First homes set pace for Hayden subdivision |

First homes set pace for Hayden subdivision

Tamera Manzanares

Paul Flood has built large homes with expansive rooms and oversized garages, but he had something different in mind for a 13-acre meadow just south of Hayden Valley Elementary School.

There, he envisioned a cozy neighborhood of energy-efficient, cottage-style homes that would accommodate more residents’ pocketbooks.

“I kind of see in my mind’s eye what I want this to look like,” said Flood, who is constructing two homes that will help set the pace for The Meadow neighborhood.

The homes, which should be complete in January, are the first of what eventually will be 28 single-family homes on lots ranging from .14 to .42 acres.

One lot, on the corner of Poplar Street and the neighborhood street, Shady Lane, is zoned commercial. Flood is eyeing that space for a possible day care center, which would help attract families to the neighborhood, he said.

The two homes being built are on .14-acre lots and will be 1,300 square feet and 1,400 square feet. Flood is working out pricing but said the homes will start at $199,900.

To maintain consistency in the overall look and feel of the neighborhood, Flood plans to build most of the homes himself.

Patterned after traditional cottages and bungalows often seen on the East Coast, the homes will be painted in warm, earthy colors and will have prominent, welcoming front porches, he said.

“I just wanted to try something different. … Those kind of homes just have a timeless feel,” he said.

To give living spaces more character, Flood included built-in shelves and benches, window seats and computer/homework nooks throughout the homes.

“It just breaks up the walls,” he said. “I think it adds interest.”

Both homes are two stories and have three bedrooms. One home has 2.5 bathrooms and the other has two full bathrooms. The homes are heated with a gas fireplace on the main floors, supplemented by electric heat on the second floors.

To help future owners save on energy costs, Flood opted for foam Corbond insulation, a cellular, plastic material that provides a high resistance to heat flow. It also helps keep the home cool in the summer, Flood said.

“I think you have to build stuff so you can afford to heat it,” he said.

Various sized windows were placed in areas that take advantage of open views around Hayden as well as prime sunlight throughout the day. Flood is investigating the possibility of including solar power on future homes in the neighborhood.

For privacy, Flood plans to plant trees between windows facing other homes, as well as in areas between the neighborhood and the elementary school.

He will do some landscaping around homes and will encourage new homeowners to save on water costs by xeriscaping, he said.

One- or two-car garages either will be detached and behind the homes or attached and set back from the front of the homes. Flood may wait to build garages on the first two homes, he said.

“I’m trying to let people buy the house and not bite off garage costs if all they can afford is the house,” he said.

Flood plans to build four or five more homes in the neighborhood in 2005. Homes in the development will be a variety of sizes, as much as about 2,500 square feet.

One of the biggest advantages of the neighborhood is its location, which is close to the schools and downtown Hayden and just across the street from the planned Dry Creek Park.

Approved last spring, The Meadow development appears to fit with the town of Hayden’s goals for smart growth, laid out in a series of community meetings. During a town presentation Nov. 15, residents confirmed that growth should be compact and should happen from the town’s core outward, with infilling between downtown and outlying developments.

Flood also was encouraged by residents’ feelings when it came to the character of neighborhoods, which many felt should be composed of tree-lined streets and traditional homes.

“I think when it is built out, it will be an asset to Hayden,” Flood said.

Call Flood at 879-1726.

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