Grand County Parade of Homes features one ‘off the grid’ |

Grand County Parade of Homes features one ‘off the grid’

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

Parade of Homes participants in Grand County will have the chance to explore off-the-grid construction in addition to a variety of mountain family homes this year.

A four-bedroom, 3.5 bath home near Granby, featuring a roof-mounted solar array with a propane generator back up, solar hot water system, wood-fired masonry heater, energy-efficient refrigerators, solar shades and constructed with super insulated panels, marks the first time the Parade has showcased a home 100 percent off-the-grid, according to event organizer Catherine Ross of the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Built by Mike Nutting Contractor Inc. of Fraser, the new home belongs to Jack and Karin Conrad who own Grand Woodworks Inc., a cabinetry and architectural millwork shop in Tabernash. The home features that company’s custom cherry cabinetry, millwork and doors, as well as interior work by Distinctive Design, Granby.

It’s just the type of construction synergy that fuels the annual Parade.

“I very much enjoy seeing what’s new and exciting in building, and I enjoy being able to appreciate our builders in Grand County,” said Ross. She noted that although the recession affected the number of Parade entries this year, the quality of entries is right on par with past years.

Fourteen properties are being featured during the sixth annual event that seeks to introduce builders’ work to the community as well as satisfy curiosities of what’s new in textiles, materials and craftsmanship.

From luxury kitchens to spacious master suites, to massive log beams framing ceiling-high fireplaces, state-of-the-art entertainment centers, visitors can meet the builders and designers or just wander and explore.

New to the Parade of Homes line-up this year is a tour of a private clubhouse. The Pole Creek Golf clubhouse boasts an 11,000 square-foot custom structure surrounded by mountain views, built by Big Valley Construction.

Several new multi-family products on the market are also part of this year’s Parade, including The Lofts located at Winter Park Resort’s new village, Trailhead Lodges in Winter Park and Base Camp One at Granby Ranch.

Homes constructed by Grand County builders such as Boxwell Construction, Terra Firma Custom Homes, Icebox Builders, Mill/Works Building Services and Klebba Custom Builders showcase custom work- from innovative to traditional – and highlight what’s desirable in sophisticated mountain living.

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