By Matthew Power This small home fits in nicely with fellow plans in a traditional neighborhood development-style community. Larry Parker, project manager and architect with Arlo Braun & Associates, says the 1,941-square-foot model has proven very popular. Its handsome façade, with a large porch opening directly onto the sidewalk, resonates with buyers.

"We were looking to create a historic exterior with a modern interior, where great room, dining room, and kitchen open to increase the sense of space. And each house has a modest master suite," says Parker.

Selling for $232,900, the Monroe costs $77 per square foot to build, with land costs of $36,000 to prepare the 44-by-95-foot lot. The development will include 931 units, and about one-fourth of those will be single-family homes similar in size to the Monroe.

"In retrospect, one of the challenges in siting homes like these in a community this dense is drainage," notes Parker. "Grading and drainage is critical, especially where you have the option of an attached or detached garage. We found that achieving the necessary grade is easier when you have a detached garage. Putting attached product next to detached is challenging."

Category: Production/Semi-custom, less than 2,000 square feet; Entrant/Architect/ Land Planner: Arlo Braun & Associates, Denver; Builder: New Town Builders, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Developer: Landcraft Communities, Highlands Ranch; Landscape Architect: Nuszer Kopatz, Denver; Interior Designer: Designworks, Denver

Photo: Michael Peck Studio

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