Vail, Colorado

SmartPads provides a smart and efficient building solution to the Vail Valley. We started SmartPads as a solution to the Colorado housing crisis and channeled our focus to help numerous mountain communities. Building a custom home in any location can be cumbersome and the challenges are elevated in Colorado mountain communities. With an average build time for traditional stick-frame homes of 16-24 months, weather and maintaining a consistent crew of workers can be an endless struggle. Not only are you forced to pay significantly more for labor, materials and design fees, but also the quality of the build can be compromised when managing this many variables over the course of 2 years. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Vail, Colorado

The benefits of using SmartPads in the Vail Valley are plentiful. We build and design our custom homes with the best available materials, ensuring every home is highly-efficient, eco-friendly, luxurious, built within 3-4 months, and delivered at a fixed price.

We use modular technology to build our homes, meaning we build them off-site and deliver them to the home site. Our homes are constructed the same way as traditional builds, using a wood frame.

So why do we build offsite? Although many have preconceived notions about “modular” or “prefab” technology, there are some significant advantages:

  1. Our homes are built stronger than traditionally built homes. Not only do we use the highest quality materials, but we also build our homes strong enough to be transported and set in place by a crane.
  2. We build our homes faster. Because we build in the same location day after day, our building facility is able to build a complete home in as little as 3 months. This translates to significantly fewer costs for the client.
  3. Our homes are sold at a fixed price. This is a huge advantage for our clients in the Vail Valley. Typically, building the home accounts for approximately 40% of the overall construction cost. Once you select your plan and finishes, the price is set and never changes. If you think of all the variables while building on-site in the mountains, this is not only a huge cost saver, it delivers significant peace-of-mind during the build process.
  4. Our homes resell at a premium. The quality of our homes speaks for itself. We’ve seen multiple SmartPads homes sold at record-breaking prices throughout the state of Colorado.


In 1962, Vail Ski Resort was founded and 4 years later the town of Vail was incorporated. Vail is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and located under 100 miles from Denver, making it one of the most accessible resorts in the state. It sits at an elevation of 8,150 feet in Eagle County and is surrounded by the White River Nat’l Forest with the Eagle River flowing through town. It has a population of approximately 5,400 people, with the population surging to nearly 10,000 during the busy winter months.

Vail was modeled after European ski towns with an emphasis on pedestrian walkways and accessibility. With the easy-to-roam layout, there are also over 100 restaurants and nightclubs in town, making it a popular destination for dining and nightlife. Vail also offers its guests the largest free bus system in the United States which connects Vail with neighboring towns. End the day with fine dining and a lively nightlife after spending the day taking advantage of the world-class skiing that Vail Resort offers.

Vail has become one of the most popular ski destinations in the world and is the largest single mountain ski resort in the nation. With 31 lifts, 193 trails, and the longest run being 4 miles long, the resort has an appeal for enthusiasts of all ages. In the summertime, ski trails are transformed into mountain biking paths and bikers can ride the gondola up the mountain and enjoy the exhilarating ride down. Vail is also popular among avid golfers as there are numerous courses nearby.

Finally, Vail hosts many annual events that are popular among locals and visitors. Whether you are looking for quality food, beverages, fine art, or a rodeo, Vail is sure to offer an event to suit your taste


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 Vail 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 Vail 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 Vail. 

The 2 major savings associated with building a prefab home are time and money. In Vail, home building costs can range from $500 – $1200 SQ/FT.  SmartPads sells the home starting at $255 – $275 SQ/FT + on-site costs and all-in costs. SmartPads homes will save Vail buyers around 20% to 30% or around $150 + 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 40% 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.