Steel Buildings Make Beautiful Homes

Steel Buildings Make Beautiful Homes Nelson and Son Construction Service DenverYou 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.

Design

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.

Cost

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.

Durability

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.

Garages

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.

Foundations

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.

Steel Buildings and the Environment

Steel Buildings and the Environment Nelson and Son Construction Service DenverAt 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.

Building Standards

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.

Sustainable Buildings

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.

5 Great Reasons to Build a Custom Home in Denver

5 Great Reasons to Build a Custom Home in DenverNeed 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. 

Thinking about Building a Steel Garage or Workshop?

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.

Retail space

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.

Commercial space

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.

Manufacturing

The room required for a lot of manufacturing operations can be provided by a steel building.

Agriculture

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.

Garages

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 Workshops

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.

Storage/Warehouse

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dead and Live Load Steel Buildings

Steel buildings Dead and Live Loads Steel Buildingsare 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.

Metal building structural engineers use dead loads (static loads) and live loads (dynamic loads) principles to design the strongest structure with hopefully no wasted material.

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.