SPACES at Reunion models are coming (with winter’s cooperation).

by Shea Homes Colorado on March 12, 2015


Right now, Reunion visitors can get a taste of life here by visiting Shea’s SPACES model homes. But two more, Models 3554 and 3507 with new elevations, will make their grand debut in June, if Mother Nature plays nice.

1-DayONE-DiggingHole_2-2-15Day 1: Beautiful Day to Dig  

If everything goes perfectly, a home can be built from first dig to finish work in about 140 days. But, of course, Colorado weather is anything but predictable. Thankfully, a solid six-week stretch of terrific weather in January and February helped get the models rolling along. Lead Superintendent Keith McCann says frost can make the ground like concrete—which translates to more time and effort to dig the hole for the foundation.


Day 3: Mother Nature not cooperating!                        

2-DayTHREE-Delayed-2-4-15“Cold temperatures make everything go slower,” says Keith. “And snow is a problem, beyond the messiness and safety issues when things get slippery. If snow gets in the backfill, it creates a void, which you don’t want. When we put the soil back around the foundation, we try to achieve compaction that’s 95-98% of what nature has accomplished over 100 years.”

It’s an art, getting the compaction just right. If you don’t tamp enough, the backfill will settle over time, leading to pooling of water around the foundation. Not good. Too much, and you’ll stress the foundation that you just carefully poured, one wall at a time. Just to be sure, after backfilling, Shea brings in “a slew of engineers” to check quality and make sure this first, essential, step in the process is done just right.

Next up is underground plumbing and concrete pouring for the basement and garage. Again, good weather is critical. Temperatures must be above 32°. Once poured, an insulating blanket can help protect from both cold and snow.

Let the framing begin!

Next is the fun part, framing, when you start to see the shape of things to come. The process begins with a team of framers building the subfloor, then first floor with walls, then second floor with walls, and finally the roof trusses. (Roof material itself is added later.) If all goes well, framing can happen in a week. Weather can mess with the workers, but the wood—coated with adhesives—will dry out if it gets wet. Keith describes the completion of framing as “an ‘aah’ moment because then you can see the shell of the house. It feels like instant progress.” And at this point, those structural engineers come back again to confirm that what was planned was indeed installed.

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SPACES models are starting to take shape in Reunion.


After framing, all the internals come together, from drywall to paint touch-ups. But that’s another story for another month. Check back in June, when we’ll have final photos to share of the new models. And an invitation for you to come see them in person!

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