Remington Homes has claimed a niche market in Jefferson County, Colo.
By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media
By its own admission, Remington Homes is a small, local builder in the Denver metropolitan area. Family-owned and focused on craftsmanship, the company competes with major national players in its market. But its reputation and longevity has allowed the small builder to claim a large chunk of the market – especially when it comes to multifamily housing.
Focusing on customized and energy-efficient homes, Remington Homes is broadening its reach in the multifamily market in Colorado’s Jefferson County. “We are filling a niche that is not necessarily filled by the bigger builders,” says Steve Knoll, vice president of operations. “A lot of national builders are unwilling to touch that market because you have to build it precisely.”
Quality of construction is very important to the homeowner’s associations in that market and they have been known to get involved in litigation when the product is not built to meet the required standards, he explains. “When it comes to quality of construction, we make sure those products are built right,” Knoll adds. “We spend a lot of time building those homes to a high quality standard.”
Well versed in navigating the challenges and opportunities in Jefferson County, Remington Homes specializes in another product that many national builders don’t deliver – patio homes. This fall, the builder will break ground on its second Candelas project, a subdivision of 80 new patio homes in Jefferson County. “Every home is semi-custom and built-to-order,” Knoll says. “We take a lot of pride in giving our customers a greater selection when building their home.”
Remington Homes offers its signature customization program which allows future homeowners to participate in the design process. They can make structural changes to their home such as adding more bedrooms, extra storage space, a larger island in the kitchen and custom built-ins. They start off with choosing their appliances, cabinetry, flooring, lighting and electrical and plumbing.
Remington Homes gives them access to its design showroom with thousands of choices to personalize their home. The Patio Homes at CanyonView in Candelas offer flexible ranch style living priced between $500,000 and $600,000. Plans range in size from approximately 2,275 square feet to 3,553 square feet, two and three bedroom units with two and a half baths and an option for a fourth bedroom. They come with standard three-car garages and partially finished basements.
Candelas is Arvada’s largest and most complete master-planned community. Segmented into six different residential villages, it enjoys its own unique view of the surrounding landscape with glimpses of mountains, valleys and the downtown Denver skyline. In addition, Remington Homes is in the last phase of another development. Whisper Creek, also located in Jefferson County, is one of the largest projects that the company has built to date. Since 2007, when the project broke ground, Remington Homes has built more than 500 homes in Whisper Creek.
“They were a mix of everything – townhouses, patio homes and first time move-ups,” Knoll says. “Presently, there are about 20 homes under construction and we have six more homes to sell.” Starting at about $475,000, the Whisper Creek patio homes are a popular product. “It fits another niche not being filled by the national builders. We are trying to fill another underserved demographic of the market for the empty nester looking to move out of their older into a newer home with modern appliances.”
When it comes eco-friendly housing, Remington Homes takes great pride in building energy-efficient homes. All of its homes are certified by Energy Star. A new home that has earned the Energy Star label has undergone a process of inspections, testing and verification to meet strict requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency. “These homes cost less to operate because of the energy savings due to the better construction techniques we employ,” Knoll says.
Energy Star certified homes have better insulation. Remington Homes builds exterior walls that are two-by-six with an R22 insulation and its HVAC systems are specifically designed for the house based on the window size and design. It’s not a one size fits all. “It definitely makes us unique,” Knoll says. “Unfortunately, most buyers don’t buy a house based on energy consumption. But they appreciate it after they move in.”
Remington Homes prides itself on staying up-to-date with the latest energy efficient trends to ensure that its homes meet and often exceed Energy Star certifications. Since 2008, the company has built more than 737 Energy Star certified homes.
Remington Homes has been building homes in Colorado for more than 50 years. A third-generation family-owned company, it started as Pine Crest Homes, which was founded by Paul Hauptman in the early ‘60s. The company became Remington Homes under the leadership of Ron Hauptman, Paul’s son. Today, the company is still operated by the Hauptman family. The company takes satisfaction in providing a completely personalized experience with a level of customization that it believes far exceeds that of its competitors.