The newly completed single-family home in Three Springs is up for sale!
If you’re looking for your next home in Durango, Colorado then this craftsman-style, single-level home in Three Springs is waiting just for you!
This newly constructed home offers 1756 SF of living space with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a 2-car garage and covered front porch and a covered patio so you can make the most of the wonderful weather here in Colorado.
What a week! In February, we all took a week off to go to the NAHB International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. A first for the Buena Vista Builders Team, this convention was one we won’t soon forget! Hundreds of expos and tons of educational series, we left feeling like we didn’t even see half of what was there!
The International Builder Show (IBS) celebrated its 75th year this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The trade show takes place every year in either Las Vegas, San Antonio, or Orlando. “With more than 100,000 people attending Design & Construction Week® the exhibit halls were jammed and the energy was palpable. The IBS exhibit floor alone spanned more than 600,000 net square feet and featured more than 1,500 exhibitors. Attendees saw the latest in home technology products, watched live building demos, participated in hammer contests and craft brew tastings and networked with the best of best in our industry and collecting IBS swag along the way,” (Know the Show: IBS Blog).
Last week, the Buena Vista Builders team took the week off and traveled to Vegas to enjoy the trade show, sit in on education sessions and visit the Vegas attractions. The Las Vegas Convention Center is home to the three exhibit halls that were filled to the brim with vendors from all over the country. Some of the vendors that BVB visited were: Artis Wall System, BuilderTrend, Builders Lighting, Floor & Décor, Keene Building Products, Lab Design Laminate, Little Giant Ladder Systems, and Wedi.
It wasn’t all work and no play for the BVB team. We went site seeing, as well as indulged our palates with wonderful food. One of our favorite restaurants was Gordon Ramsey Burger on the Vegas main street.
The BVB Team plans to attend the 2020 International Builder Show and they hope to see you there!
What a winter we’ve had so far with a custom home in the works! If you’re not following us on Facebook, make sure you do so you can see all the times we will go live with our current home over at 161 Salt Brush out in Three Springs Durango.
This open-concept home is now for sale and you can view more of the details listed under our Current Projects.
We loved working with this client and being able to bring a new yoga studio to the Three Springs/Durango area! Cheers to a very successful grand opening! We had the Durango Diplomats from the Chamber of Commerce come and help with a ribbon cutting. Check out the video below that our lovely Sarah took of the event and make sure you’re following us on Facebook to see more upcoming videos of our current projects!
A few weeks ago, the Buena Vista Builders team took the day off to go romp in the woods together. We were lucky enough to see a couple deer, a bear, and a moose. It doesn’t get much better than taking an ATV into the woods for some team building fun!
Check out the video below for some action shots and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more behind-the-scenes videos!
As seen in the Local Level Newsletter from the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado’s Board of Directors.
As the Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado I would first like to give a big shout out to the U.S. Forest Service, Firefighters, Helicopter and Air Tanker Pilots, Durango Fire & Rescue, Durango Police Dept, La Plata County Sheriff Dept. and all the many volunteers for everything they have done in the last three weeks. Enough cannot be said for everything these men and women have done.
It never seems to fail that all our local agencies and citizens come together in a time of crisis to work so well with agencies from outside our community such as the National Forest Service’s Interagency Hotshot Crews.
In the world of wildland/forest fires, the Hotshot crews are comparable to the military’s Special Forces. These men and women are the most highly trained firefighters in the country. Fresh meals, soft beds, and regular showers are not a part of their job description and yet these people spend as many as 48hour per shift to protect our homes and businesses. In a busy wildfire season, these men and women spend an average of 100 days away from home and families. When I meet these brave people, I shake their hands and make sure that they know we are thankful for all they are doing.
“Firefighters are some of the most selfless public servants you will ever encounter,” – Denis Leary.
It has been heartwarming to see all the signs that have been posted supporting and thanking these exceptional professionals. In addition, we cannot forget to thank all our local agencies and volunteers that have also done an outstanding job during the past three weeks in assisting the firefighters, protecting our families, homes, and answering our many questions.
There is also another side to this unfortunate crisis. The costs of the impact on the local economy, public health, property, ecosystems, and livelihoods, are significant and can far exceed the cost of fighting the fire. The cost of fighting the 416 and Burro fire is as much as 1 million dollars a day. The long-term costs of wildfires continue long after the fire is put out. Damage to property, infrastructure, watersheds, and local economies are often an expensive legacy. Smoke from the fire can have a significant impact on health. Flood risks increase in a post-fire landscape. Revenue from tourism and other area businesses may decline not to mention the possible decrease in property values.
Depending on insurance coverage, a business may recover some of the cost of evacuation when it comes to a Civil Authority order. Policy permitting, because it is an elective coverage, a business may be able to make a make a claim for wages or income lost on a job in the evacuation areas. It is worth a call to your insurance agent. Homeowners that have evacuated should save track all expenses related to their hardship or displacement and contact their insurance agent. Depending on the policy coverage they may be able to make a loss of use claim.
In closing, I would like to mention how uplifting it is to live in a community that comes together in a time of crisis where people set their differences aside to support their neighbors and local businesses.
Thanks again to all the Firefighters, Emergency Services personnel, and our local volunteers.
— Bob Smith, Vice President of the HBASC Board, Owner of Buena Vista Builders, INC.
Making the most out of a tiny kitchen starts by searching the room for space on the walls, floors, ceiling, countertops, appliances, even the insides and outsides of cabinetry. When you can start seeing the storage potential in everything, you can squeeze every square inch out of it. Let us share our best tips for making the most of your small kitchen!
Hang It Up
Using your cabinets, ceiling and walls, hang up everything you can! Anything that you can hang up saves valuable counter space. While a lot of people think to use the outside of their cabinets to hang items, few think of using the space inside the cabinet doors. Think of the drawer space you’ll save by using the inside of the cabinet door to hang up your measuring spoons and cups. Mount a magnetic strip to the inside to hold all of your cutting knives. Attach a few single wire spice racks to the inside of your doors and save the rest of your cupboard space for your groceries, dishes, and appliances. By installing shelves, rods or pegboard, you can move utensils off the counter and onto the walls. You could probably rescue entire cupboards by hanging up anything and everything that has a handle attached.
If your cabinets stop short of the ceiling you’re missing out on valuable storage space so consider adding another foot or two of storage by replacing them with cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling. That much-needed space will hold those rarely used items perfectly. If you can’t add to or replace your cabinetry then simply set baskets on top of your cabinets for that additional storage space.
Gaining another foot or even more counter space is a big victory and can be accomplished with a minor remodel to replace your counter and sink by substituting your dual bowl sink with a beautiful (and compact!) farmhouse sink. Another trick is to find a simple cutting board wide enough to cover your sink when you’re doing your prep work.
Small Tips and Tricks for Big Impact
Add the illusion of more space by using mirrors to replace, or make, your backsplash. Mirrored backsplashes are interesting, they reflect light, extend the view, really open a space and they’re super easy to clean.
Bulky hardware on drawers and cupboards in a tight space is a recipe for bruises, the occasional profanity and wrestling your shirt from a handle’s grip. To keep your kitchen and children’s innocence safe, choose slim pulls or replace cabinet doors and drawer fronts with inset grips and avoid the hardware completely. It may seem inconsequential, but the streamlined look of your space will make a difference.
If you need a shoe-horn and grease to fit appliances into place, think about replacing them with small-scale versions. Many appliance manufacturers are now offering a variety of compact models designed specifically for small spaces freeing up precious space for other uses.
Play with color! An all-white kitchen can create the illusion of space and vary the textures and shades of white will create not only the impression of space but will also add interest. Using a high-gloss finish on your cabinetry will reflect more light and brighten up the whole area. A light, bright room immediately feels more spacious and adding under-cabinet lighting will eliminate those shadowy countertops.’
You can also make your tiny kitchen look bigger with glass. By replacing your solid cabinet doors with glass, you create depth and dimension and the contents provide color, interest, and variety. This will make your small kitchen seem bigger than it really is.
Go for a portable rolling cart that can do double duty as a prep area, add extra storage space and even a duty as a buffet area. Simply put it away when not in use and because it’s portable you’ll be saving on the precious square footage.
When it comes to storage and space-saving needs, there are a number of stores now who specialize in smart, efficient storage solutions that make the most of any space in the house. Kitchen cabinet manufacturers are now offering space-saving filler cabinets, as narrow as three inches, to help store baking pans, utensils, and smaller items.
Your kitchen cabinets may be another way to free up space by replacing them with open shelving. By comparison, upper cabinets are far bulkier and, more often than not, you have to rummage through them to get to the contents in the back. Once again, the hallmark to creating space is an illusion – your eye isn’t stopping at a solid door. It’s a streamlined look and everything is easily visible and accessible.It’s easier than you think to give that vertically, horizontally and dimensionally-challenged kitchen of yours the impact of more space with these simple fixes and make your time there much more enjoyable.
Is your open floor plan lacking…something? Are you wanting to ramp up the coziness during the cold winter months? Conventionally, creating defined areas in a home meant building walls and hallways. Today, the open concept trend can lack the intimacy that people prefer. The good news is that with an open floor plan you have the refreshing feeling of a large space. That freedom allows you to transform an open floor plan into as much coziness as you can handle.
You can create winter coziness by making architectural changes, but also in other ways such as using color, texture, textiles, rugs, lighting, furniture placement and accessories.
Warm reds, yellows, oranges are the colors that instantly create warmth in a space… even outdoor spaces. Warm shades paired with earth-tone neutrals are a recipe for coziness. Generally, the darker the color, the smaller a large space will appear. You can create focus by just painting one wall a deep, warm shade. And don’t think you need to limit color just to the paint. Rich, warm, bold colors can be incorporated into your window treatments, upholstery, and rug choices as well.
Texture and Textiles
Layers of texture are a sure-fire way to add warmth and snuggle-ability to any large space. Natural materials like exposed brick, reclaimed wood, natural grasses and reeds like sisal or rattan provide immediate warmth and a comfortable feel. Accessories like personal comforters and throw pillows covered with satin, faux fur, velvet, silk or cashmere will be a welcome treat. A small woven basket full of these luxurious friends should do the trick.
Nothing divides or unifies a room quite as quickly as a rug. It’s a perfect, quick and very affordable way to instantly define separate areas in an open floor plan with a living area, dining area, or conversation area. When everything is placed, each newly separated area is immediately unified. Cold, snowy days outside make area rugs a pleasure to relax on while you contemplate the glow emanating from your beautifully redesigned fireplace (more about that in a moment).
After you have designed your spaces, your lighting choices will add another layer of warmth. Interiors will magically look cozier with dim, subdued lighting. You and your friends will love it. It gives everything a soft, warm glow and is largely flattering to the room and your guests. Light from floor lamps or table lamps provides softer options than bright overhead light fixtures. You could also opt for canned lighting that has a dimmer switch. Soft lighting always makes large spaces appear warmer. Try different levels or heights of lighting to add interest.
Open floor plans give furniture the power to define a space and create zones. It also offers the flexibility to change a room on a whim for every season, event, gathering or holiday. Create a variety of intimate seating areas that call for people to enjoy personal conversations. It will make the room that much more inviting. Try changing it up from angling all your chairs and couches in the direction of the nearest television and instead towards each other. The more areas you define, the cozier it will feel. You can make these zones more functional by creating nook, personal library or a working area that houses a beautiful antique desk and chair.
While open floor plans offer fewer walls, a well-thought-out grouping of your favorite paintings can also define areas, create conversation and add warmth. If you have acquired more art than you have walls, rotate your favorites throughout the year. So often people think of bringing beautiful fresh, aromatic flowers into the home during the summer but winter is also a perfect time. They are an easy and affordable way to create intimacy and warmth and showcase the season’s surprising beauty. Architecture
Have you thought of using wainscoting in your interior design to create texture, focus, charm, and warmth? Not only is it beautiful, but it is a wonderful way to add both interest and elegance. Paneled wood isn’t just beautiful, but functional. It can disguise uneven walls and even increase insulation!
Revamping your fireplace with a natural stone veneer is another way to create an instant focal point without losing any of the natural ambiances.
Lastly, integrate your interests. Personal touches are a very thoughtful way of making your large space intimate and cozy. Are you a reader? Nothing says cozy like stacks of well-read books. Are you a star watcher? Add a beautiful telescope for not only your own enjoyment but your guests as well. If you’re a painter, you can create a small area for your beloved work in progress by leaving them on the easel (a definite conversation piece!).
Open concept homes give you the opportunity to have the best of both worlds. They may initially present some decorating obstacles, but implementing a few of these tips and tricks can turn that open space into a cozy, warm and very inviting home to enjoy all winter long.
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