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November 17, 2017
Steel Buildings Make Beautiful Homes
You may not know it but steel buildings make beautiful homes. Our team at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver has seen the rise in popularity of steel homes, expanding steel building applications well beyond barns, garages, storage, commercial spaces and warehouses. If you wonder what the benefits are, design flexibility, cost, and durability are just a few reasons to choose a beautiful steel home.
Both the interior and exterior of steel buildings have evolved into absolutely gorgeous designs. You may not even know the home next to you is made out of steel. Steel homes can easily be designed and adjusted to meet all of your family’s needs.
The design begins with 3D modeling to plan out the home’s supports and weight distribution as well as the structural integrity of the building. These steel pieces, along with all structural supports and additional accessories, are sent to your building site. Once the building is assembled, final accessories are added, and you can potentially have a beautifully finished home faster than a more traditional stick build house.
You should take a look at the cost savings you will get from a steel home. Not only are steel homes faster and more convenient to build, they are often less expensive and easier to maintain than traditional wooden homes. The cost of a steel building averages around 30 percent cheaper than a non-steel home, depending on your design plan and finishes. Since steel is strong even under the most extreme circumstances, a steel home doesn’t need as many repairs or maintenance which saves money as well.
A steel home’s durability is a huge win. Steel can withstand extreme weather conditions and is designed to survive for decades. Did you know that steel homes can withstand wind forces of up to 150 miles per hour without any damage to the exterior of the building or the foundation? Steel buildings also keep the animals and pests out. They’re also moisture resistant, protecting the home from mold and mildew. Steel is flame retardant and made from recycled materials.
You can also attach a garage space to your steel home. Of course, you can add a garage and other storage buildings later as well but it adds more stability for both buildings if you include it in your original design-build.
Steel buildings can be placed on cement slabs, underground crawl spaces or basements. A concrete slab is attached by anchor bolts. Although a little more expensive, you can also choose a basement or underground crawl space and expand your square footage. Steel buildings can easily attached by using floor joists and anchors.
Isn’t it time you considered steel? Steel buildings make beautiful homes. They also typically cost less, can be built faster, are environmentally friendly, and are extremely durable. Our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can build you a custom steel home that fits your family’s needs and will last a long time.
October 15, 2017
Steel Buildings and the Environment
At Nelson and Son Construction in Denver, we believe steel buildings and the environment go hand in hand. Many homeowners and businesses want eco-friendly construction, focusing on sustainability in the materials, how they’re transported, and the architecture of the structure. With a steel building, you can get an eco-friendly building and potentially save money. That’s why more and more people are turning to steel construction.
Let’s take a look at how steel buildings and the environment can coexist through the focus on sustainability at every phase of the building process.
Across the country, cities are moving toward requiring sustainable building standards for new construction projects. It just makes sense that steel buildings are becoming a more popular choice because they meets the guidelines for the nation's leading green construction certifying agencies like the National Green Building Program. This particular group certifies residential buildings, while the US Green Building Council’s LEED program is used for both residential and commercial structures.
Save the Trees
Research from the Steel Recycling Institute shows that a standard 2000-square foot home can use almost an acre of trees to complete its construction. On the other hand, steel is one of the most sustainable building material there is.
Steel is a 100 percent recyclable and can be continuously recycled, meaning it does not lose its integrity when recycled, and it does not need to be down-cycled. Plus, anything that you buy that is made out of steel has to have at least 28 percent recycled materials. Did you know that recycling old steel can save between 40-75 percent of the amount of energy needed to produce new steel? With a steel building, you’re using a product that is extremely durable, can be recycled and helps save trees in the process.
Low to No Emissions
Our country’s steel industry has been creating more energy-efficiency plants over the last twenty years. Many of today's steel plants produce no carbon dioxide emissions at all. They are even recycling the water used to generate steel. So, steel manufacturing has become a very eco-friendly process.
Eco-friendly steel buildings save energy because they need the fewest repairs and renovations. Steel buildings and metal roofing are durable and offer some of the longest lifespans, making them an excellent sustainable structure.
Reduces Energy Consumption
With pre-fabricated steel buildings, the building process is streamlined and once on-site, the work is quicker to complete. That’s because pre-fabricated steel construction uses fewer laborers and machinery, and reduces overall energy consumption.
In addition, heating and cooling often account for up to 50 percent or more of a building's total utility consumption. By using the pre-painted or granular-coated metal roofing of a steel building, it reflects the solar energy and re-emits most of the solar heat that is absorbed, saving up to 40 percent on heating and cooling costs.
At Nelson and Son Construction in Denver, we appreciate how steel buildings and the environment have come together to create a cost-effective and sustainable construction that can give you a convenient, durable building that is eco-friendly and still save you time and money. Contact us now and let’s see how a steel building might fit your needs.
September 18, 2017
5 Great Reasons to Build a Custom Home in Denver
Need a new home? At Nelson & Son Construction in Denver, we present 5 great reasons to build a custom home in Denver. Sure, you can buy an older, existing home, but you’ll likely be facing the challenges of repairing and renovating – like finding mold, old wiring, or even asbestos. Even if you get through all of that, it still might not meet your exact specifications.
So, why compromise? If you want a beautiful new home, our experienced custom builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can build exactly what you want. And once you and your family move in, you can enjoy your dream home right away instead of spending precious time and money fixing it. Now, here are 5 great reasons to build a custom home in Denver.
Turn-key, instant gratification
Once you move into your new custom home there are no repairs or maintenance like in an older, previously owned home. You have better things to do than spending your time trying to get your home the way you want it when a new home gives you all your wishes up front.
A custom home gives you the gift of being able to be with your family, enjoying your new home. Working with an experienced builder to construct your dream home is a fun, positive experience and relieves the stress that often comes with visiting prospective homes, making offers, being rejected, and then starting all over again. Once your custom home is ready, the move will be easy, not immediate repairs or renovations needed.
Designing it the way you want
Some people are willing to settle for a previously owned home, but a customized home is designed with your lifestyle in mind. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, so you want to make sure it’s the best choice. That includes thinking about personalizing your home’s floorplan so that it fits you and your family’s need now and in the future. When you design it the way you want, you can get the structural and design features that make the home uniquely yours.
Eco-friendly and energy efficient
Your customized Denver home can actually save you money in the long-term. New homes can be built using improved insulation techniques and airtight construction, which retains heat and cool air and gives you the best heating and cooling systems. Energy efficient appliances and water-conserving plumbing fixtures can also help you save on your new home’s monthly utility bills.
Wrap upgrades into the mortgage
With a custom home, you can choose to finance your personalized upgrades in the original purchase price through your mortgage. With older pre-owned homes, any renovations or special changes would more than likely come out of your own pocket.
Rethinking taking on the Denver real estate market? Give us a call. Our expert custom home builders at Nelson & Son Construction in Denver are ready to build your dream home. We think there are many more than just these 5 great reasons to build a custom home in Denver. If you give us the opportunity to build for you, we’re sure you’ll know them all.
August 14, 2017
Thinking about Building a Steel Garage or Workshop?
If you’re thinking about building a steel garage or workshop, our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can help you build a high-quality steel building with substantial savings, faster construction time, low maintenance cost, and maximum durability.
A steel garage or workshop offers a wide variety of purposes including extra space to store equipment, vehicles, and supplies, work space for businesses and craftsmen, and sales space for merchandise.
Steel garages and workshops are so versatile, what they can be used for is almost limitless. Here are some common uses for steel buildings.
Churches and School Gymnasiums
At a time when real estate prices are so high and budgets are stretched, steel buildings make a great option for churches and school gymnasiums.
Have you thought of using a steel building to create a retail space with an industrial feel? It can be a perfect option, creating easy access, storage and retail space – all for lower overhead.
Steel buildings are perfect for office space, shopping centers, strip malls, or auto repair shops. They offer large square footage and lower building costs than other buildings.
The room required for a lot of manufacturing operations can be provided by a steel building.
Steel buildings are the new barns. They are used to store farm equipment and machinery as well as agricultural supplies, machines and all the tools necessary for your family farm. They can also be used to store crops and livestock and used as horse arenas. Since the buildings don’t require support beams in the middle of the structure, they offer open spaces which are ideal for large farm equipment.
The secure spaciousness of a steel building can be ideal for storing vehicles like classic cars, high-end cars, motorcycles, RVs and all your off-roading toys. Steel workshops are also perfect for mechanics who have a business or who have a car or motorcycle collection.
Leisure or Entertainment or Sports
A steel building can offer a great space for leisure, entertainment, and recreation. It can be used for pool tables, dances or sports. It can expand your living space for fun, social activities.
Craftsmen need room for pottery, quilting, woodworking, welding or other artisan pursuits and premium steel buildings can provided the perfect space. Many craftsmen not only want a place to practice their art but also a place to store their supplies, tools, and artwork.
Steel buildings are often used strictly as storage spaces. A warehouse is a great use of a steel building. It provides the room and organization needed to keep and track inventory. It is also perfect for loading and unloading large trucks or other vehicles.
If you’re thinking about building a steel garage or workshop that is reliable, durable and affordable, our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver will help you design and customize the perfect space, as well as provide expert build-out. We offer a variety of trim options and construction specifications for high-quality steel buildings.
July 14, 2017
5 Questions to Ask a Custom Home Builder in Denver
Today, 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.
- 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.
- 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
We then move on to building where our team will work relentlessly to deliver the home of your dreams.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.