Floor plans for real life

We love big fabulous front porches because they bring neighborhoods together and get you outside more. We love spaces that connect visually to the front, because we want to wave and say hi to our neighbors sometimes. (But the kitchen sink is hidden from the front door, just in case the dishes aren’t done.)

We love spacious entryways, with room for a bench and multiple people. We make them accessible to both the garage and the front door, so you can walk the dog out the front door or come in through the garage and never misplace your shoes. We love beautiful built-in storage cabinets with doors, so it always looks tidy.

We are big fans of Master bedrooms entered through a vestibule, with the closet/bath separate from the bedroom, so you can get dressed and go without disturbing your sleeping partner. Kids’ shared bathrooms are split, so one kid can be brushing teeth while another showers.

We build Colorado garages, including ample extra space for bikes and gear. We can also include an extra tall garage door so your roof rack can roll in with you.

Healthy Indoor Air & LIGHT

Did you know? According to the US EPA, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, where pollutants are 2 to 5 times more concentrated.

Our homes include:

Full house fresh-air ventilation system which filters outdoor air for pollutants, smoke, and allergens, distributes it throughout your home through ductwork, and continually, 24/7, removes indoor pollutants through coordinated exhaust fans, while recovering energy.

Powerful kitchen exhaust that extracts cooking fumes directly outside at a rate of 600 CFM, much higher than a standard vent hood, with an outdoor make-up air system to truly move that air.

Reducing sources of indoor pollutants: We use low VOC, low PVC, easy to clean finish materials, greatly reducing the amount of synthetic indoor air pollutants in your home.

Reducing sources of outdoor pollutants: When you need to protect yourself from outdoor pollutants, whether it be allergens or wildfire smoke, you can close the windows and get filtered fresh air through a whole house ventilation system that supports HEPA grade filters.

Healthy light: According to the IEEE, all electric lights flicker and certain levels of flicker can cause health issues from migraines to exacerbated autism. So we use instruments to check your lighting for flicker index and make sure it’s in a healthy range. Daylight is hands down the healthiest light. Our bodies need it. So we make sure our homes are filled with healthy daylight through thoughtfully placed windows.

Long Lasting Quality

Our high-indoor-air-quality materials are also high-quality durable materials that will last longer and just look amazing. Material choices are ultimately up to you, but we recommend and efficiently source: hardwood and engineered sandable hardwood floors and stairs, ceramic tile, solid wood cabinetry and built-ins, quartz countertops, solid wood doors, and solid stain-grade wood details such as handrails.

Where it’s practical to save money, we will tell you. For example, we love vinyl windows, because vinyl flexes with temperature swings and stays stable and insulating for a long time, and since all window seals deteriorate over time, you’ll want to plan to replace your windows within 20 years no matter what the material is.

We have a great source for mechanically fastened standing seam metal roofing, which lasts much longer than an asphalt roof, resists hail, looks great, accommodates a clamped solar panel attachment which eliminates roof penetrating attachments, eliminating leaks. It’s fireproof, and it’s not a petroleum product.


Factory Built OPTION

When possible, we can use factory-built modules for the house core, each about 16 feet wide, almost fully completed off-site, including drywall and fully finished kitchens and baths, eliminating the #1 source of homebuilding schedule delays. The quality of construction is higher than what can be achieved in a site-built structure. Framing is precisely cut using robotic machines. Workers work in a comfortable, safe environment. The modules are over-engineered with extra bracing to ensure stable craning into place, resulting in a more stable long-lasting structure for you. Because the cores are delivered with exterior sheathing and roof, there is never a time when your interior is exposed to weather during construction. Learn more about factory-built modular construction here.

We use a hybrid approach with our factory-built cores, which we think results in the best of both worlds. We site-build front porches, garages, and other elements to fit your unique site. We also add exterior finishes on site for a perfect seal, and hardwood flooring is artisanally installed on site.

The kitchen photo you see here is from one of our factories.

True Comfort

Our homes are meticulously sealed and insulated to a very high level. This means less drafts and uneven temperatures, and less outdoor air pollutants spilling in through cracks and poorly sealed windows.

We use Mitsubishi heat pumps with a variable speed compressor and a multi-speed ECM motor, and hyper heat that is capable of heating efficiently with all-electric in Colorado’s cold climate, plus a small electric backup coil that kicks in for a couple of days each winter. We try to split homes into at least two zones, which eliminates heat stacking and overheated bedrooms. We recommend including a steam humidifier in the main system.


On a solar mission

All HLH homes are designed to maximize rooftop solar power, with roofs facing south as much as possible (single slope or gable style). Our standing-seam metal roofs are perfect for clamping solar panels without damaging roof penetrations. We will gladly coordinate solar install at no extra charge, facilitating a great deal with our local installer, and throwing in an extra financial incentive of our own to make sure solar you can do solar right now.

Our homes are super energy efficient, so your solar goes farther. All our new construction homes are Energy Star NextGen certified.