Internal timber framing, Carriage House, Black Canyon Builders, Durango, CO

Excellent Resource: Glossary of Timber Frame Building Terms

Did you know that your local lumber store may consider any piece of solid wood with a cross section side of more than five inches a “timber?” But mill construction, which is a way of building that minimizes fire risks with materials and design, specifies that timbers...
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Welcome Home! Black Canyon Builders’ New Website

Welcome to Black Canyon Builders’ new website and blog. We’ve been hard at work – of the online kind – setting up a new website to better reflect how our company has evolved and what we represent. When we began back in 2006, we established a firm mission...
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Harvard Finance Prof Expresses Optimism for Housing

In¬†Durango, we’re seeing prices start to crawl back up to sustainable levels and interest rates stay historically low. Properties – vacant land and homes – aren’t moving as fast as they did at the height of the housing boom, but they are moving faster than...
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Woodhouse-Designed Kitchen in Timber Home Living

As you may know, Black Canyon Builders is an Independent Builder Dealer with the premier timber frame company, Woodhouse. The June issue of Timber Home Living magazine will feature both the president of Woodhouse, Pat Seaman, and director of design, Ray Lefebvre. Seaman was...
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The Other End of the Spectrum: Pre-Fab Homes

Black Canyon Builders works with our clients to create fine, custom homes. Every detail can be individualized for personal tastes, lifestyles and site placement. We’re also an award-winning green builder and we appreciate minimal site disruption, repurposed materials and...
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Repurposed Wood Pallets. Are they safe?

We’re seeing it everywhere: boring wood shipping pallets transformed into something new, attractive and on-trend. I first noticed wood pallet slats transformed as a rustic wall (example: click here). Transforming pallets into usable art and design has been around forever,...
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Black Canyon Blog is Back!

So sorry for the long absence. We weren’t gone for lack of trying, but rather some technical difficulties. We’re back in March with a lot to talk about and excited for a big spring. Please check back regularly this month (or better yet, set the RSS). Thanks, as...
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Black Canyon Builders Featured Builder For February

With humility, we’d like to say thanks to Woodhouse, who covered Black Canyon Builders and myself as the featured Independent Builder Dealer (IBD) for February 2013. The article is copied below. Even aside from this nice honor to be featured, I encourage everyone to sign up...
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Photo Update of Downtown Durango Remodel: Maximizing Natural Light

Black Canyon Builders has built several new custom homes in the past year. While I love the freedom of designing from scratch (so to speak), the challenge of remodeling an existing structure is always a fascinating journey. The owners of our current custom remodel wanted to...
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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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