busy up on the hill:

It’s hectic (that’s good!) up at Fiori Hill

We’ve been busy:  the new Bungalow plan is a hit – going up on the top circle at lot 17 -just got the building permit! – and the new one already framed up behind the model home is under contract.

Solar energy looks even more possible than we thought, and our latest offer coming in has asked for a quote on what may be our first installation.  We’re all excited!  Energy star certification is being evaluated, as it turns out the homes are being built that way already!

The new Bungalow, our entry level with a first floor master, has benefited from good buyer suggestions, and the first floor layout has been much improved.  We will soon update the website with it, so check back.

Bring friends, come see us at the model, and get a wonderful group of people and a great green home!

The Tuscan Home

Happy to help.

Dave Bellin – 919 632 2052 – dbellin @ UrbanCottageProperties.com

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Home Standards, Upgrades, Plans & Prices

All our custom urban cottages share exciting basic standards.  and we have an attractive price point, which includes major options we’ve been asked for:  granite kitchen countertops, tiled baths, stainless appliances, fully sealed & conditioned crawlspaces, metal roofs,  15 SEER heat pumps, efficient hot water heaters (instantaneous gas an option), locally made cabinets….. and more….. Pricing is found on the web pages for each home plan.  Click for full document:

Home Standards Fiori Hill w Upgrades 2page

You might also wish to review the community overview and the list of all home plans and pricing:  Fiori community intro-prices 2page

Question?  Email dbellin@urbancottageproperties.com
or call Dave at 919 632 2052 during normal business hours (text works as well!)

(note: prices and specifications are subject to change at any time; renderings may include optional upgrades; contract specifications always take precedence)

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Finish Details, Vendors

This area provides details on the finishes at Fiori Hill, for buyers. We have samples of many products available for you to see.   Appointments ARE be available with the showrooms if you would like to review and price changes directly with the vendor – please call first for an appointment with the person specified.   Online examples may be found at the vendor or manufacturer websites (links included below as available, accuracy attempted)  Note that all specifications are subject to change and contract takes precedence.   Please retain copies of all vendor paperwork and confirm with the seller/builder.

Cabinets & Countertops:   www.MarshFurniture.com   Marsh Kitchens & Cabinets, 605 W Harden St, Graham NC 27253,  336-229-5122, ask for Tony.
Base cabinets will be MAPLE, Natural, Atlanta1 style. Many different stains and styles available at no charge.
Granite countertops in kitchens (“level 1”) in many colors at no charge. Bath countertops will be white cultured marble, granite an optional upgrade.

Lighting:  Pine State Electric showroom, 937 Washington St. Durham, NC 27701.  Phone  919-682-9258.  Contact Person: Ashley. pinestatelighting.com  Almost unlimited options on view in showroom:

Appliances: Sears Kenmore.  Other models/brands can be priced at any Sears, we recommend the Sears Appliance Center at Crabtree mall Raleigh.   To get order in, contact by phone to Tabitha or any salesperson at the Commercial Select appliance group :  919-510-5375.

Dishwasher: stainless, #02213003000
Sink disposal 1/2 horsepower
Range hood standard, upgrade: #02280353000 (stainless microwave over range)
Range: stainless, #02294173000 (electric), #02274133000 (gas upgrade), #02294183000 (elec upgrade), #02213473000 (powerwave dishwasher upgrade), #022703510000 (3/4hp disposal upgrade)

Painting: by Peloquin Construction. Colors – exterior must select one of: SW6127 Ivoire, SW2827 Colonial Revival Stone, SW2860 Sage, SW7066 Gray Matters.   Samples available at Sherwin Williams stores.  Interior colors as per contract.  Custom changes with a per room charge.

Flooring: Flooring Plus, 507 Cornerstone Ct, Hillsborough NC 27278 919-245-8333,   Hardwood to be stained oak, finished on site (first floors). Light or dark stain. Other woods by custom quote.  Carpet on upper floors.

Tile:   Best Tile,  4215 Garrett Rd, Durham NC 27707 919-401-9420, ask for Susan Moxley.  Changes, upgrades, additions such as kitchen backsplash by custom quote.

Plumbing:  Wilkinson Plumbing showroom in Durham:   2724 Edmund St, Durham, NC 27705  Hours: 8AM–5PM M-F  Phone: (919) 286-7702  Your contact person is Tracy.

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Busy week at Fiori: spectrum cable, more!

It’s been busy at Fiori Hill the past week.  Almost every day someone’s stopped by to see the homes.  Spectrum cable got their lines in, and Duke Power was back to get more meters set.  Peloquin Construction revised the fit of the new entry-level first floor Bungalow plan – and the basement was dug on lot 3 for the first Bungalow plan build.    Specs and common upgrades were clarified and we have a new “introduction” to our kind of green living (below).  Help us by spreading the word to your friends and colleagues, please!

Hillsborough’s first urban custom cottage community

a walk to Weaver St Market Hillsborough on the Riverwalk trail

community gardens, green play spaces

common house with meeting space, wraparound porch, and guest rooms

great for seniors, kids, and everyone!

What is “developer driven Co-housing community”?

Cohousing is a community of private homes clustered around shared space. Each attached or single family home has traditional amenities, including a private kitchen. Shared spaces typically feature a common house (with a kitchen, meeting room, guest bedrooms, mailboxes) and recreational spaces – green gardens, trails, playground, and fireplace grill. Shared outdoor space include parking, walkways, open space, and gardens. Neighbors also share resources like tools and lawnmowers.

Households have independent incomes and private lives, but neighbors collaboratively plan and manage community activities and shared spaces. The legal structure is an HOA. Community activities may feature regularly scheduled shared meals, meetings, and workdays – it’s up to the residents! Neighbors gather for parties, games, movies, or other events. Co-housing makes it easy to form clubs, organize child and elder care, and carpool.

Cohousing communities are usually structured – in principle and often in architecture – to encourage frequent interactions and the formation of close relationships between their members. Neighbors are encouraged to cooperate within the community and to care for their neighbors. Cohousing developments are usually intentionally limited to less than 50 homes and frequently feature large common areas for residents to interact in.

While cohousing developments are designed to encourage community, residents usually still have as much personal privacy as they want. Residents are able to choose how much they engage in order to find the right balance between their privacy and the community.

Co-housing facilitates interaction among neighbors for social and practical benefits, economic and environmental benefits. Having a local builder own and develop the site relieves owners of the stress of design, building infrastructure, and HOA legal preparation. www.cohousing.org is the national nonprofit website.

Green home community living from $259,900 – 399,900

1,208 square feet to 2,326 square feet

Custom Built contemporary green cottages – a “traditional” great Craftsman home!

(NO attached town-homes or duplexes)

For more information please see our website:


or call the co-housing Realtor “Tofu Dave” 919-632-2052

energy conscious careful custom building by Peloquin Construction

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Welcome, first resident!

Saturday marked the move-in of the first resident at Fiori Hill!  Bob E. and the TROSA movers settled his belongings in his home. TROSA is a great moving company, part of a long-term program for men and women in recovery. Bob’s house is a customized “Tuscan” plan with a large deck overlooking the woods. While he’s a bit of a pioneer with several homes going up around him, the spring will bring buds, flowers, and birdsong.

Our builder-developer Jeff Peloquin is at work on two more new homes down by the current model home. Lot 3 will be the NEW entry level first floor master – the “Fiori Bungalow”. This is a classic Hillsborough craftsman style home with an enclosed conditioned sun room. There’s a roomy master bedroom on the first floor, and upstairs two bedrooms and a second full bath.  It’s approximately 1,430 square feet.  The architect is finalizing the building plans, so contact me for a copy.

The snowfalls are hopefully over, so it’s easier to walk around the site. We look forward to getting more members, building this wonderful co-operative community, so send the word around. We are looking for people excited about sharing gardens, sitting on the wrap-around porch of the common house, walking on trails joining the Eno, and enjoying the koi pond.

Let everyone know we’re moving ahead! Contact me if you would like a walk-through of the model homes.

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End of Year: solar options, new model, progress….

We’ve partnered with YES! Solar of Hillsborough to offer suitable homes the option for solar electric systems, and electric car charging stations.  In addition, for under $1,000 if you can’t decide on installation up front,   homes can be pre-piped for future solar installations so that  conduit will not run up the exteriors during future installation, if you can’t decide up front.

An exciting entry-level first floor master plan will be available in the new year, our “Fiori Bungalow”.  Coming in just under 1,500 square feet, the home is a classic NC bungalow craftsman style with three bedrooms and 2 baths in a compact and efficient package.  Most will include a full unfinished basement with the wonderful precast and preinsulated 10″ thick wall system.  Pricing is expected to start at $279k.

The Verona model home at the circle is ready, and four more homes are under construction.  Our first resident should be moving in shortly,  and prospective residents are checking in with us regularly.  Please come by, refer your friends, and help our new community grow!

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Builder’s Update (10/17)

A note from master builder Jeff Peloquin, and some recent photos:

After beating through the rock we are complete with the water, sewer and power installation. Gas is going into the ground now and we are installing underground cable last before we start some seeding.

The Verona model [for sale] is slated for finish around December 15 and we have 2 owner specified, beautiful, custom homes under way with a 3rd in the queue.

We have started an Avanti ll for sale on lot 19 with a wonderful view of the creek and a wide open unfinished basement. This Avanti has 3 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths and is priced for the budget minded!

I want to extend our appreciation for the folks that waited for the infrastructure to be completed and look forward to making Fiori Hill a great community!


Jeff Peloquin, Construction & Project Management

Office  919-732-7554  jeff@peloquinconstruction.com   www.peloquinconstruction.com

Lot 16 Tuscan basement
Verona model home
Lot 18 Tuscan

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Grace Kim talk on Cohousing:

A nice TED talk on cohousing by an architect has been posted:

The Verona model home on lot 2 is fully dried in, wired, and plumbed.  The HVAC system is being installed.  Siding is about to go on and be painted, followed by the metal roof.

Framing has started on the first TUSCAN home (lot 18).   As soon as a permit is issued, foundation work will start on the second Tuscan (lot 16).   Duke power has marked all the lots and promises to run underground lines this month.

The Reservation process is over.  Each reservation holder has been contacted to convert to an Offer to Purchase a home.   Estimated completion of homes is 5-6 months after issuance of building permit, depending on location and model.

Thank you for your interest and support!

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