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Sunflower at Walden Farms, Silver Award, Single-Family Production 2,001 to 3,000 sf


Sunflower at Walden Farms, Silver Award, Single-Family Production 2,001 to 3,000 sf

By Peter Fabris August 27, 2018
Great room of Sunflower at Walden Farms, Prescott, Ariz.
The great room and kitchen at Sunflower open dramatically to outdoor living space at the back of the home.
This article first appeared in the September 2018 issue of Pro Builder.

Sunflower at Walden Farms

Prescott, Ariz.


Entrant/Builder/Developer: Dorn Homes

Designer: Felten Group

Interior Designer: Claudia Gerster, Creative License International

Photographer: Roger Marble

Size: 2,346 sf

Sales price: $409,900

Hard cost, excluding land: $87.30/sf

Completion: July 2017


With Sunflower at Walden Farms, the aim was for the “sweet spot of the active adult market” at 2,200 square feet to 2,400 square feet, while still appealing to  families with children. Three bedrooms accommodate a multigenerational household.

The Sunflower’s nearly square shape made it fairly economical to build. One challenge was to break up the rooflines so that the home didn’t look like a big box. To that end, articulation on the corners provides visual interest. 

A 10-foot vaulted ceiling punctuated by dark wood beams and generous fenestration make the open great room/kitchen space the showpiece of the interior. “The whole back of the home (great room and kitchen) explodes in view as you walk through the front foyer,” says Dave Grounds of Dorn Homes.

A covered front porch and a covered back patio off of the great room offer outdoor living space. A drop zone just inside the entrance to the attached three-car garage provides convenient storage. 

In an effort to keep the homeowners’ association fees low, the development doesn’t include fancy amenities. Two dog parks, pickleball and bocce courts, a shared ramada, and a fitness trail provide recreational opportunities. 

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