Company brings ‘New Homes’ to Granite Bay

By: Margaret Snider Granite Bay View Correspondent
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A fully decorated model home is ready for viewing and building is about to begin at The Collection, a new home development in Granite Bay. It is located near Douglas Boulevard and Cavitt Stallman Road and the developer and builder is called, appropriately, The New Home Company. “There hasn’t been any real new residential development except for large custom homes (in Granite Bay) in close to six to seven years,” said Kevin Carson, Northern California president of the The New Home Company. The Collection boasts four new floor plans, from 2,800 to 3,600 square feet, with many options for customization. Lots are 20,000 square feet, and prices start in the high $500,000s. Carson has been a resident of Granite Bay for 20 years and has 25 years of home building experience. He was the president of the Sacramento chapter of the Building Industry Association in 1995 and has chaired numerous local and state committees on land development issues facing the building industry. He is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of Stanford Home for Children, chairperson for HomeAid in Sacramento, and on the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. Carson was instrumental in getting this project going in Granite Bay. “There are only 17 lots,” said Dragos Cojocaru, vice president of operations. “My personal opinion is I would like to see more, but in this market, the way it is right now, it’s probably just perfect.” The New Home Company purchased the property in December 2010 from Wells Fargo Bank. “They had taken it back from Kobra Properties,” Carson said. The New Home Company worked with the county on retaining the existing oak and olive trees, giving the development an established and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. “We worked with Mike Woodley on the architecture and held several focus groups with the local brokers in the area,” Carson said. Realtors Linda Grondona and Debbie Sax of Remax Gold participated in focus groups. “They wanted to know our opinion of what buyers were looking for in a home, and because we do work with a lot of buyers, we have a pretty good pulse on that,” Grondona said. “What they came up with in their final project was just so right on.” Grondona and Sax were both impressed with the different possibilities for customization. “We went into what we felt buyers were looking for,” Sax said. “We know what’s out there. They don’t want a vanilla house.” According to Carson, nothing like The Collection is being offered in surrounding areas such as Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, and Granite Bay. Because the market has been suppressed, a lot of the new builders have not brought out any new plans and the features they are offering are dated. “We have very livable floor plans that are very flexible in terms of extra garages, or mom’s workstations, bedroom/den combinations, wine rooms, things that have a lot of flexibility,” Carson said. Grondona likens it to buying a custom home. “Even though they are predesigned plans, they allow a lot of input from the buyer, who is going to be selecting that particular house on a certain lot,” Grondona said. “We were really impressed with it, actually.” The homes are also eco-friendly in ways besides blending into the existing flora. The company partners with manufacturers whose products are sustainably produced, made from responsibly harvested natural resources or recycled materials. “Our engineered wood products manufacturer, Weyerhaeuser, is committed to sustainable forestry,” said Bill Kenelty, director of purchasing. “They plant 100,000,000 seedlings a year and they’ve developed manufacturing techniques that help them get the most out of each log harvested. Our paint manufacturer subscribes to South Coast Air Quality Standards, the most strict standards for air quality in the nation.” Carson pointed out that the Design Studio is located right in the model home onsite, something that a lot of builders don’t offer. “Through our Design Studio, our homebuyers have an opportunity to enhance their homes even further by selecting green options like solar, indoor air quality filters, high efficiency furnaces and energy efficient appliances,” Kenelty said. In addition, the homebuyer can actually take samples of carpet or tile into a bedroom or bathroom to picture how it would look. The four partners who started The New Home Company, Larry Webb, Joseph Davis, Wayne Stelmar and Tom Redwitz, have years of experience in residential development, as do management and support teams. With these human resources, the company is able to utilize its wealth of relationships within the industry. Currently the company has two other communities under construction in this area: Madeira in Elk Grove, and Lincoln Crossing in the City of Lincoln. In Granite Bay, VP of Operations Cojocaru said there is no competition other than resale homes within that price range. Trade partners who help build the houses include Calhoun Construction, H&D Electric, Courage Pools, and Tanner Masonry. “Something about The New Home Company that I’m going to tell you right now, they’re always full of surprises for me,” Mike Tanner of Tanner Masonry said. “Very good surprises. They always keep me on my toes.” ---------- The New Home Company What: The Collection, new home development Where: 4205 Great Oak Circle, Granite Bay When: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Phone: (916) 791-2700 Website: