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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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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Thank You, Durango

Thank you to everyone who came out for the 2012 Parade of Homes. Early numbers indicate that we had over 600 people participate. It was a gorgeous weekend, weather-wise, which makes the great turnout even more impressive. More appreciation: Thanks go the homeowners of the Black...
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Weekly Inspiration: Contemporary Lines From Traditional Timber Frame

This moment of inspiration is provided by a home that beautifully employs timber frame construction to produce a contemporary aesthetic. As I often say, one of the top benefits of timber framing is the near total versatility of design options. The contemporary look isn’t...
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Save the Date: Black Canyon Builders in 2012 Parade of Homes

Black Canyon Builders is proud to announce that the timber frame remodel/hybrid home on Alamo Drive, in Durango, has been selected for the 2012 Parade of Homes. This is the second consecutive year we’ve had a home accepted into the event. This year’s Parade will be...
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Tentatively Good News for Economy: Single Family Home Starts

I admit I’m an optimist when it comes to our local economy. As a business owner, I have to balance that optimism with practicality. There’s also a self-imposed responsibility to contribute to the fiscal strength of our region. Over halfway through 2012, I’m...
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USA Pro Cycling Challenge Begins in Durango Next Week

I’m deviating from building this week to celebrate our hometown. Durango is stoked for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which kicks off in our humble town on Monday, August 20. Durango has a storied and long-standing cycling culture. From hosting the first ever World Mountain...
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Breaking Ground: A New Remodel From Black Canyon Builders

I’m excited to announce that Black Canyon Builders has recently begun a substantial remodel in downtown Durango. It’s an exciting project with historic relevance, interesting design details and many opportunities to repurpose materials from the original structure. The home on...
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Anatomy of a Site Visit: Building a Custom Home from Step One

The first time you step onto a plot of vacant land, you’ll probably begin to envision your new home immediately: where you’ll put the kitchen, how the master suite will be oriented to take advantage of the views and how much you’ll enjoy sunset cocktails on the deck. It’s a...
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