The Gazette article regarding Copper Ridge (May 20, 2019) totally missed the mark. I have been getting asked a lot about the area.
Full disclosure, I am not an expert on this subject. I am not a contractor, builder, inspector, engineer, I am an expert in Real Estate sales. I have been a Realtor in Billings for 29 years and have seen settling and soil erosion in all areas. In fact, the houses I have sold, shown, and viewed in Copper Ridge did not have any obvious issues. There are settling and soil issues in all of the Billings area. There have been homes that have had horrendous flood damage along the Rims. A huge factor in all of this is water. An item that is routinely overlooked by homeowners are gutter downspouts. Many homes are missing the three-foot extension that routes rain and snowmelt away from the foundation. Continuous negative drainage issues will destroy a perfectly built home. Billings has many great builders; some are even second-generation builders. Speaking with a few builders recently they talked about compaction, the quality of cement in the foundation, the materials around the foundation, negative drainage and the importance of rain gutters in our area.
In closing, there are many, many, many great homes in Copper Ridge — a handful of homes does not define a whole subdivision. In my opinion, The Billings Gazette failed in journalistic research and integrity before writing such a negative article.