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What is Gramercy Lofts?

Gramercy Lofts
 
As I meet and greet folks around town I've been asked often recently about our newest residential project. Just what is the concept? Where did the name originate? What will be unique about Gramercy Lofts? So here is some information that may address some of those questions. We are currently moving dirt and will be framing units beginning May 1st, 2011.
 
 
Gramercy Lofts will be a new residential living concept for Bartlesville and will offer a fresh market segment of choice for those looking to own their home, yet have the freedom that comes with a managed community. The addition of on-site fitness gym along with a dry sauna, pool and clubhouse gathering room will provide owners the sort of choices usually reserved for larger metropolitan areas. The interiors will be coordinated by our first class design staff and will include hardwood floors in selected 2nd floor living spaces, granite kitchen counters, granite bathroom vanity counters, Low E & argon windows, full-size washer and dryer room arrangements, covered 1st floor rear patios, covered 2nd floor front balconies in selected units, and a unique townhome exterior style that will give each owned unit a differentiated feel by blending exterior elements of columns, brick, stone and stucco. Residences will have a front covered entry doors alongside a front garage door. Gramercy Lofts will be located one block west of highway seventy five on Stonewall Drive .
 
 
 
 
The forty unit condominium community styled after the townhomes common in New York City 150 years ago are sometimes called Brownstones for the specific type of brown cut sandstone used on the exteriors. Our adaptation will be blended from local materials including brick, stone and stucco, but will still retain the side-by-side townhome style concept. There is actually a gated community in Manhattan called Gramercy Park, which derives it's name from the Dutch Krom Moerasje meaning "little crooked swamp". The private fenced 2 acre neighborhood is referred to in John B. Pine's 1921 book, The Story of Gramercy Park: ...Gramercy Park represents one of the earliest attempts in this country at city planning."
 
 
And so our concept borrows on the idea of the neighborhood belonging to the owners and being a unique, respected and well-maintained placed to live. We have designed eight units of varying size and amenities and named them for places in and around New York City. These units will be called Soho Flat, Brooklyn Flat, Brooklyn Loft, Hudson Square , Central Park, Gramercy Loft, Greenwich Village and Union Square . Each unit will be decorated in one of four color palettes to appeal to a variety of tastes and styles.
 
 
 
The first is called Weathered Urban, an eclectic blend of distressed black trim and doors along with dark stained alder cabinets and urban style brushed nickel hardware and light fixtures.
 
 
The second is called Cool Midwestern, which will be a relaxed, cool silver-toned wall color with crisp white moldings and doors and Spiced Walnut stained maple cabinets.
 
 
The third is called Clean Linen, featuring a modern twist with very light and bright walls, soft white painted moldings, stained knotty alder cabinets & chrome fixtures.
 
 
The fourth is called Old Town, which will feature oil rubbed bronze fixtures and hardware, creamy umber distressed moldings, stained alder or maple cabinets and warm, inviting  wall hues.
 
 
In addition unique design motifs, new owners will own a residence built by The Taylor Homes Group, a quality homebuilder in Bartlesville since 1958.  With our renewed commitment to energy efficiency, homeowners will experience the benefits of low utility costs. Here are some of those energy saving features: Low E; argon windows, foil-back reflective roof decking, dual unit heating and air for zoned temperature control, tankless hot water systems, bib wall insulation system, R-38 blown ceiling insulation. In addition to these great features, the nature of a stacked side-by-side townhome style home lends itself to low heating and cooling costs. Each unit will also be insulated from the adjacent unit by a double walled insulated 2 hour firewall which includes batted insulation and an air space for  sound control.
 
 
A Homeowners Association will be formed and established with deed to common areas including landscaping, lawn, pool & spa, fitness gym, parking and driveways and community clubhouse.
A Homeowner Association monthly fee will be established in the amount of $150 monthly.
This amount will fund the following: 1. water, sewer & trash  2. lawn & landscaping  3. snow removal & parking lot maintenance  4. management and maintenance of community building 
5. management and maintenance of fitness gym, spa, sauna and pool.
 
 
For more information about completion dates or for floorplan information, you can visit our offices at 3650 Camelot Drive in Bartlesville or call us at 918-333-3500.
 
 
 
 
 

Home Energy Hogs

This article caught my eye recently. It's about the small details of energy use that we may not be aware of in terms of all the energy required for all our 21st Century gadgets. I found it very useful and enlightening, especially understanding the small things we all can do to reduce our drain on the power grid which also reduces our energy costs which we all would find beneficial in a tough economic environment.
 

I'm getting greener while my lawn turns brown

I'm on the first leg of a journey to save the earth. I was there in the early days as a grade school kid when the first Earth Day happened back in the day and as a homebuilder, suffer from some degree of revulsion over what most of us homebuilders do to our carbon footprints everyday. Things won't change overnight for any of us who feel some compulsion to better our custodianship of our small space on planet earth. But we do what we can do. In that vein, we've pledge to make our homes tighter and more energy efficient. Our homes are inspected by independent energy raters via the Energy Star program. A typical code-built home rates at 100. A home with no net energy consumption rates zero. Zero is the holy grail of efficiency. An Energy Star home has a minimum rating of 85. Our homes typically have rated in the mid to low sixties. Just like in golf, that's a really good score...we think so, but are trying to go lower.
 
I recently read a great perspective on green building by Scott Adams in the Wall Street Journal. I think you'll enjoy the read. How I (Almost) Saved the Earth  No one said it would be easy to build the greenest house on the block. Scott Adams on perplexing energy bills, ugly lawns and the true meaning of 'green'
 
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