Video Interview: Crested Butte Builder Scott Hargrove – Hargrove Construction I recently sat down with Scott Hargrove to talk about the challenges and thought process people go through when considering building a custom home here in Crested Butte, Colorado area. One of the great things about my job as a Real Estate Agent in Crested Butte is that I get the opportunity to work with great clients and many other successful businesses in the Crested Butte area. There are many talented hard working people in Crested Butte – Scott Hargrove is one of them.
Building a Custom Home in Crested Butte – 5 Key Considerations
1) What are you looking for? Location, Location, Location – it is an age old adage that these are the 3 most important criteria for real estate value, and when considering what type of custom home you will build in Crested Butte this is key as well. If you are a skiing family – then a skiing a ski-in / ski-out home in Prospect in Mt. Crested Butte may be what you are seeking. If fly fishing is your passion – then a riverfront homesite with access to private fly fishing at Wilder on the Taylor may be perfect for your family. If you want to be in the heart of historical downtown Crested Butte and walk or hop on your townie bike and ride around town, meet friends for a coffee or lunch at one of the local restaurants or coffee shops then downtown CB could be the right fit for you. 2) A Room with a View – perhaps a cliche’ – but having a homesite that provides a beautiful panoramic unobstructed view can significantly increase the value of a home. This is also key in the selection of a homesite and the design and orientation of the home. The nice thing about the Crested Butte area is that we are blessed with a wide valley with open viewsheds and majestic mountains all around us – so there are lots of great homesite with view potential. Understanding what can be built around a homesite is key to protecting the future views (and privacy). Views are subjective – and whether your view is of one of the surrounding mountains – Mt. Crested Butte, Whetstone, Emmons, Paradise Divide or a river basin the key is that the view is maximized. The “wow factor” is apparent when you walk into a home – and step into the great room and see a main window or a wall of windows framing an incredible view. 3) How will you use your future home? Whether you are building a new home or buying an existing home – this is a great question to ponder. If you are building a new home – you will get to design in all the special rooms and features particular to you, your family and your guests. Designing a home for guests is probably as important as the Master bedroom suite – because if you have entertained guests you know that after 4 days the spaces of any home get smaller. It is a great idea to put lots of thought into what activities you and your guests will be doing here in Crested Butte. If 4 of you come back from a day of fly fishing on the rivers and streams here in Crested Butte with wet muddy boots, waders, fly rods…, where will all the stuff go? If there are hooks and benches and shelves in the “Mud Room” or garage – this may be a great benefit. When we were 2nd homeowners in Crested Butte I had 2 pairs of skis – alpine and nordic. These skis also have unique boots. Now I have 5 pairs of skis (alpine, powder, nordic, skate skis, Alpine Tourning (AT), and the skis I used in the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen). Crested Butte is a mountain biking mecca – if you or family members area mountain bikers – you will have bikes and probably will have an extra bike or two for guests…? If you a family of 4 or 5 plus guests designing a home with storage for all of this stuff requires some thought. Crested Butte where dogs are people too... Do you have dogs? Will your guests bring Dogs? Will your garage or mud room have a warm water dog wash space? Will your garage have a sloped floor with drains to drain the water (and melting snow from your vehicles in the winter)? One last point – unless you are planning to pass your home down to your kids – someday you will sell your home – some homes are “too unique” and do not appeal to many buyers. Building a dream home is very exciting – but if you expect to get the value out of the home when you go to sell it years later be sure the home will appeal to a broad audience of prospective homebuyers without significant remodel expense (I also suggest at least 4 bedrooms, 2 “living areas”, and steam showers – they are awesome). 4) What does it cost to build a custom home in Crested Butte? There is no simple answer to this because of the many factors that go into buying a homesite, the size of the desired home, the design of the home, whether it is on a hillside or flat building site, and the selection of the finish-out and materials in the home. The short answer says Scott Hargrove of Hargrove Construction is:” “between $300 – $900 per sq. ft.” depending on the info above and personal taste. 5) Pick a Quality Builder who you feel comfortable with – There are a number of quality builders in the Crested Butte Area. Hargrove Construction is one of the few that have been building here in the Crested Butte area for decades. Most people will decide on an architect first – then along with the architect and the design in hand will interview builders to understand what costs, timelines, and processes the builder will propose for the project. Building a custom home can usually take 18 – 24 months and there are many moving parts, decisions and changes that are normal – as Hargrove’s website says “…the difference is in the details”. I recently spoke to a client of Scott Hargrove who recently moved into their beautiful custom home in Prospect – when I asked how the process went – he said: “Great, could not be happier – Scott and Kristi are not just our builder, they have become our good friends”. Having quality builders and architects in the Crested Butte area another reason that Crested Butte has been called “Colorado’s last great ski town”, and a part of the charm of Crested Butte for visitors, locals and second homeowners. For more information about Hargrove Construction or to ask questions about pricing, scheduling or any other aspect of your future building project see contact info below:
Scott Hargrove P.O. Box 596 Crested Butte CO 81224] 970-349-5816 (office)
If you have an interest in Crested Butte Real Estate and would like to start a conversation about homes, condos or land in the Crested Butte area, call
Author: Chris Kopf