The dining room has always been and always will be the convening area of family, friends, and new guests. Its ability to bring a group together around the holidays for a shared meal and games or even for a casual gathering of laughter and storytelling should never be underestimated. 

Whether you’re looking for ways to freshen up the dining room space or give it a complete, glamorous makeover, the idea can quickly become overwhelming. Contrary to popular opinion, breathing new life into your dining room does not need to drain your wallet, and a few smart touches can start the transformation into an impressive new look. 

For homeowners of all walks of life, read on for some inspiration on your own dining room makeover project. 

What Are The Current Trends In New Dining Rooms? 

If you’re low on time or cash, sometimes making small adjustments with new trends is an effective way to execute a dining room makeover. The last few years have brought big changes to our lifestyle, and with so many of us now spending increased time at home, simple alterations can reflect its growing utility outside of meals in general. 

Round Tables

Black table with gold accents

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For many people, increased usage of the dining room calls for a less formal feeling. Replacing your big rectangle table with a round one creates a more informal and intimate atmosphere. Begone, sharp angles! Hello, soft curves. 

Multifunctional Furniture

Multiuse furniture

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Chairs, tables, and lighting fixtures that have multiple uses not only help alleviate excessive spending but lends great help to the new dynamic dining room. Whether you’re entertaining, hopping on a work meeting, or studying in quiet, more functionality means more utility. 

Nature Inside

Plants in a sunny room

We can all agree that the last couple of years have seen us remaining inside more than we would like to admit. Invite a fresh energy and drive away the stir-craze of long hours indoors with houseplants. Add a personal touch to your decorations by choosing from succulents, cacti, or plants with multicolored leaves such as begonias or sansevierias. 

Should Your Dining Room Makeover Have A Theme? 

Some of us are looking to completely revamp our dining room space. Out with the old, and in with the new – here are some themes you can apply to your dining room if you want to give it an all-in-one makeover. 

Formal Dining Rooms

Traditional formal dinning room

We can all agree there is a certain allure to a formal dining room. Bring in a classic feel of a sit-down dinner with touches of elegance – contrasts of light trims and cushioned chairs, to dark wood tables and floors with spots of finery around the room will bring a dramatic feel to the space. 

Casual Dining Rooms

Casual boho dinning room

A dining room doesn’t demand formality, and many young families are intrigued by a space that can serve for dinner and entertainment alike. Wood beams and trims, farmhouse-style tables, natural lighting, and open floor plans will give you a casual feeling that will surely fetch compliments from guests.

Modern Dining Rooms

dark modern dinning room

Simple and sleek is the go-to for modern architecture. Dark-metal lighting fixtures, minimalist chairs of darker hues, and an elegant glass table will have you fitting into the new era of stylistic home living. 

Ready For Your Dining Room Makeover? 

If you are ready to give your dining room a new, fresh feel, consider working with the experts at H3 Construction and Design. From home additions, custom builds, or full remodels, our designers will walk you through the process and get you to the desired outcome. Contact us today to get started!

Our closets are one area of our homes that can often fly under the radar. But those hoping to cultivate a home that completely represents their unique style and needs shouldn’t overlook this space. With the right preparation and planning, you can transform your closet into one of your favorite rooms in your entire home. Follow these steps to start your closet remodel off on the right foot.    

Clear It Out 

Chances are you have more than a few items of clothing you haven’t worn in ages hanging up in your closet. The first order of business when prepping for a remodel is to purge any unnecessary items. 

Take a page out of the Marie Kondo playbook; remove everything from your closet and evaluate your wardrobe piece by piece. Does that old sweater still spark joy or is it just collecting dust? If you answered the latter, throw that sweater in the donate pile. 

Once you whittle down your clothing items to only the pieces you really love, you can further organize them based on season, color, occasion, or whatever makes sense to you. This will make putting everything away far easier. You can also use this time to break down what percentage of the closet will be yours a what percentage will be allotted to your partner if you have one. 

Measure it Out 

Once the closet is cleared out, take measurements of everything. Note any light switches, electrical outlets, windows, or any other permanent fixtures. This will help determine any restraints for the remodeling project.

Refresh the Walls and Flooring 

Paint can do wonders in any area of your house. You might not realize it, but your closet might look dingier than it actually is due to an old, fading layer of paint. Take the opportunity to refresh your closet walls with a new coat of paint while it’s cleared out. 

Flooring also plays a huge role in the overall appearance of your closet. Take this opportunity to install a new floor if it seems appropriate. You can match it to the floor in your room or install a unique material such as tile or wood. If you have a walk-in closet, you can even consider getting an area rug to tie the space together. 

Determine Your Needs 

Now let’s look over your clothes again. What do you have more of? Short items like shirts and skirts? Or longer items such as dresses and pants? Don’t forget to think about which items you need to hang up and which you’ll fold. Take stock of your items and determine what kind of storage space you’ll need in the closet.

If you have a lot of items to fold, consider adding shelving or even a drawer to tuck your belongings away in. If you have a lot of dresses, be sure to allocate space where they can hang without covering up other items. If you have lots of seasonal items you need to store for part of the year, install out-of-the-way top-shelving. 

Don’t forget to factor in shoes. If you have a large collection, consider installing shelving in your closet. You can opt for adjustable straight shelves that you can move up and down to account for different shoe heights. This makes it easier to store boots. If you’d rather have a better view of your shoe collection, consider slanted shelving. 

Factor in Hamper Space

Be sure to consider where you’ll toss your dirty clothes at the end of the day too. If you have room for it, you can place a hamper in the closet. You can even install a tilt-out hamper to neatly conceal your dirty clothes out of view. 

Don’t Forget the Decor

That’s right. Your closet can be a place to express your style too! Walk-in closets offer a great opportunity to expand the overall aesthetic of your home. Don’t be afraid to express your style with fun elements such as wall art, an ottoman, stylized clothing displays, and whatever else will make the space feel more like your own. 

Completing Your Remodel

At the end of the day, the most important thing you can do to prepare for your closet remodel is to factor in your daily needs and desired functionality. Ask yourself, what will make your life easier? Be sure to consider everything we mentioned above and you should be well on your way to a fantastic closet you’ll love for years to come. 

Want more design and renovation tips? Be sure to browse through our Tips & Resources page for more inspiration!

Older homes offer a charm and history you simply cannot achieve in a new build. Sure, you might need to replace some flooring here and install new lighting fixtures there but making a mature home your own can be a fulfilling experience. 

As you begin the renovation process on your home, you should be sure to keep a discerning eye. While you may very well have nothing to worry about, it’s always a good idea to look out for any hidden building code violations lurking within your home

Unsure what you’re looking for? Reference these 8 common building code violations to study up. 

1. Low Ceilings in Stairwells

Older homes were built under completely different standards than modern ones. It’s not uncommon for houses over 40 years old to have low ceilings in stairwells. A lot of taller individuals will find themselves bumping their heads while climbing stairs in old homes. Modern homes typically require a minimum height of 6’8” for stairwell ceilings.  

2. Missing Guardrails 

Another modern-day regulation often missing from older homes are appropriate guardrails. Any new build must feature guardrails or handrails between 30 and 37 inches tall for any set of stairs more than two steps in height. They must also be around any deck higher than 30 inches. If you’re selling an older home that does not feature guardrails where necessary, a potential buyer’s lending agent will likely require you to install guardrails before they can underwrite the mortgage. This is to assure the home isn’t deemed dangerous for the next owners. 

3. Balusters Spaced Out Too Wide 

Balusters are another feature meant to keep a home safe. These rods or spindles should be no more than four inches apart. Older homes or even homes renovated by novice builders might not have properly spaced balusters. This can be a major safety risk as small children could be at risk of falling between the gaps if they are not installed up to code.   

4. Adding a Basement Bedroom Without Egress Windows

The basements of today stand in stark contrast with the basements from 20 or so years ago. One major difference you’ll notice is the windows. 

Egress windows were made mandatory through the International Residential Code in 1997. Today, a basement room must have 20 inches wide, 24 inches high windows in order to be deemed safe for sleeping in. The opening must be big enough for an adult to crawl out of in case of emergencies such as a house fire. 

Failing to install egress windows in the basement can make it difficult to sell down the road.    

5. Asbestos and Lead 

It’s fairly common knowledge that asbestos and lead are hazardous materials you probably don’t want to deal with. Both of these materials are common in homes built before the 1970s. 

Lead-based paints were banned in the United States in 1978. Even after a homeowner replaces old paint, lead can linger in the soil, dust, and air around a home. 

Asbestos actually isn’t currently under any general ban in the United States. But it was one of the first hazardous air pollutants condemned by the Clean Air Act of 1970. Certain asbestos applications were also banned by the Toxic Substances Control Act. 

Regardless of their legal status, lead and asbestos can not only harm your chances of selling your home but can also be harmful to you and the other members of your household.   

6. Missing Ventilation 

Vents help to maintain proper moisture levels and air quality in your home. A hidden code violation many might overlook is missing ventilation or incorrectly routed ventilation. Most building codes require bathrooms without widows to feature a vent. This allows heat and humidity to exit the home. 

Some homes might feature a vent that leads directly into their attic as a way to speed up the installation process. This is not up to code either. The steam from your bathroom will just be shuttled into a new part of your home where it can potentially cause water damage and mold. 

7. Botched Electrical Work

Poorly configured electrical work can wreak havoc on a home. It’s not uncommon for DIY projects to go array and result in overloaded, messy electrical panels. This is most definitely not up to code. An improperly wired home, whether the result of missing GFCIs or incorrectly sized circuits, can be extremely dangerous. Electrical issues are one of the leading causes of house fires which is why it’s important to make sure all new wiring is up to code. 

8. Not Following Fence Height Requirements

Wanting privacy in your backyard is understandable. But once that desire inconveniences the residents around you, it might not be long until you run into a code violation. While it’s tempting to build a towering fence around your property, codes limit fences to 6 feet in the back of the home and 28 - 42 inches in the front. High fences can block your neighbors’ views, light, and airflow. 


Don’t write off your kitchen’s potential just because it’s a small room. There’s still a lot you can do to make the most out of your space. Sometimes all it takes to transform your kitchen is a small adjustment.

Looking for inspiration?

Here’s a question to ask yourself: What is the point of remodeling the kitchen? Is it to create additional space? Or is it to revamp the look?

Well, with more than a few kitchen remodels under our belt, we’re primed and ready to help you amplify your small kitchen remodel potential. Here are our 19 best design ideas for your project!

Here’s a Kitchen Remodel Checklist to get you started.

1. Take a Minimalist Approach

When working with limited space, you really need to be selective. Move away from the impulse to accumulate clutter and lean into intentionally cultivating your collection. Slim down your dinnerware, flatware, and appliance collection to the bare necessities. When you have a carefully selected, cohesive set of kitchenware, you’re one step closer to making the most out of your small kitchen.

If you really want to dive headfirst into minimalism, consider going for an exposed cabinet look. This will create an expansive flow and add dimension. This redesign idea also gives you an excuse to show off your intentionally selected kitchenware too!   

2. Don’t Underrate Ceiling Space 

Every square foot of your kitchen can be used to amplify the space – that includes the area above you. Look up, that’s prime real estate that you might not be taking full advantage of. Your ceiling can serve as a space for extra storage. Hanging pot racks are a prime example of a stylish, practical storage solution. You could also install a hanging fruit basket. These ideas also add a playful design element to your kitchen.

Just don’t go crazy with it; too much of a good thing can create a bad situation. You could end up creating a hazard or ruin your minimalistic kitchen appearance.

3. Customize Your Hardware

Feeling bogged down by the lack of space to express your unique design taste? One easy way to give your kitchen a new feel is to change your cabinet hardware. There is no shortage of options to choose from when picking out knobs and handles. You could choose a distressed metal for more of a cottage-inspired look or you could go for elegant, geometric hardware to capture a modern ambiance. 

4. Waste No Space 

If you don’t plan on going the minimalistic route, then every nook and cranny has potential when you’re planning a small kitchen redesign. Maybe there’s a gap between your wall and the refrigerator. Or perhaps you have some extra room above your cabinets. Use it! You need all the storage space you can muster. Add in new cabinetry or simply use these gaps for storage as is. 

5. Roll In an Island 

One common issue that plagues those working in a small kitchen is the lack of counter space. One clever solution is to get a rolling island. The thought of installing an obstruction smack dab in the middle of your already tight kitchen likely isn’t something you’re interested in. But rolling islands help to provide more prep space without being a permanent obstacle. Simply move it when you need to open up the area. 

6. Add a Rug 

Create a feeling of warmth and comfort in your kitchen with an area rug. It’s an easy way to add pattern and color for a more robust design. This can be especially helpful in a one-wall kitchen. A rug can make it appear more like its own separate room. 

7. Lean Towards Lighter Colors 

Let the light in! Light colors help to open a space up. Play with pastels, pale tones, and whites. They will help to reflect light and create the illusion of a larger kitchen space. You can even paint the walls a lighter color to really take advantage of the power of these hues. 

8. When In Doubt, Mount 

Much like ceiling space, wall space often doesn’t get to live up to its fullest potential. But if you’re struggling to find storage solutions, the walls can be a great place to look. What can you hang up and get out of the way? Maybe you can invest in a knife mount or a pegboard to hang up mugs. You’re only limited by your tools and imagination.

9. Opt For Mini Appliances 

When you hear “mini appliances” your mind might automatically jump to “cheap”. But that’s not necessarily the case these days. There are plenty of scaled-down ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, and more that run just as well as traditional options, just in a smaller package. Installing smaller appliances can buy you a lot of extra space and fit your lifestyle a little better. 

10. Streamline Your Cabinets

Smaller kitchens don’t have a lot to offer as far as cabinet space goes. But one option you have is to optimize the space you already have. Organize your cabinets by using risers, spice racks, cubbies, or whatever else will help free up more space. 

11. Go For a Lacquered Look 

Just like light colors, a reflective gleam can also work to make your space look bigger than it actually is. Lacquered cabinets are a chic, stylized feature you can use to create the illusion of a larger room. They can boost your style game while also serving as an expansive element. 

12. Lean on Patterns

Another trick to make a space look bigger is to work with patterns. Fun, bold patterns customize your kitchen and help to make it feel more expansive. Install patterned floor tiles, wallpaper, or even cabinets if you really want to add a bit of a funky vibe. 

13. Consider Knocking Down a Wall 

If you’re planning on a large-scale redesign, consider knocking down a wall. You’ll need to assure that there aren’t any structural holds in the wall you have in mind first. If you’re in the clear, get in touch with an accredited renovation company to help you with the project. 

14. Put Up a Mirrored Backsplash  

Create a more expansive look in your kitchen by using mirrors. You can easily put up actual mirrors on the wall but that doesn’t always look natural. Installing mirrored backsplash is a style-forward method to use reflection to create the illusion of a bigger kitchen.  

15. Add a Mobile Bar 

Still searching for a way to gain more counter space? A mobile bar might be the solution for you! Much like a rolling island, a mobile bar can easily be moved around. Some bars can fit right in your doorway and serve as a sort of door for when you move to and from the kitchen.

16. Let Your Sink Double as Prep Space 

Speaking of more prep space, let’s talk about how much precious space your sink takes up. When you’re preparing an involved dinner, you need a lot of room to chop, prepare, and assemble. If you’re constantly juggling bowls and cutting boards, try finding a topper for your sink. You can cover it up when you’re not using it and gain a new place to prep your meals. 

17. Create a Natural Flow 

Does your one-wall kitchen flow into your dining or living area? Well, lean into it. Instead of trying to make them into two separate spaces, find ways to tie them together. Cultivate a flow from the kitchen, to the dining room, to the living room. It will make each of these spaces feel less closed off. 

18. Add a Touch of Green  

Nothing livens up a space like house plants. Incorporate easy plants like pothos, burros tail, or zz plants. It will breathe refreshing energy into the room and help you fall in love with your kitchen. One great look is to put a large plant on top of your refrigerator; this instantly creates a happy, beautiful design element. 

19. Optimize Your Space With a Floating Table 

One last way to gain more countertop space is to install a floating table. Many floating tables can fold down when not in use. This is a wonderful addition to a small kitchen as it will not take up too much space but it can also be a lifesaver when you’re whipping up a big meal. 

Our bathrooms serve as an oasis and sanctuary within our homes. It’s more than just a place to house a toilet, it can also be your own personal spa. Remodeling a bathroom is a great way to add value to your home on both a personal and financial level. If you’re hoping to spruce up your bathroom, you might assume it would be a lofty investment. But there are plenty of ways to pull off a renovation with modest funds. Let’s explore some different ways to remodel your bathroom on a budget.  

How Much Can You Save?

On average, a bathroom remodel can cost anywhere from $10,500 to 26,000 according to Remodeling Magazine. This will, of course, vary depending on how upscale the project will be. You might take one look at those numbers and run in the opposite direction, but what if we told you that there’s a way to reduce remodeling costs down to $3000 or even $1000 dollars? 

There are plenty of methods you can use to cut down on costs when remodeling a bathroom. First, determine what you can spend on this project. Anywhere in the $1000 - $3000 price range should be sufficient. If you can’t afford to reach that $1000 mark, it might be best to stick with minor cosmetic updates. If you have a little more to play with, you can make larger, more structural changes such as replacing the bathtub or floor tiles. 

Walls and Floors 

One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a room is to give it a fresh paint job. This also happens to be one of the cheapest methods to remodel on a budget. On average, it costs around $0.86 per sq ft to paint a bathroom. Be cautious when buying paint for a bathroom; it needs to be of high quality and possibly complete with a satin finish to prevent mold and mildew. 

Tiles can be a little pricer. If you want to keep prices down, focus on replacing tiles in high-impact areas such as the floor. You can also use special paint to give bathroom tiles a stunning new look. If you really have your heart set on an expensive tile, use it as an accent piece and fill in the rest with cheaper tiles.

Tub and Shower 

Reinstalling grout and caulk is a cheap way to brighten up your bathroom. Removing caulk and reinstalling it is fairly easy and DIY-friendly. Simply peel away with a utility knife, apply a new line, and smooth down. Regrouting is a bit tougher but it can be achieved without professional help with research. 

Another way to give your tub or shower a cheaper update is to reline it instead of replacing it. You can reline cast iron, fiberglass, and porcelain tubs. Just keep in mind that sometimes you can discover unexpected damage under the liner if it was improperly installed the first time. If excessive moisture finds its way under the lining, this can cause water damage and mold. 

Bathroom Sink

There are so many ways to spruce up your sink area on a budget. Buying second-hand is one easy way to keep spending minimal while also creating a unique, beautiful end product. Instead of buying a mirror specifically designed for a bathroom, shop around at flea markets or second-hand shops for a vintage mirror. Old dressers also serve as a great swap for a sink pedestal. Just carve out a space for the basin on the top and the plumbing behind it. There are tons of tutorials online that illustrate this process. 

If you’d rather stick to tradition and replace your counter with new granite, you can save money here too. Look for granite in unpopular shades. Green, brown, and black are some colors you can score for a lower price tag. Also, consider getting granite with “imperfections”. These will typically be cheaper and you might cover the flaw with the sink basin anyway. 

Final Touches 

There are a variety of other little adjustments you can make to remodel your bathroom on a budget. Don’t neglect the details! Drawer hardware, lighting fixtures, the sink faucet, and towel racks are all relatively inexpensive swaps that can completely shift the look and feel of your bathroom space. 

When contemplating how to spruce up your porcelain throne, consider keeping the base and replacing the seat and lid instead. You can also add an inexpensive bidet to add a touch of luxury without breaking the bank. 

Buy used when you can! We touched on this before but we can’t stress it enough. There are plenty of opportunities to find lightly used sinks, doors, mirrors, hardware, tubs, and more second-hand. 

Get Help From the Experts 

Bathroom remodels can be a lot of hard work. Sure, many of these projects are completely doable for a homeowner. But the time factor alone might dissuade you from ever pursuing your dreams of creating your ideal in-home spa. If you’re looking for assistance with your bathroom or whole home remodel, call on H3 Construction and Design for help! We provide building and renovation services to the greater Northern Colorado area. Get in touch with us today to hear more about our work!  

If you’re thinking about pursuing a home remodel project in Colorado be sure to stop and think about permit requirements before you charge full steam ahead. Buildings and home regulations will vary slightly from state to state. But, wherever you are, you can count on certain home redesign projects requiring permits.

Let’s take a look at why it’s a good idea to check on what permits you need to secure and what the state of Colorado requires for remodel permits.

Why Do Some Projects Require a Permit? 

Remodel permits are meant to protect the health and safety of homeowners and builders. They’re put in place to avoid structural issues that could result in injuries or even fatalities. Many of the permit requirements will overlap in different regions, but some might be location-specific. For example, California maintains regulations around earthquake safety that builders must comply with when remodeling a home. Colorado, on the other hand, doesn’t have requirements like this since we don’t experience frequent earthquakes.

Also, keep in mind, some permits adhere to your local HOA requirements. Even exterior renovations that don’t require a permit might still need to be approved by your HOA. Always check in with your neighborhood association before doing any work to the exterior of your home. 

What Happens if You Don’t Get a Permit? 

It’s tempting to skip permit requirements in order to save time and money on your project but this is never in your best interest. You could actually be setting yourself up for a major headache. The truth of the matter is that you might need to shell out even more money than the initial permit fee down the road once issues inevitably arise.

Aside from the obvious risk of potential injury, proceeding with a remodel without the proper permits can also lead to trouble when you try to sell your home. It can prolong the process and cost you fines. Furthermore, you will likely need to pay even more to do demolition work and by-the-book reconstruction. 

Renovations done without proper permitting can also be illegal. You could be served a stop-work order until you secure a permit or a steep fee for attempting to go through with a remodel without a permit. 

Which Projects Require a Permit in Colorado? 

Colorado maintains similar permitting requirements to many other states in the country. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with what you need before starting on a renovation process. Forgetting or not knowing about a permit won’t be a valid excuse if you break ground on your project without the proper permissions.  

Here are some of the projects that universally require permits in Colorado:  

Keep in mind that items not included on this list might still require a permit in your specific municipality or community. Some local bylaws legislate different requirements for projects that will affect the look of the overall community. For example, some communities will require their approval before painting your home exterior. Always check with your county and community officials to get a comprehensive list of permits you might need. 

Which Projects Don’t Require a Permit? 

Use the “like-for-like” rule to determine if your project will require a permit. If you are replacing something that is already in place, you likely don’t need any special permits. For example, you can replace existing cabinets without a permit if no structural work is required. 

Some other examples of projects that don’t require permits are

Need Help Navigating Permits? 

While we will not take on a project without the proper permitting, we will help our clients through the process of securing them. Our team of experts is experienced in what permits you will and will not need in the Denver, and Northern Colorado areas. From start to finish, h3 Construction and Design is in your corner while navigating the renovation process. If you’re looking for a builder you can trust, get in touch with us today! We would be happy to walk you through your project and help get you closer to your dream home!

There’s nothing quite like the breathtaking splendor of our cherished National Forests. Us Coloradans love nothing more than spending a day hiking off the beaten path to commune with nature. How many times have you thought to yourself, “I could see myself building a cabin out here and calling it home”?

It certainly would be a dream to live a stone’s throw away from our favorite wilderness area. But if you’re cooking up a plan to build in a National Forest, you’ll be disappointed to know this isn’t possible.

Brief History of Our National Forests 

The Forest Reserve Act of 1891 made it possible for the government to allocate certain land as “forest reserves” out west. This was the first step towards preserving our precious open spaces throughout the United States. Today, all public lands are cared for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The aim is not only to assure we’re doing the best we can to be good stewards of this land but also to keep it pristine for generations to come. 

According to their website, the USDA Forest Service’s mission is “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.” Unlike our untouched National Parks, National Forests exist under a multi-use mandate. So we still tend to these lands carefully, but they also might be used for activities such as timber collection, recreation, and more. 

Why Are There Houses in National Forests?

Yes, you probably have seen private property within a National Forest. These are called inholdings. As we mentioned earlier, forest reserves didn’t come around until 1891. A few decades earlier in 1862, the Homestead Act allowed citizens moving out west to claim up to 160 acres of public land to live on. These deeds were honored when the National Forests came along, creating “islands” of private land. These plots of land are the only places homes can stand within a National Forest. 

How To Build Your Off-the-Grid Dream Home

Even though you can’t build a home in a National Forest, you can still achieve your off-the-grid dreams. There are plenty of opportunities to buy land near wooded areas, deep in the mountains, or out on the grasslands. Land lots can range anywhere from $100,000 into the millions depending on the acreage and location. Securing a suitable slice of land would be the first step in building your off-the-grid retreat.

The next order of business would be to secure a skillful custom home contractor you trust. Not only can they help you pick out a floor plan and suss out all the other details that go into designing a house, but they can also assist with building based on the regulations for the jurisdiction your land sits in. There are also considerations such as electricity, waste management, and waterlines that you can lean on your contractor to help with. 

If you’re ready to build your Colorado dream home in the woods, H3 Design and Construction is up for the task. We take residential home design to new heights working closely with our clients to create a stylish, functional custom home they will love. Whether you’re looking for a modest cabin in the woods or a lavish mountain getaway destination, we can be your partners in design and construction. 

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Adverse weather can throw a serious wrench in construction plans. This can be especially troublesome in regions with a lot of snow such as Colorado. Other factors such as high winds, heavy rain, temperature, and fog can come into play and affect a construction timeline. The unpredictability of weather can’t be planned around which can make it a major reason some projects get pushed back. 

If you’re pursuing a new build project or you’re in the middle of one currently, you might want to know what to expect. In this article, we’re going to break down how the weather can affect a construction project by the season. 

Construction in the Fall and Winter

Fall and winter can be a difficult time of year to start or continue a construction project. The cold temperatures complicate the process on a number of fronts. It can also grow to be an expensive endeavor if you choose to press on through inclement weather. 

Here are a couple of factors to keep in mind:

Ground Temperature 

One major issue in the fall and winter is ground temperature. Frozen earth isn’t impossible to work with but it can pose some complications – especially when it comes to breaking ground. Excavation and laying down concrete aren’t ideal when the ground is frozen. The frost can reach almost a foot below the surface. So, breaking ground on the project during the winter isn’t ideal if you live in a cold state.

There are some options to combat the freezing earth. Some methods include using anti-freezing concrete components, ground thaw machines, or insulated blankets. But this can drive up the price of a construction project. 

Cold-Sensitive Construction Equipment 

Many pieces of building materials and equipment are rendered useless in freezing weather. For instance, mortar and grout require adequate heat for normal cement hydration. Attempting to install any type of concrete in freezing temperatures can reduce its durability.

Other types of adhesives, insulation, and electrical wiring need to be installed at a certain temperature too. Depending on the stage of your project and if heating units are already in place, these are factors that may slow progress down. 

Construction in the Spring and Summer 

Although warmer temperatures are more desirable when it comes to construction, there are some weather issues that can occur in the spring and summer months that can slow down a timeline as well. Keep in mind that some conditions from the winter can bleed into the spring depending on where you live. 

Here are a couple of factors to keep in mind during spring and summer:

High Winds

Any equipment that is suspended in the air will pose a safety risk during high winds. Cranes and towers are especially dangerous. They could get blown over, injuring the individuals working on them and potentially damaging the construction site. If the wind is strong enough, it can also lead to objects flying into the air and striking people on the site. 

High winds can also kick up a lot of dust. This can irritate or damage the eyes. It can also create low visibility which can make it difficult to complete work optimally. The loud sound of wind can also make it difficult for construction workers to hear approaching vehicles which can pose a safety risk too. 

Heavy Rain 

Torrential rain reduces visibility for workers on a site and the drivers operating heavy machinery. It can also cause less than ideal working conditions. Mud can be especially difficult to work in. It can also lead to damaged equipment or materials. 

Thick Fog 

Fog is another type of possible summer weather condition that reduces visibility for construction workers. Without the ability to see what’s a few feet in front of them, it can make it extremely difficult to drive construction vehicles or get out of the way as a vehicle approaches. When fog appears, a project may have to halt until it clears. However, this is a less likely weather condition to appear in summer in select regions of the country. But, though rare, it does occur in Colorado.

Expert Contractors Set Real Expectations

Inclement, unpredictable weather conditions aren’t impossible to work with. If you live in a region with varying weather, be sure to hire an experienced local contractor. We’re really stressing the ‘local’ since they have experience working around the regional weather changes during a build. Of course, delays can be inevitable, but they may have more knowledge on options and solutions when bad weather strikes. 

If you’re in the Northern Colorado region, H3 Construction & Design is at your service! Be sure to give us a call to learn more about our services and how to plan your build. Rain or shine, we’re happy to be your trusted local contractor in NoCo!

Construction & Design
504 West Eisenhower Blvd, Suite 3,
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: 970-515-2264
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