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Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction, CO

Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction, CO

Our family business as general contractors has always given us a unique perspective about building in Grand Junction, CO. Western Constructors is owned by Bruce Milyard and his son, Tyler Milyard. The two have a family history in construction that reaches over 30 years, when Bruce first began the company. Relationships are our strategy for long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO. In some of our earlier blog posts from last year, we talked about how we’ve now completed work all over the United States. But recently, we’ve reaffirmed our love for Grand Junction, and our dedication to the community. In this blog post we want to talk again about why we are the right choice for general contractors in Grand Junction.

Community And The Internet

It used to be that neighborhoods really meant something. People didn’t just buy homes because they liked the location, the school, the lawn, and the interior. They got to know the people who could become their neighbors. It was important for families with kids to know if there were other kids in the neighborhood, or if there were parks nearby so they could play. Before the days of the internet, community meant more. Some of the best moments of life were spent in community bbq’s or picnics. It wasn’t uncommon for kids to congregate en-masse to play games of football or tag.

The internet, of course, has brought its own forms of connection, and neither is necessarily better than the other. Some people develop rich relationships online with their friends, or colleagues. As general contractors, our professional world has expanded with the internet. Not just in terms of the people we network and do business with, but in our education. It’s much easier to keep abreast of the latest trends in technology, and innovation. We’ve created great relationships across the country that have brought jobs and income to families in Grand Junction, through the internet’s growth over the last twenty years.

Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction And Our Communities

What we want to share with you today is that we’ve taken a couple profound lessons from our past, and from society’s changes to being more online. First, we liked the days of rich community involvement. Maybe you miss days like that too. Our goal is to increase community involvement by creating live-work spaces. You can see our love for it in the projects we take on. We’ve blogged about these projects in the past in more detail, but our project at Los Colonias and near the Edgewater Brewery are perfect examples.

The business park at Los Colonias is one of our favorite projects we’re currently working on. This construction project will bring dozens of new businesses into Grand Junction’s riverside area, and we envision, will expand the downtown. The work at Edgewater, which is just a few hundred yards away, already has the River’s Edge Townhomes, which we’ve put in over the last few years. That area will soon have more retail space, restaurants, and be a perfect live-work community in Grand Junction. When we think of long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, we think of the Los Colonias development. New businesses are moving to Grand Junction, like Rocky Mounts. Businesses like these are creating new jobs in Grand Junction, and make our job as general contractors very exciting.

Live-Work Construction In Grand Junction, CO

The reason we like the expansion to the Riverside part of town is because it will be a live-work community. A place where people can live, like in the River’s Edge Townhomes, and walk to work either downtown or in the Los Colonias business park. We believe that one of the answers to our fast-paced society today is for general contractors in Grand Junction to develop communities where people are encouraged to know each other. The internet is a big world. Our own small communities in Grand Junction have become virtually global. It’s put a stress on our society, where we no longer know our neighbors. We want to bring back that local feel to our ever-expanding social network with people we see every day in our homes and places of work.

The second profound lesson we’ve learned from our society’s vast changes is that even though people connect more online now than they maybe even do in person, it doesn’t change the fact that we all want real in-person connections in our lives. Even though there are plenty of companies doing long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, and many of those companies can be found online, people want to work with people they feel they can trust. The best way to build trust is with genuine conversations, and really listening – which is what our family atmosphere at Western Constructors has always taught us to do. Our office doors are always open to anyone we’re working with, or to anyone interested in hiring a general contractor. We also do our best to connect with the community in other ways, such as helping students in Construction Management at CMU.

When working with us, people can expect to be treated like family. It’s just the approach we take. We want to be part of Grand Junction for the long-term. We realize that the buildings we construct will be here probably long after we are. It’s a legacy that we’re proud to be part of. Grand Junction is a unique community that wants to hold on to what it’s always been. We don’t want to lose that neighborhood aspect to who we are.

Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction Is Making The World Smaller Again

Long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, for us, is all about building communities that last. It’s why we work with companies we trust like Electrician Grand Junction, and pursue projects we can be passionate about.

You’ll notice that a lot of our projects have a live-work element to them. The Knollwood apartments on Patterson and 1st Street and right across the road from McCalister’s Deli. Walgreens is also there, a satellite office for Enstrom’s, and several buildings of office space. It’s a place people can live, eat, and work, all without driving. It’s a smaller community within the larger Grand Junction area.

Our goal is to make the world of construction in Grand Junction a smaller community, in an ever-growing society. We think that by helping people connect in smaller groups of people we can do Grand Junction a great service. We can help people feel connected even though the internet is so big. Even though Grand Junction as a city is growing faster than it ever has before.

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

 

Things First-Time Home Builders in Grand Junction Should Know

Things First-Time Home Builders in Grand Junction Should Know

Building a home isn’t an easy thing to do, especially for first-time home builders. Sometimes people hesitate to build homes when they’ve never done so before. After all, they don’t know anything about the process and have never done anything like it before. Many people have questions about what they should be considering as they start the home-building process. That’s why today we’re going to help you answer some of those questions. At Western Constructors, we want to make sure you have access to all the important information you need to make well-informed decisions. It’s our goal for you to learn something new every time you visit our blog. In this blog post, we’re going to tell you some things first-time home builders in Grand Junction should know. Here are a few key things to consider if you’re building a home for the first time.

Things You Should Know About Your Builders

You should always make sure to check the reputation of the person who will be building your home. We’ve talked a little bit about this before in another one of our other articles (which you can read here). Recommendations and reputation are both extremely important in the construction industry. Even if you’ve designed most of your house on your own and you feel prepared, hiring the wrong home builders can be devastating for your project. Make sure to take the time to do some research about your potential builders. How long have they been working in Grand Junction? What are some other homes that they’ve built here? Questions like these can help you make sure that you’re hiring the right person for the job. The last thing you want is to hire someone with very little experience who turns your project from a dream home into a disaster.

One of the other things first-time home builders in Grand Junction should know is that unexpected problems are inevitable. You may not be able to predict what exactly will go wrong with your project, but rarely does any project go exactly as expected. What this means is that you should prepare for the unexpected; keep in mind that delays might occur and budget your time accordingly. The best construction companies will help you keep these delays and issues to a minimum, and they’ll let you know what problems they can predict. The person you choose to build your home should be ready and capable to help guide you through these problems, no matter what they end up being.

Things First-Time Home Builders Should Know About Location in Grand Junction

Another thing you should keep in mind is the location of your new home. Grand Junction is well-known for its access to the outdoors, and this can make a big difference on where you decide to build. Finding an area near a trail or a bike path can give you unmatched access to the things you love to do. There’s a reason Grand Junction is known for its outdoor access. But if hiking and canoeing aren’t really your style, you should check out other areas of the city that might suit you better. You want to avoid building your home somewhere where you’ll regret having it later. Even if you build your dream home, it can turn sour if you build it in the wrong place. You don’t want to be stuck in an area that you don’t like.

But location isn’t just about picking the best area of town for you to live. There are a few things you need to know as well. Have you considered all of the local restrictions and building codes? Doing so before you begin your project is absolutely necessary, though it’s something that many first-time home builders forget to do. You have to balance the location where you want to build with the restrictions that accompany it. For example, it might be your dream to build a home with a huge driveway, and you might think you’ve found the perfect place. Later, though, you might find out that the area you’re building in has restrictions about driveway length and placement. It’s important for you to know about these rules before you begin the building process so that you don’t have to start all over or put up with an imperfect project.

Considering Your Finances

This one might seem like common sense, but it’s a problem that arises often enough that it’s important to talk about. It’s incredibly important to know exactly what you can afford before you begin your project. And remember those unexpected issues that we mentioned before? It’s important to try your best to factor those into your costs as well. That way you’re not caught off-guard if something goes wrong or delays make your project more expensive than you expected. Most people call this a “contingency reserve,” and it’s important to have one so that you can be fully prepared. You don’t want to find out halfway through your project that you no longer can afford to finish it. If you’re interested in learning more about things first-time home builders should know, we recommend checking out this article here.

At Western Constructors, we have the experience and the ability to take on projects for new home builders. Whether you’re building one for the first or the hundredth time, we can help. If you’re interested in learning about some of the residential projects that we’ve completed in the past, be sure to check out this blog post here. We’ve been busy around Grand Junction making the city a better place. We’ve worked on commercial projects in the Dos Rios area and new homes in the Redlands Mesa area. In addition, we’ve helped shape the future of Grand Junction’s downtown. We have decades of insight into the construction market, which means we can help if you don’t know where to begin. So if you’re a wary first-time home builder in Grand Junction, there’s no need to be afraid. Just pick up the phone and give us a call.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Bad General Contractors Grand Junction

Things to Look for When Hiring General Contractors Grand Junction

At Western Constructors, we’ve spent a lot of time educating you about the ins and outs of our industry. It’s important to us that you know as much as possible so you can make the right decisions. We’ve told you about how to hire the right commercial contractor for your needs (you can find a link to that article here). But we think it’s just as important to tell you about the bad contractors, too. What happens when you hire a general contractor and they’re not a good fit? What red flags could you have noticed that would have told you to watch out for them? In today’s article, we’ll talk about those red flags and how to know if you’re working with someone you probably shouldn’t. By telling you things to look for when hiring general contractors, Grand Junction will be able to make good decisions in the future.

Bad General Contractors’ Money and Behavior

Of course, when it comes to money, there are a lot of possible red flags. But something you can look out for early on is when your contractor asks for too much money up front. Generally, contractors do need to be paid up front because they need to spend money on the project. This is a normal part of the construction industry. But when your contractor starts asking for too much, it should be an immediate red flag. It’s usually standard for general contractors to ask for about 15% up front. Most states actually prohibit contractors from asking for more than 33%. So if your contractor comes up to you and asks for 50% up front, you’re probably in the company of a bad contractor. Good contractors are confident enough in their work that they know they’ll receive the rest of their payment upon completing project milestones.

Behavior is another thing to look for when hiring general contractors in Grand Junction and elsewhere. If the contractor you hired was friendly and cooperative when you hired them but is irritable, confrontational, or unavailable when your project starts, it should be another red flag. People have bad days sometimes, but it’s a general contractor’s responsibility to be professional and keep their clients satisfied. So if they’re kind to you before you hire them and start acting unprofessionally toward you later on, it’s probably a sign that you’ve hired a bad general contractor. And unprofessional behavior doesn’t just extend to their client interactions. Obviously, if a contractor is drinking alcohol at the work site, they shouldn’t be your contractor anymore. It’s not only unprofessional—it’s dangerous, too. You should avoid any contractor who drinks on the job.

Low Bids and Hiring General Contractors in Grand Junction

You should also watch out for incredibly low bids on your project. Some contractors might try to convince you that they can get your project done at an extremely low cost because they will use it for advertising or as a portfolio piece. But most of the time, this is a scam. If a contractor tries to convince you to work with them because of a low bid that you know is too good to be true, trust your instincts. These low bids almost always translate into poor workmanship and client dissatisfaction. It’s not worth risking your entire project to go with the lowest bid possible. You don’t want to end up with a finished product you can’t stand. It’s much more important to find a general contractor who you can trust to do a good job and complete your project on time, even if their project bid is higher.

Another huge red flag to look out for is if a contractor refuses to sign a contract. Contracts are incredibly important because they bind you and your contractor to an agreement. When a contractor refuses to sign a contract, what they’re really doing is refusing to play by the rules. They’re refusing to be accountable if things go wrong. If there’s a project dispute, the contract protects you and your contractor. Without a contract, you might not have any recourse if your contractor makes mistakes or spends too much. If your contractor refuses to sign a contract, you should refuse to work with them. By not getting them to sign a contract, it’s like you’re giving a bad general contractor a free pass to do whatever they want with your project, no matter how much you might dislike it. Don’t let any contractor trick you into working without a contract.

Things to Look for When Following the Contract Guidelines

But let’s say your contractor does sign a contract with you. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re off the hook. You should always make sure that your general contractor is actually following the guidelines laid down in your contract. If you don’t enforce those guidelines, it’s just as bad as not having a contract in the first place. Unless they’re clearly communicating with you and have discussed changes with you in advance, your general contractor shouldn’t be working outside of your agreement. So if you notice that your work is being done differently than you agreed to or that it isn’t being done at all, you’re probably working with a bad general contractor. If you’re interested in learning about more signs of a bad general contractor, be sure to check out this article here.

We’re proud of our work in the Grand Junction community, and we’re confident that we’re not one of the bad general contractors Grand Junction has to worry about. We’ve helped shape the future of Grand Junction’s downtown, and we’re continuously dedicated to improving our community. We have decades of experience in construction, which means that we can tackle any project you can throw at us. At Western Constructors, we’re not afraid to answer the tough questions that good contractors should be able to answer. In fact, we wrote the list of questions you should ask. (If you haven’t yet, check out our blog post on important questions to ask your commercial general contractor. You can find a link to it here.) The work that we’ve done in the Grand Junction community speaks for itself; but if you still have questions, we’re always happy to take your call.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

How to Increase the Value of Your Home

How to Increase the Value of Your Home

One of the biggest goals of our blog is to educate our readers so that you can make well-informed decisions in the construction industry. We’ve talked about common misconceptions about home builders in Grand Junction (you can find that article here) so you better understand the home building process, for example. But we’re not just interested in what you should know before having a home built in Grand Junction. We think it’s important to tell you what to do after you’ve bought your home, too. Our goal is to make sure you can be happy in your home for as long as you want. But sometimes things happen, and you have to move. And when those things happen, it’s better to be prepared. That’s why in today’s article, we’re going to give you some tips on how to increase the value of your home.

Landscaping and How to Increase the Value of Your Home Early On

The truth is that you don’t have to wait to get started. You can begin boosting the value of your home the first year you own it. So whether you’ve just bought a house and have been living in it a few months or have owned your house for a decade, there are things you can do to increase its value. That way, if you ever decide to move out and sell your home down the road, you’ll get a much better return on your investment. If you’ve been considering renovating your kitchen or bathroom, now is probably the time. In fact, most people think that bathroom and kitchen updates impact resale value the most. Renovating your bathroom or kitchen is a great way to improve the value of your home. When new home buyers come looking, they often want to see the bathroom and kitchen first.

Landscaping is another great way to increase the value of your home, and it’s also one of the easiest and most affordable ways to do it. Oftentimes, landscaping is the way new homeowners increase the value of their homes the most. It’s easy to do, and though it’s not overly expensive, it can greatly improve the value of your home. It’s common sense, really; the better your home looks on the outside, the more people are going to want to buy it. But if you’re a first-time homeowner, you may not know exactly what to do. One of the best things you can do is plant native trees in places that offer shade to your house. And the best part? The shade from the trees can also help you save up to 50% on your energy costs.

Adding Square Footage and Cleaning Your Home

Though it might seem obvious at first, you can increase the value of your home by simply adding to it. It’s simple: more space inside your house means that there’s more to sell when it comes time to move out. Keep an eye on current housing trends; if people prefer more open home designs, having a contractor pull down a wall or two to open up your floor plan can have an incredible impact on the value of your home. You should also try to stay aware of the costs of other homes in your area. If the most expensive home in your neighborhood is going for $300,000 and your house is already worth $285,000, committing to serious renovations may not be the best idea. Still, increasing the square footage of your home or modifying its design is a great way to increase its value.

It’s impossible to talk about how to increase the value of your home without also talking about cleaning and maintaining your house. If it seems like a simple way to boost your home’s value, it’s because it is. Keeping a clean house is more than just keeping your property pretty, though. Taking good care of your home and cleaning it regularly means that you’ll stay on top of any potential problems. It also means that if your home needs maintenance or repairs, you’ll have the information you need to fix it right away. If you don’t know what’s wrong in the first place, it’s impossible to take care of problems in your home. Proper cleaning and maintenance also keep things like mold from causing damage that could lower your home’s value. It’s much easier to occasionally clean your house than it is to deal with mold colonies.

Energy Efficiency and Increasing the Value of Your Home

You can also increase the value of your home by making it more energy efficient. We talked about planting trees as a way of saving on your energy costs, but there’s more you can do. Energy-efficient features like double-paned windows and even solar panels on the roof can greatly increase the value of your home. Future homeowners like to know that they can save on their utilities as well. That’s why making your home more energy efficient can save you money in the short term (on your electricity bill) and in the long-term (by increasing the value of your home). If you’re interested in reading about more ways to increase the value of your home, we recommend checking out this article here.

At Western Constructors, we want to make sure that you have a good experience with your home, whether you’re buying one for the first time or just trying to maintain your current house. It’s why we’ve written articles about things like the differences between residential and commercial construction (you can find a link to that article here). It’s our genuine hope that our blog will inform you enough to make the right decision about purchasing a home. And after that, we hope that our blog will help you take care of it, too. We’re dedicated to educating our community because we know how important it is for you to understand this industry. The more you know, the better decisions you can make for you, your home, and your family. We’ve served Grand Junction for a long time, and this is just another that we’re able to help our community.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Building Homes in Grand Junction, CO

Building Homes in Grand Junction, CO

We’ve been focusing our blog on the construction industry lately, but sometimes it’s important to look back, too. That’s why today we’re going to shift our focus away from commercial building and the construction industry. Instead of telling you about this year’s trends in construction (which you can find here, if you’re interested), we think it’s about time that we turn our gaze homeward. There’s a lot to love about Grand Junction—so much, in fact, that we think it’s an incredible place to build a home. So today we’re going to focus on what makes our city such an exciting place to live, and we’ll also talk about building homes in Grand Junction, CO. We’ll explain why building a home is often a better idea than purchasing an old one. And if you don’t live here or don’t own a home here, we’ll tell you why you should.

Why Build Homes in Grand Junction?

So before we get into some reasons you should build a home, let’s answer this question first: why Grand Junction? Probably the biggest reason why people choose to live in Grand Junction is its unparalleled access to the outdoors. Whether you’re interested in kayaking, hiking, biking, or camping, Grand Junction has everything you could possibly want. And Grand Junction encompasses the best of all worlds. It’s not so small that there’s nothing to do, but it’s not so big that it feels like city life. On the weekends, you can take a trip to Denver or even to ski resorts in Utah. In Grand Junction, there’s always plenty to do. You can go fishing, take a hike, go whitewater rafting, or even learn to rock climb. It’s an incredible place for trying something new. Grand Junction is known for its outdoor opportunities, and we know they won’t disappoint.

At Western Constructors, we’re proud to say that we’ve helped shape Grand Junction into what it is today. Whenever you go downtown or near the Riverside area and see new construction, take a second to think about the people who put up those new buildings. There’s a good chance we were a part of it. From our work in the Las Colonias Business Park to the homes we’ve built in the Redlands Mesa area (you can read more about our work in the Redlands area in one of our blog posts here), we’ve been hard at work improving Grand Junction. The city hasn’t always had the greatest reputation, but we’ve always seen its potential. We’ve had a big hand in the future of downtown Grand Junction, and we can’t wait to keep making the city a better place. It’s our home, and we’ll always keep working to improve it.

Building Homes vs. Buying Homes

Now that you see why Grand Junction is such an exciting place to be, let’s talk a little bit about building homes as opposed to buying or renting. Probably the biggest reason that people decide to build new homes is the quality of construction. It’s common sense, really; construction companies build new homes using new methods and new and improved equipment. What this means is that new homes are better quality and can last a lot longer than older homes. It’s like making an investment. Building a new home allows you to stay in it for as long as you want, and after that, it’ll still be worth a lot of money. When buying an older home, on the other hand, it won’t be worth as much if you ever decide to move out.

With better construction quality comes less hassle, too. When you’re buying an older home, you have to consider the wear and tear that old homes inevitably have. That means more money and a bigger headache. When you build a home instead, your home is not only free from these problems of age but you’re able to make sure that it fits your needs, too. Often when people buy an older home, they end up buying a lot of space that they don’t need. Why buy a home with a huge yard you won’t use when you could instead increase the size of your home and actually use it? When you build a home, you make sure that you’re only buying what you need. And newer homes are generally bigger, too; the average older home is almost 1,000 square feet smaller than average new homes.

Maintaining Homes in Grand Junction, CO

It’s important to consider the cost of maintenance when it comes to buying or building homes in Grand Junction, CO. Older homes have a lot that needs to be fixed, whether it’s an old roof or having to maintain outdated heating and cooling systems. When you choose to build a new home, a lot of those worries go away. Because everything in your home is new, you don’t have to worry about your heating going out. Plus, newer homes can save you money through their energy efficiency. Because they have better insulation than older homes, it costs less to heat and cool them, which helps you save on your utilities. If you’re interested in reading about more reasons to choose a newly built home over an older one, we recommend taking a look at this article here.

We’ve been working and building homes in Grand Junction, CO for many years, and we have decades of experience. Whether you’re interested in building a home or designing a custom metal building for your business, we can help. If you’ve lived here for a while but are interested in building a home, call us at (970) 241-5457. We’re always happy to here from you. And even if you’ve never lived here before, hopefully you can now see why we’re so excited to work and live here. We’d love for you to live here, too. Grand Junction is an exciting place to be, and its future is just beginning. Who knows what the city will look like ten years from now? What we do know is that we’ll still be here, hard at work improving the city we love.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

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