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New Builder Challenges Nationals with Fresh Product

PROFESSIONAL BUILDER – “Contemporary design” doesn’t have a specific meaning for Chris Presley. But the homes she’s building at the Leyden Rock master planned community in Denver—which include a Modern Prairie elevation—are selling like hotcakes. Presley started Epic Homes, in Littleton, Colo., about 15 months ago and opened models at Leyden Rock in April 2016.At press time, 13 of 52 detached homes were sold, priced from $476,900 to $539,900 for 2,361 to 3,498 square feet.

“Leyden Rock is the second most active master planned community in Denver, after Stapleton,” says Presley. “A lot of big national builders are there. Since we opened our models, we’ve been No. 2 in sales.”

Presley collaborated with KGA on the Leyden Rock houses. “From an elevation standpoint, KGA did a phenomenal job,” she says. “But from an interior design/floor plan perspective, a lot of what’s resonating with our buyers is the thoughtful use of space.”

Epic Homes utilizes more windows than competing builders. “It costs extra but makes a difference,” Presley says, “and in this price point, people notice it.”

Architectural color consultant Rick Overby also helped Epic up its game. “Rick understands that the quality of light in Colorado is more intense,” says KGA’s Jerry Gloss. “If you go too light [with the colors] it almost blinds you.” The color blocking and the textures of the materials are orchestrated to give the Summit “a little more zip from the curb,” Gloss says.

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