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.


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.

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.

Tire Stores Benefit from Metal Buildings

Tire Stores Benefit from Metal BuildingsHave you noticed that tire stores are almost always housed in pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMBs)? Our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver explain that tire stores benefit from metal buildings because they provide the best structure and ample square footage, all at the best price. Maybe that’s why steel frames are 65 percent of all new low-rise commercial construction.

If you happen to own or manage a tire store, you likely want a commercial building that is well-built, long-lasting and holds the value of your building investment. You also want your building to have lots of space, strong doors, eco-friendly material, be fire and bird resistant, and offer energy savings and versatility. How do you get all those things? Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can build a steel building that will fit your business needs.

Designed for Your Business: Tire stores in metal buildings can offer a big, attractive, welcoming space. It leaves lots of room for inventory and provides bays to handle many cars at once. Steel buildings also have the option of adding the more traditional design look of brick, stone, stucco, glass.

Lots of Space: A steel building provides lots of space. It allows you to create open floor plans, free of weight-bearing interior columns or walls. This offers a flexibility for stores to make the most of their space and design.

Savings on Energy Bills: Tire stores want insulation that the deep wall cavities of steel buildings provide. It gives a comfortable space but also saves money, sometimes as much as 50 percent off the energy bills. In the summer, the reflective coolness of steel roofing panels can give an even greater energy savings.

Eco-Friendly Material: If you want to be environmentally friendly, steel buildings are a good choice because steel is the highest recycled material.

Strong Bay Doors: Tire stores require multiple car bays to mount tires on the vehicles. The bays need to be strong and wide, as well as have strong, dependable overhead doors. You can choose from a variety of door sizes, styles, and lifting mechanisms.

Fire-Resistant: Tire stores need to be made from fire-resistant construction. In a wood-framed building, the wood is an easy point of fire ignition and can be fuel for a fire. On the other hand, a steel-framed building will not cause a fire and will not help spread a fire. In addition, metal buildings may have some additional financial benefits because many insurance companies give discounts on steel building insurance premiums.

Bird-Resistant: A wood building provides all kind of places for birds to perch and build their homes, causing you lots of problems. But the metal buildings leave no place for birds to perch or nest.

Tire stores benefit from metal buildings, allowing them to add new locations or design larger stores. Nelson and Son Construction in the Denver metro area can build a steel building for your business that can provide years of trouble-free service. That means you’ll save money and see bigger profits. Call or contact us today for more information.

2016 Was on Pace to be a Strong Year for Custom Home Builders in Colorado

2016 Was on Pace to be a Strong Year for Custom Home Builders in Colorado With almost 10,000 new homes expected to be built in Denver this year, 2016 was on pace to be a strong year for custom home builders in Colorado. If you’re looking for a new home, our builders at Nelson and Son Construction Service in the Denver are ready to help build your Colorado dream.

State of the Market Today

Due to population growth, the demand for homes in the Denver area is high. It’s undoubtedly a boom. According to a Denver Post article, the Metrostudy housing research group reported that new home starts in the first quarter of 2016 were 47 percent higher than the prior year. This is an increase not seen since before the last recession and the highest level since 2007.

In addition, the physical size of Denver homes is increasing. According to an article on Builder, out of all new homes sold here, the average unit size increased 4.3% over last year to 2,781 square feet in September of 2016.

The Denver Post reports that local builders started 2,413 new homes and closed on 2,141 units in the first quarter, an increase of 29 percent from the first quarter of 2015. If this pace continues, there will be nearly 10,000 new homes built by the end of the year.

As for purchase price of a new home, it now averages around $503,768 contrasted with an average price of $398,663 for existing homes sold in April, according to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

Implications of Increased Demand

Despite the builder activity, the number of homes still falls short of keeping up with the Denver area’s population growth. New home demands still outpace building needs. And with low-interest rates and people moving to the area in large numbers, it has created a demand that has local builders scrambling.

For lower-income and first-time buyers, it’s been particularly challenging to find a builder because many focus on the higher end homes priced above $400,000. While it might seem shortsighted, this strategy covers the majority, or 60 percent of the housing market, according to Metrostudy.

However, because there is such strong demand for homes under $400,000, builders are expected to respond by building more condos, townhouses, and paired homes in suburban locations. Their time line to get started might be another story since the demand for higher priced homes is so strong.

Another implication of the high demand for housing is increased pressure on the vacant lot supply. In the first quarter of this year, there were 11,494 vacant developed lots available in the Denver area and new home building has greatly outpaced the ability of lot developers to make even more available.

The Denver metro area is definitely a hot market for new homes. And while 2016 was on pace to be a strong year for custom home builders in Colorado, Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver can assure you that we have the resources available to take on your custom home build. Get in touch to discuss your plans with our experts today, and let’s get started on making your dream a reality.

The Benefits of Steel Buildings

The Benefits of Steel BuildingsHave you ever thought about the benefits of steel buildings? In the last few years, the popularity of steel has grown not only for commercial and industrial buildings but also for residential applications. If you’re interested in taking this route, Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver specializes in high-quality steel buildings so that you can enjoy the benefits: substantial savings, faster construction time, low maintenance cost and durability.

An article in Street Directory lists some of the types of steel buildings and their advantages.

Standard Frame Models For Steel Buildings

  • The Gable Symmetrical has up to 200 inches wide clear span.
  • The Gable Unsymmetrical has up to 175 inches wide clear span.
  • A Lean-To is up to 75 inches wide and is mostly used as a low-cost add-on to building frame, office space or additional storage.
  • A Multiple Span has an unlimited width with interior columns and is great for use when building large manufacturing and warehouse spaces.
  • The Single Slope is up to 175 inches wide and is mostly used as retail or commercial store fronts and offices or warehouses.

Steel Building Colors

Depending on your steel source, you’ll have a number of options to choose from when it comes to the color of your steel so that exposed steel beams inside or outside of a building doesn’t need the extra step of painting. Color options typically include lightstone, pearl gray, polar white, slate gray, sand gold, burnished slate, Sahara tan, Hawaiian blue, rustic red and fern green.

Uses of Steel Buildings

With the popularity of steel buildings increasing in the construction industry, the uses for steel buildings has expanded. Using steel buildings offer many benefits that you might not have thought about. Steel buildings can be used for almost anything including, homes and barns or sheds, and commercial and industrial buildings like airplane hangars, churches, gyms, recreational buildings, retail shops, riding arenas, schools, self-storage, strip malls, sports arenas, and warehouses. We could go on!

Advantages of Steel Buildings

  • Time Savings: Generally, steel buildings can be built faster.
  • Easy Modifications: The size of a steel building can be changed easily. Many have adjustable panels that can be fit to your needs. Expansion of a steel building is also easier.
  • Resistant to Fire: Since they are made of steel, they are more resistant to fire than traditional wood.
  • Easy to Maintain: Steel buildings do not require a lot of upkeep and no need for termite checks.
  • Durability: Steel buildings are better in bad weather conditions like hurricanes, heavy snow, high winds, and even earthquakes. They also have proven results in withstanding termites, cracks, splitting and rotting.
  • Cost-effective: The price of steel buildings is usually much cheaper than traditional building methods.
  • Environment-Friendly: Using steel instead of wood saves trees. Steel frames can even be recycled.

Whether it’s a residential, commercial, or industrial space you want to construct, the benefits of steel buildings may convince you to make it your construction material of choice. If you decide you want a steel building, our builders at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver are experienced in steel construction and are ready to help you. Call or contact us today for more information.

Should I Remodel My Existing Home or Build a New Custom Home?

Should I Remodel My Existing Home or Build a New Custom Home?You are ready to make a change in your home. You come to our builders at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver and ask us, should I remodel my existing home or build a new custom home?

First of all, you’ve come to the right place. We can sit down with you and discuss your options. When you come to the decision that meets your needs, we can build you a beautiful new home or remodel your current home to match your dream.

It’s an important decision and you should take things like your location, budget, home size, and environmental concerns into consideration. Here’s some food for thought:


Location. Location. Location. Do you love the neighborhood you live in? Do you want a new start somewhere else? What about your commute, your neighbors, your children’s school?

These are important factors when determining whether you want to remodel the home you’re living in to get the function and style you are looking for, or if you want to design a new home in a new location. If you have a family, this may be a discussion for everyone.


Let’s face it, money is usually the biggest factor to consider when deciding if you want to remodel your current house or build a new home. You need to consider what each decision will cost and if you can afford it. It will also depend on what shape your current house is in and the goals you have for the remodel. It’s not always cheaper to remodel.

Sometimes you just want to start over and put your needs and wants into the design for a new home. Depending on your location, new home prices may be more reasonable.

Some remodels just can’t get you what you want. Do you want a bigger yard, a different view, more bedrooms, or a basement? Our builders can sit down with you and talk with you about your priorities and how we can achieve them.


Does your current home no longer fit your needs because it is too small? Whether your family has grown to include more children or your parents have moved in with you, we can take a look at how to expand your current house to meet your needs.

But sometimes the best way to get the square footage you are looking for is to build a new home and get it exactly the way you want it.


The environmentally friendly qualities of homes are more important to many families these days, whether it’s remodeling your kitchen and using energy-efficient appliances or using recycled materials.

Building a new home is a great opportunity to incorporate things like a high-efficiency HVAC system, energy-efficient wall and ceiling assemblies, and energy-saving appliances and technology which can help reduce utility costs. Whether you decide to remodel or build a new home, it can provide you with the chance to reduce your impact on the environment.

Our builders at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver can help you answer the question, should I remodel my existing home or build a new custom home? Call or contact us today and let’s take a look at the costs and benefits of each option. Whatever you decide, we can help you create a beautiful and home that works best for you needs and family.

8 Things to Consider When Hiring a Custom Home Builder

8 Things to Consider When Hiring a Custom Home BuilderYou want to build your dream home but you don’t know how to find the right builder. Here at Nelson and Son’s Construction in Denver, we want to pass along 8 things to consider when hiring a custom home builder. It’s important to us that you find a construction company that answers all of your questions and fits your unique requirements.

We know that building a custom home is one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. You’ll be working with the home builder for a long period of time. And your home builder will be working with you, the bank or mortgage company, the building inspector, and the city. They will be ordering, accepting and installing all the building materials. It’s vital that your builder knows what they’re doing and is easy to get along with. They should also be problem solvers and know what to do when things don’t go as planned.

With that said, here are our 8 things to consider when hiring a custom home builder:

  1. Reputation with local banks and suppliers: If a builder has had a difficult time with banks and suppliers, and they do not think well of that construction company, it may be an indication that things will not run smoothly for you. View their reputation as a possible warning sign or a green light.
  1. Years in business: Although many new companies may be good, you can learn a lot from how long the builder has been in business. Longevity is not only an indication of experience and success, it can also be an opportunity to talk to people who have worked with the builder.
  1. Experience in the construction industry: This can often be a huge indicator of success. An unsuccessful business usually doesn’t stay in business for long. If the custom home builder you’re looking at has a lot of experience in the industry, they are usually doing things right.
  1. Builder credentials: Take a look at the builder’s credentials and ask about their training and experience. You would do this for any other job you are hiring for, so why not for a builder?
  1. Selection of subcontractors: Ask how your builder chooses subcontractors, after all, these trades will be doing a lot of the work on your home. You want to feel confident that the subs are high quality as well, not just handed work due to an arrangement or relationship.
  1. References: Take the time to talk to people your builder has already built homes for. Ask them how they were to work with and if their home lived up to their expectations. If you ask for references and get the runaround, that’s another big red flag.
  1. Experience in your location: It’s important to find out if your builder has experience building in your area. There may be differences in the laws, suppliers, even environmental factors.
  1. Finished homes: If you can, take a tour of a home the builder has completed to see the quality and workmanship of the final product.

At Nelson and Son’s Construction, our reputable, professional home builders will be happy to answer all of your questions and address everything on our list of 8 things to consider when hiring a custom home builder. We go above and beyond to meet your high expectations and look forward to making your dream home a reality.

Colorado Springs Parade of Homes

colorado springs parade of homesIt’s that time of year when the Pikes Peak region’s 62nd Colorado Springs Parade of Homes is open, allowing the public to explore the beautiful homes of the area. Nelson Construction of Denver notes the home tours are available through August 21st, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Colorado Springs Parade of Homes is presented by the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs and co-sponsored by several area businesses. It features 27 homes by 24 builders in El Paso and Teller counties. Homes range in price from $99,000 to more than $1.5 million.

One home you won’t want to miss is a three-level Black Forest mansion. The builder calls it a cottage, but this 10,000-square foot home has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a racquetball court, a sunken entertainment room, and even a barber shop, which wouldn’t be complete without a red, white and blue barber pole. You’ve got to see it to believe it, and that’s just what the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes hopes you will do.

The home tour not only has large homes, but it also has beautiful smaller homes like the one-bedroom home located on the grounds of the Air Force Academy. The home and lot sell for $99,900. Think of this, with the home’s 256 square feet; almost 40 of those homes could fit inside the 10,000-square-foot mansion in the Black Forest.

But those two homes aren’t all; there are 25 more amazing homes with differing sizes, floor plans, locations, and designs. People can tour them all and check out the latest construction trends, styles and options of the homes, and the furnishings, appliances, and interior designs as well.

In the Gazette, Tim Seibert, board president of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, had this to say, “From large custom homes at 10,000 square feet, to the tiny homes that are on the Air Force Academy as another option, they kind of showcase the wide variety of housing options that are available, and for people to compare and contrast what different builders have to offer.”

The tour of homes also brings people into the different neighborhoods, exposing them to new areas, including The Farm on the Springs’ north side and Forest Lakes, north of the Air Force Academy.

Nelson Construction in Denver says for people in the market for a home, the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes allows them to see the homes in person, not on paper or a tv show. They can experience the look and fell of different home options, and get an idea of what styles and construction are right for them.

How Do I Find a Custom Home Builder in Denver?

custom home builder denverYou want a new home, but the first question you ask yourself is how do I find a custom home builder in Denver? Nelson and Sons Construction in Denver knows you will be working with the builder for quite awhile, on one of the most important investments you can make, so you want to make sure you get the right one for you.

Here are some steps you can take to find a quality, trusted builder who fits your needs to build your new home.

According to the New Home Source website, there are several steps you can take that will lead you to the right custom home builder.

Step 1: Decide what your needs are.
What type, size, and price range of home are you wanting? Many builders build a wide range of homes, but usually, builders will specialize in a type of home, style, and price range. Some builders construct for first-time buyers; others do high-end homes only. There can be a big difference between building materials and building process for each type of home. Make sure your builder can fit your needs.

Step 2: Take a look at the experience of the builder.
Experience in the building industry, knowing code and construction knowledge goes a long way. Every home building firm (including the most experienced and well-regarded companies today) once built their first home. Look for a construction company that has been around for awhile or comes with credentials or strong recommendations.

Step 3: Ask for references.
Take a look at whether or not past home buyers were satisfied with the builders to work and work ethic. Many builders offer customer referrals. Follow up and ask your list of prepared questions about their experience with the builder and their house.

Step 4. Find out of the builder is licensed.
It is important for your custom home builder to be licensed and insured if that is required by their state or locality. Make sure they carry insurance.

Step 5. See if the builder builds your type of home.
Your builder should have expertise in building the type of home you have chosen. Many builders have experience in a variety of design styles but make sure they have some examples of your style of home.

Step 6: Look at the builder’s warranty and quality of service.
Warranty and service are important to consider as you make your home builder choice. One of the great things about having a new home is that the home and all the products, systems, and components are under warranty. You should look for a structural warranty of ten years or longer on the home, and it’s best if it is transferable to a new owner if you should have to sell. Your builder should take your concerns seriously and always give prompt and courteous service.

Step 7. Search out the resale value of other homes from this builder.
See if the past homes decreased or increased value. You want a home that can at least maintain its value over time. If a realtor mentions the name of the builder in its sales ad, that is a sign the builder has a good reputation.

Step 8. Check to see if the builder is involved in the industry.
It is helpful if the builder is a member of the local Home Builder’s Association or other membership organizations. This is not a show stopper, but membership in these types of organizations shows their long-term commitment to the industry and the local area.

Step 9: Take a tour of the builder’s homes.
By touring model homes or custom homes built by the builder, you can get a first-hand look at the quality of work and talk to people who have to be through the building process with them. Take a look at the workmanship, practices, and materials to see if it’s up to your standards. As you tour the homes, pay careful attention to the feel, look, and quality of the home. Check out the quality of the construction and the attention to detail. Also, consider the quality of employees who work for the builder.

Nelson and Sons Construction in Denver suggests if you carefully consider the issues discussed, you will have a better chance of finding the right custom home builder for you and your unique needs.

Steel Building Sales Denver

Steel Building Sales DenverLooking for a steel building?

If you need a steel building sales in Denver, Nelson and Son Construction Service can help you get it. As a family-owned and operated steel building sales in Denver we’ve been in business for 30 years, we know what we’re doing.

We believe in providing excellent quality work. Contact us; we are Nelson and Son Construction Service. We can handle any steel building project you have in mind. 

Nelson and Son Construction Service would like to be your steel building sales in Denver. We provide quality craftsmanship, and our goal always is to be the best builder in the business. 

We want to be the best steel building sales in Denver. Go to our website and see how we can help you get a steel building. Our reputation and completed projects will show you that we are the best contractor for your steel building project. 

From the planning and permits to the construction, we will handle every part of your steel building. We offer the best quality construction. We always provide a free quote and complete customer satisfaction. We want you to be completely happy with your building.

We’re ready to help you get your steel building. Let us know when you’re ready and we’ll get started.