Fall in the Southwest Colorado: Leaves, Long Hikes….Planning, Saving Money

I took a week off from posting, following the Parade of Homes. In that week, the leaves around Durango have jumped into fall, in earnest. Our prolonged monsoon season has passed and we’re back to dry, clear days. As though I needed a reminder of why I love living here, the drive...
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What’s Up With Woodhouse?

A lot of people have asked me why I’m always talking about Woodhouse on my blog. Woodhouse Timber Frame Company has over a 30-year heritage in the timber frame-building sector. I’ve respected the company’s quality and philosophy of building for years. In October 2010, I was...
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Timber Frame Barns and Barn-Style Homes: Revival of a Classic and Ode to a Standard

Most of us can picture the classic, old timber frame barn from the turn of the 20th century and earlier. It’s unfortunate how few have been maintained in top condition. Conversely, it’s impressive how many are still standing after years of neglect. From an architectural...
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Last Weekend to Win Free Tickets to the Durango Parade of Homes

The Black Canyon Builders’ contest on SW Colorado Buzztown will end on August 31 (that’s next Wednesday). We’re giving away two sets (2 each) of tickets to the Durango Parade of Homes, September 9-11, 2011. All you have to do is click this link:...
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As Promised: Before and After Pics of the (Remodeled) Day House and (New) Timber Frame Barn

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget how far we’ve come…. (If you’d like to see the interior “before and after,” join Black Canyon Builders and La Plata Development at the 2011 Durango Parade of Homes. September 9-11, 2011.) “Barn” or...
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Win Tickets to the 2011 Durango Parade of Homes

The Day Property – including the landmark main home, the timber frame carriage home and the to-be-built townhomes – has been selected for the 2011 Durango Parade of Homes. It’s a huge honor, as the Parade of Homes recognizes the finest custom homes and remodels...
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Inspiration Thursday from Timber Home Living Magazine

I can’t say it enough. One of the most appealing aspects of a timber frame home is the range of design possibilities. Few magazines capture the timber frame allure and fuel the imagination better than Timber Home Living. In the midst of debt ceiling talks, stiflingly hot weather...
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Black Canyon Builders Joining the Ranks of Social Media

As a builder, communication is a top priority. With so many ways to communicate at our fingertips, Black Canyon Builders is moving into the world of social media and I hope you’ll join us. If you’re here, you obviously know about our blog. Our website is  full of...
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Day Property Timber Frame Update: Repurposed Floor Joists Now a Stairway

If you’ve been reading my blog at Black Canyon Builders, you know that I love reclaiming and repurposing old materials. Blending a heritage design or material with a contemporary living space is both an aesthetic that I appreciate and a challenge that I look forward to. That...
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Durango Real Estate Update: Looking Up

Durango real estate is showing positive signs of life. As a builder, I follow the market for business purposes of understanding supply and competition. As an employer and community member, I’m interested in how the numbers help to gauge the economic strength and resiliency of our...
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