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Grand Contracting to be featured on HGTV

by Cyndi Palmer
Grand County Homes and Properties

In less than a week, a Grand Contracting, Inc. home will premiere on The Home and Garden Channel (HGTV) “Beyond the Box” program. Several encore shows featuring the home are also scheduled throughout the month of October.

The program prides itself in proving that “unique, affordable homes that can be created with vision, great design sense, and innovation.”

The local company’s home in Grand Elk caught the attention of High Noon Entertainment, who brought the idea to HGTV for a new program concept.

“They loved the home,” said Michelle McDonald, supervising producer for High Noon Entertainment, out of Centennial. McDonald and HGTV program host Steven Lee visited owner/builder Mike Conger and his wife Isabel and Field/Segment Producer Paula Haddock and a camera crew started filming the segment in the beginning of May 2007.

High Noon and HGTV were especially interested in the cost-saving features. “They put their blood, sweat and tears in this home,” McDonald said. “What sets this home apart is that they got a custom look but didn’t pay custom price for it.”

She said the program highlights things that the average homeowner may not think about, ideas that make the investment “worth more because of the thought put into the home.”

The Grand Elk home, built by the Congers and their construction company, was designed by Scott Munn with James K. Pool Architects and Associates (he’s now owner of Munn Architecture, LLC). It swept all but one category in its price range during the 2005 Grand County Parade of Homes, including Judge’s Choice. Applying for the Parade tour also saved the Congers money through discounts on materials.

Features include the home’s low-grade, distressed beetle-kill pine floors; as well as reclaimed barnwood siding the Congers discovered during an anniversary trip to Vale, Ore.

In the upcoming TV episode, the Congers share what the home meant to them and talk about the area and why they chose to live in Grand County.

“We absolutely love the home that we built. We choose to live in Grand County to be surrounded by the natural beauty and to be able to enjoy the many recreational opportunities that are available to us,” Mike said (his Grand Elk house sold this year and he and Isabel and their three children are now settled into another new home they built, also in the Granby area).

At 100-plus years old, the barnwood needs no maintenance, which saves its owners money in the future.

The Congers stained the beetle-kill wood floors a dark brown for a rustic and elegant great room. The also stained the trim for its 52 windows themselves.

The Beyond the Box program, which celebrates its debut season, “defies the notion that you need to break the bank to live in a beautifully designed home. In fact, there’s a new breed of homeowners who are redefining the way homes are built: creative individuals who thrive on the challenge of finding inexpensive materials and using them in innovative and unusual ways. They crave good design and are unwilling to sacrifice it to create a beautiful home.”

The episode featuring the Grand Contracting, Inc. home also highlights a Kansas couple who designed their home to maximize views, a high-tech, “far-East” farmhouse in North Carolina; and a California home whose interior was inspired by a Japanese tea house.

The filming was the second time since winter 2007 HGTV had been in Grand County. Bridger’s Cache at Mary Jane ski area’s base was the grand prize during its Dream Home contest that year.

“Beyond the Box” is featuring 52 homes in this series from across the country. Five of them, all half-hour shows, are in Colorado ” Boulder, Longmont, Aspen, Denver and the Grand Elk home in Granby.

The 13 total episodes showcase five-minute segments of each home, “with lots of sweeping, beautiful photography,” Haddock said in an earlier interview. Each episode takes viewers on a “visual journey that not only focuses on four amazingly creative homes,” High Noon Entertainment states, “but also inspires you to think out of the box.”

From the comfort of your home, you can travel with the HGTV film crew to Grand Elk, where the Conger family reinvented the concept of a quality mountain home and made it more economical to build.

To contact the local company, call (970) 726-5858.

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