LOVELAND – When Douglas and Lynne DeNio started house hunting, they knew what they wanted. It was imperative that their next home be low maintenance, as well as energy efficient and designed in such a way as to enhance day-to-day living.
“We could find those features in other homes,” Lynne said, explaining that plenty of homes on the market include one or two of those features, but Boulder Creek was the only builder they found currently offering all three. A retired engineer and an artist respectively, Douglas and Lynne refused to drop their high standards. Boulder Creek’s easyHouse homes, like those featured at The Lakes at Centerra, made it so they didn’t have to.
“We like the easyHouse concept,” Douglas said. Lynne followed up by stating that she is certainly looking forward to having outdoor maintenance, like snow shoveling, taken care of for her. “We’ve done that for enough years,” she said. “We’re ready to give that up!”
Management of the majority of outdoor maintenance was one of the things on their wish list. Thanks to Boulder Creek, they won’t have to spend their free time doing yard work. Even gutter cleaning and window washing will be taken care of on their behalf. That means more time to spend with their children in Denver and Fort Collins, and more free weekends to enjoy all the beauty the Front Range has to offer.
As for energy efficiency, the DeNios were pleased with Boulder Creek’s commitment to minimal environmental impact. The Lakes at Centerra offers stunning views throughout the property, boasting two lakes, natural wetlands and close-by hiking trails. The entire community has been designed in such a way as to preserve the rustic charm of the landscape. What’s more, the homes have been constructed to be energy efficient, keeping utility bills low while further reducing environmental impact.
The last item on the DeNio’s wish list was a layout that would make day-to-day living easier, and Boulder Creek delivered in spades. Talking about the homes at The Lakes at Centerra, Linda said, “These redefined the meaning of ‘patio home’ for me.”
Boulder Creek’s easyHouse design centers on the idea that your home should enhance daily life. To that end, the homes at the Lakes at Centerra have been laid out with a focus on main floor living. The kitchen, living space, exterior entrances, laundry room, master suite and a guest suite are all situated on the main floor. There’s no need to hoof it up and down a flight of stairs repeatedly throughout the day. The most used spaces are all close at hand. Additionally, the homes feature some nice, unexpected details like wide-set doors and hallways, no-threshold exterior entrances, and slightly higher wall sockets and countertops.
But the attention to detail doesn’t stop there. The brilliance of an easyHouse is convenience paired with flexibility. These homes come with a finished lower level which includes a large space for entertaining, another guest bedroom, and an additional space that can be utilized in a variety of ways. Lynne plans to set up her in-home studio in this space.
Of course, location is always a concern when buying a new home, and The Lakes at Centerra is ideally situated. The Promenade Shops at Centerra are mere minutes away, giving residents their pick of over 25 restaurants, as well as a wide variety of retail options. And with access to I-25 close by, the location is as flexible as the easyHouse homes, themselves.
As if fully meeting their dream list weren’t enough, the DeNios made it a point to mention how easy the Boulder Creek team has been to work with. “We’re really detailed people,” Douglas said. “We asked tons of questions.” Time and again, the sales staff came through, providing quick, thorough answers and making the buying process as smooth as possible. “We swore we’d never [build]again,” Lynne said, “but this is different. They’ve done the hard part. We just do the fun stuff.”
The DeNios are eager to move into their new home, and it’s little wonder why. The easyHouse homes at The Lakes at Centerra certainly have a lot to offer.
If you’re currently looking for a low maintenance, energy efficient home that will actually enhance your day-to-day life, The Lakes at Centerra is one community you don’t want to overlook. Perhaps you’ll find your dream home there, too.
For more information about Boulder Creek’s easyHouse, including a limited number or quick move-in homes, or The Lakes at Centerra, contact Jill McGarity or Donna Lu Gamberg at 970.818.5254, or visit easyhouseforlife.com.
Boulder Creek: Easy Low Maintenance at The Lakes at Centerra
By Adam Martin, At Home