Timeless by Design: Brighton Corporation brings an innovative new community to Barber Valley. Main Idaho Real Estate Insights
A list of Boise?s most appealing assets would have to include the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Boise River greenbelt, and our scenic foothills. Residents of a new community in Barber Valley will be able to walk to all three from their innovative new homes in River Heights.
By Lance Thompson

tn_brighton homes The community is the creation of Brighton Corporation vice president and general manager Lars Hansen, who envisioned a neighborhood of environmentally responsible homes with timeless aesthetic appeal.

A Boise resident for most of his life, Hansen has been a designer, architect and builder for twenty years.  River Heights will eventually include 240 homes with prices in the $300,000 to $500,000 range. The majority of those already built in the 45-site phase one are custom designs, some based on Brighton plans and others individualized to customer needs from the ground up.  "This level of personalization is typically avoided in our industry," says Hansen, "but we welcome the opportunity to meet the challenge."
Larsen took maximum advantage of River Heights' tranquil setting across from the Boise River with expansive covered patios and elevated decks from which to enjoy the foothill landscapes.  Larsen's goal was to "create enjoyable outdoor living spaces."  In addition to the community center with fitness facilities and outdoor pool, greenbelt pathways and foothill trails are a short walk away.  Favorite float trip entry spot Barber Point is nearby, and Lucky Peak reservoir is ten minutes up the road.  Street names in River Heights, like Globe Theater Avenue, Midsummer Street and Shakespeare Way, were inspired by the nearby Idaho Shakespeare Festival.
Interiors emphasize natural light and a "transitional" design that blends traditional and contemporary elements.  "Imagine if you were to renovate a North End bungalow," Larsen explains.  "Most people would retain the carpentry, cabinets and hardwood floors, but update the lighting, finishes and appliances.  That's the feeling we try to capture."  

Appropriate to Brighton Corporation’s recognition as 2011 Energy Star Builder of the Year, River Heights homes will feature high-performance Anderson windows, energy efficient Bosch stainless steel appliances and premium materials throughout.
Larsen’s extensive design background gives him a unique perspective as a builder.  He is influenced by the philosophies and motivations of other architects more than by their specific designs.  "Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier had very different stylistic preferences, but basically espoused the same ideas."  Larsen appreciates sound design from even further back, referencing the principles of 1st Century BC Roman architectural theorist Vitruvius, "who described the essential elements of good design as ‘firmness, commodity, and delight.'  To me this means that a home should be well-built, highly functional, and beautifully uplifting."

The homes of River Heights certainly meet that standard, and one more for Lars Hansen.  After graduating from the University of Idaho Summa Cum Laude in architecture, he initially worked in Portland, Oregon.  But he soon returned to Boise “to make a difference in the place I call home.”   That difference is evident in the homes he’s building in the foothills of the Barber Valley.

Source: Greenbelt Magazine

Posted by tlangford at 4/20/2012 5:27:00 PM
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