Best Places to Build: Spotlight on Douglas County

Best Places to Build: Spotlight on Douglas County

Building a custom home is a large investment — not just in materials and labor, but in the community in which you decide to build. In Denver especially, the housing market is hot, which presents a growing challenge for buyers looking for the perfect space to build their luxury home. With more and more people moving to the surrounding metro areas, available lots are disappearing faster than ever before. The solution? Look south!

The towns of Castle Rock and Parker, located just south of Denver in Douglas County, offer custom home seekers the perfect mix of city life and country space. Below, we take a closer look into why these communities are the perfect place to build the custom home of your dreams.

Parker


Population: 52,000
Elevation: 5,900 ft
Distance from Denver: 23 mi

What Makes Parker Great:

Roam If You Want To
If you’re looking for a small town with a big heart, Parker is the place. From its historic downtown to its picturesque western ranches, the spirit of the West comes alive here. Just a quick ride on I-25 from Denver, building in Parker means you can cut down your commute while still being close enough for the occasional night out downtown.

Rec Time
The people of Parker take recreation seriously, with access to 250 acres of developed parkland, including Cherry Creek State Park, and more than 900 acres of open space. Popular activities include biking, hiking, horseback riding, and golfing. Cherry Creek runs through the heart of Parker, giving residents the chance to get close to the water along the Cherry Creek Path.

Custom-Home Friendly
Nestled in the plains just before the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Parker offers plenty of unobstructed space for you to build the luxury home of your dreams. And at just over 50,000 residents, privacy is still possible in Parker. You can find your personal solitude in a tucked away spot or enjoy the bustle of the town’s center. For those with children, the surrounding school district offers many public, private, and charter school options for your family.

Castle Rock

Population: 56,000
Elevation: 6,224 ft
Distance from Denver: 28 mi

What Makes Castle Rock Great:

Historic Spirit, Modern Convenience
Named for the castle-shaped rock formation near the town’s center, Castle Rock is the second largest municipality in Douglas County. Founded by pioneers in 1881, the town maintains ties to its historical roots. Castle Rock is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live by Money Magazine, and because of its booming retail industry, easy commute to the Denver Tech Center, and copious recreational activities, this town provides the ultimate package for those looking to build.

Opting Outdoors
When the Colorado sun shines, there’s no getting Castle Rock residents back indoors. The area is dotted with top-notch golf courses, miles of hiking trails, and fabulous parks, including the extremely popular Castlewood Canyon State Park. Outdoor living is just part of the culture here, which makes it one of the best places to enjoy Colorado’s 300 days of sunshine.

Mom & Pop to Outlet Shops
The consistent flow of new people to Castle Rock brought a thriving retail industry along with it. A favorite spot among locals is the charming downtown.You’ll find plenty of locally-owned shops to explore, giving the area the distinctive feel of  Small Town, USA. Additionally, there are plenty of modern brands in the area where you’ll find everything you need as far as home improvement, big box, and outlet stores.

The Best Place for Luxury Builds
Castle Rock offers an upscale backdrop for those ready to build a luxury home. Land is still plentiful here, with a lower cost of living compared to Denver and other surrounding suburbs. Castle Rock is also home to some of the best schools in the state, perfect for growing families looking for the right community to put down roots. The scenery of the surrounding rocky terrain give you the mountain-living feel, in a close-knit and convenient area with every modern amenity you need.

 

The plains of Douglas County offer endless opportunities for custom luxury builds. Explore Parker, Castle Rock, and smaller towns such as Elizabeth and Franktown to find the perfect space for your forever home.

 

How to Build the Custom Home of Your Dreams

How to Build the Custom Home of Your Dreams

From the Ground, Up

Start dreaming, planning, and designing the home of your dreams.

 

Who are you? How do you want to live? What do you love? These are the questions that should form the foundation of every home design. Whether you’re remodeling or building from scratch, there are many things to consider before you start your journey. No matter the type of build you’re dreaming of, it’s always best to do your research and talk to the experts. Here are the steps we at Timber Ridge Properties suggest to our clients when they’re setting out to design the home of their dreams from the ground, up.

Build On Trust
Make sure you’re comfortable with the team who will create your space. You’ll be planning everything down the last detail, so you’ll need someone who can guide you through unfamiliar tasks and listen to your exact wants and needs. It takes more than simply rearranging some walls, altering a few spaces, and redecorating interiors to build your dream—by creating a foundation of trust, Timber Ridge Properties will craft a place that is tailor-made to your vision, personality, and style of living.

Budget from the Beginning
Managing data is hugely important when it comes to the planning and budgeting process of your build.  Getting some perspective on your budget may prove difficult, especially before you figure in the extensiveness of your planned construction. With Timber Ridge, you will always get the highest level of transparency when it comes to cost. We take the time to explain every metric so that you understand exactly where your money is going. This way, you build a more effective budget from the very beginning.

Wants, Needs, and Gotta Haves
Start thinking about the big picture and separating the things you want but might not particularly need from your must-have features. This categorization process becomes essential for parents planning space for their children. Take a virtual walk through your dream home and think about what your family really needs. An extra bedroom or bathroom might be the way to go, or maybe a family room that your kids, their friends, and your guests can all enjoy becomes the practical option over a fine dining room.

Bring it to Life
This is where the bits and pieces of your home start coming together. At Timber Ridge, we walk through the design process together so that we can better understand your vision and how to implement it. From first drafts to final revisions, we keep communication lines open so that you end up with exactly what you want. Timber Ridge can help you source land, obtain permits, draw up blueprints, and more. For a brief overview of what our process looks like from start to finish, read our guide on what to expect during the process of building your perfect home.

Get Detailed
Building a custom home means that every detail becomes a decision. Which kind of doorknobs do you want? Which metal finish will look best in the bathroom? The best strategy for tackling all of these decisions: Don’t get overwhelmed! Custom homes take time because they are 100% designed around you. It’s always ok to ask for help sourcing the right materials, finishes, and furnishings to fit each space perfectly.  

As Antoine de Saint Exupery once said, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” At Timber Ridge, we’ll help you transform your goal with a plan that centers around your vision, your family, and your life. Before you know it, your dream home will be transitioning into a reality, and you and your family will be on their way to creating new memories.

4 Ways to Maximize the Resale of Your Custom Home

4 Ways to Maximize the Resale of Your Custom Home

Insight on the custom home market from Carla Knight Homes.


When building a custom home, you have the opportunity to make it anything you want. You can add all of the features, rooms, and amenities that you’ve always dreamed of having. However, an important part of the process is considering that there could come a time where you’ll need to sell.

It’s pivotal to plan for the future and know how to maximize the resale value of your custom home before you even design it. There are a few simple design factors that will help hasten the selling process. Even if you don’t think you’ll sell your home, in the long run, it never hurts to be prepared and make informed design decisions. Plus, these minor features will benefit you and your home in the present.

Read on to learn how to maximize the resale value of your custom home, in the event you ever plan to sell it.

4 Ways to Maximize the Resale Value of Your Custom Home

1. Find an Ideal Location
Location is everything. Build your home in a location that is desirable for the price of the home you are looking to build. Look for neighborhoods with great schools, access to the outdoors, and areas where other homeowners are building custom homes. This will increase the resale value and create higher demand for your home down the road.

2. Invest in Energy-Efficiency
Despite the upfront costs of energy-efficiency, upgrades can save you money in the interim between building the house, and subsequently selling it. Studies show that buyers are generally more interested in homes that are energy efficient. A few ways to “Go Green” include the addition of solar panels, sealing windows, installing energy efficient appliances, using compact fluorescent lights, and insulating properly.

3. Include Plenty of Storage Space
By adding walk-in closets in the bedrooms, plenty of cabinets and pantry space in the kitchen, a storage shed out back, or an extra closet in the basement, you could end up generating a log of buyer interest when it comes time to sell.

4. Don’t Go Overboard
To appeal to the widest audience, keep your home’s design approachable. Seeing as the custom home will be built to your taste, you should create everything the way you like it, keeping in mind that extravagant additions may prove to be difficult selling points.

Timber Ridge Properties is the premier custom home builder in the Denver area. Looking to plan a luxury build? Or have more questions? Get in touch with a member of our team at 303-805-0300

Creating A Cinematic Basement Getaway

Creating A Cinematic Basement Getaway

If your basement is an afterthought, or a place to store the kids’ play gear, it may be time to reimagine your space.

Basement areas, tucked away below the main floors, have the most potential for entertaining. An open layout is the perfect backdrop for a home theater or media room integration. So forget the drive to the movie theater and the overpriced concessions. Now all you need to do is grab a blanket, pop the popcorn, take off your shoes, and settle in. You and your family can have the ultimate, immersive theater experience in the comfort of your own home.

Before you get started, there are a few key things to consider before transforming your home theater into a room that captures the magic of “the real thing”.

There are endless home theater customization options available; from chairs, to projectors, to speakers and lighting, you can craft your own one-of- a-kind viewing space. The result: a theater viewing experience designed to be your family’s dream basement hideaway and the perfect way to impress your friends.

Read on for inspiration from some of our previous home theater projects, and contact us today with questions on how to turn your home’s basement into the ultimate cinematic getaway.

Theatrical: Red wallpaper and a red velvet curtain create an Old World Hollywood feel in this spacious theater room.

Versatile: Sink into one of these plush red leather theater seats, or sit at the bar area with good snacks and great friends.

Sleek: Overhead lighting and glossy wood finishes give this room an almost futuristic glow.

Minimalist: No frills here, just a bright, personalized space to share your favorite film with a friend.

Grandios: This massive space is equipped with it’s own red carpet, bar and stools, and massive theater chairs you’ll love sinking into.

Denver’s First (and Only) Guide to Building the Perfect Home

Denver’s First (and Only) Guide to Building the Perfect Home

The most difficult part of the homebuilding process is not finding the right piece of land or building walls; it’s the waiting game. Our number one question from homeowners is always “How long will it take!?”

The truth: In 25 years of building homes, we have come to know one thing with certainty: Custom homes and remodels take time. Custom means that every single detail— layouts, fixtures, finishes, flooring, kitchens, bathrooms, patios, basements, garages— is 100% designed around you. It means that your home will be a distinct reflection of who you are, how you live, and what you love. For that reason, the wait will always be worth it.

Some days will be exciting, some days will be frustrating. Over the lifetime of a project, there are always ups and downs, but rest assured that we are working diligently behind the scenes to move everything along as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Read on for a brief overview of our custom home process, and what to expect as your new home transforms from renderings to reality!

DESIGN
We take into consideration all of your “must-haves”, your “I wants”, and your “wish I could haves” early in the design process. This is where we begin discussing how this home can be molded to suit your life, kids and pets.

SUGGESTION: Visit Houzz and start drawing some interior/exterior inspiration. Any photos you bring to us will help us understand your vision and how we can implement it!

CONTRACTS
We pride ourselves on 100% transparency with our clients…this step is no exception.

Because this is a 100% custom home, there will be changes and contingencies, but you will be kept up-to-date throughout the process. You will always know exactly where you are in your budget.

BIDS
Next we seek out bids from our subcontractors. Every aspect of your home build will be worked into the pricing here, including your foundation, cost of lumber, framing, types of windows, style of staircases… the list goes on. If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry! You’ll be advised every step of the way by each member of our team.

PERMITTING
Here comes the tricky part. The process can take up to 1-2 months, which can prove to be frustrating for an eager homeowner! Don’t fret… we’ll have plenty of work to distract us while we wait.

There are a lot of exciting decisions to make in regard to the look and style of your home, including all of the fun finishing details.

SUGGESTION: Take a vacation, and forget your permitting woes!

BREAKING GROUND
AT LAST,  it’s time to dig the hole for your custom home! This is a much more exciting process than it sounds. Let’s clink our glasses and celebrate the next chapter in your life’s journey.

FOUNDATION, FRAMING AND ROOF
Watch your dream home come to life! After the framing is complete, this fledgling structure will really begin to look like a home.

DRYWALL
Now, your house is no longer a pile of bones. With the help of drywall, your home’s interior will  begin to take shape.

TRIM AND CABINETS
Now is a good time to snap progress photos to send to your friends, and tease the final product!

INSTALLATION OF FINISHING DETAILS
We will help you source the right materials, fixtures and finishes to make each space perfectly you.

SUGGESTION: Meditate. We’re almost there!

CLEAN AND RECLEAN
The last steps before the final unveiling. We want to make sure your home looks it’s absolute best before move in.

CELEBRATION
WE DID IT!

SUGGESTION: Throw a housewarming party!

Building a Better Denver: TRP’s Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Building a Better Denver: TRP’s Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Building a Better Denver:
Why Timber Ridge Properties and Malarkey Roofing Support Denver’s Habitat for Humanity

 

Habitat for Humanity was born from the concept of “partnership housing,” an idea that centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build decent, affordable houses.

This idea of partnership extends beyond homeowner and volunteer to include corporate sponsors, affiliate organizations, job-training programs, and innovative recycling solutions for materials and resources. Since its conception in 1967, over 600 houses have been built in Denver alone, and millions of partnerships established.

In this article, we peer into Denver’s growing need for affordable housing; Restore’s role in funding Habitat for Humanity; and how building industry experts can fuel a better Denver (while benefiting their clients) through in-kind sponsorship.

THE FLIPSIDE OF DENVER’S GROWING ECONOMY
As population and economic growth continue to swell, the housing market has become increasingly competitive, pushing families in lower-income brackets to find shelter in spaces that most residents would deem unsuitable. Despite the Denver community’s best efforts to meet the growing need for affordable housing, there is still a large discrepancy between the number of low-income families and the availability of affordable living options.

HOUSING DENVER’S LOW INCOME FAMILIES
This is where programs such as Habitat for Humanity come into play. Through construction of low-cost housing, Habitat is able to provide affordable living solutions for low-income at-risk families throughout the area.

“People in our community, and all over the world, partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.  Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers, and pay an affordable mortgage.  With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.”

RESTORE DENVER
Restore was established as an affiliate organization and fundraising arm for Habitat for Humanity. The 5 Denver ReStore locations sell new and gently used home furnishings and materials to support Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, and 100% of store profits support Habitat‘s homeownership and home repair programs for the beneficiaries of the program. Additionally, the Denver ReStores offer internship and job training opportunities to the unemployed or disadvantaged, and recycle about 9 tons of usable materials daily, reducing landfill waste.

IN-KIND SPONSORSHIP
Habitat for Humanity and Restore Denver work with an array of corporate sponsors. For those in the building industry, In-Kind sponsorship allows the opportunity to contribute to Habitat for Humanity, while benefiting the client and reducing waste. Here’s what two industry experts have to say:

“Timber Ridge Properties has been a long-time partner of Habitat for Humanity. As a company that often performs major remodels on luxury homes, we often have building supplies leftover from completed projects, as well as used materials from our client’s homes. These materials range from gently used cabinetry to appliances, decorative pieces and everything in-between. The ReStore program is a great way to help our remodel homeowners dispose of used home items, AND do something that feels good for the community.”
—Marianne Wise, Timber Ridge Properties

“For Malarkey Roofing Products, providing contributions to Habitat for Humanity is a natural fit as a building materials manufacturer. Each year, Malarkey contributes to a variety of charities across the United States to provide safe homes and help children in need.”
—Bobby Lambrix, Malarkey Roofing Products®

A WELL-BUILT FUTURE
For the families that Habitat supports, having a safe and well-built home means having the ability to provide the shelter their family needs to survive. It means giving their children a place to interact, to learn, to grow and to experience life. The ReStore program gives local businesses, such as Timber Ridge Properties or Malarkey Roofing, the opportunity to help Denver’s Habitat for Humanity program provide its beneficiaries a hand up… not just a hand out.

To learn more about how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity, visit their website.