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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.

Glen Haven floor plan

Discover the Glen Haven

The Glen Haven is our newest plan in the Sopris Portfolio of homes. This 2,538 square foot ranch model packs a massive amount of amenities into a relatively economical space and features most of the touches we have always been known for including a covered porch and patio to bring the outside in, owners entryway from the three car garage to organize your essentials, a large kitchen and grand room that truly is and great space for dining and entertaining.

Glen Haven model rendering

This model was built with Heron Lakes in mind, but we think it will be popular in many other Sopris Communities (link) as well. Our President, John Stevens calls the Glen Haven “a near perfect Colorado home plan”. John would be happy to tell you all about it himself, give him a call at (303) 527-0000 to schedule an appointment or to visit some of our product or great Colorado communities we build in.

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View from the Heron Lakes golf course

New Glen Haven Plan for Sale in Heron Lakes

It’s been several years since Sopris Homes has started a new home that has not been pre-sold. Typically our clients choose one of our lots with a corresponding home plan that they can modify. We feel we build in the best Colorado Communities, but we can also build on your lot as well. Nevertheless it’s exciting once again for us to be offering a new home for sale.

Our new model we are offering is in Heron Lakes, one of Northern Colorado’s most distinctive neighborhoods. Heron Lakes is an unparalleled recreational sanctuary featuring a Championship TPC Golf Course, 3 Lakes (skiing and non-motor), 8.7 mi of trails, 100’s of acres of open space. Heron Lakes also boasts a phenomenal clubhouse with restaurant, cafe and resort style pool opening this summer. You owe it to yourself to check out this outstanding community and all the recreation it offers.

We are taking the opportunity to build our newest home plan, the Glen Haven in Heron Lakes due for completion this fall.

Glen Haven floor plan

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New Castle model rendering

Introducing the Castle Rock

Many use one of our base plans as a starting point in designing their Custom Sopris Dream Home as our models are a blending evolution of both form and function and represent years of building experience and client feedback.

The New Castle is no different. It was initially designed to maximize efficiency and views in our Heron Lakes Community, however, the design is a tribute to modern Colorado living in every way.

Entering the home from the covered front porch, the foyer provides immediate access to a vaulted and private guest suite. At of the center of the foyer you’ll see the dining room to the right and a half-bath to the left.
The Owner’s Entry, a place to drop shoes and outside activities in a cubby, hang coats and de-stress without the muss after your daily or weekend activity.

New Castle Main level floor plan

High ceilings enhance your natural surroundings and add volume to the living areas while still retaining a sense of creature comfort. A gas fireplace adds warmth to the Grand Room, where entertainment area comes complete with a wood mantle, raised hearth and built in TV space. An adjacent Covered Terrace further creates a sense a place and brings the outdoors in.

Directly adjacent is an awe-inspiring kitchen, including an oversized center island and ample seating for the family, upscale cabinetry. A large walk-in pantry and sunny nook complete the “heart of the home,” to make the New Castle a place to call your own and appreciate for years to come.

Be sure to check out all Sopris Home Plans, a great place to be inspired and start designing and building your Colorado dream home on one of our lots in a premium community or your lot.

For more contact our President, John Stevens at (303) 527-0000.

Kitchen from a custom home at Woodridge

The Farm at Woodridge Gem

Check out these pics of one of our new homes recently completed at The Farm at Woodridge. While modified, this new Colorado home is based on our very popular Maybell model and features:

2,861 main floor sq. ft.
1,680 sq. ft basement finished
4 bedrooms, 4.5 bath, study, sitting area, bonus space, covered patio, 3-car garage and more…

In addition you’ll notice one of our standard 16.8 kWatt solar array on the rear roof of the home. The system is capable of producing the majority of the power requirements. In our Colorado climate an average 15kW solar array produces approximately 23,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) annually. The average U.S. household utilizes about 10,400 kWh per year.

If you want to learn more about high-performance Colorado homes contact Sopris. We’ll be happy to show you examples and discuss your options.

Living net-zero

Living Net-Zero

The Ultimate Energy Efficient Homes

Sopris gets asked all the time what is net-zero actually? It has to be a bit more complicated than being just a modern home capable of creating more power than it consumes. Well, it’s both. It’s that simple and then there is more to it.

Many associate our green homes, net-zero or near-zero product as a particular type of home for a certain type of person willing to make sacrifices and pay a lot. Nothing could be farther from the truth. These homes are really for everybody and they are just like any new home you may purchase — except better.

Our high-performance green built homes all the way to our near or net zero homes combine advanced design and superior building systems with energy efficiency to produce a better home from the ground up. These homes are ultra-comfortable, healthy, quiet, and sustainable. They are also very affordable to live in over the long haul. Advances in technologies and aesthetics are making net-zero homes even more common and feasible in more of the communities we build in.

Portico home with solar

Solar Roofing Tiles

As a leader in high-performance energy efficient homes in Colorado for over two decades, Sopris Homes is often asked what’s up with the much hyped Tesla Solar Roof Shingles that Elon Musk promised us back in 2016?

If you ask ask around, including inquiries to Tesla you’ll get many answers. We have yet to use the Tesla Solar Shingles, but we have used the Apollo® II by CertainTeed on an award-winning new home in Boulder, CO last year.

One advantage of the CertainTeed solar roofing shingles its Apollo II solar shingles have been available for about five years now. New products are great, but they are better when they have been tested outside of Southern California or their test homes. CertainTeed is an old company with a new name; it was originally (in 1904) General Roofing Manufacturing Company. Now, it’s a subsidiary of building product company Saint-Gobain, and it specializes not just in roofing but other building products as well.

Solar shingles

Apollo II Solar shingles by CertainTeed

Apollo II also functions as your roof, generating clean power while protecting your home from water intrusion. Features include:

• Efficiency: 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells provide a power rating of 60 watts per solar shingle.
• Simplicity: Apollo II solar shingles are installed directly into the roof sheathing using standard deck screws.
• Lightweight: The Apollo II system weighs about as many pounds per square foot as a typical asphalt shingle.
• Durable: Even though Apollo II shingles are lightweight, they are designed to be strong. The solar shingles have been tested and rated to withstand 250 pounds per square foot.
• Wind resistant: The Apollo II system achieves the highest wind rating available for roofing materials and can be installed in wind zones of up to 150 miles per hour.
• Watertight: Water channels and raised fastener locations provide added protection against water intrusion. CertainTeed was a roofing company before a solar company so they can manufacture a system that doesn’t leak.

Sopris Homes knows that there will be many advancements in solar technology in the years to come and as an innovator in energy efficiency and home building we’ll keep you posted on the latest trends as what works best for us.

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