Durango Timber Frame Home Scores High Energy Efficiency Ratings

As mentioned in our December newsletter, the Carriage House on the Day Property received its official Energy Star assessment. Black Canyon Builders built the timber frame home last year for La Plata Development, as part of the Day House renovation. Not only did the timber frame...
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Ringing in 2012 With Optimism (…and Some Good Reading)

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family, friends and fun. After a promising start, the winter weather has hit a dry holding pattern in Southwest Colorado (Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek notwithstanding). While I typically would have gotten in a few days of...
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Celebrating the Past, While Building the Future

(And…living in the moment, of course.) Wood takes on an unmistakable and inimitable patina as it ages. Artists can faux age  wood with certain stains and paints, but no amount of sanding can duplicate the smooth surface of a well-worn timber. Old wood has earned its scars...
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Inspiration Wednesday: Origami Home?

As told by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), this Venice, Florida, home was inspired by origami, the Japanese art of paper-folding. Contrary to the delicate art form, the home is built of cast-in-place (CIP) concrete walls, similar to what is used for underground...
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Pagosa Springs Real Estate Market

From time to time, we check in on the real estate and new housing markets in Southwest Colorado. This week, Black Canyon Builders focuses on Pagosa Springs. Not only do we travel to Pagosa for our custom home business, the area is also part of our territory as an independent...
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Timber Frame Joinery: A primer on the joints of timber frame construction

If the essence of a timber frame house is the timber, then the joining of the timber is the intrigue. I build timer frame homes for a living and the strength and beauty of the method never ceases to impress me. Since there are no nails and next to no hardware, the placement and...
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Latest Trends in Home Design

At the height of the most recent boom in the real estate market (about five years ago), three words sold a home: big, granite, stainless steel. All are desirable attributes, without a doubt, but buyers became blinded by the “big three” to the detriment of quality, and even...
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Timber Frame Hybrids

The newest project for Black Canyon Builders is a hybrid timber frame and stick built home. It’s an intriguing and complex project, as we’re actually renovating some of the existing space and creating an entirely new space by connecting a two-story timber frame and SIPs addition...
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Wednesday Winter Inspiration: Making a Timber Frame Home Cozy

Timber frame homes are known for being dramatic, or even majestic. With some consistent design features, like substantial great rooms and tall ceilings, the dramatic beauty can sometimes override the “comfort” factor that transforms a piece of architecture into a...
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Winter in October, New Projects, Early Snows

In the hiatus away from the Black Canyon Builders blog, a lot has happened. I’ve begun a new timber frame project and fall has hit ~ and is now leaving ~ the Four Corners. One of the best things about living or vacationing in the Southwest is having the benefit of four...
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