LOVELAND – If you’re like most people, you already have a mental picture of your dream home. After all, your home is an integral part of your life. It’s more than the place you keep your things or where you sleep each night. It’s where you live.
And, if you’re like most people, it can be challenging to find the right home. The goal is a house that contributes to your lifestyle, making your daily routine easier. Ideally, your home will grow with you as your needs evolve. It’s a tall order – so tall that many families resign themselves to the hassle of moving every few years, concluding that no home can deliver so much.
But what if your next house were designed to allow for unparalleled levels of flexibility and convenience, built to the highest standards, and located in a dynamic, beautiful neighborhood?
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, one of Colorado’s most highly regarded home builders, has been hard at work crafting homes like those described above. They are one of four builders contributing to The Lakes at Centerra neighborhood right here in Loveland, and their easyHouse homes represent a blend of low maintenance, stylish design and lifestyle enhancement that’s a rare find.
What sets an easyHouse apart from other homes? Chiefly three things. First, like all Boulder Creek communities throughout Colorado, easyHouse at The Lakes is a low-maintenance community, meaning the vast majority of outdoor maintenance is handled on behalf of the homeowner. Yard work, snow removal and even gutter cleaning are chores of the past in an easyHouse, providing homeowners with the most precious commodity of all: time.
“We like to ask our buyers what they’d do with an extra 4-6 hours of free time each week,” says Community Sales Manager Jill McGarity. “Often times, they’re stumped to come up with an answer, because they’ve never really considered the true time savings that would add up without the burden of exterior home maintenance.”
The second distinguishing characteristic of an easyHouse is an emphasis on main floor living. The main floor of these homes has been laid out in a way that minimizes the need to climb up and down the stairs frequently. The most commonly used areas of the home are all located on the main floor, including the master suite, a second bedroom suite, the living area, laundry room, kitchen, garage and all exterior entrances.
Though it focuses on main floor living, an easyHouse is not your ordinary ranch-style floorplan. Careful attention has been given to creating spaces that will work with a variety of living styles and interior design approaches. You won’t find living rooms in an easyHouse that force one or two furniture arrangements. Have you ever walked through a home and noticed that the builder has decided where your dining room table will be placed for you? easyHouse lets you decide where to place it.
While the main floors of easyHouse homes incorporate a flexible layout, each home also includes a fully-finished lower level complete with a large entertaining area, a guest bedroom, a bathroom and an additional space that can be used as another bedroom or hobby space. It’s perfect for large gatherings, over-night guests or families with children.
At Boulder Creek, these design elements are referred to as “right-sizing”. The idea is that residents have easy access to extra space when it’s needed, whether that’s every day or only from time to time. This completely eliminates the need to choose between a large home built for entertaining or downsize to a much smaller home and sacrifice precious space.
The second distinguishing characteristic of an easyHouse fits well with the first: an emphasis on main floor living. While it’s nice to have the additional space of a fully finished lower level, the main floor of these homes has been laid out in a way that minimizes the need to climb up and down the stairs frequently. The most commonly used areas of the home are all located on the main floor, including the master suite, a second bedroom suite, the living area, laundry room, kitchen, garage and all exterior entrances.
Furthermore, careful attention has been given to creating spaces that will work with a variety of interior design approaches. You won’t find living rooms in easyHouse homes that force one or two furniture arrangements. If you’ve ever walked through a home and noted there’s only one suitable place for the TV, you’ll appreciate the flexibility of Boulder Creek’s floor plans.
Finally, easyHouse homes set themselves apart by allowing for plenty of elbow room in all the right places. For example, the halls and doorways are all wide-set. The countertops and toilets are slightly raised. There are no thresholds at exterior entrances. Even the outlets have been positioned a little higher than usual on the walls. The adjustments are subtle—so much so that you’re not likely to notice them overtly unless they’re pointed out. However, the result is a home that’s easier to move about in. You simply don’t have to bend as far to plug in your phone, and residents or guests with mobility issues will have no trouble navigating throughout.
easyHouse is available now at the Lakes at Centerra, with several homes ready for quick move-in over the next few months. On pace for completion this spring, Boulder Creek’s townhomes will be offering a limited pre-sale release in the near future.
Interested buyers are encouraged to visit The Lakes at Centerra at 2792 Cub Lake Drive and discover the Boulder Creek difference for themselves. Two easyHouse model homes are open and available for viewing. Contact Jill McGarity or Donna Lu Gamberg at 970.818.5254, or visit www.easyHouseforLife.com for photos, virtual tours and more information.
The Lakes at Centerra: easyHouse by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods offers a blend of low maintenance, stylish design and lifestyle enhancement
By Adam Martin, At Home. Photography provided by Boulder Creek Neighborhoods.