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June 12, 2017
Denver’s Best ‘Burbs for Building Your Custom Home
Come talk to our building experts at Nelson and Sons Construction about Denver’s best ‘burbs for building your custom home. The communities are close enough to Denver that you can still enjoy the city’s sporting and cultural events while living in a quieter suburb with great schools, neighborhoods, dining, shopping, and nightlife, and maybe even mountain views. If building a home in one of these communities is your dream, we can make it happen.
According to a Movoto article, this is a list of the best suburbs to live in near Denver. To make their choices of best suburbs, Movoto considered each town’s amenities per capita, standard of living (cost of living, median home value, median rent, median household income, and high school graduation rate), total crimes per 100k, unemployment rate, total crimes per 100k, and average commute time.
Let’s take a look at how they ranked Denver’s suburbs so that you can decide where best to build your custom home.
Source: City of Greenwood Village, Colorado Government via Facebook
- Total amenities: 3,728
- Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent
- Average commute time: 21 minutes
The affluent Denver suburb of Greenwood Village has the second lowest average commute time. Greenwood Village is just a quick drive away from Denver. According to the Movoto article, schools in the area are also highly rated, making this city their number one pick of the best Denver suburbs for families.
Source: City of Louisville, Colorado Government via Facebook
- Unemployment rate: 4.9 percent
- Average commute time: 22 minutes
The wide-open spaces of Louisville provide single-family homes on large lots. The town’s playgrounds, walking trails, fishing ponds, and parks are great for the kids. Louisville is also filled with local restaurants and pubs that are in a pedestrian-friendly area.
Source: Superior, Colorado via Facebook
- High school graduation rate: 98 percent
- Unemployment rate: 4.5 percent
- Average commute time: 23 minutes
Superior has room for affordable ranch style homes to spacious and stately single-family homes. The hiking, biking, skiing, and fishing in Superior are perfect for people who love the outdoors. Superior has the second highest high school graduation rate, making it great for families, especially those with teens.
Source: City of Centennial Government via Facebook
- Total crimes per 100k: 1,274
- Median rent price: $1,316
Centennial offers housing options from small modern condos to large single-family homes. It has the nearby outdoor Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, where you can listen to musical artists and see mountain views. There is great food, schools, and shopping in Centennial. If you find an empty lot, Centennial is a fantastic spot for a custom-built home.
- Total amenities: 10,774
- Average commute time: 19 minutes
Home to the University of Colorado, Boulder offers dining, art galleries and museums, shopping, educational and cultural events, and nightlife. The housing trend tends to be modern condos but large lots are also available for single-family homes. It is close to Denver and to the mountains.
Lone Tree (tie)
Source: City of Lone Tree Government via Facebook
- High school graduation rate: 97 percent
- Total amenities: 1,286
If you’re looking for a town with options for single-family homes with large lots, this is it. There's great shopping and dining available, including Park Meadows which is a large shopping mall. There is also the Lone Tree Golf Club for the golf fanatics and the Lone Tree Arts Center with plays and music.
Source: Town of Erie, Colorado – Government via Facebook
- Total crimes per 100k: 581
- Unemployment rate: 3.9 percent
There are plenty of choices to build the single-family home of your dreams in Erie. There is a wonderful pool and recreation area at Columbine Mine Park. With breweries, dining, and plenty of outdoor activity, this may be your new perfect location for a new home.
Source: City and County of Broomfield via Facebook
- Total amenities: 4,001
- Unemployment rate: 6.5 percent
Here you will find large single-family homes on big lots. Check out their Broomfield Sculpture Trail at the Broomfield County Commons Park, the Bay Aquatic Park, and the Scenic Rock Creek Farm where in the fall there is pumpkin picking and mazes.
Source: City of Lafayette Colorado Government via Facebook
- Total crimes per 100k: 1,909
Lafayette has beautiful parks and wide open green spaces. It also has plenty of room for new construction of single-family homes and townhomes. Waneka Lake Park and the Indian Peaks Golf Course offer outdoor fun. But wherever you are, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.
Castle Rock (tie)
Source: Town of Castle Rock Government via Facebook
- Total crimes per 100k: 1,149
- Average commute time: 29 minutes
Castle Rock has the opportunity for modern condos and large single-family homes. The Outlets at Castle Rock offers convenient shopping, dining, and even a fitness facility. Downtown Castle Rock’s has numerous community events, including movie nights, star-lighting, parades, and the county fair and rodeo.
Source: Littleton, CO – Government via Facebook
- Total amenities: 4,965, the third highest per capita
- Average commute time: 25 minutes
Littleton offers the opportunity for both modest townhomes in well-maintained communities and large new construction single-family homes. The town has a museum, live music, great food, and a fun Main Street. The local schools provide an excellent education for your children.
If you want to check out any of Denver’s best ‘burbs for building your custom home, we can help you. Our builders at Nelson and Sons Construction serve all of the Denver area, including all the suburbs. We would love to build your dream home.
May 10, 2017
5 Common Types of Steel Buildings
Our construction experts at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver understand the popularity of the 5 common types of steel buildings because they aren’t just for warehouses anymore. In fact, steel buildings are versatile and durable options for all kinds of purposes. Pre-engineered steel buildings can protect against high winds, snow, and seismic activity by using guidelines from your local area in designing it. The buildings can also be erected securely and quickly.
A steel building is an ideal option for any agricultural business that needs to store feed, hay, large equipment, and even animals like goats, cows, and horses. Without the support columns of a traditional barn, the animals can’t damage the structure of a steel building.
It is also able to provide a very safe environment. It also offers a way to heat the steel building to keep your animals warm during extremely cold weather and still be energy efficient by insulating the building with a high R-value and can help eliminate condensation.
Commercial and Industrial
Steel buildings can help your small business expand and grow as your business grows.
Do you need more room for storage or assembly? Pre-engineered steel buildings can respond quickly to your business needs. They are cheaper and take a lot less time to build than traditional construction.
If you need a clear span design, a pre-engineered steel building may be perfect for your company. Clear span buildings don’t have the intrusive poles or columns, and they don’t need a truss and cord system. The space in the ceiling is usable. With a steel building, your company can make use of the entire space unfettered by interior framing. Clear span buildings are made to transfer loads from the roof to the foundation, which leaves the entire square footage usable.
Have you thought about using a steel building or components as part of a custom home build? Lots of people are building pre-engineered steel buildings for their houses because of the many benefits including needing less upkeep in that they require less maintenance, cost effectiveness and improved designs making them stronger and with beautiful finishing options that look more like a house. In addition, steel buildings protect from termites and other insect damage. While maybe not as common, a residential application still makes our list of 5 common types of steel buildings because it could be a fantastic idea for the adventurous.
How do you safely store an airplane? The answer is a steel building that is sturdy and offers plenty of open space for airplanes. Steel buildings are great for keeping planes, helicopters or any other aircraft. You can choose from several options for the hangar doors.
The clear span design gets rid of those bothersome poles interrupting the expansive interior. The US Department of Defense requires all government aviation hangars be steel because they are spacious, durable, cost effective, and saves on construction time.
Garages and Workshops
A pre-engineered steel buildings’ strength and spaciousness are perfect for a garage or a workshop. It can protect your cars, trucks, RV’s, motorcycles or equipment and give you plenty of room to repair, build, or store.
Our team at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can help you find one of the 5 common types of steel buildings that’s right for you or your business. Whether you need reliable and durable storage solutions that won’t break the bank or you want to expand your warehouse, office space or just need to increase your square footage, our steel building construction services are ready to design, customize and construct your steel building. We offer a variety of trim options and construction specifications. Contact us today for a free quote.
April 20, 2017
How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 2
To share our knowledge with you, Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver presents: How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 2. One of the reasons why we enjoy our job so much is that we love to partner with you in creating your dream home for your family. Let’s continue our discussion about what to expect as your home is being built – if you need to catch up, Part 1 is here for you to check out.
Siding, roofing, plumbing, electrical and HVAC
Once the shell is finished, our crew will install siding and roofing as well as run the pipes and wires through the walls, ceilings, and floors. The house is considered dried in when the roofing is put on. It’s also time to install the vents, sewer lines, and water supply lines.
We will also bring in the bathtubs and any other heavy items or appliances because it’s easier to maneuver through the structure while there’s still room.
We will install in the ductwork for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Electrical and cables
Next to go in are the electrical outlets, switches, lights, and wires from the breaker panel to the receptacles. Telephone wires, cable TV and stereo system wires are installed.
At this point, it will be time for more inspections covering the framing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. This is crucial, especially when it comes to finishing a home build on time.
Insulation like fiberglass, cellulose, or foam goes in all exterior walls, as well as the attic and any floors above an unfinished basement or crawl spaces. We may use blanket insulation, blown-in insulation or liquid foam. Anywhere that needs it will be thoroughly covered by the Nelson team.
Drywall, interior textures, and paint
Delivered drywall is now hung on the walls and ceiling. Then we will tape the seams, complete the drywall texturing, and paint. At this point, it will really start to feel like your new home.
We will also be working on finishes for the home’s exterior like brick, stucco, stone, and siding.
Interior trim, cabinets and paint
Now it’s time for our crew to install all interior doors, baseboards, door casings, window sills, moldings, stair railings and other decorative trim. We will also put in the cabinets, vanities, and fireplace mantels. Walls will also get the last coat of paint.
Install exterior surfaces
Moving outdoors, our builders will complete the driveway, walkways, and patios. This will allow all cement and other materials to cure prior to move-in.
It’s time to install your chosen flooring – vinyl, tile or wood. If carpet is in the plan, that will be done a little further down the line to protect them.
We will also put in the countertops for your new home around this point.
With hard surfaces complete outside, our crews will move on to the exterior finish grading which provides drainage away from the house. The landscaping grading for the yard will also be done.
Now all the final light fixtures, switches, outlets, and the electrical panel are finished. HVAC equipment is installed.
The bathroom fixtures, like sinks, faucets and toilets are installed.
Carpet, mirrors, shower doors
In the home stretch, our crew will install easily damage items like your shower doors, mirrors, and fresh, new carpeting.
The landscaping, include all trees, grass, and shrubs are planted.
Finally, it will be time for the last inspection, clearing the way for a certificate of occupancy.
Your custom home is almost ready. While we will communicate with you every step of the way, a final walkthrough allows you to make sure everything just right. If not, we’ll be sure to fix it.
So, that’s our guide: How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 2. Our builders at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver are happy to help your family create a home that is well built and beautiful. We take pride in our work and enjoy the process of partnering with you to make your dream home come true.
March 28, 2017
How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 1
At Nelson and Son Construction Service, we have over 30 years of experience in Denver. Here, we present: How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 1. We’re going to walk you through this exciting process that all leads to a new home for you and your family.
It starts with just land and a plan and it becomes your dream home. We want you to be part of the process. It’s important as your house is being built that you understand the different stages of building. We encourage you to stop by the building site. We are always happy to explain what we are doing and answer any of your questions.
We want to prepare you for what will happen as we progress in building your home. Of course, every home is different, depending on the land and the style of house, but generally, it is a step by step process. A New Home Source article helps explain the building timeline.
It begins with preparing your building site. Some building sites are a part of an established neighborhood plan and the site is ready to build on but other land may require using a backhoe and bulldozer to clear the rocks and trees or level the land.
Our building crew will put up wooden forms to serve as a sort of template for the foundation. We will dig the holes, trenches, and the well if needed. If you’ve chosen a home with a basement, we will dig the hole, and form and pour the footings. Our crew will form and pour the foundation.
If your home has a slab foundation, we will dig, form, and pour the footings. We then add utility runs like the plumbing drains and electrical chases and pour the slab.
After we pour the concrete, it will take some time to let it dry. While it is drying, there may be no activity on the site. Don’t worry, we’re getting ready for the next steps of installing drains, sewer and water taps, plumbing and excavating dirt around the foundation.
When the cement is cured, a city inspector will come to your building site to make sure the foundation is up to code and done properly. When it passes inspection, our crew will get rid of the forms and start framing.
Now it’s time to frame the shell of the house, like the floor systems, walls, and roof systems. We will put up plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing on the exterior walls. Usually, a sheathing is used as a protective barrier, called a house wrap. This keeps water out of the house but allows water vapor to escape, reducing mold and wood rot.
We then install the roof, windows and exterior doors. At this point, what was once an empty lot is really starting to look like a house and you can begin looking forward to moving in.
This step-by-step, How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 1 only brings us to the halfway point of your home build, so come back soon for Part 2. If you want to jump right into your own project, Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver is skilled and experienced. We are committed to building a beautiful home and exceeding your expectations. We are excited to sit down with you and plan your dream home.
February 15, 2017
Dead and Live Load Steel Buildings
Steel buildings are becoming very popular for businesses. They offer a strong structure and a lot of space for a reasonable price. But our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver know it’s very important to get an understanding of dead and live loads when it comes to steel buildings, so you can appreciate how they are designed.
Structural engineers for metal buildings analyze the strength and stability of a steel building. Their conclusions and calculations determine the integrity and safety of the steel building design. They also decide the placement and gauge of each section of the metal building. We need them to make this determination because it needs to support the loads under duress, but not use more steel than needed, causing it to be too expensive. The goal is to get a metal building that is strong and safe but is not overbuilt or too expensive.
Let’s look at what this means for a steel building.
Dead loads are the permanent loads of the structure, including the weight of the building itself, plus the weight of all fixed items like walls, roof, and carpeting.
If the building has something hanging or attached to the structural framing that is called collateral dead load. This would include things like roof-mounted air-conditioning/heating units and HVAV ducting, water fire sprinkler systems, lighting fixtures, material handling systems, or interior manufacturing cranes. The structural engineer has to know in advance all the auxiliary materials to be used in the building to determine the soundness of the structure.
Dead loads would include the things that will remain with the building over the lifetime of the structure.
The concrete foundations don’t govern the maximum weight of the structure. The pre-engineered metal buildings are designed first, and then the concrete engineer decides the proper sized foundation to support the dead loads of the steel building.
Live loads are temporary additional loads that impose additional force on a structure and its foundation, like workers walking on a steel building roof or things moved in and out of the building like people, furniture, or inventory.
Steel mezzanine systems are used to create upper floors in metal buildings but they are self-supporting. These systems work independently of the structural steel framing.
However, the mezzanine system must be engineered to sufficiently carry the live loads of materials and people using them. The concrete engineers design the foundation based on the mezzanine’s placement and calculated loads.
When you use the pre-engineered steel buildings you don’t have to worry about construction loads or hiring the engineers. It’s already been done for you. Your pre-engineered building is a solid steel structure. The dead and live construction loads for your building have already been considered and engineers have already checked the calculations and signed off on production.
Understanding dead and live loads when it comes to steel buildings is an important part of our job, along with providing you a strong structure and a lot of space for a good price. For help on your next project, call our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver to find the right steel building for your business.