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Marshall Fire in Colorado

Marshall Fire Update

Sopris Homes currently has eight homes under construction for residents in Southeast Boulder,  who lost their homes in the Marshall Fire.

For those of you not familiar with the Marshall Fire or you are new to the area, this fire was a highly destructive wildfirethat started on December 30, 2021, shortly after 11:00 a.m. MST as a grass fire.

The fire became the most destructive in Colorado history in terms of buildings destroyed.

We will keep you updated as to the progress of these homes in the coming months so be sure and visit again for updates.

Remains of a home destroyed by the Marshall Fire
Marshall Fire Home Rebuild
Marshall Fire Home Rebuild
Marshall Fire Home Rebuild
Tesla Solar Roof Home

Tesla Solar Roof

Check out this solar roof by Tesla being installed in a new custom Sopris Home in Boulder, Colorado. This design of this home has roots in our highly popular Aspen model and it is the second home we have built for these clients. The roof was installed by Weddle and Sons Roofing, a highly skilled roofer and Tesla specialist based in Manhattan, KS with multiple regional offices. 

As you might have guessed, this home will have a Tesla battery system or Powerwall in addition to a geo-thermal heating and cooling system. This is a super efficient house to say the least. 

Solar install

There is growing interest in Solar Roofing Systems in many our new homes. Many people also take solace in not being dependent on the power grid in addition to having a clean energy source that is better for the environment and can add to the overall appeal of the home. Which solar system is right for you depends on a variety of individual factors. If you are a fan of Tesla cars or the brand in general, you’ll probably will be a fan of their Solar Roofing Systems. 

Tesla on Instagram

Perhaps some advantages to Tesla over other solar options may be in both design and durability. To learn more about the Tesla Solar Roof you can visit the link below. In the meantime, Sopris Homes will continue to be a leader high-performance new home construction on Colorado’s front range.

Patio view at the Farm at Woodridge

Remaining Lots Released at Woodridge

Sopris recently released our remaining lots at The Farm at Woodridge, a luxurious rural gated community offering pastoral tranquility with only 27 total home sites all 1-1.7 acres. Woodridge boasts some of the very best views on the front range and is surrounded by open space and conservation easement. Despite the big views and country feel the farm is very accessible to shopping, schools and amenities and you are only minutes from Boulder, Loveland, Longmont and the new TPC Colorado. This is a must see community.

All homes at The Farm at Woodridge are built to Zero Net Energy (ZNE) standards, with solar photovoltaic panels that produce enough electricity to meet your energy requirements. Excess energy is sent to the grid, creating “credits” that you can draw from with changing conditions. At the end of the year, you only pay for the cost to connect to the public grid.

Here is a view from the patio of a recently completed home in Woodridge. Now is the perfect time to reserve your site and begin planning your new home. To arrange a private showing or learn more about our unique perspective on high-performance Colorado homes, please call John Stevens at (303) 527-0000.

The Farm at Woodridge

The Farm at Woodridge is located north of Highway 66, west of Highway 287 at Vermillion Road. Now is the perfect time to reserve one of the last remaining sites and begin planning your new home.

Doodle of a home at The Farm at Woodridge

Let Your Imagination Run Wild

Let your imagination run wild at the Farm at Woodridge. An intimate gated community of custom homes surrounded by wide open spaces. We are happy to announce that we have just released our last lots at this amazing community of only 27 homes.

Woodridge is home to highly personalized custom homes that are uniquely you, inside and out. You can choose from a portfolio of innovative plans, collaborate on a custom design, or even bring their own plan. The Sopris team of architects, engineers and designers will help you create the perfect blend of art and science.

The Farm at Woodridge

Casual Luxury
Ranch and two-story homes at The Farm start at $1,150,000 for 3,000 square feet, plus a basement on a large acre+ lot that includes city water and sewer. Each home will feature at least three bedrooms and three baths and includes a five-piece top-of-the-line master bath.

Other Sopris signature features include open, sun-filled spaces, chef’s kitchens with large center islands, walk-in pantries and custom cabinetry. Designer appliance packages enhance even the simplest task. Elegant floor-to-ceiling finishes make each home a haven of luxurious comfort. Thoughtful details, such as handy storage areas throughout, add livability to your home. Outside, you will enjoy impressive living areas and minimum three-car garages for your autos and recreational accessories.

Another View near The Farm at Woodridge

Shades of Green
Sopris Homes was the first Energy Star builder in Colorado, and continues this legacy at The Farm. All homes at The Farm at Woodridge will be built to Zero Net Energy (ZNE) standards. Woodridge homes are powered by solar photovoltaic panels that produce enough electricity to meet each home’s energy requirements. Excess energy produced by Zero Net Energy homes on sunny days is sent to the grid, creating “credits” that you can draw from on cloudy days. At the end of the year, you only pay for the cost to connect to the public grid.

Country living, city convenience
You will experience a true country feel at Woodridge, a sense of place that bids you to regroup, relax and renew. But when the convenience of city life calls, you are still just minutes from all the amenities and services you need including grocery stores, afull array of restaurants, specialty shops and entertainment.

Denver International Airport, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are each less than an hour away. The Farm at Woodridge is in the St. Vrain School District, and is served by Northridge Elementary School, Longs Peak Middle School and Longmont High School.

View near The Farm at Woodridge

The Farm at Woodridge is located north of Highway 66, west of Highway 287 at Vermillion Road. Now is the perfect time to reserve one of the last remaining sites and begin planning your new home.

To arrange a private showing at The Farm at Woodridge, call Sopris Homes at 303.527-0000.

Bob Charles

Testimonial from Bob Charles

It’s not often we get video testimonials from our home buyers, but here is one that came from the buyer that Boulder County Realtor, Laura Gippert recorded. Here is what Laura said (below):

Hi John,

Attached you will find a short video testimonial by Bob Charles. Feel free to use it however you want Bob was more than happy to do it. Diane was a little shy or when it came to the camera.

But Bob and Dianne both spoke very highly of you, Sopris Homes and their experience in building with Sopris.

They raved about your organization, the craftsmanship and your aim of perfection.  They were very complementary of how much you desire to make your clients happy and your attention to detail from the beginning. 

Thank You!
Laura Gippert
RE/MAX Alliance

Custom Sopris home with Apollo Solar tiles

Sopris featured in Solar Builder Magazine for new net-zero build

Sopris homes was featured in the July issue of Solar Builder Magazine for one of our recent net-zero new homes using CertainTeed’s Apollo® Tile II concrete-tile integrated solar roofing system—a first for the state of Colorado. In case you missed it here is an excerpt:

Boulder, Colorado-based Sopris Homes has been in the business of high-performance luxury homes for the past 25 years. According to Sopris Homes President John Stevens, as more communities desire and even require solar on new home construction, finding solar products that are both functional and attractive is a growing challenge for builders.

“In some areas, we’re mandated to use solar,” said Stevens. “In other areas, it’s a choice. Most people don’t voluntarily pay for solar on new home construction because for most, it’s not considered an aesthetic improvement.”

When Stevens was contracted to build a 5150 square-foot, five-bedroom net-zero home in the Portico Subdivision near Longmont, Colo., solar roofing was a very necessary part of the equation. Looking for a solution to complement concrete tile roof more subtle than the traditional rack-and-panel solar system, Stevens turned to CertainTeed’s Apollo® Tile II concrete-tile integrated solar roofing system—a first for the state of Colorado.

“I’m not aware of anything like it on the market here,” said Stevens referring to concrete-tile integrated solar systems. “You get the savings of solar energy generation and you don’t have to sacrifice aesthetic quality to get it.”

Unlike a traditional rack-mounted system, Stevens used solar tiles integrated among concrete roofing tiles, creating a seamless roof surface that also serves as a tool for energy generation. According to Stevens, the roof incorporated 229 solar tiles, each with power rating of 63 watts of per tile.

Apollo solar tile on a custom home

Along with energy-saving mechanical systems and insulation techniques, concrete-tile integrated solar helped the Portico Subdivision home win a Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) residential installation award. With on-site solar generation, the home achieves a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index score of -5. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the home’s estimated annual energy cost is -$392—meaning the home generates more energy than it uses.

Like any newer product, there is an installation learning curve. Stevens said installing concrete-tile integrated solar was “a new experience for everyone,” but that CertainTeed’s team of local installers and trainers worked closely with Sopris Homes to make sure the installation was a success.

“The solar installer hadn’t used the product before,” said Stevens. “CertainTeed worked hard to make sure the installation was smooth and was there to answer questions. It was a great learning experience for everyone.”

Stevens said there is a lot going on under and on the roof of the Portico Subdivision home. To the average passerby, however, it looks like any other similarly-priced home in the neighborhood, he said.

“The homeowner has gotten a lot of nice comments about the roof,” said Stevens. “From a distance, it looks just like a regular concrete tile roof. People are surprised to learn that it is generating energy.”

Nelson Ledesma on the Heron Lakes golf course

TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes

Congratulations to Argentina’s Nelson Ledesma for his win at the inaugural TPC Colorado Championship at Heron Lakes. With his win comes his “Golden Ticket” in the form of a PGA Tour Card where he will be a rookie on TOUR during the 2019-20 season.

Our new model home will be open at Heron Lakes at the end of August. Maybe Nelson will return next year after and purchase one of our homes! Great event.

American flag against front range view

Happy 4th of July

Wishing everybody a fun and safe 4th of July holiday. We look forward to seeing some of you at our new sales center opening in August at Heron Lakes in Berthoud.

Heron Lakes view

New Sales Center Coming August

Sopris Homes is excited to announce our new sales center coming in August. The plan will be our Masonville Model, a contemporary two-story plan with 4 bedrooms, study, 3.5 baths, study, great room, bonus loft, 3-car garage. The center is located within Heron Lakes community in Berthoud, Colorado.

We chose Heron Lakes for our new sales center for its central front range location in proximity to Boulder, Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins. In addition, it is very near other great communities Sopris builds new homes including Longs Peak Farm (2 miles from Heron Lakes) and The Farm at Woodridge (10 miles from Heron Lakes).

Woman paddle boarding

Of course beauty and recreation is the main attraction at Heron Lakes which frames TPC Colorado – an 18-hole championship golf course. In addition, the master planed community offers lots of recreation packed activities including hiking, biking, fishing, boating and wildlife viewing amid abundant protected open space.

Directions To Heron Lakes

From Denver, take I-25 north to Exit 250. Head west through Berthoud and then take a right onto Berthoud Parkway. Head north until you get to Grand Market Avenue and take a right to enter Heron Lakes at TPC Colorado.

Sales center address:

2839 Heron Lakes Parkway
Berthoud, CO 80513

Note: This address is in a new community and may not be pinned on all GPS map overlays yet. Once the sales center is open, please contact Sopris Homes for specific directions if you are unable to locate the address in your navigation.

Heron Lakes Master Plan

Heron Lakes Master Plan

For more on Heron Lakes visit:

Sopris is committed to building 100% Energy Star Certified Homes which acknowledges our continued commitment to design, quality and performance in every way. Come check out this model this summer to see for yourself the Sopris Difference in everything we do.

For more information contact John Stevens, Sopris Homes at ‭(303) 527-0000‬ or email [email protected].

Heron Lakes golf course

Heron Lakes Grand Opening Tour Thursday, April 11th

Come see our new home at Heron Lakes
Thursday, April 11th – 4:00 to 7:00 PM

Come see our recently completed Masonville model at Heron Lakes. This master planned golf community in Berthoud will also be the home to our new sales center coming in July.

Masonville model

Sopris Homes Masonville Model at TPC Colorado

Heron Lakes is the epitome of active Colorado living with majestic mountain views and miles of lakeshore, this unique setting offers unrivaled beauty to pair with its abundant recreational features including hiking, biking, boating and fishing in addition to championship golf at TPC Colorado.

In addition, a community clubhouse offer homeowners a private pool and workout facility when the lures of the great outdoors relent.

This model is an Energy Star Certified Home. Learn more about Energy Star and our commitment to high-performance homes built for the way you really live.

For more contact John Stevens at Sopris Hoes at (303) 527-0000 or [email protected]. More about our Masonville Model or more about Heron Lakes

Tour Directions: Directions I-25 to Berthoud Exit. Hwy 52 west through cute little Berthoud, Right on Berthoud Pkwy Left on Grand Market Avenue (at the round-a-bout) Follow Open House Signs.

Sopris & Energy Star

100% Energy Star

Committed all the way!

Sopris Homes is pleased to officially announce our 100% commitment to ENERGY STAR in 2019. All of the homes that we will build earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification. In fact, Sopris Homes is currently one of only three 100% Energy Star Builders in the Boulder area (the other two being large production builders).

ENERGY STAR certified homes are at least 10% more energy efficient than homes built to code and achieve a 20% improvement on average, while providing homeowners with better quality, performance, and comfort. By making this commitment, we have earned this special EPA recognition.

We see this 100% ENERGY STAR commitment as a true mark of leadership among elite American home builders. It’s also reinforces our commitment to excellence and green building we have had for more than 25 years not to mention lower utility bills and greater home comfort for our clients and protecting our environment. 

Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label are designed and built to standards well above most other homes on the market today. When ENERGY STAR’s rigorous requirements are applied to new home construction, the result is a home built better from the ground up, delivering better durability, better comfort, and reduced utility and maintenance costs. Features of an ENERGY STAR certified home include:

A Complete Thermal Enclosure System — Comprehensive air sealing, properly installed insulation, and high-performance windows work together to enhance comfort, improve durability, reduce maintenance costs, and lower monthly utility bills.

A Complete Heating and Cooling System — High-efficiency systems that are engineered and installed to deliver more comfort, better moisture control, improved indoor air quality, and quieter operation.

A Complete Water Management System — A comprehensive package of best building practices and materials protects roofs, walls and foundations from water damage, provides added protection, and reduces the risk of indoor air quality problems.

Energy-Efficient Lighting and Appliances — ENERGY STAR qualified lighting, appliances, and fans are commonly installed throughout ENERGY STAR certified homes, helping to reduce monthly utility bills, while providing high-quality performance.

Energy Star


ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For over 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at More background information about ENERGY STAR can be found at and

Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Together, since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped save American families and businesses over $450 billion and over 3.5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity while also achieving broad emissions reductions—all through voluntary action.

For more information about the Sopris Homes Commitment to building 100% ENERGY STAR Homes contact:
John Stevens, President (303) 527-0000.

25 years of Sopris Homes

25 Years of Sopris Homes

Spring 2019 marks a milestone in the timeline of Sopris Homes. We are very happy to be celebrating our 25th anniversary in March which marks the start of our very first home in 1994. John Stevens, President, laments how it all started and where we are headed. 

Sopris Homes Timeline

Q. When did you start Sopris Homes?

A. We started our first home in March 1994. It was completed seven months later in September 1994. (see featured image)

Q. Why/how did you start?

John Stevens of Sopris Homes
John Stevens, President of Sopris Homes in Boulder, Colorado celebrating 25 years of high performance custom homes.

A. I grew up in a developing neighborhood of about 75 homes of which we were one of the first residents. I literally grew up with homebuilding all around me. I enjoyed architecture classes in high school and competed well in the Illinois state HS Industrial Arts architecture competition. I framed house in summers during college. After college and grad school (MBA) I went into corporate management. I tired of that and wanted to out on my own and build houses.

Q. How many homes did you build your first year in 1994? 

A. We built two homes.

Q. How were you trying to differentiate yourself? What were you mainly building and where?

A. We focused on 4-BR family homes. Many of the established builders in our first neighborhoods were building 3-BR homes. I saw the opportunity for selling 4-BR homes. The Creekside neighborhood in Longmont.

Q. How have things changed in Boulder custom homebuilding?

A. Building in Boulder today is much more difficult with a much higher level of government regulation. Building science has progressed greatly. The homes built now are of much higher quality and energy efficiency than those built in the past.

Q. How are things the same?

A. First and foremost we still must offer value. We still focus on behind the paint quality, not just the finishes. We have long led the way in the construction energy efficient new home and still do.

Q. What are a few things you see for the future?

A. I see a market that more than ever demands energy efficient homes. The trend is for smaller homes, particularly ranch style homes with fewer formal spaces. Overall the market is trending to smaller home sites. We still focus on larger ones.