on the east, Conifer and Aspen Park on the
south, and Genesee and Lookout Mountain
on the north. Many Evergreen residents
choose to live here to take advantage of
numerous recreational activities.
Another enviably located mountain town is
Morrison. The small town is located along
U.S. 285 and has only about 500 residents.
Tourism is the town’s major industry. Visitors stop by on their way back from Red
Rocks to enjoy its restaurants, outdoor recreation and rock concerts. Nearby attractions
include Bandimere Speedway, a multi-use
speedway, and Dinosaur Ridge, a world-renowned outdoor paleontology museum.
Another scenic mountain community is
the City of Boulder in Boulder County,
located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Boulder is sometimes humorously
described as “the city nestled between the
mountains and reality.” Boulder’s elevation reaches 5,430 feet and has acres of
vast open space for residents to play in. Its
location, 35 miles northwest of downtown
Denver, makes it a good place for business
but with outdoor amenities Coloradans
love. Boulder is one of Colorado’s centers
of commerce, education, research and
recreation, and home to the University of
Colorado. The pedestrian-only Pearl Street
Mall features sidewalk cafes, galleries,
boutiques and street performers, attracting
visitors and locals alike.
Another enjoyable mountain town is
Nederland, located 17 miles west and an
impressive 3,000 feet above Boulder. It is
the largest town along the Peak-to-Peak
Scenic Byway that runs more than 55
miles from Black Hawk/Central City to
Estes Park—one of the most scenic drives
in the state, and perhaps the country.
Those who take the route will pass ghost
towns, the Golden Gate Canyon State
Park, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area,
Longs Peak ( 14,255 feet) and Rocky
Mountain National Park. Nederland residents are also lucky enough to be able to
cross-country ski or snowshoe in the backcountry—or ski and snowboard at nearby
Eldora Mountain Resort.
A NEW HOME
One of the most difficult hurdles when remodeling your home is either
choosing between hiring the right professionals for the project or
deciding to do it yourself. Knudson Gloss Architects in Boulder offers the
following planning steps and general rules of thumb when embarking
on a remodeling project:
1. Do a financial review. Consult your banker, a real estate professional
and/or a financial planner. Consider your goals, and decide on a
realistic budget for the project.
2. Interview professionals to create your project team. You will initially
need an architect to design and coordinate building restrictions and
codes, and a builder to review budgets, prepare cost projections
3. Make sure you have an extensive site survey done, mapping existing
site conditions such as the home’s location, utilities and vegetation.
4. Other professionals you may need include a structural engineer,
kitchen designer, interior designer and landscape designer. Once
you’ve assembled a team, review goals and budgets. Inventory
the existing home and property, and develop a program with your
builder and architect.
From these discussions and the design process, you’ll have a plan of
action – and you’ll be well on your way to a new home.
Where should you begin?