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July 14, 2017

5 Questions to Ask a Custom Home Builder in Denver

5 Questions to Ask a Custom Home Builder in DenverToday, Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver gives you our list of 5 questions to ask a custom home builder in Denver. Deciding to build a new home can be daunting – it’s one of the most important financial decisions you will make in your life. So, when it comes to finding a builder, it takes research.  

Below is a list of 5 questions to ask a custom home builder in Denver, and we’ve even provided our own answers so you’ll know a bit more about our new home construction expertise and qualifications. We’re confident that you’ll find us to be the right crew for your build.

  1. Can the builder meet your needs in terms of size, type, and price of your home?

Nelson and Son Construction in Denver is a full-service residential construction company offering custom home design and construction. We facilitate open communication from day one to better understand what you’re looking for in a custom-built home, and you can trust that our over 30 years in the business enables us to deliver on the exact size and type of house you want. We will respect your timeline, your budget, and meet or exceed your expectations in all aspects of the build.

  1. What services does this builder offer?

We work side-by-side with you during all construction phases of your new home, from the initial design to handing you the keys. Right out of the gate, we offer preconstruction services, including:

  • Site evaluation
  • Project development
  • Design/Engineering
  • Plans
  • Permitting
  • Scheduling

We then move on to building where our team will work relentlessly to deliver the home of your dreams.

  1. How much experience does the builder have in your area?

We are a general contractor specializing in new residential and commercial construction. With over 30 years of experience in the Denver metro area, we have completed many residential and commercial construction projects on all scales. Our company leadership also has an extensive background in the development/building field to provide a quality product while maintaining a tight budget and schedule.

  1. Do the builder’s workmanship, material, and practices show quality?

At Nelson and Son Construction Service, we stay current on industry trends and incorporate the latest construction practices, materials, and innovations into every project. Our craftsmen keep a sharp eye on the details of your home construction to ensure absolute quality at every phase. We’ll also work closely with you so that your vision is fully incorporated into the final product.

  1. Is the builder licensed and insured?

Yes, we are licensed and insured. We wouldn’t do it any other way.

When it’s time to build your dream home, our crew at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver is ready to help you make it a reality. And while this list of 5 questions to ask a custom home builder in Denver is a good start for working with us, we invite you to sit down with the team and go into more detail about what we can offer you. We look forward to building the home of your dreams.

June 12, 2017

Denver’s Best ‘Burbs for Building Your Custom Home

Denver’s Best ‘Burbs for Building Your Custom HomeCome 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.

  1. Greenwood Village

Source: City of Greenwood Village, Colorado Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Louisville

Source: City of Louisville, Colorado Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Superior

Source: Superior, Colorado via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Centennial

Source: City of Centennial Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Boulder

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Lone Tree (tie)

Source: City of Lone Tree Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Erie (tie)

Source: Town of Erie, Colorado – Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Broomfield

Source: City and County of Broomfield via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Lafayette (tie)

Source: City of Lafayette Colorado Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Castle Rock (tie)

Source: Town of Castle Rock Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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.

  1. Littleton

Source: Littleton, CO – Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • 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

5 Common Types of Steel BuildingsOur 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.

According to an Armstrong Steel article, here are some popular ways steel buildings are being used now.

Agricultural

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.

Residential

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.

Aviation

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

How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 2To 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.

Bathtubs

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.

HVAC

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.

Inspection

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

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.

Exterior finishes

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.

Hard-surface flooring

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.

Countertops

We will also put in the countertops for your new home around this point.

Exterior grading

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.

Mechanical trims

Now all the final light fixtures, switches, outlets, and the electrical panel are finished. HVAC equipment is installed.

Bathroom fixtures

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.

Exterior landscaping

The landscaping, include all trees, grass, and shrubs are planted.

Inspection

Finally, it will be time for the last inspection, clearing the way for a certificate of occupancy.

Final walkthrough

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

How to Build a New Construction Home, Part 1At 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.

Building site

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.

Foundation

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. 

Inspection

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.

Rough 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.

 

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