Brookstone Green

Four years ago Steve Brooks worked in the renovation business converting apartment buildings into condos, yet his dream was to build custom homes. Good thing he followed that dream because four years later it’s clear that Steve Brooks of Brookstone Builders has a real knack for constructing high-end custom homes.

Colorado has its share of custom home builders for sure, but it’s Steve’s artistic use of finish materials that really sets him apart, like unique glass tiles or bamboo flooring. And while Brooks’ homes also have easy, comfortable floor plans, he’ll tell you the real signature of his rustic, contemporary designs is the fact that they’re “built green.”

Green homes in Colorado are all the rage. Sure, potential home owners are interested in helping the environment, but the fact that green building reduces energy bills certainly boosts the appeal. What exactly, though, does it mean when a home is advertised as “built green”? In a nutshell, here’s how it works: A builder has pages of “green” guidelines he can follow to construct homes, and each green feature carries a certain point value. A builder needs 80 points to earn the “built green” stamp of approval.

Brooks builds his homes with 250 to 300 points of built-green improvements. Remember those glass tiles I mentioned? They’re actually recycled glass. You’re also likely to find recycled leather wall insets in the study of a Brookstone home. And get this. Steve is introducing into his homes a nylon carpet that is 100 percent recyclable with an unlimited lifespan.

If you’d like to check out a Brookstone home, Steve has three on the market right now, one on South Milwaukee in Bonnie Brae, another on South Columbine in Observatory Park and the last on Grape Street in Hilltop. Not one to rest on his laurels, he’s also currently building his first LEED-H certified home, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design for Homes. This prestigious designation is limited to houses that meet stringent requirements established by the U.S. Green Building Council

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