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Midtown lights-up awards



  • Midtown home wins Golden Nuggets Grand award.
  • Judges laud natural light in Signature 2 model.
  • More than 600 entries competed in 47 categories.
Signature 2 at Midtown.

Signature 2 at Midtown.

Even the laundry room receives natural light in Brookfield Residential’s Signature 2 model home in its Midtown community in Adams County.

Bringing outside light indoors impressed a panel of judges at the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show in the residential real estate development field.

They bestowed a prestigious “Grand” Golden Nugget award in the “Best Single Family Detached Homes under 2,000 square feet,” category. It was one of 47 Grand awards given in a variety of categories in the competition that drew more than 600 entries.

The Solaris Collection at Stapleton by New Town Builders won an Award of Merit in that category.

Norris Design was the land planner and Linda Beutner Interiors was the interior designer for Signature 2.

This is what the judges said about Signature 2, formerly known as Residence 2:

California may be the home of indoor-outdoor living, but those seamless connections are in demand all over the country. The problem is that, all too often, the outdoor space gets crafted out of what square footage remains after the house is designed.

This home takes the opposite approach: The courtyard took top priority.
Here it’s positioned at the center of the plan so that it can bring light to the entire house— even the laundry room.

Full use of the side yard–accomplished by deft use of easements, extends the courtyard the full length of the home, allowing for usable and sheltered yard space—not just leftover drainage corridors.

The home’s exterior design manages a balance of friendly and contemporary.”

The judges also described Midtown, a community off Pecos Street and West 67th Avenue, minutes from the trendy Highland and Berkeley neighborhoods in Denver. Brookfield Residential homes are priced from the low $300,000s in Midtown, far less than what homes fetch in Highland and Berkeley  and other nearby Denver neighborhoods. Brookfield also builds some of the most energy-efficient and sustainable homes in the metro area. One of its homes in Midtown was the first home by a production home building company to be certified as a Passive House.

“The 1,994 sq. ft. house is located in Midtown, a neighborhood just five miles from downtown Denver that’s connected by a regional trail system and soon, light rail. A former brownfield site, this 184-acre neighborhood is currently under construction and (will include) over 1,300 homes, community gardens, a dog park, a community center and retail.”

The judges included:

  • Amy Albert, Design Editor of Builder magazine and Editor in Chief of Custom Home;
  • David Baker, principal of San Francisco-based David Baker Architects;
  • Tom Doucette, president of Doucette Homes in Tucson;
  • Phil Kean principal of the Phil Kean Design Group in Winter Park, Fla.
  • Boyce Thompson, author of The New, New Home;
  • And Bob White, principal of Forest Studio, based in Laguna Beach, Calif.

The Grand Award is the 10th award for Englewood-based Brookfield Residential since 2013, when Brookfield began building in Colorado at Midtown.

Side yard at Signature 2 model.

Sideyard at Signature 2 model.

Signature 2 also captured the most prestigious industry awards from Best in America Living Awards, or BALA, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the Marketing and Merchandising Excellence, or MAME award, sponsored by the Home Builders of Metropolitan Denver. MAME is considered the Academy Awards for the local new home building industry.

Perry Cadman, vice president of housing operations for Brookfield, said their design of Signature 2 was by design.

“We knew at the beginning of the design process, when we committed to integrating the outdoor space with the indoor space, that consumers would appreciate the end result,” Cadman said.

“Now we know the judges appreciate it, too,” he said. “The Gold Nugget Grand Award gives us great satisfaction.”

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