Builder Spotlight: Copper Creek Homes



Silas Colman and Chris Colman

Owner / Copper Creek Homes  970-256-7355

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How did you get started in this business? 
(By: Chris) I started working in construction as a heavy equipment operator and framer nearly 40 years ago while going to Bible College to be a minister. I later went into ministry full-time and was the lead pastor at a quickly growing Christian church for 25 years. When my son, Silas, was attending College, he really wanted me to go into the real estate business with him after graduation. In addition to attending College full-time during the school year and working on commercial fishing boats in Alaska during the summers, Silas saved money for his first real estate purchase. In 2001, the timing was right and we started our real estate business together. We began by purchasing houses to remodel and rent or sell. We successfully completed hundreds of total home renovation projects. Through that process, we spent a lot of time fixing the corners that were cut by the original builders. This gave us a different insight into the construction industry and a passion to take care of the details that make a house more functional, and longer lasting. As they say, “It is easier to do things right the first time”. Over the years we’ve transitioned into a company that designs and builds homes, buildings and complete neighborhoods from the ground up.

What sets Copper Creek Builders 
apart from other builders? (By: Silas) As a land development and construction company, we have the opportunity to impact the customer experience to a much greater degree than we could if we were just building a single house. With each of our residential projects, we begin with a blank canvas of raw land and we brainstorm ways we can make life more enjoyable for the people who will live in our neighborhoods. We believe that people are happier when they have more opportunities to get outside and be active without having to drive across town. We also believe there is a lot of value in bringing people together, so we add features into our neighborhoods that give our customers more opportunities to do both of those things. In our neighborhoods, we have community gardens, private neighborhood parks, walking trails and outdoor entertaining areas that all the residents can enjoy. Every house we build has a front porch so our customers have the opportunity become a part of the social fabric in their neighborhood. To top it all off, we have an incredible team of people who are hard working, highly qualified and a pleasure to be around. Sunni Gagler makes sure everything in the office runs smoothly, Beary King, our foreman works hard to ensure every home meets our quality standards and Naomi Colman is likely to be the first friendly voice you hear when you call in to ask questions about a Copper Creek homes. We have also selected some of the very best trade partners in the valley, guys who show up on time with a good attitude and take pride in the quality of their work.

What do you do when you’re not working? 
(By: Silas) Family time is really important to both of us and we both enjoy spending time outdoors. We recently finished a self-guided expedition through a section of the Brooks Range of Alaska about 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. What an incredible experience!

What’s the story behind 
the Copper Creek name? (By: Silas) When we started this business, we wanted to have a name that would serve as a subtle reminder of the big picture and would also help us to spread a message that is important to us. Many years ago we became involved with a local based non-profit called the The Alkare Foundation (, whose mission is to locate orphanages around the world that are in need of funding to cover the basic necessities of food and clean water. Through the years, I have been able to visit several orphanages in Thailand and Mexico. While in Mexico, I came across an orphanage in the Copper Canyon region that was filled with 28 young, smiling faces with hungry stomachs! The woman who runs the orphanage and the children who live there have a story that inspired me more than words can express. When I returned, I shared the details with my Dad and we both committed to taking care of those kids and the new ones that continually come in. The name of our company not only reminds us that there is a bigger purpose to what we do but it also allows us to share the message, like I’m doing right now! With the sale of each home in Copper Creek North, we and a few of our trade partners donate $2,500 to the Alkare Foundation. The foundation now supports not only the orphanage in Copper Canyon, but also four other orphanages in Mexico and Africa. These donations are only possible because of the customers that buy our homes. This means that those customers who buy our homes are helping contribute to a great cause, whether they know it or not! A special thanks goes out to Dave and Nancy Kimbrough and Edward and Nicole Quigley for contributing and being a part of the story from the very beginning. To learn more about a great cause visit

Where can inquiring minds go to learn more about upcoming Copper Creek Projects? 
(By: Silas) The neighborhood we are currently building in is called Copper Creek North, which consists of approximately 85 lots, 4 private parks, a walking trail that meanders through the entire neighborhood and a small community center. We sold out our first filing in 10 months and just released the second filing to our waiting list. Within 2 weeks of our Filing 2 release, we’ve pre-sold 14 homes! I only say that so those of you who are interested in Copper Creek North can get an idea of how fast things are selling right now. We still have some great lots left in the 2nd filing and are happy to give tours of the neighborhood, model homes and answer questions.

To get more information or schedule 
a tour you can visit our website at or call 970-256-7355. Looking for help with your home? Call the HBA of Western Colorado at 970-245-0253 or