Saturday, September 29, 2001
Steamboat Springs The new owner of the townhome at 1720 Highland Way will never have to shovel snow, or even worry about when the snowplow will arrive to clean the driveway.
The driveway, and even the deck of the 2,653-square-foot townhome overlooking the Sheraton Steamboat golf course are heated. The home is owned by Butch and Karen Dougherty, who live in the townhome next door. Butch built the home, which was being sodded just this week.
The driveway itself will be made of concrete dyed beige with an exposed aggregate border along the edges.
Karen said her husband enjoys trying new home-building styles.
"Butch likes to attend all of the home shows in Denver and incorporate the latest technology in our homes," she said.
The attention to detail found in the driveway is just one example of the qualities built into this newly constructed luxury townhome. The townhome is listed by Annette Hall of Prudential Trimontane for $797,000. The price includes a golf course membership with a transfer fee.
The price of the home works out to $300 a square foot. Karen Dougherty said it's a good value when you take into account all of the innovative construction techniques along with the golf course membership.
If a heated driveway sounds extravagant, consider that it will also be insulated to allow heat to build up more quickly and to maintain the snow-melting warmth longer to conserve on energy bills.
The garage, framed by custom wooden doors designed to look like a period carriage house, will also have radiant heat to ensure a warm vehicle on winter mornings.
The living portion of the house has in-floor heating, but it's superior to Entran, Karen Dougherty said. Instead, Butch used a relatively new product called Warmboard. It consists of 1.0625-inch plywood with 1/16 of an inch of aluminum on top of the plywood. Grooves in the flooring accept the tubing for radiant heat. Warmboard is very efficient because it puts the heat on top, instead of under the floor, manufacturers say.
The townhome's deck is made of colored, stamped and stained concrete, which gives the look of a stained floor. The underside of the deck is finished with tongue and groove pine.
The townhome is also sprayed with a closed cell foam insulation intended to save up to 40 percent on energy costs. Insulation in the outside walls is R-22 and the ceiling is rated at R-49.
The home even has a low temperature monitor. If the heating system should malfunction for any reason, the monitor will summon a heating professional.
Another detail meant to take into account Steamboat's long winter is the quartzite flooring in the entry foyer. Quartzite is impervious to stains and discoloration, making it impervious to mud season.
The townhome features and open floor plan and the open beam ceilings contribute to its spacious feeling. A professional lighting consultant was brought into the project to ensure the warmth of the interior
Just as much attention to detail was devoted to the home's kitchen as was invested in its suitability for the local climate.
The kitchen cabinets are custom made with fluted corners. All of the drawers feature ball bearing glides. The island is topped with a 1.25-inch solid granite slab. The interior doors, staircase and trim are all made of solid alder wood, with western style iron hardware.
People interested in the townhome may view it during an open house noon until 3 p.m. Sunday.