Photos by Aaron Patterson
There’s a brand-new farmhouse in west Loveland that’s a little bit contemporary, a little bit Colorado and a whole lot of cool.
Mike and Jessica Schroetlin are the respective owners of Schroetlin Custom Homes and Schroetlin Real Estate. Together they are the team captains of the two companies that offer their clients a full range of services. Interior designer Shannon Carlson and project manager Jay Quattlebaum round out the group. From purchasing lots to collaborating with clients on custom and semi-custom builds, to all the details and finishing touches, and closing on the property, Schroetlin Custom Homes handles it all.
Mike is a Loveland native and third-generation builder. In a growing region attracting many newcomers, that distinction makes him a rare bird.
Just over a year ago, the Schroetlins started building their own home. It’s in the Fairway West subdivision, backing up to The Olde Course at Loveland golf course. The location dictated some of the design decisions. “We made the house as wide as possible, with as many rooms as possible with windows overlooking the golf course,” says Mike. Good choice. The golf course is lush and green, and filled with mature trees and singing birds. In a word, it’s paradise.
Going with a contemporary Colorado farmhouse feel is a departure from other homes they’ve built for themselves, which tended to be stucco and earth-toned. This house could be just as at home on a wind-swept prairie surrounded by horses as it is in town. Tall and white, with a deep porch, it harkens back to another era when life was simpler, and everything centered on the home front.
With 4,700 square feet of finished space, the first floor holds the living and dining rooms, a kitchen complete with custom cabinetry and Jenn-Air appliances, a master suite, an office, a laundry room and a mud room. Walls are treated with shiplap, giving the home texture and rustic/modern character. The Schroetlins can age in place; everything they need is on a single floor.
The attached three-car garage has a back door, so Mike can drive his golf cart straight onto the course. “That was part of the deal,” laughs Jessica.
The back patio is the perfect place for family time. Outfitted with a grill and fire pit, it’s another room for nearly three seasons out of four. Views of the golf course and big old shade trees add to the charm and tranquility. “We bought this lot a few years ago,” explains Mike. “It sat for a while until we decided what to do with it. Most of the homes in this neighborhood are 20 to 25 years old. We like the mature trees and being on a cul-de-sac.
“We have two girls, and it’s such a great place for the kids.”
Upstairs, are the girls’ rooms. And a second laundry room so they can take care of their own dirty duds. Mike has his office on this level—in the past, it’s always been in the basement. Now, his work space is flooded with natural light.
The lower level has a game/craft space, with an adjoining closet just for storing craft supplies. One room was earmarked as a dance studio, until the girls declared it a multi-function playroom. Under the stairs is a secret room, hidden behind a built-in bookcase. The Schroetlins use the home as their model house, and every child who visits discovers it, much to their delight.
Now Mike is busy with projects at Heron Lakes in Berthoud. It’s a golf course community, adjoining three different reservoirs: Lonetree, McNeil and Welch. The mountain views stretch for miles.
“I appreciate the golf course’s TPC designation and know the value it will bring to the area. The neighborhood’s views and amenities are just as impressive as the golf courses,” says Mike. “I believe this project will completely transform the Berthoud area over the next five to ten years. I don’t think most people realize the beautiful views that you get when you crest the hill into Heron Lakes. Many people have driven by on Highway 287 for years and never realized that this amazing property was just over the hill.”
If their own home is any indication of what can be expected in Heron Lakes or Timnath’s WildWing, another subdivision where they’ve been busy building, there are sure to be plenty of magnificent show homes with the Schroetlin label up and down the northern Front Range.
Michelle Venus is a writer and social media manager based in Fort Collins. To comment on this article, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.