Monday, July 21, 2014

5 Reasons You Should Buy a Small House

This cute little 1,900 square foot house built by Berkeley Homes has won both local and national awards!

In an article written by Heather Levin of U.S. News & World Report, she explains why small homes are making a big come back! Taking a  look back you'll see that smaller homes historically were the norm for most Americans. In 1950, the average home size was 983 square feet compared to 2004, at the height of the building boom, where the average home size was 2,340 square feet. There's no doubt that small homes are seeing a resurgence as people realize how great they can be. Here are five reason Levin says you should consider a small home:

1. Small homes cost less. Think about what it costs to heat and cool a 3,000-square foot behemoth. Home-improvement projects such as repainting the exterior, replacing the roof or changing the flooring cost more because of the size of these homes.
Small homes, on the other hand, reduce expenses because of their size. A small home has smaller rooms to heat and cool, less square footage on the outside to paint and a smaller roof. You also save money on property taxes, since you have less square footage.
2. Small homes save time. It takes a significant amount of time to clean a big house and maintain the yard.
Living in a small home means you spend less time, week after week, on housecleaning and other home maintenance.
3. Smaller homes make it easier to live simply. When you have a smaller home, you have less space to store belongings. You are forced to make choices about what you keep and what you donate, sell or give away.
4. Smaller homes mean quality splurges. It costs a small fortune to upgrade countertops or replace cabinets and appliances in a restaurant-sized kitchen. Living in a small house means you can splurge on quality upgrades because you have less to buy.
5. Small homes may be easier to sell. Energy costs continue to rise. That means energy-efficient homes, especially small energy-efficient homes, will be in high demand in the future.

Perhaps next time you're in the market for a new home you'll consider a small home with all its time and cost savings over a McMansion!

To read the full article click here.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Long Time Client Century Community Goes Public

Rob and Dale Francescon ringing in the Opening Bell on Wall Street earlier this week!

Godden|Sudik wants to congratulate longtime client, Century Communities for going public yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange.  Since their inception in 2002, Godden|Sudik has valued working with Century and is excited to continue working with Century to create wonderful neighborhoods in the future.  We have won an amazing 20+ awards together both locally and nationally! Most recently Moniceto at Ridgegate won the coveted Neighborhood of the Year award at the HBA of Metro Denver's annual MAME awards last October. 

To read the full article in Builder Magazine click here

Friday, June 6, 2014

North Sky at Ridgegate Opens!!

Visit Berkeley Homes Newest Community In Lone Tree at Their Grand Opening This Weekend!

The modern front of the 5010 ranch plan.
The stunning rear of the 5040 plan.

Help Godden Sudik Architects,  Berkeley Homes and Harvard Communities celebrate the Grand Opening of their stunning new community June 7th and 8th at North Sky. Designed by Scott Sudik, these contemporary ranch and two-story luxury homes in Lone Tree are available now and selling fast! Sleek and modern, NorthSky is an intimate enclave of 33 homes offering four exceptionally livable floor plans that range from 2,453 to 3,811 square feet. Priced from the high $600s, these ranch and two-story homes all have oversized kitchen islands for entertaining, dramatic tile fireplaces that rise to the ceiling, walkout basements, and options to match any lifestyle! A few more standard amenities are:
  • All homes are built solar-ready
  • All homes meet Energy Star 3.0 standards
  • Dual furnaces come standard in two-story models
  • Homes on one side of street to maximize mountain views
  • Upgraded cabinets
  • Bosch appliances standard
  • High-end windows standard
  • Creative stucco, stone and siding exterior details
For more information about North Sky please check out Berkeley Homes and Harvard Communities websites. 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

1.6 Million Americans Are Living Without Indoor Plumbing

In a recent article written by Christopher Ingraham for the Washington Post,  "According to the latest American Community Survey, nearly 630,000 occupied households lack complete plumbing facilities, which means that they are without one or more of the following: a toilet, a tub or shower, or running water. The Census Bureau says that the average household contains 2.6 individuals, which means that today, in 2014, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, upwards of 1.6 million people are living without full indoor plumbing." (To view the full article click here.)

So why is this important? Complete plumbing facilities are defined as hot and cold running water, a flush toilet, and a bathtub or shower. Data collected by the this survey are used by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to identify areas eligible for public assistance programs and rehabilitation loans allowing the government to allocate Section 8 and other federal housing subsidies to local governments. These programs help to provide families with safe, decent, affordable, sanitary housing. Public health officials also use this information to locate areas in danger of ground water contamination and waterborne diseases.

So, the next time you use your indoor lavatory think of the 1.6 million Americans that don't have that luxury! And they don't all live in Alaska!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Latest Houzz Trends in Denver

This beautiful shower belongs to a stunning Spanish Casita in Ravenna.

Houzz recently hosted a seminar on current kitchen and bath design trends in the Denver market attended by Godden Sudik designers Alex Jewett and Doug Walter. Overall, 89% of people looking on Houzz are homeowners between the ages of 35 to 64. This age demographic is typically more established and has more disposable income providing them with more ability to change their living spaces. Of all Houzz's traffic, 8% of people are looking to build a new home with 20% looking to hire an Architect for their project. So, most Houzz seekers are remodeling or simply looking for ideas for their next project.

The immense photo galleries of kitchens and baths are a huge draw for idea seekers going to Houzz. 75% that visited Houzz are looking for a neutral kitchen. Younger buyers are interested in modern kitchens with the most popular trend right now being extra storage. According to Houzz, what people are really looking for is an abundance of storage in a cool way, such as an over sized pantry. As far as baths go, 40% of Houzz subscribers, are going tubless. They believe this trend may be due to a willingness to give up the tub in order to conserve space and achieve a luxury spa like bath. 80% of people prefer a glass shower enclosures and 45% of them like the frameless glass shower enclosures most. Over half of Houzz visitors want a window in their shower, like the beautiful shower pictured above, and almost half want sconces at their vanities. All these trends are easily achievable for your next remodel!

Check out Godden Sudik on Houzz by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Scott Sudik Wins Professional Builder 40 Under 40 Award!

This month's issue of Professional Builder acknowledges 40 outstanding individuals in the building industry all under the age of 40. Scott Sudik was nominated and picked from a prestigious group of industry professionals nationwide as one of this year's 40 Under 40.

These 40 represent the next generation of leadership and innovation in the home building industry and we are so proud to have Scott be part of this group!
To view the online addition of Professional Builder and see all the 40 Under 40 Winners please click here.

Monday, March 3, 2014

International Builders Show Recap

Over 82,000 industry professionals descended on Las Vegas the first week in February for the 50th annual International Builders Show (IBS). This year, IBS shared the convention center with the Kitchen & Bath Show (KBIS) for the very first time.  Principals Gary Godden and Paul Brady were part of the crowd, as was Senior Architect Doug Walter.  “IBS is the one show each year you MUST do, if you’re serious about keeping on top of new products and trends for housing”, said Brady.

Doug, Gary and Paul at the live design charette.

In addition to the 1,700 exhibitors spread out over the 650,000 square feet of exhibit halls, the conference offered a wealth of educational opportunities.  IBS offered 100 educational sessions across three days.  Among them was a session taught by Paul Brady, along with engineer Ed Fronapfel of SBSA, titled “Avoiding Construction Defects: 15 Lessons Learned the Hard Way”. Paul and Ed shared photos and case studies collected over the years, along with suggested details to improve construction quality.

This was the rare year in which Gary Godden did not present, so he had time to visit the New American Home 2014, an over-the-top idea house just completed in Las Vegas.  Gary reports “Each year they try to outdo last year’s show home, featuring the most innovative, sustainable, and aesthetic features. This year was no exception: a stunning 6,700 desert contemporary with outdoor living on three levels, a 16kw pv system that supplies 83% of the home’s energy, and a LEED Platinum rating”. A virtual tour is online at .

On the KBIS educational side, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Chief Executive Officer Bill Darcy boasted, “Our Voices of the Industry’ educational sessions sold out before the show opened”.  Doug Walter presented a course to the KBIS audience titled “Lighten Up! Daylighting your Kitchens & Baths”, which was a primer on the science and health benefits of natural light, illustrated with scores of good kitchen and bath examples from Godden|Sudik projects and others from around the US.

On the second day of the show, Gary, Paul, and Doug joined forces to participate in a live design charette right on the show floor in the South Hall. The charrette was focused on designing an accessible home for a deserving Army veteran, Sgt. Joseph Grabianowki.  The charette went from 9 to 5, while expo visitors stopped by to watch and comment on the plans throughout the day.  “This was the most rewarding part of this year’s show,” said Brady.  

USA Today wrote of Grabianowski, “So much of Joseph Grabianowski is gone; lost to war. Doctors nearly cut him in half to save him- the worst loss of lower body removal by amputation from either the Iraq or Afghanistan wars”. A Washington area non–profit, Building Homes for Heroes, will be building a new home for Grabianowski.

The Godden|Sudik home was a “contemporary colonial”; all brick and designed to fit into the character of its northern Virginia neighborhood.  An oversized two-car garage had plenty of space for a side-loading van, while all entries into the home are no-step doorways.  The heart of the home was a large L shaped great room/dining/kitchen space that opens to a screened back porch. The client had expressed the concern that the home not “look accessible”, so accessibility was discreetly designed throughout, and included things like hard surface flooring, three-foot doors, lever hardware, rocker switches, 34” counters with roll under spaces in strategic locations next to sink and rangetop, shower benches, hand-helds, and grab bars, among many other features.

Finally, Gary and Paul attended the 50+ Housing Council Awards ceremony, where Godden|Sudik’s Verona project picked up a Gold Award for “Best 50+ Attached Home up to 1800 Square Feet”. They also networked with industry colleagues from all over the country.  Gary has also accepted a nomination to the 50+ Housing Council Board for 2014-2015.