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By Rick Ahmann | Broker in Helena, MT
  • The "Dead" of winter at Cottage Craft Homes

    Posted Under: Market Conditions in Helena, Home Buying in Helena, Home Selling in Helena  |  January 28, 2011 7:53 AM  |  1,848 views  |  No comments
    Wow! I can remember in many years past having the opportunity to spend the Holidays and most of January just dreaming up ideas on where the new years business would come from. In spite of history, 2011 has started with a BANG!

    Our Cottage Craft Home project has been busier in December and January than in most of the second half of 2010! We welcomed 7 new costumers in the past 6 weeks. We are eagerly at work getting their homes up and ready! In an interesting twist, we are seeing a broader price range in play as well. Our typical deal has been below $200,000; but we are seeing activity up to $270,000 in our Bungalow and Craftsman offerings. Stay tuned for more info.

    Facebook has had a huge impact on our Cottage Craft Homes Business model. Our weekly routine of updates and showing of our floor plans, intereior photos and more is producing a more vibrant conversation surrounding our homes. Check us out on Facebook by searching for "Cottage Craft Homes"!

    In the mean time, if you have a chance to stop and see us - please do so! We are always eager to show off our model home. Or, stop by our website at MyCottageCraftHome.com. We think you will like our take on "New, Old Homes"!

    That's all for now!
  • New Bungalow Homes in Helena

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Helena  |  January 21, 2010 8:32 AM  |  2,143 views  |  No comments
    We have had such great success with our offering of Cottage Homes at Stone Meadows subdivision. Alongside of that offering, Cottage Craft Homes is please to offer 4 additional home plans from our new "Bungalow Homes Collection". These new designs are sure to please those looking for something a little different than your typical rancher or split-entry home.

    In keeping with the Craftsman theme of the neighborhood, these new Bungalows feature the all important front porch and all of the character you have come to expect from Cottage Craft Homes. Our exciting new Bungalow Homes are specially designed by STUDIO 360 Architects right here in Helena. They have a real "South Central" look and fell to them. We are always adding new plans suitable for Stone Meadows, please visit us online! Remember, you may be able to double your square footage! Just finish a basement for the most bang for your buck!

    In addition, we just broke ground on our new Model Home! This home is from our upcoming lineup of Craftsman Homes with design work by
    The Bungalow Company. We are truly excited to be working with the best in the business as we intorduce new plans, new price points and all of the character we can squeeze into your new home! Call me for information on plans, pricing and details. You can also visit us online at www.MyCottageCraftHome.com!

    We are having a blast building these homes! Come by and see them for yourself!

  • Cottage Craft Homes - Affordable Homes with Character!

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Helena  |  July 2, 2009 8:49 AM  |  1,237 views  |  No comments

    “It’s the neighborhood you grew up in,” or as Rick Ahmann says, “it’s the place you wish you had grown up.” Ahmann, a local real estate broker and partner Layton Sysum have worked for years to create a neighborhood with affordable housing as one of the key elements. And that’s just what they have done at Stone Meadows, a new community just north of Capital High off of Green Meadow Drive.


    Some people call it Affordable Housing; others use the words Work-Force Housing. Whatever your definition is, the common theme is that the median family income in the market place can afford to buy it. It is with an eye towards affordability that the new community at Stone Meadows finds its way to the market.


    The bungalow style homes here are reminiscent of the neighborhoods around Helena’s downtown areas. As one customer said, “It’s a neighborhood focused on neighbors where every home has a front porch.” The current offerings of homes are priced from $154,900 to just over $200,000 and all include a detached 2 car garage as part of the price. “Affordable does not have to mean boring” said Ahmann, “we tell our customers we’re building homes with character.” It shows in the plans being built here. The homes have interesting architectural details. While simple in design, each home definitely has a unique character. These are not your standard split-levels and faceless ranchers.

    “This neighborhood features sidewalks, boulevards and old-style street lights”, says Sysum, “and the garages are located off of an alley”. This is a design trend the neighborhood embraced by taking a page out of the past. Instead of homes that feature a garage as the most prominent design feature, these homes achieve a look and character of a bygone time and place. The sidewalk is more pedestrian friendly since it does not have curb-cuts leading to a “garage with attached house”. The community features City of Helena water and sewer, dedicated parkland and open spaces and is just a few minutes from downtown.


    The builder’s process is a straight-forward and simple 3-steps. Select your plan, Select your options and upgrades, and get your financing in place! “We wanted to be sure we could get folks in a home and at the same time provide the opportunity to make it uniquely their own” said Sysum. The customer selects their floor plan from one of the 7 available plans ranging from single level homes to story and a half charmers. They then have the opportunity to select from a myriad of no-cost choices such as colors, finishes, cabinets, counter-tops, and light fixtures along with numerous upgrades from wood floors to air-conditioning. Once the customer’s conventional, FHA or VA financing is in place, the builder is ready to construct the home with a delivery date scheduled just 90 days later.


    Cottage Craft Homes has developed a website that features floor plans, exterior elevations, information about the community and much more. There is a special section on the new $8,000 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit along with information on how to take advantage of the tax credit this year. Cottage Craft Homes can be found on the web at www.MyCottageCraftHome.com

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