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.

Big News: Our Feature in Denver Life Home + Design

Big News: Our Feature in Denver Life Home + Design

This summer, we had the distinct honor of being featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Denver Life Home + Design for our luxurious laundry room redesign, aptly dubbed “Command Central”.

This multi-functional space was originally a part of the garage, and quickly became one of the first items on the new resident, Robin’s, to-do list.

Today, the 245-square-foot room serves as the stylish and functional epicenter for family activities. It hosts not one, but  two washer and dryer sets to facilitate the laundry needs of four children. The room is also an organizational heaven, with double trash bins, a broom closet, loads of custom cabinetry from Kitchen Traditions, a large island, open lockers and cubbies for each of the kids, an extra fridge, a laptop/ work area and a Blanco laundry sink from Dahl Distinctive Design.

“The whole laundry room was designed to enhance the operation of the kitchen and family lifestyle,” Marianne Wise explains. “We did have some fun with other rooms in the house as well, but the show is all in that laundry room.”

Robin’s favorite design element are cabinets lining the space. In contrast to the cabinets in the rest of the house, which are a dark wood, these are a gorgeous, light buttercream maple.

The renovated room has become a favorite space, even with guests. “Every time people come through our home, their reaction is ‘Oh, my gosh!’ ” Robin adds. “My friends can’t wait to hang out in it.”

Click here to visit the Denver Life Home + Design website, and view the full write-up.

 

Colorado Custom Homes: The Devil is in The Details

Colorado Custom Homes: The Devil is in The Details

A home is more than a structure– it’s a tangible and technical representation of the family that inhabits it, and the life that they’ve created. Your home should tell a story, and communicate your sense of style.

When it comes to creating the perfect custom Colorado home, the delight is truly in the details. From bespoke tilework to personalized iron finishes, the smallest design details often make the strongest visual impact. Take a tour through some of our favorite projects to start dreaming up your perfect details.

Your foyer is your home’s chance to make an impactful first impression. Custom tilework is an excellent way to draw attention inward, while creating a beautiful focal point within the grand entrance of your home.

We cannot get enough of these incredible wood ceiling beams, complete with hand-carved detailing and an elegant iron chandelier. Beam accents are a great way to draw the eye upward to the lovely vaulted ceilings.

Elegant, sophisticated, and just plain fun! Paired with unique iron balusters, this staircase spans three stories and is the perfect visual pop, no matter what floor you’re viewing from.

You might not be able to fly to Napa this weekend, but you can certainly bring the wine country to you. In this home, custom iron accents frame the wine cellar entryway, bringing a little California flare to a Colorado home. We love layering different materials and patterns, like angular stone and whimsically curled vine detailing.

Whether you’re an expert in the kitchen or a chef in-training, an elegant custom backsplash will make you feel like you’re cooking in a 5-star restaurant. Bonus detailing: Check out the gorgeous carved wood piece above the backsplash, adding an extra pop of sophistication!