the main living areas, with kitchens that look out over the dining area or the great room. Stainless steel appliances are included and Balerio tries to put a walk-in pantry closet in every kitchen. Under cabinet lighting makes it easy to work and the spacious designs allow for multiple kitchen helpers.
Ceiling fans in both the master and the great room keep the homes more comfortable and the 95 percent efficiency heating system keeps costs lower. The other bedrooms are pre-wired for ceiling fans.
When buyers sign a contract on a home that’s under construction, the price includes four hours with a design consultant who helps buyers with selections for lighting, colors, countertops, flooring and other finishes.
All G.J. Gardner homes come with a standard 2-10 home warranty that includes a two-year warranty on all systems and a 10-year warranty on structural components.
Right now, there is one finished home at 605 El Dorado that recently went under contract, along with three more available homes under construction and three remaining lots. Prices in the subdivision vary, but can start as low as $225,000 and go up to $310,000 for homes with no added customizations.
To find the subdivision, turn east on Dewey Place off 25 1/2 Road, go through the Foresight Village apartment area and the street leads to The Orchard subdivision. The location is within a couple of miles to hospitals, shopping and dining, with a small commercial development that will include additional dining options practically across the street. To contact a new home consultant at G.J. Gardner in Grand Junction, call 970-235-0622.