A Basic Overview of Construction Loans to Finance Your Custom Built Home

Deciding to build is an exciting moment. Your home will not only be brand new, but you have the opportunity to influence every square inch of the design. If you’re financially secure enough to build, but can’t swing an existing mortgage payment plus a construction...
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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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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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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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Update on the Day House Barn Remodel: Timber Frame and SIPs Panels

The timber frame and SIPs panels for the Day House barn/guesthouse were delivered exactly three weeks ago. I’m happy to report that the frame and SIPs panels went together without a hitch, save for some trimming here and there. We’ve been balancing our efforts on the timber frame...
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Day Three: Timber Frame Raising at Day House Property in Durango, Colorado

*Don’t forget our Timber Frame Raising Party* is tomorrow, Saturday, June 11. We’ll be at the property all day, from 9-4, with refreshments, a BBQ, tours of the timber frame and the main house. Hope to see you there. – Jared* Day three of raising the Woodhouse...
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Day House Renovation Update: Master Bedroom Ceiling

*This post was updated, June 10, 2011, with an image of the finished ceiling. See it below. – Thanks, Jared. I pulled up to the Durango Day House property today to be met by about 15 cars. It was a busy day. It’s exciting to be on the home stretch where every project makes...
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Save the Date: Timber Frame Raising Party in Durango, Colorado at the Day House Property

One of the things I like best about building timber frames is the heritage and history of the craft. Traditionally, raising a timber frame structure was a festive community event. Times may have changed, but a timber frame raising is still a worthy cause for celebration. To that...
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Memorial Day Weekend in Southern Colorado

Memorial Day Weekend is a big deal here in Durango, Colorado. In honor of the holiday, I’m going to veer from custom home building-talk for a moment of appreciation. First, I offer my gratitude to all the people who gave their lives in service to our country. Politics aside, your...
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Green Building, Better Air Quality and Energy Efficiency With Woodhouse/Murus SIPs Panels

It’s not the sexiest part of the homebuilding process, but integrity of the walls is clearly one of the most critical. I’ve worked on homes with a variety of construction methods: timber frame, conventional (2×6 studs on 16-inch centers), and straw bale, to name a few. There...
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