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Old 05-10-2015, 09:26 PM
 
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We are moving to COS and looking for a place to live. We are have no commute/school restriction so are open to live anywhere in the area. Stumbled across a couple of houses that we liked. But since we know nothing about the area, it would be good to some follows opinions of the development. The HOA didn't seem to bad, given what the say was included. We are from back east so is it much more windy there than closer to I25?

What is the reputation of the builders - Windsor Ridge, Classic, and Oakwood Homes?

Thanks!

Ed
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Downtown Co Springs
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Definitely more windy, and it's really really far away from the center of town. The developers are one of the main ones perpetuating the uncontrollable sprawl (which is why we have roads riddled with potholes). Not sure on their build quality though. Maybe they are great homes. Have you looked into Gold Hill Mesa? Great views, much more attention put on building a real neighborhood.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:54 PM
 
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IMO those builders are not the "A" list of local builders; the "A" list is Keller, Symphony, Vanguard and a few others.

I suggest area like Pine Creek, Cordera, Wolf Ranch, Briargate, etc.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:27 PM
 
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My sister just moved into a home in Banning Lewis and so far she has been very pleased with Classic Homes, but her previous home was with Richmond Homes and she thought they were terrible.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:35 PM
 
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My sister just moved into a home in Banning Lewis and so far she has been very pleased with Classic Homes, but her previous home was with Richmond Homes and she thought they were terrible.
When we bought a new home here ten years ago our realtor was adamant that R-A homes were junk and she wouldn't show us anything they sold.

We've had some horror stories in here from people who weren't happy with their Classic home, but we looked at their models and liked them and there are a lot of people here who are happy as hell with their Classic home. What we always seem to realize is that the quality of some sub-contractors is where things can go awry, with any builder.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:23 PM
 
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We built a Richmond Home three years ago and are very happy with the build quality. (In fact, we are looking at possibly building with Richmond again in Arizona.) We did a lot of research before choosing a builder - we visited models and flushed toilets (listening for the sound of water running through the pipes in the walls), slammed doors, and stomped around on various floors (we had teenagers and sound carrying from floor to floor was a big concern). We looked into who they bought goods from (i.e., who supplied their plumbing fixtures, lighting, flooring, etc.) to check the quality of the materials. We interviewed the construction supervisor who would be overseeing our build before signing the contract, talked to other people who had recently moved into homes he had recently worked on and visited the build site two or three times a week after framing started to stay on top of what was going on. We made sure we were there the day the tile was installed - we did a lot of upgraded tile and were specific about the width of grout joints, laying most of the floor tile on the diagonal, where the glass and marble mosaic accent tiles should be placed, etc. and being there avoided a lot of errors! We also had the home inspected after framing and before closing by a good home inspector.

All production builders can build great homes, mediocre quality homes and shoddy homes, depending on who is overseeing the trades doing the actual work. The more care that goes into the building of it, the better the home will be. It pays to vet and build a relationship with the construction supervisor on your build and be really involved every step of the way. Visit a few models from builders you are interested in at different neighbourhoods, too, and really check out the quality of construction.

Banning Lewis Ranch was on our short list when we were looking to build and I liked what I learned about Oakwood Homes when I did my research. After living in Falcon, though, I decided I couldn't take the wind anymore or having to drive into town to shopping and dining every few days. (And even if we hadn't had kids in school, school quality is important for resale value and affects home appreciation so we opted to look in District 20.)
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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My sister just moved into a home in Banning Lewis and so far she has been very pleased with Classic Homes, but her previous home was with Richmond Homes and she thought they were terrible.
As a former Richmond home owner I'll verify that my experience with them was terrible. We bought new home in Parker many years back. After months of promises, it took a call to 850 KOA's Tom Martino "The Trouble Shooter" show to get items that had been noted during walk-through repaired. This was almost 2 years later after struggling with them week-after-week. I'll never have anything to do with Richmond again. I'm not even sure if they're still building in CO. I'm happy for those that have had a positive experience with Richmond, but once was enough for me.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:30 AM
 
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Banning Lewis Ranch was on our short list when we were looking to build and I liked what I learned about Oakwood Homes when I did my research. After living in Falcon, though, I decided I couldn't take the wind anymore or having to drive into town to shopping and dining every few days. (And even if we hadn't had kids in school, school quality is important for resale value and affects home appreciation so we opted to look in District 20.)
You are very smart on your building. Thank you for them.

The wind is a consern at BLR for us.... But I think the deal broker might be the property taxes there -they seem a lot there then other places.
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Old 05-21-2015, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs area
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IMO those builders are not the "A" list of local builders; the "A" list is Keller, Symphony, Vanguard and a few others.

I suggest area like Pine Creek, Cordera, Wolf Ranch, Briargate, etc.
Those are good areas and builders but it does depend on what you can afford and need. You can find decent homes at cheaper prices in the North Falcon area --- not so windy. It all depends also how well the person took care of it. Now if you are buying a new home that is a different story. Myself, I prefer to buy one that is a few years old.
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