STAPLETON GARDEN COURTS
FIVE MODEL DESIGNS WITH STYLE VARIATIONS
DENVER, COLORADO

Project Data:

Owner
Wonderland Homes, Inc.

Project Location
Stapleton, Denver, Colorado

Project Size
20 Single Family Houses (Phase I)

Completion Date
Summer 2002 (Phase I)


PROFESSIONAL BUILDER
2002 BEST IN AMERICAN LIVING AWARD

Project Description:

Five different models were created for the client, each with one or more significant style variation. The homes front onto heavily landscaped common Garden Court areas with walking paths and benches.

Garden Courts can be used effectively in neighborhood design to provide a counterpoint to traditional building-to-street relationships characteristic of typical street grids. The greens can be well defined by the homes that surround them and create greater intimacy and identity than more exposed public parks. The line between the public realm and private garden is important to delineate with low fencing, hedges, or medium-height landscape borders. Garden Courts are extremely efficient in use of the land for the specific purposes of accommodating buildings, garages, and public and private open space. Because of this, they can produce very livable detached home developments at relatively high densities.