spaces at reunion

A Grand Opening worth the (small) wait

by Shea Homes Colorado on July 7, 2015

 

Crazy, rainy spring weather pushed it back a week, but the two new, Shea SPACES model homes made their debut at a Grand Opening on June 27. Mother Nature is always the wild card in home construction, but thankfully, winter was fairly easygoing. Nonstop spring rains were the only hitch in a generally very smooth process.

At the Grand Opening, visitors were enthusiastic about the modern architecture, open plans, meticulous finish work, and inspiring décor by award-winning HRi Design, seen in these photos.

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Exterior of the model 3554, which offers 3-4 bedrooms, including a spacious master bedroom and bathroom.

 

 

 

 

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Strategic use of natural light makes every room more beautiful and livable.

 

 

 

 

 

Shea-SPACES-3554-LoftFlexible spaces, like this loft, can be customized as playrooms, media rooms, book nooks or offices.

 

 

 

 

 

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A main floor study, upstairs loft, and 3-5 bedrooms make the 3507 plan a favorite with growing families.

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When the kitchen, dining and living areas flow, so do the parties.

 

 

 

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Homework, bill paying, working at home…there’s room for it all in this generously sized study.

Of course, photos can never fully do a home justice—the walkthrough is the true test of whether a home feels right for your family. So what are you waiting for? Grab some directions, and head over for a tour soon. Hours are Mondays from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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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, [read more…]

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