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DIRC Homes LLC
DIRC Homes enjoys a collaborative culture, and its team includes (from left) Tony Lajimodiere, Paul Malone, Jason Morris, Cory Palmeiro and Michael Martines.
trails of Golden, Colo. "It's an accessible location that makes it
easy for people to lock their front door and go adventure," Marketing Manager Michaela Derenne says.
With nine floorplans to choose from, homes range from 800 to
1,750 square feet. The smaller homes are ideal for people who are
more likely to rely on public transportation or commuting by bike
and only need a one-car garage.
"We see people becoming more of that one-car or zero-car
household," Derenne says.
The smaller floor plan helps DIRC Homes offer homes at a
lower price. "We have new homes starting for under $300,000,
which is unheard of in the metro area," President Paul Malone says.
"We've been able to deliver that product for many people that have
been left out of the market."
The compact size does not mean the homes will lack a sense of
style. "We're design-focused with thoughtful interior finishes,"
Derenne asserts. "You're not being stuck with a boxes that has no
personality; there's a high design to each home."
The development follows the Dutch concept of "woonerf," a
street that is design as a shared passageway for cars and pedestrians.
West Line Village uses these woonerfs to give all residents a pleasant
front door experience, regardless of where they live in the community. Innovative streetscape design combines varied colors and textures, and the landscaping for each home creates individuality within
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"With it being a larger neighborhood, you want to be mindful of
how it all fits together," Derenne says.
That influenced the design of the homes, as well. DIRC Homes
worked with the city of Lakewood to ensure West Line Village
blended into the community by foregoing features such as rooftop
patios in favor of pitched roofs. "Denver has received a lot of bad
press [in terms of] architecture," Malone says. "We took a step back
with this project and focused on clean lines and simple materials."
The partnership with city officials helped DIRC Homes find the
right balance between amenities, affordability and design. Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul attended the project's groundbreaking,
touting West Line Village as a model of new housing options. His
opening remarks were, "This is a big day for the city of Lakewood.
It's a big day for this neighborhood." He continued, "It's more important than ever, when we're looking at infill development, to
make sure you become part of the community."
Even community organizations have pitched in. 40 West Arts, a
state-certified creative district, has committed to painting a mural
on the property. "We have buy-in from so many people and it really
is about the people," Derenne says.
The Lakewood community may have embraced DIRC Homes,
but it's the people inside the firm who make everything run. DIRC
Homes credits its employees with creating a collaborative environment that drives success in projects such as West Line Village. "They
are the key to us being able to accept awards like the 'Fastest-Growing Private Companies,'" Derenne says, referring to the company's
recent honor as one of the Denver Business Journal's Fast 50. )