While no specific architectural style is required to be constructed in the custom homes at Pradera, architecture that reflects the traditional styles associated with rural Colorado is encouraged by the Pradera HOA’s Design Review Committee. Each of these architectural styles is compatible and in harmony with the natural setting of the community. They also encourage diversity from one another to enhance the atmosphere of a luxury home golf course community. The Prairie style is the signature of the community and has been adopted for the golf clubhouse and community center. Architectural styles not reflective of rural Colorado, such as Spanish, Mediterranean, Territorial, Santa Fe, Cape Cod, Victorian or Plantation, are not permitted in Pradera.
Prairie – A distinctly American architectural style, created and promoted by Frank Lloyd Wright, Prairie style blends horizontal planes and organic character. Low-pitched, hip roofs with wide and pronounced overhangs, horizontal lines of glass and low center of gravity massing are features associated with the Prairie style. Window muntins incorporate the grid pattern prevalent in character of the style while brick and stone are used effectively to finish the Prairie pallet.
Craftsman – The Craftsman style brings together aspects of several traditional American home exteriors. For Pradera, encouraged styles are those that demonstrate a rustic, high plains character. The homes should combine low-slung massing and a front porch, and create charm through the use of materials, decorative features, and window shapes. Gable roofs with outrigger detailing and dormers, distinctive porch columns, which are frequently tapered with a base of battered stone, and crafted porch railings are also associated with the Craftsman style.
Colorado Rustic – The Colorado Rustic architectural style continues to be a very popular choice by both builders and homeowners throughout the Front Range in Colorado. Low-pitched roofs with extensive overhangs, primarily composed of multi-level hip or gable roof elements create a solid, substantial architectural form. Covered, arched entries, often including companion-arched windows, are typical with this style although more linear covered entries are also extensively utilized. Masonry veneer composed of brick, stucco and stone with porch supports complementing the front façade and composed of masonry or masonry with columns adds to the character typical of the Colorado Rustic architectural style.
European Hillside – The European Hillside style reflects the charm and timeless nature of many hilltown villages in Europe. The style should be informal and additive in their compositions, to form a “built over time” appearance. Massing should be in rectangular volumes with varied heights, tower elements and wing additions. Gable roofs with flat or barrel tile should be the dominant roof form. A mixture of exposed rafter tail size for roof overhangs are integral to the style. The use of courtyards, loggias, towers, low walls and entry gates create an entry sequence and are encouraged. The existing sloped sites in the very natural setting of Pradera lends to the building forms of hilltown architecture.