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Custom Homes for Denver Horse Property
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If you would like a special custom home for your Colorado horse property, be prepared to spend at least a year getting it right!  Here's an overview of the process.

Hiring an architect prior to your search for a lovely ranch in Denver, midst Jefferson or Douglas County real estate, or a horse property in Colorado anywhere can steer you away from expensive problems.  But if you have already purchased your beautiful piece of Colorado land with great Rocky Mountain views, an architect will assure that the custom Colorado home design and land features will bring out the best. 

After the land selection, you and the architect work together to create a house program.  This is a list of the requirements such as the necessary rooms and room sizes, how the spaces relate to one another, where you want the best views and sunlight, factors like solar heat, low maintenance, and a special style.  Your notes, photos, and magazine clippings can help communicate your desires to the architect who will estimate the size of the proposed home and estimated cost based on your information.  If the proposed cost is not within the budget, the program is revised before proceeding.

The architect begins the design process by visiting the site, studying its character, driveway access, solar orientation, views, locations of neighboring homes and any special site features and creating a site analysis.  The architect can refer you to qualified surveyors and soil engineers for the site survey and septic requirements and he will familiarize himself with design covenants and other subdivision restrictions. 

Based on the site analysis and the house program, work begins on a design, first with a sketch of site plans showing house location and driveway access, house plans showing room layouts and sizes, and elevations showing a rough concept for the exterior of the house for you to review and refine with him.  Then the final design is drawn at a larger scale, incorporating structural and mechanical considerations, and a study model may be built so you can view the design from all angles.

Next comes the set of construction drawings, which includes a site plan, foundation plan, floor plans, exterior elevations, building sections, details, framing and roof plans, and interior elevations, and a mechanical/electrical layout.  Heat loss and energy calculations as required by the building department are provided, and a written specification is developed covering quality of materials and workmanship.  The construction drawings are used to obtain a building permit, for bidding, and by the contractor and sub-contractors.  (For the sake of your timelines, be aware that subdivision architectural reviews can be time-consuming.)

A contracted engineer will size beams and detail the structural requirements of the home. This work is coordinated by the architect but billed to the owner as a separate expense.  Certain features in a custom home are difficult to specify or bid at this early stage in the project and are handled as allowance items.  Allowances are used for floor coverings, cabinets, appliances, light fixtures, hardware, spas and other owner-selected finishes.

During construction the architect makes periodic visits to the job site on your behalf, but the contractor and building inspectors are the ones responsible for the quality of work.  You will find yourself making lots of "little" decisions like choosing the color and door style of the cabinets and the light fixture for the front entry; an alternate route is to hire an interior designer to choose, especially if you would also like help with interior furnishings.  Landscape usually comes with basics and a landscaping contractor can suggest designs and prices to embellish it with the rock garden of your dreams.  The owner is responsible for all financial arrangements, typically both a construction loan and permanent financing.  

Some people love getting very involved in the whole process; others find it stressful or too time-consuming.  Just know yourself.  To do the job right with the enduring results you are looking for, the artisans (yourself included) need the time to do the job right.  It is worth it.


Denver area Colorado homes  for Sale

$19,500,000
10687 Evans Ridge RD
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1070850
$18,950,000
451 Three Meadows Lane
Evergreen, CO 80439
Listing #: 1103241
$18,000,000
6917 TIMBERS DR
Evergreen, CO 80439
Listing #: 1102208
$15,000,000
21 SUNSET DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1075756
$12,250,000
6225 S Fraser ST
Centennial, CO 80016
Listing #: 953915
$10,500,000
25 Downing ST PH1
Denver, CO 80218
Listing #: 1052869
$10,000,000
31 ALBION PL
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1112349
$9,200,000
9 CHERRY HILLS PARK DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1108296
$7,900,000
19 ARROWLEAF CT
Boulder, CO 80304
Listing #: 1120244
$7,900,000
5700 PIEDMONT DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80111
Listing #: 1059545
$7,200,000
10 BLACKMER RD
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1083913
$7,000,000
1275 SILVERTIP LN
Evergreen, CO 80439
Listing #: 1079891
$6,995,000
4855 S EL CAMINO DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80111
Listing #: 1060476
$6,985,000
4651 ELDORADO SPRINGS DR
Boulder, CO 80303
Listing #: 1094494
$6,900,000
8 CHURCHILL DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1093968
$6,500,000
2743 N FLINTWOOD RD
Franktown, CO 80116
Listing #: 1010630
$6,500,000
165 GREEN ROCK DR
Boulder, CO 80302
Listing #: 1062567
$6,000,000
4322 SUNSHINE CANYON DR
Boulder, CO 80302
Listing #: 1087264
$5,995,000
6880 SAINT VRAIN RD
Longmont, CO 80503
Listing #: 1083937
$5,995,000
5860 BOULDER HILLS DR
Longmont, CO 80503
Listing #: 1103239
$5,900,000
7497 N Foothills Highway
Boulder, CO 80302
Listing #: 1108091
$5,900,000
4 Haystack ROW
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1006535
$5,900,000
5 MOCKINGBIRD LN
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1021800
$5,900,000
680 S UNIVERSITY BLVD
Denver, CO 80209
Listing #: 1112812
$5,900,000
18 CHERRY HILLS PARK DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1098654
$5,800,000
10 Kutsu Ridge RD
Florissant, CO 80816
Listing #: 1014377
$5,600,000
2074 Summit ST
Franktown, CO 80107
Listing #: 1097690
$5,500,000
450 WESTWOOD DR
Denver, CO 80206
Listing #: 1115182
$5,500,000
Wrangler TRL
Littleton, CO 80127
Listing #: 1020802
$5,500,000
Ohio Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230
Listing #: 1117285
$5,495,000
1536 ELK VIEW RD
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1061070
$5,449,000
1 EAGLE POINTE LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1110777
$5,300,000
918 NORTHRIDGE CT
Golden, CO 80401
Listing #: 1110183
$5,300,000
450 Peerless DR
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Listing #: 1017186
$5,295,000
26 CHERRY HILLS PARK DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1099573
$5,289,000
LARIMER ST
Dolores, CO 80202
Listing #: 1114029
$5,250,000
One Willow Bridge RD
Vail, CO 81657
Listing #: 1064284
$5,195,000
10 N C Lazy U Homesteads GRV
Granby, CO 80446
Listing #: 1062398
$5,000,000
6700 E SCOTT AVE
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 983655
$5,000,000
32300 WOODLAND DR
Evergreen, CO 80439
Listing #: 1113231
$19,500,000
10687 Evans Ridge RD
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 1070850
$18,950,000
451 Three Meadows Lane
Evergreen, CO 80439
Listing #: 1103241
$18,000,000
6917 TIMBERS DR
Evergreen, CO 80439
Listing #: 1102208
$15,000,000
21 SUNSET DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1075756
$12,250,000
6225 S Fraser ST
Centennial, CO 80016
Listing #: 953915
$10,500,000
25 Downing ST PH1
Denver, CO 80218
Listing #: 1052869
$10,000,000
31 ALBION PL
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1112349
$9,200,000
9 CHERRY HILLS PARK DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1108296
$7,900,000
19 ARROWLEAF CT
Boulder, CO 80304
Listing #: 1120244
$7,900,000
5700 PIEDMONT DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80111
Listing #: 1059545
$7,200,000
10 BLACKMER RD
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1083913
$7,000,000
1275 SILVERTIP LN
Evergreen, CO 80439
Listing #: 1079891
$6,995,000
4855 S EL CAMINO DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80111
Listing #: 1060476
$6,985,000
4651 ELDORADO SPRINGS DR
Boulder, CO 80303
Listing #: 1094494
$6,900,000
8 CHURCHILL DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1093968
$6,500,000
2743 N FLINTWOOD RD
Franktown, CO 80116
Listing #: 1010630
$6,500,000
165 GREEN ROCK DR
Boulder, CO 80302
Listing #: 1062567
$6,000,000
4322 SUNSHINE CANYON DR
Boulder, CO 80302
Listing #: 1087264
$5,995,000
6880 SAINT VRAIN RD
Longmont, CO 80503
Listing #: 1083937
$5,995,000
5860 BOULDER HILLS DR
Longmont, CO 80503
Listing #: 1103239
$5,900,000
7497 N Foothills Highway
Boulder, CO 80302
Listing #: 1108091
$5,900,000
4 Haystack ROW
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1006535
$5,900,000
5 MOCKINGBIRD LN
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1021800
$5,900,000
680 S UNIVERSITY BLVD
Denver, CO 80209
Listing #: 1112812
$5,900,000
18 CHERRY HILLS PARK DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1098654
$5,800,000
10 Kutsu Ridge RD
Florissant, CO 80816
Listing #: 1014377
$5,600,000
2074 Summit ST
Franktown, CO 80107
Listing #: 1097690
$5,500,000
450 WESTWOOD DR
Denver, CO 80206
Listing #: 1115182
$5,500,000
Wrangler TRL
Littleton, CO 80127
Listing #: 1020802
$5,500,000
Ohio Creek
Gunnison, CO 81230
Listing #: 1117285
$5,495,000
1536 ELK VIEW RD
Larkspur, CO 80118
Listing #: 1061070
$5,449,000
1 EAGLE POINTE LN
Castle Rock, CO 80108
Listing #: 1110777
$5,300,000
918 NORTHRIDGE CT
Golden, CO 80401
Listing #: 1110183
$5,300,000
450 Peerless DR
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Listing #: 1017186
$5,295,000
26 CHERRY HILLS PARK DR
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113
Listing #: 1099573
$5,289,000
LARIMER ST
Dolores, CO 80202
Listing #: 1114029
$5,250,000
One Willow Bridge RD
Vail, CO 81657
Listing #: 1064284
$5,195,000
10 N C Lazy U Homesteads GRV
Granby, CO 80446
Listing #: 1062398
$5,000,000
6700 E SCOTT AVE
Parker, CO 80134
Listing #: 983655
$5,000,000
32300 WOODLAND DR
Evergreen, CO 80439
Listing #: 1113231


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