Crested Butte, Colorado

SmartPads is the premier building option in Crested Butte. Like many other secluded mountain towns, we are able to solve many challenges for those looking to build a home. Building a home in Crested Butte poses challenges such as limited local labor, expensive build times, and budget blowouts. Not only is it difficult to find laborers, but the ones you find in town are also going to cost a fortune. We build our homes off-site and deliver them to the homesite, proving a much more efficient, timely, and quality build. Not only are we able to deliver a higher quality product in less time, but we are also able to do it with a fixed budget. This means once the plans and finishes are selected for the home, the price does not change. As the home portion of a new build typically accounts for 50-60% of the overall budget, having a fixed cost is a huge benefit for home buyers. 

Crested Butte, Colorado


Crested Butte, which sits at 8,885 feet, was founded as a mining town and was home to coal mines and silver mines in the late 1800s. As mines shut down, Crested Butte lost most of its inhabitants until 1961, when Crested Butte Mountain Resort brought a surge of new energy to the Gunnison Valley. This brought the population from 200 to nearly 2,000. 

Skiing in Crested Butte is world-class and it has been named the “Best Ski Town” by publications and resources. It is also unique because it is one of the few family-owned resorts still in operation. This remarkable resort offers 1,500 acres of trails and the steepest cut run in North America. Rambo is approximately 53 degrees in pitch and the perfect adventure for thrill-seeking ski enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a longer run, the longest run on the resort is 2.6 miles and acts as a popular first run of the day for many. Another claim-to-fame is the Nordic Ski opportunities in Crested Butte. Known as the Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado, there are over 55 kilometers of trails that begin in town and lead to numerous surrounding areas.

Summertime activities revolve around the outdoors. Whether you are looking for horseback riding, fishing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, or climbing, Crested Butte provides an array of trails and opportunities to meet your needs. It was also designated the “Wildflower Capital of Colorado,” so anywhere you turn, you will see a plethora of beautiful wildflowers!

Elk Avenue, which is the main street in downtown Crested Butte, is lined with historic buildings and original homes and saloons, providing Colorado’s eight largest Historic Landmark District. It contains plenty of places to eat and drink, including the award-winning Montanya Rum Distillers.

Accessing Crested Butte is significantly easier in the warmer, drier months. It is located on the Western Slope, in the Southwest region of Colorado, and is about a 4-hour drive from Denver. For those traveling by plane, it is a quick 30-minute drive from Gunnison or 90 minutes from Montrose.


Based on your design choice, SmartPads will build luxury prefab homes starting at $255 – $275 SQ/FT for our larger homes. In addition to the home cost, the client is responsible for on-site costs, general contractor fees, and the delivery and setting of the home. Depending on the finish selections and level of customization, the cost of the home can increase. For Crested Butte homes, there will often be upgrades to higher-end kitchen appliance packages and custom materials to be fitting with the caliber of home expected in the area. In the end, SmartPads could save a Crested Butte homeowner hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to local construction costs. Our business model works well in Steamboat (our home base) but really shines in Crested Butte. 

The 2 major savings associated with building a prefab home are time and money. In Crested Butte, home building costs can range from $375 – $700 SQ/FT.  SmartPads sells the home starting at $255 – $275 SQ/FT + on-site costs and all-in costs. SmartPads homes will save Crested Butte buyers around 10%-15% or around $50-$100 + per SQ/FT to deliver a complete project. SmartPads prefab homes are also sold at a fixed cost, providing a solution to budget blowouts which often occur for site-built mountain town construction.

Based on your design choice, SmartPads will build luxury prefab homes starting at $255 – $275 SQ/FT for our larger homes. Typically, the home accounts for approximately 45%-60% of the overall budget depending on the design and topography. On-site costs include excavation, foundation, General Contractor fees, tap fees, delivery, etc. Depending on the finish selections and level of customization, the cost of the home can increase.

SmartPads can build a custom luxury single-family home in about 2 months before delivering to the homesite and depending on your local site completion time after the homes arrives, many projects are fully complete in 4 -6 months.

Yes. All SmartPads designs can be customized. SmartPads can also create a custom plan to match your needs at an additional cost.

SmartPads builds stick-frame homes using the strongest and most efficient materials available. Cedar and metal exterior siding, metal roofs, closed-cell foam insulation, high-altitude energy-efficient windows, and an array of luxury interior finishes including (but not limited to) granite, quartz, custom cabinetry, and more. 

To finance a SmartPads home custom luxury prefab home, you simply need a normal general construction loan from the lender of your choice. It’s no different from any construction loan for site-built homes. Usually, a local bank to your location is the best bet. Get ready to save lots of interest as your homes will be built considerably faster than traditional on-site construction.

Generally, prefab homes are allowed in every town in Colorado; however, each neighborhood has specific guidelines and requirements. You can check specific HOA guidelines by looking at the neighborhood covenants to ensure modular construction is allowed. A local realtor can also help with this.