Choosing a Custom Home Contractor

Choosing a Custom Home Contractor

Choosing a custom home contractor can be difficult. It’s important to find the right contractor to make your custom home exactly how you’ve always pictured it.

The city of Denver and the surrounding areas, including Parker and Littleton, have long showcased many gorgeous custom homes. These days, it might seem like new construction is constant, but that’s for a good reason. More and more people have decided to stop settling for someone else’s design or renovating their home piece-by-piece and are now interested in building a truly custom home that fits all their needs. But who can you trust with such an ambitious project?

Building a custom home can be a significant investment for you and your family. You want a dream contractor for your dream home. Read on for 5 tips to help you find the ideal custom home contractor for your one-of-a-kind oasis. 


#1 History of Success

One of the most important criteria to keep in mind when hunting for a contractor is simple: can they deliver on what they’re promising you? You want a contractor who can prove they’ve done great work in the Denver area, somebody with a history of success. It’s important to read client reviews and testimonials and get a full picture of how a contractor operates. If the contractor you’re looking at doesn’t have any reviews, that can be just as concerning as bad reviews. Think of choosing a contractor the same way you’d hire a new employee. You want to check their references. 

It’s also worth examining specific projects that your contractor has done. Look through the gallery on their website and see examples of their work, don’t just read about it in a review. 


#2 Communication 

As you read reviews, there’s a specific word to have in mind: communication. Communication is key in any relationship and especially so when it’s a relationship you’re investing time and money into. You deserve a builder who is going to keep you in the loop with project updates, design decisions, and any unforeseen complications. As you interview builders, ask them how they’ll keep you updated through the construction process. And remember, it’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. You want a contractor with a personal touch, one who knows what’s most important to you and treats you as more than just another client. It’s important to have a contractor who values your dream home the same way they’d value their own. 


#3 Budget 

We hate to repeat ourselves, but your custom home is a significant investment. A truly personalized home with one-of-a-kind craftsmanship demands a contractor who is up-front about cost, but also open and honest about complications. Quality is worth paying for, but it can be frustrating when you feel like your budget isn’t being respected. As you communicate with prospective contractors, get a feel for how they treat your money. Remember – always get it in writing! 

At the same time, don’t let price be your sole guide to choosing a contractor. You’re building a dream home – a unique place that you can call your own. Do you really want to lowball the personal space you’ve always wanted? You deserve somebody who is going to spend your money wisely without cutting corners or delivering anything less than exactly what YOU want.


#4 Vision 

When we say you want a contractor who is going to build what you want, we mean it. The best contractor you can have is a contractor who knows and understands what you want in your ideal home, not a contractor who is going to build what they THINK you want. The best contractors keep you involved in all steps of the process, from design to completion. They don’t just understand your vision, they share it. You deserve a contractor who is able to help you achieve your vision, while working within your budget and on-time.


#5 Timber Ridge 

If you’re looking for a custom home contractor who meets all of those criteria, look no further. Here at Timber Ridge, you’re more than just a client to us; you’re a part of our family. Our history of proven, high-quality work in the Denver area speaks for itself. But don’t let us stop you from learning more. Read the glowing testimonials from our clients and peruse the custom builds in our gallery. We don’t have anything to hide. Our track record of delivering dream homes is unmatched. We will work within your budget and on-time to deliver a hand-crafted experience that you can’t find anywhere else. Let us be the dream contractor for your dream home. 


13 Most Popular Home Styles Across the U.S.

13 Most Popular Home Styles Across the U.S.

No matter where you live, you’ll likely encounter a wide variety of architectural home styles just by driving through your neighborhood. From extravagant to quaint, homes across the U.S. hold their own unique beauty and characteristics just like the people who inhabit them.

So, what are the most popular home styles in the U.S.? From New York, NY to Portland, OR, you don’t have to be an architect to appreciate the range of stunning house styles available on the housing market. So whether you’re in the market for a new home or just love browsing homes on your favorite real estate app, check out the 13 most popular home styles in the United States right now.

What Are the Most Popular Home Styles?

1. Ranch-style homes

Dating back to 1932, the ranch-style home grew in popularity during the 1950s and 1960s and is still popular today. The iconic ranch architecture is known for its simple, single-story floor plan, low-to-the-ground look, often with an open layout and occasional basement. This style of house typically has a smaller yard, attached garage, and a low-pitched roof. The ranch-style home often features large windows and sliding glass doors, encouraging an indoor-outdoor living style. A ranch can also be called a ‘rambler,’ depending on which region in the country you live in and local terminology. 

Looking locally, ranch-style homes currently have the highest sale-to-list ratio in a handful of cities,  meaning this style of house is more likely to sell above the list price. These cities include Portland, ORPhoenix, AZChicago, ILSan Francisco, CA, and San Diego, CA. Each of these cities favor the rambler, with a current sale-to-list ratio of over 100%.

2. Craftsman-style homes

The beloved craftsman-style home became increasingly popular in the 1900s by architect and furniture designer Gustav Stickley and has remained popular throughout the 21st century. This staple for American Architecture adds charm to any neighborhood with its exterior features, including shingles, low-pitched roofs, and covered front porches. Craftsman homes also feature recognizable interior details such as thick trim, prominent ceiling beams, and built-in shelving and seating.

Craftsman homes are a desirable home style all across the U.S., but they are often sold above list price in Oakland, CASeattle, WAAtlanta, GA, and Portland, OR.

3. Contemporary-style homes

Contemporary architecture is often used interchangeably when describing modern style architecture. A wide range of recently built homes are built with Contemporary-style architecture. These homes have inventive designs and simple forms without elaborate ornamentation or detail. They usually have geometric lines, large windows and doors to bring in light, and open floor plans. They often incorporate sustainable and eco-friendly building materials, textures, and components, exposed roof beams, and flat or low-pitched roofs. 

Contemporary-style homes see the highest sale-to-list ratio in Oakland, CADenver, COPhoenix, AZSan Francisco, CASan Diego, CAChicago, IL, and Atlanta, GA.

4. Modern-style homes

Emerging in the 1920s to embrace minimalism and reject the more ornate home styles, modern house styles typically include progressive elements such as asymmetrical exteriors, flat roofs, and integrated outdoor spaces. Many modern interiors also feature minimal molding and trim, neutral color palettes, and metal accents.

You’ll find the highest sale-to-list ratio in Denver, CO.

5. Cape Cod-style homes

With roots dating back to 1675, the quaint and charming Cape Cod-style homes are reminiscent of the classic American cottage style. This type of home design migrated from England to the United States, maintaining its symmetrical design and central chimney. Cape Cod-style homes feature a steep roof to keep snow from accumulating, dormer windows for added light, wood siding and shutters to keep the heat in, and hardwood floors for comfort and practicality.

This style of house is prevalent in the northeastern part of the United States, commonly found in the New England region.

6. Colonial-style homes

Dating back to 1876, East Coast architecture has maintained its allure in many parts of the United States. These classic homes are known for their old-world charm, decorative doorways, and symmetrical window placement. Many colonial-style homes will have two or three stories, fireplaces, and brick or wood exteriors.

Colonial-style homes are similar to the Cape Cod-style home because of their symmetry and side-gabled roofs, but Cape Cod-style homes are typically one story rather than two or three. Colonial-style homes can be found in the northeastern part of the United States.

7. Tudor-style homes

Originating in the 15th century during the reign of the House of Tudor, this style of house is fairly easy to identify with its unique features. Tudor-style homes typically have a combination of brick, stone, or stucco exterior and decorative half-timbering on the second story to create the well-known striped exterior. They also feature a steeply-pitched roof, cross gables, and tall, narrow windows. Today, Tudor-style homes are prominent in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States.

8. Cottage-style homes

Inspired by the medieval styles of the English countryside, American architects designed cozy cottage-style houses during the 1920s and 30s. This style of house typically has a steep, thatched roof, arched doorways, shuttered windows, and a warm storybook character bringing to life old-world charm.

9. Mediterranean-style homes

Mediterranean-style homes are suitable for warmer climates, which is why this style of house became prevalent in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s. Influenced by the architecture of countries in the Mediterranean region, they often have low-pitched red tile roofs, vaulted ceilings, arched doors and windows, and a stucco or adobe exterior. The floor plan is typically U-shaped, creating a central courtyard for a garden or fountain. Today, this style of house remains popular in California and Florida.

10. Farmhouse-style homes

The farmhouse was designed back in the early 1700s, built as housing for farmers, and all about practicality. Modern farmhouses still exhibit many of the same features that the original design included, like large, wraparound front porches, clapboard siding, large fireplaces, wood floors, eat-in kitchens, and oversized kitchen sinks. 

11. Mid-Century modern-style homes

Mid-century modern style is part of the modernism movement and dates back to post-World War II, and remained popular throughout the 1970s. A mid-century modern design is characterized by minimalism, clean lines, and floor-to-ceiling windows. You’ll often see open layouts, and a mix of natural and manufactured materials for the interior elements like wood, stone, steel, and plastic.


Mid-century modern style homes are most popular in Oakland, CADenver, COSan Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA, with a sale-to-list ratio as high as 131.5% in Oakland.

12. Victorian-style homes

Victorian-style homes were first seen during the Victorian Era from around 1860 to 1900. This house style is best described as a colorful dollhouse with romantic and distinctive features. Victorian-style homes have elaborate detailing in just about every part of the home, from the intricate wood trim, ornate staircases, stained glass, and decorative woodwork. They have steep gabled roofs, a front-facing gable, patterned shingles, bay windows, a round tower, and a front porch.

Victorian-style homes remain popular in Boston, MA, and San Francisco, CA, with a sale-to-list ratio of 98.5% and 101.1%, respectively. 

12. Townhouse

Originating in Europe and eventually migrating to the United States, townhomes are most commonly found across cities in the United States. With the convenience of spacious layouts, townhomes offer more amenities than the condo styles and are lower maintenance than most residential homes. They’re typically two or three-story homes, usually sharing one or two walls with adjacent properties, and a rooftop deck to enjoy sprawling views.

Home styles with the highest sale-to-list ratio in the largest 12 US metros:

Metro Home Style Sale-to-list ratio % active listings
Phoenix, AZ Ranch 102.3% 4.0%
Contemporary 101.8% 2.0%
Atlanta, GA Craftsman 100% 1.9%
Ranch 99.9% 2.0%
New Construction 101.9% 3.0%
Portland, OR Ranch 105.4% 2.2%
New Construction 103.5% 11.2%
Craftsman 101.5% 2.0%
Oakland, CA Mid Century Modern 131.5% 1.2%
Craftsman 128.4% 2.2%
Contemporary 112.5% 4.4%
Boston, MA Victorian 98.5% 1.0%
Craftsman 99.1% 1.0%
Penthouse Unit 103.3% 1.0%
Chicago, IL Raised Ranch/Ranch 100.2% 1.0%
Contemporary 99.1% 1.3%
Elevator Building 99.0% 1.0%
Denver, CO Contemporary 101.5% 7.9%
Mid Century Modern 105.1% 1.0%
Modern Architecture 103% 1.1%
San Francisco, CA Mid Century Modern 122.8% 1.0%
Contemporary 102.6% 6.5%
Ranch 104.7% 2.4%
Seattle, WA Mid Century Modern 110.9% 1.0%
Craftsman 108% 3.9%
New Construction 105.4% 28.0%
San Diego, CA Ranch 102.5% 2.3%
Contemporary 100.7% 3.3%
New Construction 101.2.% 1.2%

*Per home trends listing data on, as of May 2021 

Individual results may vary. This is not intended as a substitute for the services of a licensed real estate agent or licensed and bonded home services professional or appraiser.

15 Best General Contractors in Greenwood Village

15 Best General Contractors in Greenwood Village

Timber Ridge Properties is thrilled to announce that we were named as one of the 15 Best General Contractors in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Family-owned and operated, Timber Ridge Properties provides a wide range of general contracting services. Since 1985, the firm has established itself as a premier luxury home builder and remodeler in Greenwood Village. As a client-driven company, Timber Ridge focuses on the needs of clients by providing a hassle-free and enjoyable experience.

With 35 years of experience in building homes across Colorado, the firm uses a unique design-build approach. The firm works closely with clients in designing and building their dream homes. Using a personalized approach, the firm delivers exceptional build-outs that exceed customer satisfaction. Recognized for its outstanding projects, Timber Ridge Properties was voted as one of the top three home builders in Denver.  

We are so proud of the work we do and of the clients that put their trust in Timber Ridge Properties to bring their dream homes to life.

Interested in building or enhancing your dream home with Timber Ridge? Contact us today.

9 Best Custom Home Builders in Cherry Hills Village

9 Best Custom Home Builders in Cherry Hills Village

Timber Ridge Properties is thrilled to announce that we were named as one of the 9 best custom home builders in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.

For over 30 years, Timber Ridge Properties has created an array of high-end residential custom homes with a personal and boutique approach. The firm has a very client-focused approach, understanding that the role of the firm is to be the vehicle by which a client gets exactly what is needed.

One of the top projects the firm has produced is a vintage traditional residence in Colorado. It’s a private house featuring materials such as travertine tile, hickory floors, and custom granite. The client for this project was for a family of five, with the firm providing classic finishes in many areas of the house. From its indoor to outdoor features, the team at Timber Ridge offered the client classic Timber Ridge features, including a custom stone fireplace in the kitchen, a finished basement with guest quarters, and an all-season outdoor fireplace seating area. The result is a classic residence offering a unique traditional design catered to the client’s requests.

We are so proud of the work we do and of the clients that put their trust in Timber Ridge Properties to bring their dream homes to life.

Interested in building or enhancing your dream home with Timber Ridge? Contact us today.

Rocky Mountain Real Estate: Topics and Trends

Rocky Mountain Real Estate: Topics and Trends

Colorado is home to a healthy real estate market with tremendous upside. Many leading economists see the Colorado market as one of the best in the nation for jobs and housing. As a result, the state  is attracting droves of new residents from all walks of life—ranging from families to singles, to young adults to retirees. As the city of Denver continues to expand, residents—both new and long-term— are migrating toward surrounding suburban areas such as Parker, Aurora, Centennial, and Englewood.

Photos provided by Trent Getsch

The Great Migration
Michael Petrelli of the Ravenna golf course neighborhood believes the cause of this great suburban shift  is that residents want to avoid the congestion of urban areas, and crave immersion into the beautiful Colorado landscape while maintaining accessibility.

Take, for example, the Timbers, a subdivision in south Parker known for it’s beautiful woodland setting, mountain views and ample open space. The neighborhood also boasts gorgeous luxury homes. Trent Getsch, a Re/Max Alliance agent within the Timbers subdivision, believes that neighborhoods like the Timbers attract so many new residents because they embody the idea of Colorado living. “Areas like Parker, which are only a short commute to Denver, will also gain popularity”, Trent says, “they offer a change of pace and quiet serenity, with great accessibility.”

So what does the future hold for suburban areas? Tom Roberts, president of Western Lands, LLC, believes that this suburban population spike will not only provide monetary value to residents and future residents of these booming subdivisions, but will actually secure the value of having a private, open space to enjoy.

Custom is Better: Trends in Luxury Home Design
In an era of urban development marked by unimaginative and boxlike apartment homes, what does the future of custom luxury homebuilding hold?

For outlying suburban areas, custom homes are in high demand. Lenn Hafferman of Castle Rock’s Puma Ridge neighborhood says that many homebuyers are looking for expansive south-west facing mountain views, large one-plus acre homesites, and serene, private settings.

Photo provided by Tom Roberts

As far as interiors go, Hafferman has noticed a trend toward main-floor masters, and an emphasis on comfortable livability and easy-flow floor plans. Many buyers seek home layouts with “an open, inviting kitchen area” and “a personalized outdoor living space”. In short, Hafferman says, “Everyone wants unique!” Tom Roberts agrees that homeowners will lean toward creating customized, rich environments for their families to enjoy. “We will continue to see the investment in great design and high quality construction,” he says.

The Future of Colorado Home Customization
What does all of this mean for the future of builders like Timber Ridge Properties? Trent Getsch believes that builders, in alignment with both architects and design staff, who are capable of keeping track of the most recent trends and products, will remain the most valuable resource for homebuyers. Carefully planned developments where buyers can create their own custom home will continue to thrive because they offer residents a sense of privacy, views to the mountains, great schools, and easy access to more urban areas.


Making the Most of your Outdoor Spaces

Making the Most of your Outdoor Spaces

There is nothing that compares to Colorado in the summer. The warm, sunny days are the perfect excuse to step outside and soak up the scenery, while cooler temperate nights are the ideal backdrop for backyard cookouts or evening cocktails. As summer approaches, you may be considering some updates to your existing outdoor spaces. This could mean anything from redecoration, to complete reconstruction.


The first thing to consider before an outdoor space renewal is what kind of life you want the space to have. It’s important to envision your ideal experience: Will you be sunbathing, or do you prefer the shade? Is this a space for entertaining, or is it more of a private retreat? How do you want this space to interact with your indoor spaces?  If you’re looking for a little outdoor space inspiration, read on for Timber Ridge Properties’ favorite ways to spruce up patios, backyards, and outdoor entertainment spaces for our unbeatable Colorado summers.

Patio Basics
For many Colorado residents, your outdoor patio is the focal point of your outdoor space. The patio is where friends and family congregate to take in the spectacular views, fire up the BBQ, and soak up the sun. It’s functionality is essential to the way you spend your summer days, and keeping it comfortable is the key to enjoying it to it’s fullest potential. For example, if you prefer a shaded deck to a sun drenched one, the addition of a sunshade or awning may be important in your planning. Additionally, if you find yourself in the process of constructing a home, you may consider the positioning of the patio in relation to the sun.

Your selection of  furnishings also contribute to the comfort of your space. If lounging is your activity of choice, outdoor furniture featuring durable fabrics should be considered. If your space is an intended dining area, iron or wicker dining furniture may be on your wish list. No matter what you intend to use your patio for, the end goal should be livability—creating an area that best suits you, your family and your lifestyle.

Cozy Up by the Fire
An outdoor fireplace is the perfect addition to any outdoor space, and adds a touch of cozy all year round.  Aside from being aesthetically pleasing and an excellent focal point for your outdoor space, an outdoor fireplace is also versatile in its functionalities. Imagine your family sitting around the fireplace roasting marshmallows and exchanging stories in the summer, or cozying up with cocoa during the cooler fall and winter months. Family time aside, a fireplace also creates the perfect romantic ambiance and ideal lighting for intimate outdoor meals or cocktails.

Fire Up the Grill
Cooking outside is not only a practicality, but an excellent means of entertaining your guests and enjoying the beautiful weather. It’s important to have high-quality, durable outdoor appliances that will keep your family fed and happy for many seasons to come. We recommend Sub-Zero and Wolf grills, an ideal addition to any at-home chef’s outdoor oasis.

A grilling area that is well-integrated into your patio’s design is not only safe and effective, but becomes a significant asset to the overall aesthetic of the space. Sub-Zero and Wolf products are sleek, polished, and are guaranteed to stand both the test of time and Colorado’s harshest weather.

The patio pictured below was featured on Impressive Interior Design’s website as an example of a luxurious though functional outdoor living space.

Indoors, Meet Outdoors
Your outdoor spaces are an extension of your home, it’s decor and design, and your personal style. Creating a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors is a great way to open up your home’s interior and introduce new light and space. Syncing up styles between the patio and your home’s interior is a nice way to showcase the recurring design themes present in your home. The result is a beautifully visual representation of your taste, and your family’s lifestyle.


If you’re interested in learning more about customized patio build, remodel, or redesign, connect with Timber Ridge Properties and take the first step toward your dream space, today.