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Take a Look Inside the New Idea Home

One of more than 60 homes on the annual Parade of Homes, the aptly named "New Idea Home" provides insight into chic and sustainable local building trends.

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From the street, 1606 S. Cook St.—the 2016 Parade of Homes’ New Idea Home—offers modern curb appeal and an enticing upper-level, west-facing balcony. But there’s much more than immediately meets the eye to the priciest ($1,479,000) stop on this month’s free, three-week-plus tour of homes currently on the market from Castle Rock to Loveland (and in nearly every town in between).

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The 4,592-square-foot, three-story new construction by Jackson Design Build is located in Denver’s Cory-Merrill neighborhood and offers 5 bedrooms and 5.5 baths. While some technological advances are obvious, such as the home’s remote-access control system, other behind-the-scenes features help the home achieve Energy Star certification. Take the lumber: Given the home’s high ceilings, Dave Jackson, president of Jackson Design Build, opted for new oversized Norbord wall panels from Alpine Lumber to create a better-insulated home with fewer joints. Milgard windows paired with USI RG insulation create a highly energy-efficient property.

Another thing you might not notice at first glance? The stairless entry. A gentle ramp to the front door is the first hint at the possibilities of this accessible home (a wise consideration, given Colorado’s aging baby boomer population). With wide staircases and doorways and a dedicated location for an elevator, the home was built with future accessibility adjustments in mind.

The first floor boasts an open floor plan, and the state-of-the-art kitchen offers a look into the future with not-yet-on-the-market Jenn-Air appliances and Westridge cabinets. “All our appliances are new products to be released in the fourth quarter of this year,” Jackson says.

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The home is furnished by HW Home and pairs contemporary build-outs with “old creative touches to the interior,” Jackson says, such as the custom sliding-barn-door accent just off the front foyer. And the heating, cooling, lights, and alarm system can all be accessed via an app on your smartphone. But for Jackson, the best part of this home is still something simple and timeless.

“We’ve managed to capture mountain views and a great sight line of that spectacular tower at the University of Denver’s Ritchie Center,” Jackson says. “Of course, the house has all the latest bells and whistles—but that view is really something.” Take it in yourself starting on Thursday.


Stop by: The 2016 Parade of Homes, which is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, runs Thursdays through Sundays, from August 11 through Labor Day.

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