Black Canyon Builders How To: How To Better Understand Square Footage

Figuring area (in square footage) is one of the easiest mathematic equations you can do. So why is at the root of so many misguided home projects? The basic equation is simple: multiply length by width (LxW). Here are a few reasons why you should become very comfortable with area...
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Happy Holidays from Black Canyon Builders

‘Tis the season to reflect on the past, cherish the present and look forward to the future. Thank you for letting Black Canyon Builders be a part of each. Happy Holidays! – Jared and the team at Black Canyon Builders
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Reclaimed Wood Shows Its Versatility

I’m a sucker for old timbers (check out some of ¬†Black Canyon Builders’ applications here), so I had to share this article on reclaimed wood. While I’m a proponent of most of the easily-made arguments for re-using and repurposing wood from old structures, I must...
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Multi-Tasking Work Spaces in Kitchen Design

The remodel we’re doing in downtown Durango has a cozy workspace built into a sizable pantry. When the homeowner first described her vision for this space, I was hesitant that she’d feel like she was in a closet. In practice, it has turned out to be a logical, bright,...
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Good News for the Telluride Real Estate Market

Black Canyon Builders builds in Telluride, as well as Pagosa Springs and Durango. I have a soft spot for this extraordinarily beautiful mountain town, having lived there off and on during my climbing years. While Durango seems to be recovering at a slightly quicker and stronger...
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Does Size Matter? Focus on Right Sizing Your New Home (Plans Included)

We’ve covered the trend of smaller houses on this blog. Whether it’s an economic reality or a broader symptom of a changing society remains to be seen. As a custom builder, I’m primarily concerned with what will best meet my clients’ lifestyles. Most...
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Formworks Home: Architectural Interest in Every Square Inch

This is an update to our progress with the Formworks home in downtown Durango. See the original “Breaking Ground” post here. Probably the biggest point of differentiation for Formworks homes is the extreme energy efficiency. Since up to 80% of the homes are covered...
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Black Canyon Builders Earns Top "Green Building" Honor at Durango Parade of Homes 2012

We are honored (and excited!) to announce that Black Canyon Builders earned top prize in the “Green Building” category at the 2012 Durango Parade of Homes. The home, which solidified the prize, has been covered here on our blog; it is the Woodhouse timber frame hybrid...
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The Economics of Housing News from Around the Web

Lots of interesting housing news, from our own Durango Herald to national organizations. By these indications, the the housing market is strengthening and positively impacting the greater economy. As a builder, the health of the market is obviously critical to my business. But...
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Photo Finish, Part Two: Beds and Baths at Timber Frame Hybrid

Last week, I posted some photos of the finished timber frame hybrid home in Durango. Today, I’m sharing the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. The homeowners have two young daughters and the entire family is athletic, artistic and fun. The finishes, especially in this private...
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